I am amazed how smartphone apps have become an integral part of my daily life. As I review 2013, I find it fascinating to see which apps have become of my daily rhythms. Instead of making a list of my favorite, most used apps, I thought it might be more interesting to see when I used certain apps in the course of day.
After I wake up in the morning at 6:00 am to the preinstalled clock app (with an inspiring song from iTunes set on the lowest volume), I go down stairs and begin my day.
- My first routine is to put on coffee and listen to NPR News. The primary reason why I like NPR is simple: it is short and convenient, usually around 3-4 minutes – perfect timing for brewing 4 cups of coffee.
- Then as I drink my first cup of coffee, I review my blog & news feeds via Feedly. I was very sad to see Google Reader kick the can this past year. I use to use Flipboard religiously, since it seamlessly integrated Google Reader and other social media like Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Now, I use Feedly as my primary RSS Reader.
- While I catch up on my news feeds (usually 10-15 minutes), I save all the pertinent articles for future reference to Pocket. Honestly, I would prefer if Feedly directly linked to Evernote. The Pocket.app is a work around for me – a virtual desktop that allows me to store articles and later file them on Evernote.
- Usually once a week, I comb through my articles saved on Pocket and them archive them to Evernote. One of my goals this year to make considerable strides towards a paperless archiving system. I have tried to figure out Evernote for several years, but it did not dawn on me until I saw a need to transfer my filing system to an online cloud that synced with all my digital devices. Evernote fits the bill perfectly. Evernote has also become my primary place to take notes, especially for sermon and other leadership talks.
- After time in Scripture reading and prayer, I take a shower. Honestly, some of my best thinking has been in these 15-20 minutes of my day. Using my iPad speakers, I have listened to some great Podcasts. In the past, the iTunes Podcasts was clunky. Now that I can stream each episode, instead of downloading them individually, I have begun to use Podcast more than ever. In a future post, I will share my most impacting Podcasts of 2013.
- After lunch I usually take a 30 minute to hour siesta. I love that the first app in my “Productivity” folder on my iPad is Sleep Machine. I am a true believer of power naps! Also, I love how this app has a timer that gently wakes me up to wind chimes.
- After my nap, I am in meetings several afternoons a week. In the past, we use to print out our agenda on paper. Now that everyone has a digital device (computer or tablet), we have used Google Drive as our primary collaborative work station. Saving our minutes, action points, and other important notes in real time has been a great advance in our team’s organization.
- After my meetings, I get on my bike and head for home. Half way home there is a small café that I frequent and do some personal reading with a juice or and empanada by my side. For an hour I have used the Kindle app as my primary reader. I would say that have used Kindle for 80% of my reading in 2013. In fact, all but one of my top books of 2013 were digital books.
- Most evenings, Sandi & I finish out the day reading together, using our Kindle.app. Then we veg-out by watching TV episodes from Netflix. I do not doubt that most of America now uses Netflix as their main “TV time”. Lately we have been enjoying Parks & Rec – the perfect light-hearted comedy that helps us appreciate our Peru Mission team.