My Top Digital Tools For Organizing (Part 2)
In part 2 of this series, we’ll check out some more iPhone apps- mostly free ones because I’m cheap like that. If you’re aiming to increase your productivity- check these out.
EasilyDo and Email by EasilyDo
Want to take 5 minutes and RSVP to 25 Facebook events, wish people happy birthday, update your contacts, check the weather, check your calendar, and find out when your packages will be delivered? You can do it all from this one app and save TONS of time. If you are trying to stay on top of things while trying to avoid getting sucked into the big black hole of Facebook, check this app out. I know I am not using this app to its greatest potential yet because there are SO many integrations. But even with limited use- I can tell you how much time it has saved me- 13 hours and counting. Yes, the app tells you how much time it’s saving you. Cute.
I also want to give a shout out to Email by EasilyDo. This is a new app for me but it has gotten me to inbox zero for the first time in my life. I can quickly and easily swipe to sort my emails, into archive, trash, or snooze (similar to the functions of Boomerang for Gmail that I wrote about in part 1 of this series.) It also sorts your email into easy access categories like snoozed emails, bills, packages, and emails with attachments. It also comes with an easy unsubscribe button at the top of your emails, allowing you to unsubscribe in ONE CLICK. This app is only available for Gmail users and again- it’s free! I’ve never gotten through my inbox this fast before! #GameChanger www.easilydo.com/
Trouble falling asleep? Trouble waking up? Hate the sound of your alarm? SleepCycle is an app that detects your sleep patterns and wakes you up gradually when you are in a lighter phase of sleep. My biggest issue with getting adequate sleep is that, like many of you, I use my phone in bed. A natural night owl, I read, tool around on Pinterest, and watch Netflix. Terrible habits led me to a poor sleep cycle and many nights of falling asleep with my phone in hand. Not good. In order to use this app you have to PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE. Yes, really. And sometimes, it helps to have an app that forces you to do that.
You have to open the app each night, and lay your phone down face down, as the app will show you. It detects your sleep pattern using the microphone to listen to your movements in bed. Since your movements differ depending on which cycle of sleep you’re in- the app wakes you at the best time in your sleep cycle and wakes you gradually over the course of about 30 minutes. Snoozing the app is done by simply tapping on your phone. It’s easy and natural. That’s as detailed as I get in explaining how this works. I can tell you- I’ve been getting up at 6:30 to workout each morning without fail and without complaining since I’ve started using this app. I wake up naturally rested most days and I feel great knowing I’m starting my day on MY TERMS. This is making a HUGE difference in my health and in my mindset. www.sleepcycle.com/
Sick of all your customer loyalty cards? Every store has them and we all hate the hassle of carrying them around. This simple app keeps all those loyalty cards on your phone so you can free yourself from that massive keychain! You can also share your cards with others and it’s FREE. It also lets you see local sales flyers and make shopping lists that you can also share with others. keyringapp.com/
At first glance, Evernote seems pretty boring. It’s your basic note-taking app. But there is so much behind the simple exterior here. I use this same simple app as a journal, a blog organizer, and my main tool to slowly become paperless. This does it all from scanning my grandma’s recipes, to our important bills and receipts, information about my kids’ school, insurance cards, and anything I may need instant access to. I also save links and images as needed.
There are several premium options to this app, allowing you to perform advanced tasks like searching the text in ALL of your scans and typed notes, and sharing your notebooks. There’s nothing like searching for “cookie” and seeing ALL the cookie recipes pop up. While there are many other apps that will let you import or type in your own recipes, I really love being able to scan my family recipes and see them in the person’s original handwriting. There’s also something great about when your spouse asks you where something is and you can say- it’s in Evernote. End of discussion.
While the basic app is free, this is one that I would recommend getting a premium subscription depending on your level of app use. It’s worth it. evernote.com/
If you live your life by spreadsheets, you’ll absolutely love Airtable. This is everything Excel should be. This is a cloud-based spreadsheet with the ability to add all the amazing elements you want- from checkboxes, to photos, to notes, comments, and so much more. Sorting is easy and quick too! I’ll never go back to Excel. This is one you just need to see for yourself. It is available on your computer and it syncs all your info on the app. Unlike Excel, you can actually read the tables too- even on the smallest of phone screens. Airtable is free and I can almost guarantee you a #mindblown experience. airtable.com/