If you’re anything like me, you’re a creature of habit. You wake up, turn on the computer, start up your web browser, and check your email and a few websites… the same ones every morning. If you’re a downloader, you probably start up your bittorrent client and maybe iTunes (or whatever) to listen to some music or streaming radio. Regardless of WHAT you start up, chances are pretty good you start up the same programs. Every. Single. Morning. Of course, maybe some mornings are different. Maybe on Saturday and Sunday you don’t start your email, because you don’t want to take work home with you on the weekend. Or maybe on certain days you don’t care about streaming audio, because your favorite podcast doesn’t come out until later in the afternoon. Whatever your application-launching needs, a slick program called Start My Day has you covered.
Written for Windows 7 and Windows Vista users, Start My Day lets you specify what programs, websites, music, videos and documents you want opened. You can open specific websites, your favorite music album, and the spreadsheet you need to keep up-to-date with your checking account. Setting up Start My Day is pretty easy. Just click on the big icons on the home screen in order to get to the specific type of item (Application, Web, Music, Video or Document), then use the file browser to select exactly what you want opened. When you’re finished, save your settings and Start My Day does the rest.
You can set Start My Day so that it runs certain types of files on certain days. So if you don’t want your music player to launch any tunes on Monday or Thursday, it won’t. You can set Start My Day so that it launches your scheduled apps/documents when you first start up your computer, or you can set it to launch your list with an alarm. You can set the alarm to a particular time of day, which is also handy. Say you don’t arrive in the office until 9:00 AM, and want to get right to work. You could schedule your computer to boot up fifteen minutes before you arrive for work, then set Start My Day to launch all your apps a few minutes later, so when you sit down, ready to go… so is the stuff you use.
I found Start My Day to be an incredibly useful utility. What it does is save me a lot of time and a lot of effort. I can start up my computer and walk away. Maybe get breakfast or take a shower. It doesn’t matter. When I get back, my computer, applications and documents are all right there waiting for me. I don’t need to click open my web browser, then navigate to the five or six websites I open every morning: Start My Day does it for me, so the time otherwise spent waiting for applications to launch and documents to load can be spent doing whatever else I want. Even hitting the snooze button one more time.
Start My Day is a free application, and can be downloaded directly from The Windows Club website.