As a dyslexic, my biggest day to day struggle is time management. I’ve always had trouble accurately estimating how long something will take, and it makes getting things done in a timely manner difficult. So, I’ve been experimenting with a couple of different organization aids.
For the past couple of months, I’ve been using the free Jorte organizer app in an attempt to better structure my day. Before that, I was trying to use the default calendar that came on my phone, but I didn’t care for a lot of things about it.
Jorte, though, has been pretty decent. You can change daily events relatively easily, and, best of all, color code the blocks of time you’ve allotted to them.
|This is an older schedule I’ll be changing soon.|
Since my time management is so iffy, it helps to have this visual layout. It’s also highly customizable, so I can change it at any time to fit the changing tasks that come with life.
There are several different views available for your calender, as well. The above is the weekly view, but here’s what the monthly one looks like:
I also use the Tasks function as a daily to-do list to help me make sure I’ve completed everything for the day.
|Well, dishes is the only real item on this list.|
When you complete a task, you touch it, and it greys out. I’d prefer the strike-through mark, but that’s not available in this app.
There are also options to set alarms before each event, and a number of different calenders to choose from. If you have multiple devices, you can install this app on them and synchronize your calendars/to-do lists through the Jorte cloud service.
As for visual customization, you can choose between white or black backgrounds, and seven color schemes. There are also three default fonts available to choose from.
There are a few things I don’t really care for, though.
As mentioned above, I’m not fond of the way finished tasks are marked. In the free version, you’re also restricted to three task lists, which is annoying when you want to make to-do lists for each day of the week.
I believe the paid version increases that number to five, though. It also took me a little while to figure out how to set events versus tasks.
If there’s a way to change font size within the app, I haven’t been able to figure it out, so that’s a distinct downside on the dyslexia front. It’d also be nice if there was more variety available in font and background color, though that might be available through the paid version. I personally find it easier to read lighter colored text off of a black background, but that’s not the case for many dyslexics.
Overall, though, this is a customizable app, with great quality for being free. I haven’t bothered with all of the features, like the diary, but for simple schedule keeping and to-do lists, it’s a very nice little program.
This is NOT a paid review and there are no affiliate links in this entry, btw.