Did you know you can use your camera phone to help you with your daily tasks, and not just take cute pictures of your kids? Get ready to have your world rocked, at least a little, with my favorite ways to use my phone camera to save time (and brain power). What mom can’t stand to save a little brain memory right?
To start- Familiarize yourself with your photo storage system on your phone. If you are using an iPhone, your photos are in an app labeled Photos (this happens automatically as soon as you take your first photo).
Within your Photos App you can create “albums”. Some are automatically generated for you, but to use most of these tips, you will want to create some new ones.
To create an NEW ALBUM on your iPhone: Tap the plus “+” sign in the left top corner. Name your new album. Save. If you have already taken photos you wish to add to this album, you will be prompted to do that next, or you can tap DONE. (Note- moving images to an album does not remove them from your “all photos” storage but will shorten your search when you are looking for something.)
To rearrange your Albums on your iPhone: Tap EDIT in the top right of the Album screen. Drag your Album by touching the three horizontal lines on the right side of Album name. Drag up or down to the desired position and let go. Tap DONE to finish.
12 Time Saving Tips Using Your Phone Camera
- What to Wear: Take a photos of what you wear (either on yourself or the clothing lying flat on ground- this is called a “flat lay”. Create an OUTFITS Album for quick reference when you can’t decide what to wear. Step it up a notch and categorize your albums by season, occasion, etc.
- Recipes: Photograph recipe cards, magazine recipes, pages of recipe books, or screen grab online recipes. Create a RECIPES Album and have all your favorites in one place and available even when you are offline.
- Manage School Life: Snap a shot of all important school documents: schedule, snack list, lunch menus, bus route, important phone number sheet, campus map, class list, even the class photo. Store in SCHOOL Album and have easy access to information you need wherever you are. Update annually and clear out old documents.
- Home Inventory: Remember what’s in the deep freezer, pantry, or closets by taking a photo of these places seasonally or monthly. You’ll have a quick reference when you are at Costco and toilet paper is on sale but you forgot you had 2 cases in the pantry. Store images in Home Inventory Album. Update monthly.
- Exercise Routines: At the gym or park and forgot what that Instagram routine you saw was? Or what to try the interval run you saw on Pinterest at the gym? What about those 10 belly-flattening exercises you read at the salon? Screen grab or photograph exercise routines that inspire you and save to an EXERSICE Album. Then you will have the details right at your fingertips when you are ready to workout.
- Shopping List: Create an Album for wardrobe shopping list items. Save images of inspiration items you find on the web, or see out in life in a SHOPPING-WARDROBE Album. Flip through it before your next trip to the mall and buy what you really want.
- Paperless Prayer Cards: Photograph your scripture lists or prayer cards. Create SCRIPTURE Album and save them and other related images there. Makes for quick reference and easy reading when you are waiting in the doctor’s office or carpool lane.
- Hours of Operation: Never remember when the library closes? What about your favorite coffee shop or the town pool? Take a picture of the hours of operation signs at your favorite spots and save in HOURS Album. This is also useful for drop-in schedules at the gym.
- Quick Reference: Photograph account numbers for things like children’s church pick-up, your library card, or member ID and have them when you need them in a REFERENCE Album. (Not recommended for secure accounts or finance uses.)
- Parking Spot: Don’t forget where you are parked again. Take a photo of your parking space surroundings or identifying signage and find your vehicle quickly when it’s time to leave. Don’t forget to delete when you get home.
- Inspiration: Save image (screen grab or photos you take) of things that inspire your creativity. Color combos, decorating ideas, landscapes, etc. it’s makes for easy reference when you are planning a project.
- Holiday Shopping: Take a picture of your shopping list and create a CHRISTMAS (or other holiday) Album. Add photos of each item as you purchase so you can quickly remember what you bought and what it looks like. Be sure you keep this album from the kids view!