A Favorite App

hooplaIt’s been a while since I shared a favorite app.  Hoopla is one that I discovered through a favorite youtube channel that I follow.  It is by far my new favorite app!

With hoopla, you can download an ebook,  audio book, video or music for FREE!  All you need is a library card from your local library and log in information.

Most of the books I have downloaded I have been able to keep for two weeks.  There have been a few that I was able to keep longer.  The app tells you the due date when you download it.  When the due date arrives, it is automatically returned.  You don’t have to remember to do it.  That means no late fees!

If you are a fan of kindle or audible, I highly recommend that you give this a try.  I don’t think you will regret it.

What are some of your favorite apps?  Please share in the comments.  I’m always looking for a new app that makes my life easier or more enjoyable.  Hoopla definitely fits the bill!

Planning, Part 2

As I said in my previous post, I have come up with a way to combine digital and paper for the perfect-for-me-now system to stay organized.

My husband has asked those of us in leadership at the ministry here to use Google Calendar so that we can see each other’s schedule. I didn’t really like this at first, but now I have learned to use it with ease. I like the fact that my calendar is on my phone and it sends me reminders of what is ahead. I need those reminders. Trust me!

Instead of carrying around the big, fat notebook from the past with sections for projects and notes for meetings, etc., I use Evernote. I have posted about this app before. I have “notebooks” for Bible studies I am teaching, projects I am working on and recipes that I want to try. The sky is the limit. I have the app on my computer as well, so it is easy to copy documents and pictures into a note. It then syncs to my phone or ipad automatically.

Another tab that used to be in my big, fat notebook was lists. I had lists for everything!!!! I like lists. Someone introduced me to the app Wunderlist . This is wonderful. I use it for lists of things I don’t want to forget like things to buy when I am in the USA or things I need to look for whenever I run errands. I also keep a grocery shopping list for short runs to the store. For my bigger grocery runs or trips to Costco, I have a shopping list on my computer that I can print, check off what I need and go. This helps me to think and not forget something when I make the longer trek to Costco.

In days gone by, I kept a flipper for chores. I learned how to do this when reading The Messie Manual. It was a life-saver when I was raising kids and trying to keep my house from becoming a warzone. The Home Routines app replaces this now. I like that I can add my own chores to the lists. You can check them off and they reset each day. There is also a built-in timer. Now that there are only two of us in the house, I don’t need this app as much as I used to. It’s sort of second nature to do some of the chores on the list and others don’t have to be done as often. I do refer to it from time to time to see how I am doing and if there is anything I need to work on. This app is currently $4.99 in the iTunes App store.   It is worth the money.

Another tab in the big, fat notebook was for addresses. This is now on my devices in my contact list. It is always at my fingertips and it is easy to edit when necessary.

Today we talked about my digital tools. In part 3, we will talk about my paper tool. I am enjoying using this and it is keeping me on target!

Until the next time…

Favorite Apps

I love my iProducts!  I am sold on Mac and will not look back.  I make no apologies for that.  =)  I have some apps that are my absolute favorites and so I thought from time to time, I would share one with you.  Today I would like to feature Evernote.  Someone told me about this app when I was lamenting about losing some notes from another app I was using.  I’m not sure where to start except to say that I could not live without this app!  I take notes on it.  I can make recordings with it.   I save pdfs in it.  Speaking notes are saved to it.  I have a notebook for Bible memory and a notebook for my ‘What do I know about my God?‘ study.  My speaking notes are in it.  Everything I need is at my finger tips.  I even keep a note of things I don’t want to forget.  IMG_3564

This article changed the way I use Evernote and helped me to organize.  A great feature of Evernote is the fact that I can have it on all my devices including my computer and it syncs seamlessly.  This is a tremendous help for study and travel.  There is a free version, but you could upgrade to premium.  I received a year of premium free with my phone service in Japan.  I’m not sure if I will renew it when it expires.  Although I enjoy it, I’m not sure it is necessary for the kind of work that I do.  Having said that, it is a little pricey, but in my humble opinion, it is worth the price.  Give it a try!  I think you will be pleasantly surprised.  IMG_3565