Have you ever had a day where you felt too frazzled to think about anything besides whatever task is literally in front of you at any given time? A day where everything is a blur; from getting dressed, to your morning commute, to your entire workday? By the time the whirlwind ends, you’re in bed reflecting and you realize you haven’t had anything wholesome to eat all day, you forgot to return your mother’s call, and you have no idea what you should have prepped to be prepared for the next day. It’s times like those when you wish you had a personal assistant. If you have a smartphone, however, you’ve got the next best thing!

Always by your side, in your purse or pocket, the way you use your smartphone can be the one thing standing in the way of you and your peace of mind. It’s time to take advantage of some basic features on your phone so that you can be present, productive, and organized on even the busiest days.

Set Alarm Reminders
o   Using your phone’s alarm clock, you can easily set a reminder to eat, return a phone call, or to keep track of time throughout the day. You’ll find that you’ll get a lot more accomplished throughout the day, and you won’t feel so burnt out.

Sync your Calendar
o   Some phones give you the option to have different calendars, so make a calendar for bills, personal dates and events, work meetings and deadlines, etc. Sync your calendar to all devices that you use, if possible, so that you can access your schedule at all times.

Snapshot Important Documents
o   Use your camera to take pictures of random things you may need to refer to later. For example, it’s a good idea to snap your license plate number, utility bills and their account numbers, and even the menu for your favorite lunch café. Make sure to keep your photo albums organized so you can access your files efficiently.

Download Helpful Applications
o   One of the biggest benefits of having a smartphone is having an app store at your fingertips, and being able to download a plethora of applications for little to no cost. You can easily find some useful apps for yourself that can track your daily water intake, help you manage your budget, send you random inspirational quotes, and more.

Take the time to explore your phone’s features and fully customize it to fit your needs. Everything you expose yourself to throughout the day should be empowering and supportive to you in some way, and your phone is no exception!