Just Google “app” and infinite options come up to make the hardware of our lives more productive and entertaining. There are some very good apps out there to be sure. I love my DuoLingo app for learning Spanish and the flashlight in the Over 40 app has lit a path for me more than once. But sometimes the app can add more complexity where the device has everything you need, as is, to lead a productive and fulfilling life until the next upgrade. Here are a few useful things I use my iPhone for with the apps that came pre-installed.
Yeah, I use it for the standard morning wake-up call because it is more reliable than my alarm clock but, the alarm has also come in useful for making sure I meet deadlines the rest of the day. I started setting my phone to go off 30 minutes before a deadline, appointment or even closing time. This lets me just loose myself in a project without obsessively checking the clock every 10 minutes. When the alarm sounds I know I have 30 minutes to reassess and wrap things up or make arrangements to work longer.
Along the same lines as the alarm, I set timer to help me manage file transfers and DVD copies. If the computer tells me something will be done in 47 minutes, I set the timer to go off just before then so I can check on it and, if it is ready, move it along to the next phase or start the process again with a different item. In a busy studio there are a lot of these background processes that take very little time to setup but can easily get thrown on the back burner in favor of more labor intensive tasks. Timer is a great way to make sure these tasks stay in the forefront of your mind and move along efficiently.
I use it to take pictures of things before I go shopping. I am redecorating a room in my house right now and photographed the room with my smartphone so I had the visuals with me when I went shopping. There is a lamp I want to get a duplicate of and some random little nooks I may want to fill with décor. I don’t have to go on memory with the lamp and I can easily transpose the image of an item into the space in a photo and decide if I like it there.
I’ve done this with clothes shopping too where I need to match colors. It is so much easier than bringing the article of clothing with me. The key here is to shoot in bright enough light so you do get accurate coloring. You can then zoom in on the photo to match it with what you have your hands on in the store.
I use this for time sheets. Working freelance, I am coming and going all the time. If I am in the field I just note the job, the start and end time and any other relevant information to the event. Then I get home and update my master Excel sheet. When I sync my phone a backup is made on my mac and time machine backups let me retain that backup a bit longer. I used to be the post-it note queen before I went digital. Notes allows infinite pages, multiple backups and I do not have to decipher my own handwriting at the end of a long day!
What are some of your favorite uses for mobile Apps?
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