Put down that paper planner and use your phone as a personal organizer.
It is terrific to know that you can use your phone as a personal organizer and keep your life in order. Today, most busy people carry a smartphone with them at all times. Often the phone is with its owner more than anything else the person owns. For this reason, it makes sense to use the phone as a personal organizer as much as possible.
Once upon a time, I carried a paper planner book. I enjoyed picking out new organizer pages each year. Even the act of moving appointments and tasks from one organizer page to another made me feel important, special and on top of my game. As the years have gone by, technology has made many tasks, including organizing one’s life easier to manage.
Today, I use my smartphone as my personal organizer. The small size of the unit, the tremendous amount of computing power and the ease of use make it a no-brainer as a choice for a personal organizer. I do the following on my phone:
keep personal calendars for myself and five family members
keep business calendars for 5 different business ventures
manage the editorial calendar for my blog
draft letters and agreements for clients
keep track of income and expenses
manage strategic plans for all areas of my businesses
manage 5 different email accounts
distribute information on various social networks
keep up with the latest books
manage notes and memos for various projects
work on my e-book series, apps, and journals to be released to the public
All the tasks and items listed above are important tasks that I do on a daily basis. I am a busy WAHM (work at home) wife and mom. This means that on any given day I may go from making breakfast for the family to walking children to the school bus stop, to a committee meeting at one of the local schools, to a networking meeting with colleagues all before 1 pm. For these tasks, I need a variety of information and resources at my disposal.
Using my smartphone as a personal organizer means I always have the information and resources I need at my disposal. I will not take my laptop to the bus stop or the school committee meeting, but I will have my smartphone. When I am at the playground and need to add a play date for the children to my calendar, I do not have a paper organizer with me, but I will always have the smartphone in one of my pockets.
When you use your smartphone as a personal organizer rather than paper, it is easy to manage tasks, have alarms go off to remind you of what you need to do at any moment of the day. A smartphone can be trained to wake you up for Bible study, get dressed for the speech you must give to the school district and get the supplies for the next day’s networking lunch. The paper planner will not do any of those things. Another wonderful thing about the smartphone is that all your information can be backed up to the cloud. So if it is lost or broken, you can get access to all your information and plans in mere moments without losing a step or a hair. If your paper planner, calendar or list of sticky notes is lost, damaged by a spill or left at home you are in quite a pickle. While I adore paper, I adore getting organized, staying organized and having the multitudes of information I use on a daily basis at my fingertips.
You may be in love with your paper organizer or with the idea of physically writing things down. I appreciate that nostalgia. As a woman who has always liked the look, feel and smell of paper, I truly understand. At the same time, just as we went from telegraph to fax to text, we must move forward with technology. Keep in mind, instead of using a virtual keyboard you can get apps that allow you to “write” on your smartphone so you can continue to enjoy the tactile sensation of writing things down and crossing items off your to-do list.
It is terrific to know that you can use your phone as a personal organizer and keep your life in order. So, the question for you this terrific day is, how do you use your phone to keep your life in order?
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