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My favourite apps and softwares to stay organised

I’ve always been a big stationery hoarder: I love pretty notebooks and I won’t tell you how many Filofaxes I bought in 2015 (sixteen. SIXTEEN). And yet lately I’ve shied away from my Filofax and felt the need to downsize the number of notebooks, pencils, and pens that I own. I tend to go digital these days! The reason behind that is that first, I feel bad about using paper when I could write things on my phone or computer, and then that it’s way easier to lugg your things around when it’s all in your pocket.

Also, I think it will help me to be more focused on my work and actually prompt me to get things done and not fuss over which notebook I’m going to write in today, or if I should use both a digital and a paper calendar… And so on!

Here are the organisation and productivy apps and softwares I use daily at the moment, and how I use them to keep things minimalistic in my personal and work life. (These are all available on both iOS and Android and on Mac and Windows).

Evernote

Evernote is the perfect app for notes on the go and taking notes in general. What I love love love about it is the fact it synches between my computer and my phone: I can start a list on my phone and find it seconds later on my computer to add details to it. Also, I just need access to the internet to retrieve everything at any time, even if I ever lose or break my phone/computer or if I don’t have access to them when I need to.

You can organise your notes in folders and create “notebooks” according to your needs. I have one for personal things, one for work and one for the blog. Who needs a Moleskine when you can have dozens of them stocked in your pocket? The choice was easy to make as far as I’m concerned!

Google Calendar

As I don’t have many appointments at the moment, Google calendar is more than enough for keeping an eye on them lately. I also use it as an editorial calendar for the blog: At the beginning of every month, I write down the posts I want to work on/publish and on which day. I always have the calendar on monthly view so that I can see at a glance what I have coming up on this particular month. It’s super useful!

Wunderlist

Wunderlist is probably the best to-do list app I’ve ever tried. You can add periodic tasks and recurring ones, and you can choose to set or not a reminder for each task. Just like Evernote, you can divide the taks into different categories, different folders, and even create sub-items for a project. How cool is that?

I have a routine list for daily recurring items, a someday list for anything that’s not time sensitive, an ongoing shopping list, and a list for the blog. The « today » and « week » lists are created automatically when you add a new one to your inbox, which is the catchall when you haven’t chosen a particular category. I mainly use the « today » view, which combines all items from all categories due on that day (as you can see on the second picture).

Bonus points: it also synches between your phone and computer and you can use either the web version or the software. You can also choose a background for your lists… And they have puppies and kittens, just saying.

Forest

This app is based on the Pomodoro technique: it helps you focus for 25 minutes at a time and blocks distracting websites and apps. For every 25 minutes, you get a tree in your garden and a few coins: you can then buy other types of trees. If you get distracted along the way and open another app, you tree dies and you have to plant another one!

I love the fact you can see at a glance how many hours a day/week you worked, and the cute design!

Scrivener

Scrivener is where all the writing happens! I discovered this software while writing my first Nanowrimo. This is the only paying software of this list, but it’s really not that expensive and excellent quality. Also, you can get it halfprice when you win the Nanowrimo since they are a partner of the event! That’s how I got mine and I’m really happy I did because now I don’t use anything else for my writing.
Scrivener is a writing software that has hundreds of uses: you can write a novel, manage a blog, work on a paper or anything you set up your mind to!

I use it for both my blog and my writing projects, fiction and non-fiction. I have a unique single file for everything and divided my projects into folders and subfolders: for example, I have a folder for every category of my blog, and every chaper of the fiction piece I’m working on. That way, I can drag and rearrange scenes, blog posts, and all that in a second! There’s also the possibility to have seperate folders for your research and characters or anything else like that.

And that’s how I manage to stay organised without paper planners or notebooks!

What are your tools for an organised life? Are you more of a digital or a paper planner person? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Ready for September in my #BuJo !
Simplicity and functionality for this BTS month 🌻
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  • Planned expenses for the months to come! 💵

Thought about using that type of spread I saw on YouTube as a future log system.

For real, this is one of the things you could have told me as a child/teenager and I would have never believed you, but one of my favorite adulting things is to budget and track my spending and savings and stuff. What is yours? 🍉

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  • Week 32. Simplicity and wonky lines.
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  • Here's my future log! It's divided into events and tasks/notes for each month. Also, I color code the events on the little calendars. I've tried the Calendex but I hated having to turn to multiple pages to see what was planned for future months. What's your favourite future log spread? 
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  • Let's do this, August! 🌞🌡 Back to school on the 31st. Until then, my planner pages are pretty bare. My to do list, not so much 😁 
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  • I started BuJoing in this old Leuchtturm notebook that I bought on the Isle of Mann. It has a tan from sitting too long in the shop window! 😂 
My Lemome notebook is now ready for me to move in, but I have to wait until August 1st and that's KILLING me! I can't stop picking it up, touching it, leafing through it... You know how it is, right fellow planner lovers 😉 If you want to see my setup, head over to IGTV. I filmed and posted my first video today! A quick flipthrough of what it looks llike before the pen.

I'm still in two minds about using washi tape to mark important pages : the future log, goals, routines, next actions lists... I might do that again in the Lemome. We shall see!

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  • It's here, and it's beautiful! 😍 
I've spent hours setting it up... Here's to hoping I don't get bored after one week 😂 
Sneak peeks to come!
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  • Erm... Hi again... Do you remember me? 😂 
I didn't post about it but I tried out pocket size for a few months... Then I got fed up and went back to personal size but I couldn't find my groove again... That's why I've ordered a #lemome notebook and will set it up as a bullet journal once it's here 🙃
I know, I know, this is probably a stupid idea. But I'll try bullet journaling in August as I'm out of school and fuck ups won't have (big) consequences. So. Yeah. I'll show you the new one!