Ok. While I think that a paper and pencil are often a very good tool, (along with my teeth and fingernails) there are many tools I use every day that are children of technology. So what am I using these days that work FOR me? These might not work for you. They work for me. It’s been lots of trial and error to get to this point. The tools are: Google Reader, Google Calendar, Remember the Milk, and Joe’s Goals, del.icio.us, my crackberry, ravelry, and the camera on my cell phone*.
Google Reader is how I read rss feeds. Pretty much if your site doesn’t have an RSS feed I probably won’t follow it regularly. There is so much out there and I parse through tons each day, I need help and Reader does this.
Google Calendar is my online calendaring app. I use it to see at a glance what’s going on. It’s also my backup copy of big stuff I have planned. I also like the pretty colours.
I’ve been using Remember the Milk frequently and love it. I’m still a procrastinator but not as much these days. Not sure why this app helps where others have failed but it’s good. I wish I could receive a daily email of “here’s what overdue, due today, and due tomorrow” or be able to send either an sms query or email to find out what is on different lists. Overall this app rocks.
Joe’s Goals is a new addition to my lineup, and I’ve taken some things out of RTM and migrated them into JG. It’s fun.
Del.icio.us manages my bookmarks. I float around computers and this is the easiest way for me to *organize* and share (mostly with myself) my bookmarks. Tags rule.
Crackberry is my old 7230 blackberry. Not as fancy as many of the newer ones, but it (mostly) works. Definitely beats schlepping my laptop around. I like that if I have to I can look stuff up. Also my crackberry has SMS and as I’m too cheap to add this to my current cell plan it’s very convenient. If you do need to SMS me in an emergency DO NOT HESITATE. It’s general chatter I don’t want to pay for.
Ravelry is “a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration.” (from the website). I definitely look at my stash differently now. I do hope however I don’t screw it up royally. Since I picked up Itty-Bitty Nursery early and am so eager about it (despite not really having appropriate stash for the projects), I wanted to enter in the patterns so when everyone can buy it, things are just there waiting for them. Oops. It seems I’m doing things wrong, so now I have to go through and figure out how not to do that.
The camera on my cell phone is useful. I’ll take pictures of isbn’s of books if i can’t easily get to paper and pencil. It’s not the best camera phone out there but it’s better than what I had before. It’s nice to have a camera on you if you need it. Note that this list doesn’t include the phone portion of my gadget. I hate telephones.
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Not at all packed. Very tired. Much to do.