Calendars & To Do Lists: organization is fun!
I had the minor epiphany recently that life is all about keeping a schedule and sticking to it. This seems almost too simple. But as I go about filling up my days, I've begun to lean heavily on a well organized calendar and I realized that maintaining an air tight schedule appeases my OCD brain with the added benefit of making me feel like a real go-go busy bumble bee. And since just showing up seems to be an important aspect of living and/or being successful, I figure marking down dates, times, and locations is a solid way to get this junk sorted out. It may be trivial, but I feel like getting the ol' Google calendar synced up with my iPhone has been a real life game changer. The future is now! Getting these devices to talk to each other makes logging and checking these appointments a breeze. Sometimes scheduling can be fun!
Speaking of fun (boring) stuff, another iPhone productivity essential has been the free app GoTasks. It is both painfully simple and unbelievably effective. Creating lists is great and GoTasks lets me make a butt load of them. I have the standard "To Do" list which ranges from ranking things I just gots to do at the top, while hiding a bunch of crap I feel like I need to do at some point but keep on putting off listed more towards the bottom. It's more like a collection of high priority items and semi-longterm goals. Not the purest To Do list ever, but I like throwing that junk in there just in case I ever get crazy enough to actually tick it off. And when items sit stagnant on there long enough... just make a new list! Something like: "Bullshit I Ought To Get To." Other essential lists include a grocery list and things that are worthwhile to keep handy like a list of gear to bring camping, or random, crazy ideas that pop into my head. The major selling point on this app is that it too syncs up with the Google by signing into Gmail, hitting the little drop down arrow in the upper left and clicking tasks. Now there is seamless management of my many, many lists between iPhone and computer. These little pieces of tech know-how may seem pretty elementary but I've found them to be infinitely useful and indispensable. Embrace our robot friends, they're here to help.