by Debbie Alford
Do you have a wall calendar, a work diary, a private diary, a street directory and an address book, all cluttering up your car, your desk or your kitchen?
If you don’t like missing appointments, forgetting your friends’ birthdays or getting lost, I highly recommend investing in some technology to help you organise your life. You’ll be able to throw away that bulky address book and organiser, and find your way around town without ever looking at a map.
With all the electronic gadgets around these days you are sure to find one, or three, that best suits your lifestyle.
Choosing the right gadget for you can be quite overwhelming when you first decide to digitise your life. There are smartphones, MP3 players, GPS devices, tablet computers, laptops, netbooks and portable hard drives, all of which can help in organising and simplifying your life.
If you’re not sure where to start, I suggest a smartphone is the way to go. Not only can you use it to call people, but with time, you will probably learn to depend on it for all your organisation needs. You store all your addresses, find your way to new locations, keep all your appointments or even help you find the nearest coffee shop. AND it fits nicely into even the smallest handbag.
To choose a phone, ask your friends about what they use. Ask them about the brand, what they like about it and what they don’t. Ask about battery life, signal reception and the general ease of use. Next, go into a shop that sells them and have a play with a few different models. Make sure that whatever you choose can be synchronised with your work and home computers, if you use them, to ensure you can keep all the information up to date.
Once you’ve bought your phone, don’t be afraid to use it. Take your time in setting it up. Read the manual, if you need to, although most include tutorials for first time users. Enter all your appointments and contact details and you’re on your way. With time, you will find more and more uses for your phone. With time, you may decide you need something more.
Your gadget journey has only just begun….
Oh, if gadgets really aren’t your thing, call me instead. I am the best organiser you’ll ever find without an ‘on/off switch.
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