It was a comical idea, me writing about apps to organize your life. I've always been fairly organized, but my organization system? A disaster. Until recently, it was a jumble of sticky notes (both virtual and paper), draft emails of lists, Google Calendar entries, and things floating around my own brain but nowhere else. For the first year I had an iPhone, I didn't have a single productivity app. I figured I'd test-drive a few I knew other people talked about, compile a slideshow of the options for other people, and continue using my own crazy-but-effective system.
We are living in an era of extreme FOMO, more commonly known as Fear of Missing Out. As the tweets, Facebook status updates, check-ins, Instagram photos, and Tumblr posts pour in, it can start to feel like your friends, coworkers, and even your frenemies lead lives that are infinitely more interesting than yours. Social media is a blessing and a curse that way.
When I was around 10 years old I would regularly wake up at 5 or 6 a.m. to play Nintendo before school. My brother, six years my senior, would sleep in as late as possible and remind me on a daily basis that I should do the same while I still could. I, however, thought being awake was simply more fun than being asleep. And the notion of living a full life by avoiding sleep stuck with me into adulthood.