Learn how to organize yourself with your phone using these simple tricks. Use your phone to help you remember important things that tend to fall through the cracks and keep up with everyday life!
Just a few short years ago, I got my very first smartphone. Up until then, I only had a “stupid phone,” which was perfectly fine with me. All I really needed my phone for was making calls and texting my kids, so it was no big deal.
But suddenly, two of our phones happened to break in the same week, and we were faced with replacing our old phones with either overpriced flip phones or specially-priced smartphones like the rest of the modern world seemed to be using.
I have to admit that at first I was hesitant to get an iPhone. Oh, of course I wanted one (who wouldn’t?!?), but I was afraid a smartphone would be a huge time-waster for me…and I was right! I’m not going to lie.
My phone and I are pretty much joined at the hip (literally, since it’s nearly always in my back pocket!), and I have to be very intentional about how much time I spend checking my email or popping onto Instagram.
As a matter of fact, I had to remove all but one of my email accounts from my phone (I have something like FIVE email accounts – it’s a sickness), and I don’t have many apps on my phone, either.
I also unfollowed most of my friends on Facebook (I still “like” them, I just don’t “follow” them), so I mostly just hop on Facebook to check on a couple groups I belong to and keep up with the Simple Everyday Home page…because I’m a Facebook addict. The struggle is real.
But having a smartphone hasn’t been all bad for my productivity. It has actually become an invaluable tool for keeping me organized and helping me not forget things. I have a horrible memory, so my phone has become my second (never forgetful) brain.
How to Organize Yourself with Your Phone:
1. Put to-do tasks into the calendar.
Even if you use a paper planner to manage your To Do list on a daily basis, sometimes you need to jot down a task on the fly. Since you always have your phone with you, it’s easy to type something like “pick up dry cleaning” or “call doctor” into your calendar so you don’t forget by the time you get home.
2. Use calendar alerts to remember due dates.
Library fines add up quickly when a stack of books is overdue. Enter the due date with an alarm or notification a couple days before everything needs returned. Same thing for bills that need paid. There’s nothing worse than being charged a late fee because you forgot to pay a bill by the time the due date rolled around. Ugh!
3. Set reminders for recurring tasks.
Your phone’s calendar is also a great way to remember things that need done once a week, once a month, or just once or twice a year. Set up a recurring note on your calendar for things like watering the plants, giving the dog his heart worm medicine, and changing the furnace filter. Then add an alert so you’re sure to notice the reminder.
4. Keep track of high-value coupons.
Don’t you hate finding a $10 or even $25 coupon for a favorite store two days after it’s expired!? It’s enough to drive you crazy! Even if you think there’s no way you’ll forget about it, go ahead and set a notification on your phone before you tuck it into the zipper pouch in your purse. You’ll thank me later.
5. Set alarms to remember things throughout the day.
Set an alarm for when each person in your family needs to wake up, but also set alarms for when the kids need picked up at school or when you need to leave for an appointment. It’s also good to set alarms to help you remember things like drinking water, switching the laundry from the washer to the dryer, and stretching your legs for a little exercise.
6. Take photos of details that need remembered.
If you tend to be forgetful like I am, use your phone to snap a pic of things like the shade of hair color you use, the variety of salsa your hubby likes best, or the size of screw you’re supposed to pick up at the hardware store. Your camera is also a great way to save addresses or remember the street where you parked the car.
You’ve Got It, So Use It
Since you have your phone with you 24/7, you might as well use it to your advantage. Instead of letting it to suck up your time, use it help you organize yourself and remember all those little things that tend to fall through the cracks!