Staying productive while managing a schedule full of work, school, events and appointments requires some serious organization.
Though it would be ideal to simply remember everything you've agreed to put on your calendar and avoid setbacks, most of us will admit we have trouble staying on track with a regular routine. This holds especially true for parents who manage their children's schedules as well as their own.
If you often find yourself scrambling to remain productive at home and at work while managing your busy schedule, there are several apps that can help out. Here are six handy tools you can use to streamline your schedule.
Google Calendar is an absolutely essential tool for anyone looking to manage a busy schedule. Whether you're using it for your professional or personal life (or both), Google Calendar's simple format and sharing functionality allows you to more easily manage your events and show others when you are available to schedule new events.
Most phones have Google Calendar already installed on them. You can sync your Gmail account to the calendar to start creating events and alerts to help you organize and remember important dates coming up.
The best part about Google Calendar is being able to share the calendar with coworkers, family members and friends to make planning as easy as possible. For example, if you're looking to grab lunch with a friend over the weekend, they can check your calendar for openings, then send an invite for a time that works best for both of you.
This might seem like an excessively formal way to schedule social events, but it saves a lot of time and frustration by creating digital records and reminders for the events you have coming up. It also allows you to effectively merge your to-do list with your want-to-do list.
This app helps you build healthy habits into your regular routine. You can set habits like bedtimes, wake-up times and workouts to make productive activities a part of your day-to-day lifestyle.
Once you've set habits, the app helps you stay on track by prompting you to record when you've completed a habit. Users get a bit of virtual motivation from the app as it keeps track of 'perfect' streaks or stretches of days when you completed all the goal habits you set for yourself.
Because no one is going to have perfect days every day, the app allows you to add notes on the days where you missed a habit or two. You can explain why you missed the habit then go back to find patterns in days where you missed healthy habits and find ways to eliminate those roadblocks in the future.
Picture this: you're all ready to take the kids to school or head to the office when you notice that you or one of your children has a strange rash or a bad cough. Sound familiar?
Most of the time, the culprit is an innocent cold or the introduction of a new laundry detergent, but as a parent, you know you can never be too cautious. This is where help from an app like Ring.MD can help.
The app connects you with a medical practitioner on-the-spot to have any ailment analyzed by a specialist without having to make a trip to the doctor. This can help you get the peace of mind you need from a physician instantly without having to make an expensive and time-consuming trip to your primary care provider.
Car problems are arguably one of the most annoying things on the planet. That pesky 'check engine' light always seems to illuminate itself at times when you're most strapped for cash and time.
Fortunately, there's now an app that allows you to quickly and easily hail a freelance mechanic. The mechanic can give you an idea of whether the damage you're looking at is serious enough to take into the shop, or if it's something simple that he can fix at your home or even roadside.
This not only helps you save quite a bit of time, but it also helps you avoid paying costly inspection fees at the dealership for small issues that could have been caught by a trained eye for a lower cost.
Your Mechanic is an accredited business, according to the Better Business Bureau.
Most of us have a membership card or two that allows us to access special deals and offers at our favorite stores. Although we love these memberships for the burden they take off our wallets, it can be difficult to deal with the burden they put on our keyrings. This is where the handy — and appropriately named — Key Ring app can help out.
The app allows you to store membership information on your electronic device so you never leave home without your savings cards. You can also use the app to create personalized shopping lists and store purchase information to make recurring trips to the store easier and more efficient.
One of the toughest steps in being productive around the house is figuring out where to start. Should you start by switching to a more 'green' trash disposal process, tackle that painting project in your room or revamp your meal preparation with some tasty new recipes?
This is especially challenging if you don't consider yourself to be a particularly handy homeowner or an amazing at-home chef. Fortunately, there is an app that can serve as your personal consultant for all 'adulting' aspects of your life.
BrightNest was created to inspire and empower its users to take excellent care of their homes. It offers up hundreds of guides for a variety of at-home tasks including cleaning, maintenance, cooking, organizing, decorating and more. You can also use the app to track the projects you're currently working on and prioritize them in order of importance.
Sticking to a productive schedule is never an easy task. Although it might seem like you're doomed to a life of disorganization, you don't have to be if you have the right tools.