It is terrific to realize that your smart phone is a marvel at organization, so use it! Almost every working woman carries a smart phone on her. Most find they cannot go through the day without glancing down to check email, texts and social media updates. Contact lists in phones replaced address books long ago. Today people use their phones instead of cameras and alarm clocks. For many, the phone is like another appendage. If you are a person who is that attached to her phone, start using it for more and make it really earn its keep.
My phone earns its keep. I use it:
– to start my day with Bible Study
– as an alarm to get the children to the bus stop in the morning
– as a planning device to keep on schedule with daily tasks both personal and professional
– as a word processor for writing
– the spreadsheet program for keeping track of business plans
– as an exercise manager
– for fitness record keeping
– as a blood pressure monitor
– to store my information in the cloud and sync with other devices
Look at your life. Pay careful attention to all the post it notes, calendars, flyers and scraps of paper you have around the house and office. Look at the journals you have for work, for home, for the children, for your spouse and for special projects. Instead of trying to keep track of all those things, start using your phone instead. Even if you like to write, you can use handwriting recognition applications on your phone to write out what needs to be written. Don’t let nostalgia and love of paper keep you from working at optimal levels.
If you are looking for apps to help you be smarter with your smart phone, go beyond Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Pinterest and LinkedIn. Look at things like:
– MHotSpot – to turn your phone into a hotspot
– Mindjet Mindmaps – to map out and review your plans
– Rescue Time – to keep track of the time you are spending using various tasks and websites
– Aviary to edit photos on the go
– Kindle Reading app – keep up with books for yourself and your children
– NextIssue – to keep the latest issues of magazines at your fingertips-
– NexErcise to keep track of your physical fitness
– Onenote – to keep track of documents, notes and websites you visit
– Supermarket apps to save money on advertised specials and custom coupons
Look at your life, think about what you do and what you would like to do. Find ways to do it all on your phone rather than in three separate notebooks, on seventeen post it notes and sixteen different pieces of scrap paper on your desk. You are working hard, that is to be admired. Move beyond that and start working smart. After all, in the end, more get s accomplished when you work smart than when you merely work hard.
Just as once upon a time we relied upon telegrams, the Pony Express and daily deliveries from the milk man. Now we have faxes, email and text messaging as well as Facetime and Skype. You have a smart phone, use it in a smart way. Use your smart phone to organize your life and help you to work smarter instead of merely harder.
It is terrific to realize that your smart phone is a marvel at organization, so use it! So, the question for you this terrific day is what can you do to take advantage of the organizational power of your phone.
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There are always articles, televisions stories and radio programs all about organization and secret tips for getting organized. I am not ashamed to admit that I have checked out my fair share of them and I have walked away discouraged. When I look at the before pictures in the magazine or on the television shows, I wish my after shots would look that good! I want some organizing tips for a woman like me, a work at home wife and mom with four active kids. I have never found any tips that would work for my household, so in the spirit of necessity being the mother of invention, I have created my own organizing plan for work at home mothers.
It is amazing how organized technology allows me to be. When I promise someone I will do something, I put it in the calendar while I am talking about it so I can be sure to do the appropriate prep and follow through. With my technology, I am able to keep large numbers of phone numbers organize, up to date and current. I can keep all the resources I need for blogging, vision boarding or mind mapping in my hand, on my technology. I am simply amazed at how organized I can be with technology. In conclusion, it is terrific to love technology because it is a technological marvel.
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