Phones are our way to stay more organized, keep connected with others, and help keep us informed about what is going on in the world at all times. For me, being connected to over 30 different apps (Facebook, Snapchat, CNN, and more) is overwhelming, so this past summer I cut down on some of the apps on my iPhone 5. There is no need to be connected to my phone 24/7. What I use most on my phone is the notepad, the calendar, email, camera and my music.
Note Pad: I love lists, simple as that. I make a list of everything I need to do that day in the order I need to do them, which helps with time management. I also use it for grocery lists, packing lists, and more.
Calendar: I use this to keep all my different events in order. Based on if the event is school related or work related, I use different emails to put them into my calendar. Doing this creates different colors for the events so I can tell which is which.
Music, Email and Camera: Whether it is walking to school or working out, music helps me get through the day. I also like having all my emails on my phone, whether it is professional email, junk email or school email. I like being contacted right away when emails are sent. I love taking pictures, and I also need my phone camera at all times in case I want to take a photo of something for my photography class and don’t have my professional camera.
Since I like to keep things simple, I have three boxes where I keep everything else. I labeled them Entertainment, Games, and Passport. I like having them all in alphabetical order because it helps me find them more easily. Everything else, I do not use too much but it is nice to have them on my phone.
Entertainment: In this box I have Facebook, Frametastic, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Vine. I think most of these are self-explanatory. They are a fun way to stay connected with friends and express yourself.
Games: Candy Crush, Dumb Ways, Temple Run, Water? and Words Free are the games I used the most, so I deleted all the others I had. I like games that are puzzles and are challenging.
Passport: My bank’s online app, Embark BOS, Pandora, and TWC (The Weather Channel). These help me when I am traveling in Boston or across the country. Before I got my new iPhone, I had Viber for when I was studying abroad in Spain, and the next time I go abroad I will download it again. Until then, I most likely will not need it.
Safetrek is another app I have that I do not have in a box. This app helps you get home safely by holding your finger on the screen until you are home safe. When you are/feel safe, you put in code into your phone. If you don’t within 10 seconds, the app will notify the police and they will send a police car to where you were last located. This is also good to have if you are walking home alone from a bar.
I love how the new iPhone 5 has the lower pull up screen. This allows me put on the do not disturb button on, turn down the brightness, turn Bluetooth on and off, and turn my Wi-Fi or airplane mode on in a quick two touch motion. With the pull down screen from the top it allows me to quickly check the temperature in the morning before I get out of bed so I know how to dress for the day. If I want a more detailed description, I check TWC.
I hope you learned some time management tips and found some new apps to try out.