I was given the opportunity to review the Sortly app (free 6 month trial; sponsored post; all opinions are my own) and I have to say, it’s really handy! There are a lot of different ways that you can use the app, and while I’ll share some ideas below, I’m going to mostly focus on how I’ve decided to utilize the app for myself and my blog. First off, if you are interested in getting the app for yourself, you should know that you get a 14 day free trial and then it’s $4.99 a month or $47.99 for a whole year. Check your app store to get started today!
Now, if you’re wondering what the Sortly app is all about – sit down and let me explain! It’s an app that allows you to organize your life. When you sign up, there are automatically three folders: Home, Work, and Move. You can add your own folders as well though, which is what I did. Each folder allows you to add items – you can take photos of the items you want to include in each folder or scan the bar code. This is a great way to keep track of items if you’re moving, personal books or documents for work, and much more!
The image above is what my Sortly app looks like when I’m viewing all of my folders. As you can see, I added my own folder titled October ARCS. Since I review a lot of books – and I got a lot of ARCs at ALA this past June – it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all the books I have coming up and when I should aim to review them. Yes, I know people that keep track of these things in something like an excel sheet, but I like this app because it not only allows photos – but it’s on my phone. I have my list with me wherever I go!
Now, I created the folder October ARCS and took a photo of my October books as the main photo. Once you click the folder, then I see a complete list of each individual book. I took a photo of each book, wrote the name of the book for the title and then in the notes section I wrote when each book comes out – looking down the list, I can see all this information without clicking on each photo. Some books didn’t have a release date on the book, so I need to look that up and edit the posts. Luckily, I can do this from my screen as well as in the app on the Sortly webpage.
This above photo shows what the inside of my folder looks like. I love that I can see the cover, the title, and when the book is due. I can easily see what books are coming up when and that helps me figure out when I should read the book and post my review. It’s really handy, and like I already said, this list is with me at all times because I don’t need to be logged onto my computer to see the list. Right now I just have my October review books saved, but I’ll be going back and adding in the rest of the physical review copies I have too. This is something you could do with books you own or even library books (the notes could be when the books are due back so you don’t forget!!)
Finally, this is what my Sortly dashboard looks like on the app. It shows how many folders I have, how many items, and other information too depending on how you use the app. I highly recommend this if you need to keep track of physical items because the photo/scan feature is a great way to see exactly what you have.Use Sortly to Organize Your Life - I use it for ARCs! #bookbloggers #ontheblog Click To Tweet
What do you think? Would you try out the Sortly app, and if so, how would you use it?