Today’s Writer Wednesdays post is about efficiency and organization. It’s about phone apps! And not just apps for authors!!
I’m a lucky woman to be surrounded by so many teenagers because, to be honest, if it wasn’t for them I’d probably still be carrying a small pocket calendar and notebook with which to keep myself organized (actually, I still do). Since I have an iPhone with only 16 gig of storage (which my kids mock relentlessly), I don’t have a ton of apps. And I have a bad habit of adding and deleting apps as I need them.
Right now these are the top apps (other than the ones that came pre-loaded) on my phone. All of them I use to help keep my family organized, safe while on the move, and in touch.
WeatherBug – my favorite app for all things weather-related. It even sends me alerts so I have time to text the kids and make sure they’re not driving in bad weather. (They’re all new drivers)
Write 2 Lite – it’s a writing app I use to jot down all the random thoughts and ideas I have about all the stories running through my head.
CVS Pharmacy – Let’s me keep track of Minute Clinic hours and wait times and also alerts me to when I have to renew and pick up prescriptions.
Expedia – We are a traveling family and I use Expedia to keep track of our flights and travel plans.
Google Hangouts – I use this app to keep in touch with my 2015 Golden Heart class aka The Dragonflies!
Uber – You never know when you’re going to need a ride.
Pandora – so convenient to have music only a click away.
Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest – because SM is sometimes the only way I can keep up with the kids. I don’t have FB or FB messenger. The kids don’t use FB and the app takes up way to much memory on my phone. Also, the constant alerts are annoying.
There are a few other apps I use when I have the space:
Waze – A GPS app that’s great but eats up my battery and storage.
Smart Traveler – The State Department app for when we travel overseas.
Airline/Amtrak apps – I load these up whenever I travel.
Prep & Pantry – Kitchen food storage app that I love but requires a lot of memory.
GoodGuide – A very cool app that scans food/cosmetic/household products bar codes and gives a toxicity rating. This is an interesting app, but also kind of depressing when you realize how many chemicals are in all the products we use. Also eats up my battery, so it had to go.
I’d love to know what kinds of apps you use. I’m always looking for ways to make life more efficient and fun!
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All photographs courtesy of Sharon Wray.