How Basic iPhone Apps Keep Me Organized ~ I love my iPhone! I want to share with you how basic iPhone apps keep me organized and that I don’t really use any of the extra apps that you can buy.
I am always on the lookout for the best apps to help me organize everything in my life. I have bought numerous apps in the hopes of finding ones that are the answer to my organizing needs but I have to admit I have not yet found the ultimate organizing tools. I find that a lot of the apps take more time figuring out how to use them compared to the time spent on the actual task of organizing. I like my organizing apps to be simple and low maintenance without a lot of ‘bells and whistles’ to figure out. This quest to find the ultimate organizing app has cost me some money but more importantly, precious time searching and trying them out.
I will still keep a lookout for the best organizing apps and will share them with you when I discover and use the ones that I really like.
In the meantime I have come to realize that the best organizing apps are the ones that already come with my iPhone! Here are my top ten basic iPhone apps and how I use them. Sometimes it takes thinking outside of the box and using these apps in different ways, as you will see.
How Basic iPhone Apps Keep Me Organized…
- Calendar – This is an obvious app for organizing. I have looked at other calendar apps but I have to admit I really like this one. It is easy to use and most importantly, all of my entries are synched and show up on all of my devices (computer, laptop, iPad and iPhone) thanks to iCloud. The second feature I love about Calendar is that I can create alerts to act as reminders for all kinds of events including due dates, birthdays and must dos. A rarely forget something with this awesome alert feature.
- Camera/Camera Roll – I have to admit that because I own a really good camera for my photography I don’t really use the camera on the iPhone too often. However, I do use it as a reminder or as a visual record of things that I want to remember. I will photograph all kinds of things such as store hour signs, clothing sizes, neat ideas, restaurant signs, house numbers, information posters … you name it… I will make a visual record of it and keep it in my camera roll for later reference.
- Clock – I use the clock app for all kinds of things. I have family members and friends living in different locations in North America and other places in the world. This feature will tell me quickly what time it is in the different locations. This is handy when I want to phone someone so I don’t call at a ridiculous hour. I don’t have an alarm clock to wake me up anymore. I just use the alarm feature in this app. I love how it is so easy to reset my wake up times for the different days of the week. I don’t wake up to music but that’s OK with me. I just turn on the television in the bedroom and listen to the day’s weather and updates from my favourite morning news program hosts while I get ready. I also love the timer. It is so easy to set up, takes seconds and is clearly heard when the time is up. I use it mostly when I cook but it is also super handy for anything that needs to be timed. My husband uses the timer to make awesome poached eggs every Saturday morning.
- Contacts – I rarely use a hard copy address book. All of my contacts including my family members, friends, services, medical, restaurants, and shops are all stored here. I love how all I have to do is find my contact and the number will be automatically dialed with just one click.
- Maps – I love this app. When I am not sure where to go near where I live or in a new location, this is my go to app to help me get directions. I love that it is very visual showing the starting point, the directions and how much further to go. It tells me how long it will take to get to my destination according to my mode of transportation. I love that it shows me how far or how close I am to my destination.
- Notes – I use this app for all kinds of things. I use it for quick reminders, small grocery lists, things I want to remember or information I want to check out later. The possibilities are endless. The key is to not only remember to use this app but also to refer to it when you need the information that you recorded. I also love that I can email my notes to myself as a further reminder.
- Phone – How do I use my phone to keep me organized? I use it as a reminder feature. If I have something I need to remember at home or at work, I will call myself and leave a voicemail with that reminder. For example, I will call home and say don’t forget to do a certain task or talk to my husband about something when I get home. My husband uses the same trick so when we come home we often have messages on our landline to ourselves from ourselves. It is pretty humourous but very effective.
- Reminders – This app is my ‘to do’ app list that synchs with my Calendar app. I like that it synchs with my iPad. I also make pen and paper ‘to do ‘ lists but I will talk about that in another blog. This app is great for maintaining a progressive collection of my need to do tasks.
- Safari – This app is the beauty of having a 3G phone. Essentially, my phone is a mini computer. I have used Safari so many times with easy access to all of my emails and of course Google. I can ubiquitously find out about anything, anytime and anywhere!
- Weather – This is my ‘go-to’ app for finding out what the weather is for such things as knowing what to wear, whether I should take an umbrella, if I need to get up earlier to shovel the driveway, what my driving conditions will be, and when to plan for my run or when to walk the dog. Again, the list is endless.
So there you have it. That is how I make use of the basic iPhone apps. I have to admit it took some time to get used to using my iPhone for more than just texting and yes, as a phone. The more I use it the more it has multi-capabilities in helping me keep the many tasks and details organized in my life… anywhere, anytime and any place!
As you know I am presently in Australia for a month visiting my daughter who is attending medical school in Brisbane. She took the day off from studying last week and we were able to make a day trip to Surfer’s Paradise in the Gold Coast. We had fun identifying which apps we both used on our iPhones to help us organize for this day trip:
- We tracked our train and bus trip using the Brisbane TransLink website using Safari. Brisbane has an amazing public transportation system via train, bus and water taxi and an equally amazing website to figure out the system.
- We monitored our journey using Maps, which let us know how far we had traveled and how far we had to go.
- I used the Camera/Camera Roll to record the restaurant sign identifying where we ate lunch and photographed what we ate for lunch.
- Since it is the winter season in Australia, we checked the Weather app to monitor the weather conditions. It was quite cool and windy walking along the beach.
- I used the Clock to time how long it took to get to Surfer’s Paradise. It was a long trip because we got stuck in a traffic jam due to construction. Oh well.
- I used Notes to track my expenses.
- I used Calendar to document what I did on this day so I have recorded details of my trip activities.
The only apps that were not used in organizing this day trip were Contacts, Reminders and the Phone. I now take for granted the usefulness of my iPhone. It truly is a ubiquitous device in organizing my day-to-day life.
Here are some pictures I took of our day trip. I chose to format them in Sepia because I thought this gold colour tone would be reflective of the name of where we went… The Gold Coast. What do you think?
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