written by: Elton Gahr•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 5/7/2011
One of the great advantages of smartphones is the ability to help organize and plan, because while a separate planner works for some people, having a single device with a single app that can keep you organized works better. To that end here are the best all in one year planner apps for iPhone.
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A few years ago electronic planners were hugely popular, but the appearance of smartphones has made the year planners something you can simply download rather than buying separately. While you can keep notes and use the calendar in the iPhone there are far better choices out there and here they are.
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2Do: Tasks Done in Style
2Do is a simple checklist app which can help you plan ahead for everything you need to do for months or even years. This program allows you to set up daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly tasks. You can also create different lists for work, home or anything else that you want help to keep track of. In addition it has locations and an excellent number of choices on settings and appearance. This app may not have as many options as some other planner apps, but if what you want is to set up your tasks this is perfect.
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Planny is an appointment app which lets you look at your plans on a daily basis and on a monthly calendar, making it easy to keep track of what you need to be doing right now and easy to set up plans months in advance. In addition you can easily set the priority of every appointment, have those appointments repeat daily, weekly monthly and yearly. This makes it simple to set up your plans and see what you can blow off when you find that you have too much on. Most importantly, though, it has the best name of any of the planning programs.
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Far more graphic than many of the other planners, Dream Planner focuses on goals more than specific plans. This allows you focus on the six distinctive parts of your life which include, relationships, career, physical, finances, maintenance and community. It also allows you to easily monitor your progress, life balance and more. Adding new things will often cause the program to shut down, which can be frustrating, but it does keep any changes you have made. A good planner if you’re more interested in focusing on where you will be in a year rather than each individual appointment, making it one of the best all in one year planner apps for the iPhone.
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Intuition: Mom's Personal Assistant
With an interface of bright colors and flowers this is clearly designed for women, but beyond the appearance this is one of the best options you can get. It allows you to set tasks, create lists, keep notes and more. You can also adjust everything easily, use a map in order to set locations and even look at recipes and connect with other people on Intuition.
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With a very simple layout this app lets you set your calendar, bills, to do lists, expenses and even contacts in one simple program. This program is not going to impress anyone with the look, feel or interface, but it has everything you need. Best of all it connects with your Google calendar allowing you to use the computer and the iPhone together more efficiently than most of the other options. This is not as easy to use or as good looking as most of the other year planner apps, but it has most of what you want in one program.
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2Do: Tasks Done in Style, http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/2do-tasks-done-in-style/id303656546?mt=8