I know that I’ve written about how great keeping organized with pen and paper is and that I can do without a smart phone, but I finally caved. Call it a moment of weakness where I just wanted one because everyone else had one. I knew that I could live without one, but in the end, my wants got the better of me.
I spent a lot of time researching each phone, went to visit the phone store multiple times for my “research,” asked around at work and finally decided which one I wanted. I got a decent price (meaning, better than what was listed, but still expensive) and now I’m the proud owner of a smart phone.
First impressions– this phone really is smart. There’s so much it can do that I don’t even know what I should have it do for me. I already downloaded some useful apps (and of course some time-wasting ones as well) and have all my email, contacts, calendars and task lists synced. Next step is to put some music on the thing.
In just a few short weeks, here are the time-saving things I’m already using my phone for:
- Synced calendars. I’ve been syncing calendars with everyone!
- Afternoon babysitter. I no longer have to text her every morning. We share a Google calendar and I enter in what’s for dinner, when bath night is and when each child doesn’t have school.
- DH. He can now see when family appointments are without having to ask me.
- DS1’s school. They have an online calendar so I don’t have to input all the days off, early dismissals, and school events… you just subscribe to the calendar and it automatically gets updated.
- Shabbos candle lighting times. I’ve used Hebcal.com at work with Outlook, but having candle lighting times, the weekly Parsha, Jewish holidays at my fingertips is awesome. Especially when making appointments.
- Shopping Lists. GroceryIQ is my new favorite. I have one central shopping list that includes sub-lists for each store I go to and even a general list for the things I need so badly, it doesn’t matter where I buy it. It also links up to Coupons.com, although I have only taken advantage of that once so far… first I have to learn how to sync my phone with my printer… Until then, I can just put together a shopping list and email it straight to DH!
- Task List. Also synced with my Google account, it helps me keep track of the things that need to get done.
- Fast communication. Because I’m so excited to have a new gadget, I’ve been texting like mad. I also respond to quick emails faster, which makes me feel like I’m working efficiently, not just wasting time on my phone.
There is still a boat load of stuff I want to learn how to do on my phone, but until then, I already feel more organized and on top of what’s going on. I completely understand why everyone’s getting one.
How do you make your phone work for you? Any apps you recommend?
Until next time,