It’s the new year! And with a new year comes new promises to be more organised and productive. Technology is a huge part of our lives these days, so what better way to utilise our technology than to help us stay on track and organised this new year.
Here are just a few ways you can use technology to help kick start your 2020.
1. Use an online Calendar and sync it
Ensuring that all of your devices are synced up is just one step to being organised in 2020. The calendar can be used for jotting down appointments, social events, meetings, as well as locations. You can also set reminders from a couple of days before to a few minutes before the event. If you have a suite of Apple products, the calendar will automatically sync if all your devices are connected to your Apple account. Android users can utilise your calendar app by using the calendar app.
If you have a google account, you can download the Google Calendar app onto your devices (Apple or Android) – this will enable all of your calendar entries across all devices to automatically sync. You can also share your calendar with anyone who is involved in your plans.
2. Tick it off with Notes or Reminders
Notes & Reminders are great apps that allows you to create lists, tasks, and sends reminders to you to complete your tasks. Although Notes and Reminders are separate apps, they are both equally useful.
Notes allows your create lists, add images, make a checklist, and also share the list with other people. You can share lists via email, text, and create a shareable link.
Reminders allow you to schedule items and lists so that you’re able to stay on time and track with the things you need to get done! You can also customise when an item should remind you e.g. day, time, before you get in the car, after you get in the car, you can repeat the reminder, and also set its priority.
3. Utilise your timers & alarms
If one of your new year’s resolutions is to transform from a night owl to an early bird, then your clock is the app to rely on. One of the great things about the clock app is that you can set a bedtime for each separate day of the week. This is a great way to ensure that you get enough sleep to help you be more productive! So if you have changing schedules, you can pre-schedule your sleep time. If you do this, you’ll get a notification when it’s time to start prepping for bed. This encourages you to get the necessary amount of sleep.
In your alarm section of the clock app you can set separate alarms from the “bedtime” alarm. This is great as you can label the alarms and change the alarm sounds to suit your preferences.
4. Use a productivity app
There are an abundance of apps to help boost productivity and to keep you organised and on track throughout 2020. The general gist of the apps include to do lists, creating good habits, and other organisational hints and tips. The best thing to do in this instance is to go through the app store and find the app that you like the most. This may require some testing on your behalf, such as downloading a couple of apps and figuring out which app works best for you! Some suggestions include; To Do & Task List, Done: A simple habit tracker, Evernote, TimeTree, Trello, Todoist, 24me Smart Personal Assistant.
5. Plan it out – use an online tool
A big part of getting organised is to work out a plan, and then to break your plan down into smaller achievable tasks. Again there are some online tools and apps to help with this, or you can do it all in a spreadsheet initially.
If you’re into new and shiny things or want a new way to organise yourself, give Trello or Google Drive a go. You can create a dashboard that will contain all the different boards you create. Another cool feature is that you can personalise each board to your liking by choosing background images. Trello allows you to connect boards together, attach documents and imagery, include urls, as well as share the board and dashboard with other people. It’s a great way for everyone to get involved and to have an overview of any plans that have been made.
6. Menu plan with fitness trackers
Organisation doesn’t just relate to your social/work calendar. It can also relate to your fitness and activity goals. Organising your fitness schedule and meal planning is easy to do when you’ve got tech on your side. Fitness apps such as MyFitnessPal, Weight Tracker – Fitness Journal and Weight Diary lite. Apps like the mentioned ones allow you to track your fitness progress and provide you with regular summaries. If you have an activity tracker like a Fitbit, Apple Watch, Samsung Watch, Garmin, or other form of smart tracker, then you’ll easily be able to sync your smartwatch to your devices. Plan your workout schedules and meals using the above mentioned apps such as Trello, Google Drive and habit trackers.
Devices are essential items in our everyday lives, so it makes sense to use the tech you have to keep you organised, focused, and ready to smash out your 2020 resolutions!
The Brightside Cover Team