Between your email, reminders, to-do lists and notes, keeping track of everything you need to get done in a day has become not only overwhelming, but almost impossible. And it鈥檚 no wonder. Checking at least four different apps frequently throughout the day has become聽a task in itself. In fact, statistics show that we spend entire Netflix bingewatching time periods聽per week in our email alone. Here鈥檚 where the new app Handle comes in. Handle isn鈥檛 just designed to help you prioritize your daily to dos, it聽wants to give you your life back.

Before we jump into a review, let鈥檚 delve into exactly what the app can do. The idea is simple: Handle combines your to-do list, calendar and email into one seamless application. While you might be thinking these are all things you already have on your phone, the beauty of Handle is its ability to combine all those things into one clean, organized聽place. Begin by syncing your e-mail accounts and calendar to include any pre-existing events. From there you can view your email in the app. If a message includes something important, simply swipe right to create a to-do, be reminded later or add it to your calendar. If you want to remember to read certain messages later, swipe left to be reminded to read at another point in time.

The email feature is definitely one of Handle鈥檚 main selling points, but that鈥檚聽far from the only thing it鈥檚 good for. You can also easily create to-dos unrelated to your email,聽set due dates and pick reminder times to work around your schedule.


What We Love: A major way Handle helps you keep from getting overwhelmed by everything you need to get done is by organizing all of your tasks, email related and otherwise, in order of importance on a timeline. If you have a meeting in three weeks, you can input that into the app, but it won鈥檛 show up until you need to be reminded about it. Instead, you see what鈥檚 important to do get done today and tomorrow. Another super cool feature is Handle鈥檚 ability to nudge you about something at a specific location. For example, if you keep forgetting to pick up stamps at the post office, input the address and you鈥檒l receive an alert when you鈥檙e nearby. Similar to Evernote, Handle also syncs up on all your mobile devices as well as on your desktop through a Chrome extension.


What We Just聽Like-Like: While there ins鈥檛 a specific thing we struggled with while using Handle, there is A LOT you can do with it, almost to the point where it can become聽overwhelming.聽Like anything, using it takes some getting used to. The greater challenge, though, is forcing yourself to break the habit of checking all those different apps you currently use out of fear that you鈥檒l forget something. Like anything, it takes practice, but when you鈥檝e grown accustomed to it, it鈥檚 definitely worth the change.


What We Hope Comes in the Next Upgrade: One thing that鈥檚 doesn鈥檛 appear to be an option at the moment is creating a reoccurring to-do. Say you want to be reminded every day to feed the dog at 6 PM, or take a medication in the morning 鈥 you鈥檒l have to set that up in a separate app for now. But considering the app was only released two weeks ago, we鈥檙e guessing it won鈥檛 be long until updates like this begin to become available.

Handle is available to download for free on iOS.

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