Planning with Your Smart Phone

June 30, 2016

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?



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  1. I will sometimes use the calendar app in my phone. Would love to upgrade to electronic where I just take my phone around with me and not my planner, but I have used a planner for so long it is like changing the way I put on my pants! Dont know if I would ever be one to go half electronic where planning is concerned, much less all the way.

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