This is APPS-solutely (see what I did there?) an imperative in the digital age of getting organized. In fact, go out and hug a tree, because for every organizational function you would normally use paper for, you can— and should— use an app.
“There’s an app for that!” was trademarked by Apple in Dec. 2009. Anytime I’m wondering if there is an easier way to organize information, I metaphorically head out to my Play/App Store and do a search of all the terms I can think of. “Budgeting.” “Expense.” “Planning.” There’s an app for that! In fact, there is usually an abundance to weed through. App stores are digital jungles with resources interested in helping you for free! (Though most offer better help if you’re willing to pay). However, if you are frugal (which is how I pronounce the word “cheap”) like me you don’t want to pay for access to a glorified pen and paper. Rather, you want to manage, organize, and plan using a free, simple format which isn’t too overwhelming.
Below are a few “asEZas ABC” apps I use that help me organize my time, money, and space.
Any.do is a free app available on iPhone and Android platforms and the web. This simple app gives you the ability to “jot down” everything you realize you need to do but forget because you do not have a pen handy. Its simple format allows you to organize your tasks according to what you need to do today, tomorrow, upcoming, and someday. It even reminds you to take a moment and plan your day. Its simplicity is its charm.
There are a ton of great budgeting apps out there. Personally, I find most intimidating. Some want to link with your bank accounts, and others require you have an online account. That’s a bit too APP-palling (last one, I swear!) to me. Instead, Spending Tracker manages to be beyond simple. It does not require you to log in; just download it to your phone and hit the icon that says income. You can record every time you get paid or let it know the frequency and amount of your payment. Then repeat for expense. It gives you personalized graphs to help you track where your money is going.
The most time-consuming apps you will use are the ones used to help with your fridge space. Most of the frustration comes from keying in the information on your phone or writing your list. Out of Milk allows you to compile a shopping list and several pantry lists from the app OR online. You can move items between your pantry and your shopping list with the press of a button. Out of Milk also has a really cool feature to help you make a shopping list based on recipes you download to the app.
Don’t take my word for it. Apps to help you organize are just a Google search away.
Join me next time for another BIN-eficial lesson on how organizing your life can be