The ONE App I Use to Keep My Business Organized
Confession: I am not the world’s most organized person. I’m a very messy creative and both my real and virtual surfaces tend to be cluttered. I’ve learned that I won’t stick with a complicated system or multiple systems. I need one place to put all the stuff. To do lists, blog posts, random info I want to save for later, etc.
After a while I noticed that there was one app that I tended to end up using. Its simplicity was its best feature and now I use it daily. I use the Apple Notes App. (I have an Apple Watch/Iphone/Macbook Pro combo so this app syncs between all my devices seamlessly. If you’re a Microsoft person, OneNote essentially works the same way and they have an app for iPhone as well.)
Because the Notes app just autosaves as I go, and doesn’t act like a traditional document, it’s easy to access my stuff quickly. It’s also easy to keep organized since I can have folders for notes. Each folder is a different category! Additionally, I can view and edit it easily on my phone, unlike traditional documents.
Here are a few examples of how I use the Notes app:
*I do not delete notes generally. Especially my online content (blog posts, Instagram captions.) It gives me an extra layer of security in case my Instagram feed all of a sudden disappears or my blog backups vanish. I still have almost all the drafts I’ve written!
In addition to the Notes app I do also have a physical notebook that I use in almost the exact same way as its digital cousin. Each page is a different thing and I just know that if I wrote something down it’s in my notebook or my Notes app. Simple, but for me it’s very effective. Here’s a peak inside what I see on the desktop version of the app:
Folders are listed on the left. When I click one, all the notes in that folder pop up and I can see at a glance what each one contains. If I don’t see what I’m looking for right away, I can use the search bar at the top right to find the note quickly. Or to realize that I never wrote down what I thought for sure I had…that too. 😉
And that’s it! Using Notes has greatly simplified things for me – It’s very intentionally uncomplicated and a just a little bit messy. How do you stay organized? Connect with me on Instagram!