7 Essential iPhone Apps To Help Organize Your Day
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NotifyMe lets you create any kind of reminders quickly. Once you have initially set up an account the rest is easy. You click on ‘New Reminder’ fill in your details and save. You can have it as a one off reminder or set as a daily, weekly, every two weeks, monthly or yearly one. When you get the reminder from NotifyMe and it pops up like a sms message would, with the sounds and red badge. You can also if you like press the snooze button so the alarm goes off again.
All the reminders are saved on the notifyme servers so if you do lose any important reminders there is the reassurance there that you can retrieve it. It is also worth knowing that data connection is needed to use the app to its full potential. [$3.99, iTunes]
2. Stick It – Sticky notes for iPhone
Created by TapFactory Stick It is a note reminder app with a difference. A bit like those paper sticky post-its we have all used but this time its on your iPhone homescreen so you can’t possibly miss it.
You can use it to set personal reminders, shopping lists, to do’s even phone numbers anything that you need to remember and see at a glance. You simply write your note, choose the style of note pad you want to use out of the 17 available and save it. If you want to really use all the features you can change the font style, size and the background from their huge range available.
The note can be displayed on your lockscreen so it’s the first thing you see when you look at your phone. Once you have created the note you can preview it first to see what it would look like just incase you need to amend it. The note can also be sent via email.
A great app that assures you will never forget anything! [$1.99, iTunes]
Colorendar by Birnimal is designed to be a diary that is quick to record in, simple to use and colour coded. It does slightly more than that though.
To input any quick calendar entry is simple, you click on the day, decide if you want to assign a colour for that day and type in a short note and press done. Now the little quirky feature I like in this app is that you can also see phases of the moon for each day. This is of course just a rough calculation but none the less its a great little feature and interesting to see.
On another screen you can see a graph of the previous 30 days moon phases and also of any colour coded days you have set.
In the settings you can custom design a colour of your own choice and you can decide whether you want to start your first day of the week on a Sunday or Monday. You can also switch between Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere. There is also the option to disable the auto-lock so you can use it as a desk top calendar. [$.99, iTunes]
4. mBoxMail – Hotmail with push
If you are like me and on the go all the time but still need to receive your email then this is the app for you. Created by Fluentfactory it is a hotmail app that offers full access to your Windows Live Hotmail account.
You can use all of your multiple accounts you may have and the exact same folders you have in each account. You can basically do the same things with your mail that you can from your computer. So you can move folders, delete messages and create them. What ever you do is kept in sync with the web version. So if you don’t read the email it stays unread, if you delete an email it’s deleted from the web.All the normal features are still there, you can send and receive pictures and it supports large files.
You can use landscape mode and if you need to set a passcode for added security. The app was also updated recently with push notifications so now you are alerted as soon as mail arrives. [$1.99, iTunes]
Byline by Phantomfish is a great app to use to read all your RSS feeds whilst on the go. You can even read them when you are off line as the app saves them for you.
All you need to do to get started is use your Google Reader account to subscribe to the websites you want to receive feeds from. Once that is all set up each time you launch the app it loads all your feeds through to the app. The app then shows all your unread feeds so you can see quite easily what you have to still read.
You can set the feeds to be in date order or by their source feed. Even when you are offline you can still view webpages, great if you have no internet connection. To view those pages you can do so within the app or there is the option to go and use the safari browser. Any of the feeds can be shared via email and all of them can be ‘starred’ which then saves them in a seperate folder for you to keep until you want it removed. A bit like a favorite folder really. There is also the choice to change it to landscape mode for ease of use. [$3.99, iTunes]
Things by Culturedcode is a task management application. Great for managing projects, to do’s and any notes you need to write. There is also the option to sync with a desktop version of Things for added security.
When you launch the app there are several categories to put your project or to do’s in:
- Inbox for putting in all your new to do’s and tasks.
- Today which is a list of Todays tasks and also any you have scheduled for that day will move in to it as well. It also shows all your overdue tasks.
- Next which is a list of all your tasks you want to do next anything in your project folder is shown here as well.
- Scheduled which is for all to do’s you want to start at a later date. Obviously once day approaches it goes into the Today folder.
- Someday is the final folder and that is basically just where you can put ideas for the future projects and tasks.
There is a folder for every kind of task you may have. You can easily swap tasks from folder to folder. For each task you can pop a note on and tags for example if its work or home related. You can even send the task via email if you need to remind yourself that way. [$9.99, iTunes]
7. Awesome Note (+Todo)
Awesome Note is created by Bridworks and is a fantastic, note taking, to-do manager. There are many features within the app and the UI is beautiful. This is one of the apps I use several times a day so I know a lot of the great features and believe me there are lots of them. Here are some of them that really stand out for me.
You can create and customize each folder you use. Choose the colour of the tab and an icon, the background you write on, the font and what order you would like it to be in. Within each note you can also set a due date, add a photo or a map, email the note and move it to a different folder.
You can fully sync with Google Docs and Evernote so you can transfer your notes, set a passcode for security and even put it into read only mode so there is no chance your note can be amended. If you suddenly remember something whilst on the go there is also a Quick Memo. You just jot your note down and later if you wish you can then add it to one of your folders or just clear.
It is all very staright forward and easy to use and most options within the app explain themselves as you go along. There is such a wide range of choice to make each folder and note that it makes you want to create more tasks just for the fun of it! It really is that good. [$3.99, iTunes]
Which apps help you still organised through out the day? Let us know in the comments below.