Happy Friday! I hope you have had a good week! In today’s post, I want to start a new series on this blog called “On an iPad” where I am going to talk about different ways I get work done using just an iPad.
I have been using some sort of iPad for almost four years, and I have had my current iPad mini for about two and a half years. So I have had a lot of experience working on these tablets, and I want to show you how you can get work done on these more portable devices.
This first post is all about planning on an iPad.
There are dozens if not hundreds of planning apps available for iPad. I have tried a few of them, but I really like the built in calendar, notes and reminders apps.
I use the calendar app for logging appointments and my class schedule. When ever I make an appointment, I put that information in the calendar (usually on my iPhone) and it syncs to my iPad. Before the semester, I like to sit down and look at my class schedule and put those class meetings in, too. That way, I can look at the week and see what I have going on and when I am free.
What I like about using a digital calendar is that I can set different events to different calendars (with different colors) and I don’t have to look like a crazy person by carrying a bunch of stuff everywhere.
I haven’t used the notes app very much, because I tend to use OneNote. That way, I can access notes on my Windows laptop, too. I do want to make the switch to a Mac computer eventually, that way I can keep everything synced. Yes, I know that means shelling out more money, but I think it will be worth it. Hopefully…
For the reminders app, I like to add things to my to do list. I will write down assignments or personal things I need to get done. I also like that I can set it to remind me to do something based on a specific time or even based on a place. Again, I like to sync this with my iPhone.
How I Work
Planning on an iPad is great, because my iPad (especially being a mini) is nice and portable. It can go in my purse, and I can take it anywhere. I do use a paper planner for things that don’t have a scheduled time. I use that planner as my editorial calendar.
Using my iPad for day to day things is great, because I can pull out my iPad or iPhone really quickly to check something or get something done.
I also use my email so that I can communicate with professors and classmates about meeting times or events that are coming up. I will talk more about how I use my email in a future part of this series.
Does it Work?
I think that using an iPad for planning is a great idea. You can cut down on your load but still have a daily planner with you. I love being able to check things on the go and make lists and save them in one place.
I definitely plan to continue using my iPad to plan in the future, because it is such a convenient way to track meetings and to dos.
Should You Plan?
If you are already an Apple fan, an iPad can be a great addition to your set up. It’s a lot easier to open up your iPad and plan than it is to open up a MacBook or even an iPhone.
If you have never used Apple products, you might be better off getting an Android or Windows tablet.
Planning on any sort of tablet is awesome, because you can stick your tablet in your bag, and you can have your planning app out during class or a meeting. If you tried to do that with your phone, you would be considered rude. Don’t be rude.
I love using my iPad for just about everything. It’s so light and small, and I can carry it everywhere. I hope this series helps you learn about how you can use an iPad and decide if it is right for you!
I will be doing this series every other Friday, and my next topic will cover writing on an iPad. It’s a little tricky, but I make it work!
Want to get your own iPad? Amazon has a great selection of different models (some are even eligible for two-day shipping)!
That is how I plan on an iPad! I hope you like the idea of this series and that you might think more about getting a more portable computer. Have you used a tablet to be productive? How did it go? Let me know in the comments below!
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