Do-It Tomorrow: I put my weekly agenda, to-dos divided by day, on a whiteboard in my office and an old school Daytimer. I asked for one for my 18th birthday, stipulating that I wanted a nice one that I could use through my PhD. Yes, I was a nerd. But it is pretty purple leather and I am attached. The great thing about this app, though, is that it gives me just two days at a time (today and tomorrow) and automatically moves things I don’t cross off to the next day. It’s good for focusing on what is immediately at hand and for the shuffling that usually happens in the afternoon when I realize I’m already behind.
Paperless Lite: I find listmaking soothing. I have little slips of paper everywhere, and now they’re in my pocket. So far, I’m using this for my reading log, grocery list, and writing to-do list. I suspect that as my tasks multiply when school starts I’ll be using it even more. It includes plenty of options for customizing but also is simple enough that it feels uncluttered.
Magnificat: I am a practicing Catholic and try to do some scripture reading and reflection daily. In my life, this can get tricky with too many bookmarks in devotionals or books to tote between my house and my parents’ or wherever I’m traveling. This app is free + a $1.99/month subscription and includes Mass readings, prayers, and reflections from clergy, saints, and historical figures each day. No bookmarks needed. Hello, streamline. I don’t need a separate bookmark for morning prayer and evening prayer. My only complaint is that there’s no back button so if I need to switch from the reading to the reflection I have to close and reopen the app to access the menu. Odd.
Poetry Daily: I love poetry. I can’t really talk about it articulately, but I love it. This gives me new poems each day. Enough said.
The Week: My pops works in news radio and he uses The Week to stay up on things in a reasonably balanced manner. I am an academic who doesn’t like to feel totally clueless (I’ll settle for mostly), so samesies.
My Fitness Pal: You know that line from Say Anything “there’s no food in your food”? I eat well for one-two meals a day and then I just eat random stuff. I got this app to keep better tabs on my eating and drinking consumption and an eye on my iron intake. Initially it told me to only eat 1240 calories a day, which was just mean. I made it allow me more and since then we’ve been friends. It has a huge database of exercises, prepared foods, and ingredients, and I can input my own calorie counts or recipes so that over time it will adapt to me and the foods I eat. I want to lose three pounds. (see also: Fooducate)
Hatchi: For whatever reason, a significant memory from my childhood is getting a Tamagatchi on family vacation. Except the Destin toy store was out and Dad bought us Dinky Dino Pals or something like that. We love, love, loved them. Weirdly, my first thought upon finding out I could get an iPhone** was “do they have a Tamagatchi?” Hatchi has taught me that in the last 15 years my ability to over-invest in simulated pets has not diminished. My relationship with my actual dog makes more sense now, doesn’t it?
I also have an orange and pink Kate Spade rotary dial cover, which I am stupidly proud of even though I suspect it is a knock off because it was $12 on Amazon.
What other apps should I check out?
*I won’t tell you. But Apple knows. I hate this fact so much. I tell as many apps as possible that no, they cannot use my current location. Where’s my tin foil hat?
**My parents are badass negotiators and I am grateful that often this affects my life positively. Bonjour, unlimited minutes on the family plan. Greattaseeya.