A Review of  Paper and Digital Planning Tools

This post first appeared on Your Organized Life in December, 2016.

I’m busy planning my blogs (and my life!) for 2016.  There’s nothing so wonderful as a blank slate, a new start, a few well-intentioned resolutions.  I am EXCITED about 2016!  This is the year I help YOU get organized and find more time for the things you love. So this seems like a perfect for a review of paper and digital planning tools.

A Review of Paper and Digital Planning Tools

 

A Review of Paper and Digital Planning Tools

 

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Digital Planning Tools

Currently, I use the digital calendar from Google (Calengoo). I like that I can access it on my phone when I’m out and about. Enter appointments right then and there. I also access it on my computer. Personally I find it easier and faster to enter reoccurring events (change the filters every three months!) on the computer. Calengoo allows me to color code events by family member, share my calendar and print it out.

The Paperless app for list making is great. I have a list of garden tasks I need to complete, Netfix shows recommended by friends, beauty items I’d like to try and more. You can add little icons (a flower for my garden tasks) which helps make individual lists easy to find. Email or text the list to a friend or print it out. I bet most of those little bits of paper you’ve got lying around will disappear once you start using this app!

Laura over at I Heart Planning has shared her favorite digital planning apps with screen shot pictures.   She’s listed a few I haven’t heard of and am excited to try.

My Ultimate Favorite: Evernote

I’ve recently started using Evernote for my business. I have lists of articles to read about blogging, quotes I’d like to share etc. Evernote allows you to not only enter items to make a list, but pull things from the web, take a picture for your list and a ridiculous amount more. This one app is so incredibly powerful there are books out there about how to use it to it’s full extent. I’ve got this Evernote book on order. Prefer to write things out? Evernote even has a notebook with smart stickers that will back up your written work digitally. (PERFECT for students.) Mind blown!

Paper Planner Reviews

Kayse over at The Only Hope I’ve Got gives a very thorough overview of some beautiful and functional planners.   I have gone digital but these beautiful planners give me a cause to pause.  The act of writing something down gives it more importance and helps us remember it better.  Plus some of these planners also serve as journals.  Hmmm.

Sarah at Mama’s Got It Together does a review of three types of planners-binder, pre-bound, and the Staples Arc system-and gives tips which might be best for you.

Other Apps to Make Your Life Easier

While we’re planning to make our lives easier, here are a few apps I think are just great:

  • Full Contact Card Reader-take a picture of a business card and have it on hand anywhere. The app even magically updates you on changes your contacts have made!
  • Key Ring-you no longer have to keep all those store loyalty cards. Just scan them into your phone. It even alerts you to nearby sales and coupons!
  • Pocket-Come across something cool you want to read or watch but don’t have the time? Just save it to the Pocket app-which can be synced across your devices. Add tags so you can choose a time to watch ALL the cute cat videos you have saved. Brilliant!

AND! I want to hear from YOU!  

What is your greatest organizational challenge?  Is there a certain item that won’t contain itself?  Is there a certain room that is constantly in disarray and you’d like some ideas on how to organize it?  Or is there a task in your life that leaves you scrambling, never feeling as if you’ve got it all together?

PLEASE let me know so I can give YOU what YOU need this year!
(Just comment at the end of this post.)

 

I look forward to a very organized and calm year! Thank you for your feedback!

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