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Let’s schedule a party and then make a cross-referenced guest list and make a list of all the drinks and food and paper plates and napkins we’ll need …
Listen up, all you die-hard project managers, organizers, list-makers and box-checkers: February has been declared the unofficial/official National Time Management Month by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).
There are two kinds of people: those who hear “February is National Time Management Month” and immediately make a list of ways to celebrate, and those who throw a few extra items of laundry on the floor and throw the window wide to yell, “I’ll do it laaaater!”
If you’re the type who thrives on organization, you likely already know about the ways your wearable and hand-held technology can help you keep it all together. If you’re in the crowd who likes to throw a little chaos in the mix, we thought we’d remind you of a few ways your smartphone and other tech can help you keep it together. So … you’re welcome! After you’re done with this blog, you’ll know how to set yourself a reminder to send us a Thank-you.
Your smartphone—while also an excellent source of entertainment and general time wasting—is the perfect time management tool! Here are a few of our favorite ways to get organized with tech:
Sync Your Calendar
Calendars are great. You can put all kinds of appointments and tasks in your phone’s calendar, and know what’s on your agenda every day. And when someone emails you with an appointment or invitation, it’s quick and easy to put those right into your Google calendar. Oh, and there’s work stuff, too; meetings and projects go in that calendar …
If you’re not syncing up your calendars, you’re bound to drop things between the cracks. If you’re using Google, go into settings and get your personal email account, your work email account and your phone calendar to all play nice together. If you have an Android phone, you should already have the Gmail app. That account should sync, calendars and all, automatically.
To add your work email account (including its calendar,) in an Android phone, go to:
Then, tap Users & Accounts
Tap Add Account
Tap Exchange, and add in your email and password.
Once that’s done, your work emails and calendar will sync, too.
On the iPhone, go to:
Tap Accounts & Passwords
Then, Add Account.
From here, you should be able to add your email accounts. Your associated calendars will sync with those accounts.
Do Not Disturb
Ok, this isn’t technically an organizing tool, but it definitely is a productivity strategy. Stop answering your calls, texts and emails for specified blocks of time and you’ll be surprised at how much work you’ll get done!
iPhones come ready-loaded with Voice Memo, Note and Reminder capabilities. These are great tools for reminding yourself of things to do and events to come. Of course, you can always find more list apps (that sync with your devices, including smart home assistants) in iTunes.
For Android-powered phones, Google Play offers a dizzying array of list apps to choose from. todoist topped PCMag.com’s favorite To-Do List Apps of 2018 list. It’s available for Google and Apple products.
As we discussed in this blog, you can tell Siri or Google to add things to your lists, too.
Your wearable tech syncs up to your smartphone, so all these things are at your fingertips even when your phone isn’t. Plus, you get the added bonus of being able to track your heartrate as you get stressed out about how much more there is to do!
If you have Google Home, all you have to do is say, “Google, put ‘buy planner’ on my to-do list.” Done and done.
And, hey: if you think managing your time effectively couldn’t possibly make your life better, just remember this: you have the same amount of hours in your day as Beyoncé.
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