This is our final segment of the Astrid Loves Moms Contest entries. Thank you again to those of you who took the time to share your stories with us. We wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!
No matter the occasion, the team is always interested in hearing about how busy people use the app to stay happy, healthy and productive. If you’ve been inspired by these posts, don’t hold back! Send us a note at email@example.com
We selected Kelly as the grand prize winner of the spa gift certificate. In addition to being a mom she is an entrepreneur and business owner. WeÂ applaudÂ her for the risks she’s taking and for switching to Astrid!
I have been a mom for almost 4 years now. By far, it has been the hardest job of my life. I have forgotten just about everything at one point or another during this learning process – from toilet paper at the grocery store to making important doctor’s appointments for my son.
To make things more fun, er, complicated, I decided to start my own business last year. Now, in addition to worrying about whether dinner meets all our nutritional requirements, checking in with daycare to see if there have been any potty accidents each day, and making sure Mommy/Daddy date nights happen, I also need to remember to contact clients, create invoices, schedule emails, post blogs, etc.
I have no fewer than 5 notebooks of varying shapes and sizes containing notes from client meetings, grocery lists, books/websites/blogs/articles I want to read, apps I want to test, etc. Oh, and doodles I’ve drawn to entertain my son on various planes and trains. I wish these notebooks were organized in some way, but they aren’t. When I need to take notes, I grab the nearest one and start jotting.
I have only been using astrid for a week and already it has made such a huge difference in my life. Now, when I think of something I need to do, I pull out my phone, open Astrid, and swype it in. I do it when I’m with my clients, I do it when I’m out for date night, I do it when I’m walking home from daycare with our lad. Today, I took a ton of notes during a phone conference with my client … after the call, I opened Astrid and converted my notes to an itemized To Do list, tagging by project and assigning tasks to my assistant on the fly.
WHAT A LIFESAVER!
Most days, I take a look at my tasks for today and get started. Some days, I pull up a specific list – by client or task-type – and approach tasks that way. Things seem so much simpler now. I no longer sit around with long lists running through my mind when I could be enjoying a meal with my family. When a to do item pops into my mind, I check Â my AstridÂ list and add it if it isn’t already there. Easy! And I can only begin to describe the sense of satisfaction I get when I can check things off and they just go away – no longer taking up mental space.
I don’t have a dramatic story about a life that was saved … but boy have you helped this mama maintain – nay, RECOVER some semblance of sanity for the first time in four years. Thank you!!
Kelly is photographed above with her son