It feels like I've been meeting myself coming and going these days. But like many of you, I also feel like I'm my most productive when I'm busy.
Not to be all, "the pressure is good for you" (because at some point it isn't) but I certainly thrive (for a few days at least) under a bit of stress. As I sit here writing this after midnight (the fourth night in a row that sleep has eluded me) I'm amazed by how much more I can get done during a busy week, than I do during a week of vacation.
But seriously, what do I do during vacation?
The knowledge that time is limited helps me focus and prioritize. Here are a few apps and companies that make the whole thing easier.
I get it. I'm the last person on earth to start keeping my calendar on my phone. I can't help it. I love paper! However, when things get busy, I need my calendar on me 24/7. That means at dinner and on a walk in the park. We all know nothing is with you 24/7 like your phone. Oh, and it also allows me to share a Google calendar with Mike. That whole marriage thing means you have to be on the same page about some stuff (like vacations, which I may or may not have double booked this spring...that may or may not have been what caused the digital conversion).
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. It's how I keep track of everything. I love the fact that you can save a picture as a note. I use it when reading magazines, making to-do lists and shopping for clients. Simply snap a picture, enter the price and dimensions, and it's magically on your computer when you get home. Genius.
Nothing ruins a well-planned day like an un-planned downpour. Poncho emails you the weather report, complete with helpful details like allergy and hair advice (and a funny GIF) before your morning and evening commutes. It's saved me from at least one rainstorm (and the ensuing cab expense).
Speaking of expenses, I've found the best way to keep track of them. If you can't be bothered with budgets or bank accounts, this is the app for you. Just want to know what you spent and where? Easy. Enter how much you spent, where and what the category was (transportation, dining out, etc.). It remembers your habits so you can easily re-enter your daily coffee, and it provides monthly overviews that make it easy to know how you're doing. Love a budget? You can set that up too if you want.
The news, delivered daily to your inbox. I've already talked about it a bunch here, but I insist you sign up. You can be busy, but you can't be ignorant.
Consider my a convert. I was a hardcore "don't have time for cooking, someone please pull up Seamless" kind of girl. Except, it was underwhelming. Delivery is underwhelming. Sandwiches again? Plus, you don't really know what's in them and you don't have leftovers. Oh, and we registered for a full kitchen worth of cooking equipment last year! Plated makes it so easy to cook that even I enjoy it. In under 45 minutes (max) you have a full meal and we've had enough leftovers that I also lunch the next day. We exactly what's going into our food and I'm eating more vegetables than I would ever buy on my own. Win, win.
Because sometimes you just can't make it downtown for a meeting.
Or, a Selfie-Stick
Not kidding. I use mine on the tripod setting to FaceTime with clients from out of town. It prevents that whole Blair Witch Project effect.
When you have a full-time job, managing your blog's social media can be a challenge. Enter Hootsuite, the website that allows you to schedule Twiter and Facebook posts ahead of time. I'm not saying I always use Hootsuite, but when I do, it's incredibly helpful.
Short for "IF THIS THEN THAT." I'm still getting the hang of this one, but essentially it lets you link up apps so that you can do two things at once. My favorite so far? IF you post a photo to Instagram, THEN it will post it as a native photo on Twitter (no more links!). Not so social media oriented? IF you star an email in gmail, THEN you'll get a reminder email the next day.
What apps help you stay above the fray?