I would say that having my iPhone has dramatically changed how organised I am. It's lucky really, because since I've had my iPhone, my life has also become dramatically busier. Working full time, blogging, doing the housework, doing CILIP north-west things...I don't think I could juggle it all without my iPhone. Here are my top 4 apps for staying organised.
1. Clear. £1.49 (it was on special offer for 69p when I bought it).
Clear is a very aesthetically pleasing app that is very simple. You just drag and type things in. When you've done something on your list, you swipe across it and it vibrates and goes to the bottom of the list crossed off. This is very satisfying for someone like me who likes crossing things off lists. (Does anyone else add things to a to do list that they've already done just so they can cross it off? Just me?...oh) You can also have different lists, so the list in the screenshot above is my 'wedding' to do list. I also have a blogging to do list, housework to do list and general errands to do list.
Ohhh the calendar on the iPhone. I couldn't be without it. I sync my iPhone calendar with my google calendar, so that I can also check it from any computer. I have a few different calendars on the go; a work one, a blog calendar and a personal calendar. I can look at them all together or just select which one I need to focus on at that time. Above is a preview of my blog calendar for last week. As I've been posting more frequently over the past few months, I've found it really handy and I can just jot down ideas and schedule it for a few weeks time before I forget about it and then I always have something to blog about. Anyone else have a blog planner?
Feedlr is a really good app for accessing your rss-feeds. I have my google reader synced with it and I read blogs on the go throughout the day, then star the ones that I want to go back to and read or comment on. I find this a really efficient use of time. There are quite a few different apps you can use for this, but I have used this for 2 years and have never had a problem. It does have adverts which don't bother me, but if they bother you you can upgrade to the paid version.
I use the notes to make a note of things that we've ran out of in the house to create an ongoing shopping list. If I did this on paper, the paper would no doubt go missing or I'd forget to take the list to the shops with me but I know that I will ALWAYS have my phone with me! Some might say that we've all become too reliant on our phones, but it has simplified so many things for me.
I honestly don't know how I coped without my iPhone. Although it distracts me in many ways, it has also helped me be more efficient and organised. I've had my phone for just over 2 years now though so it may be time to pay a visit to the Carphone Warehouse and upgrade. Do I stick with Apple or go to Android? I don't know! I am so attached to my iPhone and the apps that I've listed above. Does anyone have any other top apps for organisation to share with me?