It’s been a while since I’ve slept in on a Saturday. Even when I have no plans for the day my body is still accustomed to waking up early and doing productive things like writing of course. Monday through Friday, I can always count on email alerts, morning texts from my mothers and phone calls from my boyfriend, work alerts, and social media notifications to ensure that I’m up at the crack of dawn. With that being said, my plate is full. I am grateful for it because there was a time when my plate was empty and so was I, but it can all get a little overwhelming at times which drives me to go into an anti-digital cave where I shut everything down and try to remember what life was like before all this technology. Nowadays with so much technological advancements it’s assumed that everyone should be easily accessible and reachable via communication whether it’s through text, email, IM, social media, etc. So to keep myself balanced and organized, assuming that my phone never leaves my hand here are some of my essential apps that help me remember things and get things done. Bonus: they’re all free.
Warning: I am a Google Addict
I can’t function without to-do list. I have such a scatterbrain at times to the point where if it’s not written down, it’s often forgotten. Google Keep is an app that allows you to create to-list with added reminders so that even if you don’t open the app, you’ll get an alert if the task hasn’t been crossed off yet. There’s also a section to jot down quick notes and it’s usually where I write down article titles and quick memos like grocery lists, talking points, etc.
Chance are if you have a GMAIL account, you also have access to Google calendar. It’s also where I create my editorial calendar. I use this to keep track of appointments, important dates and events because sometimes writing them in a notebook or a calendar often gets overlooked. The great things about this is you can share appointments with others. If you’re in the type of business that requires you to have office hours, you can share the calendar with others so they can sign up for a meeting date and time with you. Google calendar can be accessed via smartphones, tablet, laptop and desktop so it goes everywhere with you.
There are times where I just don’t feel like lugging my laptop around with me when I’m commuting somewhere so Google Docs always comes in handy on my phone when I need to start a quick article, blog post or essay. I can type it all up on Google Docs and share it with my editor, email it to my editor without the hassle of copy and paste in Microsoft Word and sending it via email. If I want to start an article on the train ride home I can and then continue it later once I get home on my computer because it saves to the cloud drive after every single change.
I wear many hats at the moment that come with many tasks. I’m a women’s lifestyle writer and personal essayist for Madame Noire; Web Writer for Upscale Magazine; Black Voices Blogger for The Huffington Post; Arts and Culture writer for Saint Heron and I manage this here, blog. Most of the companies I write for have a slack account which is a project management app, but can also be used for social networking. We conduct our pitches, get writing assignments and just chat about trending topics in pop culture on this app.
Some other apps that I use just for graphics and ads are Canvas, Style, PicArt and Phonto. If you’re always on the go and your mind is always running even when you’re not these are some apps that’ll take a bit of sweat off your brow.