You have enough to keep you busy - friends, family, shopping, appointments, bills, assignments, etc... You get the idea, we need organization, reminders, and sometimes, a good swift kick to get in gear. What say you amazing smartphone? The pocket hotspot to the Internet, that can take pictures, download thousands of applications and has a calendar ready to organize your events. You little marvel of the technological revolution! What, if anything, can you do to help us?
The list of groceries is no longer kept on slips of paper and dry cleaning tickets will become digitized soon as well. There are applications out there that will help you organize everything from your finances to your eating habits. The technology is out there to help busy folks stay organized. Let's take a look at how we can make it happen:
Evernote: If you are anything like me, I tend to forget just about everything. With Evernote, that may be a thing of the past. Capture music, pictures, text, screen shots, spreadsheets, links and just about anything else you can imagaine. What about that great idea you had last week, that now, for the life of you, escapes all memory... Bring it up in Evernote! Integrates with all smartphones and offers a fantastic web interface as well.
LastPass: Doesn't everything require a password these days? Email, Amazon, Ebay, PayPal, your computer, social networking, even blog sites! Geesh! How can anyone be expected to remember all of them? Especially, now that they have become smart; the first letter has to be capital! You need at least 3 numbers and a symbol! I already forgot the password and I didn't even confirm it yet. Well, now there's help. LastPass is a free application that stores all of your passwords in one place. I know it sounds scary, but LastPass is encrypted and password protected in itself, so now you just have to remember one really strong password to unlock all of the others.
reQall: With reQall, you can tell your smatphone what you need to do, like pickup coffee, although who forgets that? You can even e-mail, text, IM or call reQall with your to-dos. What's so much more; reQall can actually remind you by location. As you approach your dry cleaners, reQall will remind you to pickup your order. You can even have the application group your errands by distance. If you are already in the area getting coffee, you will be reminded of other things you need to do close by.
Timr: The simplest of time tracking applications, timr allows you to track time from your computer, at a meeting or on a jobsite using your smartphone. Now, if you waste time, you'll know where it went.
Todoist: This application has been created with the minimalist in mind. It doesn't have any wild bells or whistles, it just gets the to-do-list job done. You can have separate projects broken down by individual tasks, all with their own deadlines. Though it's minimalist, Todoist has plenty of integration with other platforms. The free version of the program adds access from mobile devices as well as plugins on Chrome, Firefox, Gmail, Outlook and Thunderbird.
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Bob Johnson is the Manager of Information and Technology Services at the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library.