Thursday, June 30, 2016

Planning with Your Smart Phone

I haven't felt inclined to make anything new lately. I can't even print my own planner pages from my laptop until I buy a printer cord (wireless printer, no internet...)  I bought a new iPhone a couple of weeks ago (6s plus - Ooh, shiny!) and until I get my planner act together, I'm using it to manage my life. So, I wanted to tell you about the apps I'm using to do that.

So, let's start with the Cakendar app. The first thing I did was to add all the bills due and set them up to repeat monthly. I also set some of them up to alert me a couple of days before they are due because no matter familiar you are with them, paying one on time can always slip your mind. We don't want to throw our money away to finance charges!

All appointments with a due date also go on the calendar. iPhones are good to provide places for notes, times, even locations. Mine even has a place to indicate travel time!

Another app I use it is Evernote. It's free and it is awesome. Basically you create notes into notebooks and notebooks into stacks. In the past, I have taken pics of my planner pages and archived them in Evernote - they're searchable. Since I'm currently not carrying my planner, I added a photo of my contacts, my future pages and my calendar for July. 

For tasks and to-do's I use the AnyList app. It is a free app but I upgraded to the premium version and have not regretted it. I can list my daily and weekly chores, divide them up in categories, show them all or just some. Look up this app and read all about it - I could never do it justice. 

This app also has an awesome menu planning ability. You can add recipes manually, copy and paste, or import them on your computer. On the app calendar I choose the meals/recipes I am going to prepare and click the ingredients I need or the whole recipe to the built in grocery list. It will make a note on the grocery list what recipe the ingredient will be used in which I find helpful. The grocery list can also be categorized by aisles, category, and stores. I love it. 

I miss the ability to add papers to my planner but like I said, taking a picture to add to Evernote works well. 

Do any of you use electronic planning?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Update: Where I've Been

I updated the Facebook page some so a lot of you might know about my dad.  He fell on the 9th of May and had to have emergency surgery to remove a clot from his brain.  The surgery was a success but he had a time waking up.  He developed pneumonia and things weren't looking good and we had to start thinking about hard things.  Then he woke up and responded some and we were encouraged.  He tolerated having the breathing tube removed and we were encouraged more - but then he started declining and on the 22nd he died.

My family are Christians and the deep sadness we feel is lessened by knowing that we will see him again some day, and our relief that he is not hurting and suffering is great.  However, now we are back to normal life and are finding our way through without Dad.

Tomorrow is Mom and Dad's 52nd wedding anniversary.  52 years of loving and taking care of each other.  I couldn't ask for a better example!

School is out and I have more free time.  I hope to be back soon with some more inserts and planner fun!  Thanks for hanging in there with me.

August 12, 1942  -  May 22, 2016