Organize with iPlan myTime

Total Score:  27

Having a good planning tool is a critical part of staying organized.  You should look at iPlan myTime and see if it fits your needs.  You can add projects, then tasks under projects, see them in calendar view and in a timeline view.   You can also share an image of the timeline.  Perhaps the most important to me, is cloud support.

Price Rating = 5     $1.99.  The app is listed as free with an $1.99 in app-purchase.  The in-app purchase gives you extended dates, and to my mind, is a necessity.  The cost is reasonable based on the functionality.

Ease of Use Rating = 4    It is not instantly intuitive, but it doesn’t take long to catch on.  I have tested a number of these types of apps, some I haven’t even bothered to review because they are so similar to others or I didn’t like them.  This one has features I haven’t seen before and is certainly worth testing.

 Readability Rating = 5     The font is a good size – even on the iPhone.

 Will You Use It Rating = 5     If you have multiple projects to maintain and want to see tasks by project, by date, this is a good app for you.

Downsides Rating =  0     I didn’t find any downsides.  I wouldn’t take points off for it, but the free version only allows you to plan tasks in a short planning window.

  Consumer Review Rating = 3     I didn’t experience any difficulty with syncing to my calendar, but some readers did mention they had issues.  One person mentioned it was limited to an 8-hour day, but through settings you can change it to a 13-hour day. Hopefully few people work that many hours.  You can also change it to seven days a week.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     Keeping organized may help to reduce stress.

How does it work? 

  1. When you first open the app it asks you if  this app has been upgraded to the “Full Version” on another device.  You can say either tap CHECK or NO.
  2. The next question is whether you want to use the trial mode or upgrade to the full app.  By all means, test it out using the trial mode to make sure you like it.   You will be limited to tasks due one week after the present date.
  3. You will then see a screen asking you to set some basic settings.  ICloud Yes/No, number of days in the week, and start and end of work day.   You are asked if you want to see an introductory movie at this point.
  4. Now it’s time to set up your first project.  Before you add your first project name, you might want to add the tasks from your existing calendar.  Tapping the circles next to the list of calendars will add those tasks/events. As  you bring them in you can create project names for them based on which calendars you bring in.
  5. Tap the PLUS symbol to get started.  Help Tips are turned on at this point.  You can turn them off to get started.
  6. The project names are at the bottom (center) of the screen.  Tapping on them brings up the list and a large plus sign for you to add a new one.  Any time you see a PENCIL icon you can edit the task or the project.
  7. When you have a project name open and see a PLUS sign you can add a task under a project.  You can set a time for it.
  8. Tapping the calendar name at the top of the page brings up a calendar by month view.    You tap on a date to see the tasks for that date.
  9. Turning your device to a horizontal orientation brings the timeline into place.  This will help you identify if you have planned too many tasks for any given time period.  You can use the usual swipe left/right to move the timeline.   The settings option can be found on this screen.  It’s the typical gear wheel used in many apps.  In this view you can also share the timeline.

 

I would suggest using this app if project planning is important to you.  If you just want a simple to do list, then an app like Any.do would be my recommendation.

 

Devices:   This app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  It requires iOS 5.0 or later.    It was developed by Urban Design Ltd

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