It’s so appropriate that on the day I start a tech series, my iPad misbehaves. Actually, it misbehaved so badly that the Apple “genius” replaced the entire unit. So now I’m on my third iPad in just under 12 months, and I’ll spend the next day downloading settings and getting it to work with me again. Grrr. You’ll hear more about on what I love and don’t love about my iPad later.
But it is so lovely when technology really does simplify your life. I’m on the hunt for tools that really save you time or aggravation so I can share them with you this month. I think I’ve found a solution to one of my worst clutter monsters…business cards. My great system for filing business cards worked, but it always seemed so passive, separated from my MS Outlook that I depend on so much, and it started growing out of the box this year. Is there a way to eliminate those cards once and for all? Is there a slick way to email trusted vendor contact information directly to clients when they need great painters, electricians, and other great resources that I work with, information that is stuck in my business card box in my office?
I am infatuated with my new NeatDesk. This isn’t some organizer slang, but an actual brand name. You might know that I am not always the tech specialist in the room, but ever since I saw the NEAT scanning capabilities about two years ago, I realized the power.
The solution looks like a scanner, but the magic and power is really in the accompanying software. Setup took me about 25 minutes. Not bad considering most of that was trying to figure out how to temporarily disable security software on my desktop. I also took another 20 minutes to watch some very informative videos. You’ve gotta love when a software company provides great instruction to make the power of their tools completely obvious.
- Business cards
- Business receipts for my smaller second business (www.PregnantEntrepreneur.com)
- Banking receipts (Most of these I toss, but I have this small account that I keep receipts for reasons that won’t interest you.)
- Informational articles- Trust me, even a professional organizer keeps some ideas that look wonderful in a magazine but have no immediate application in real life.
- Backlog of professional articles
- That little pile of -what the heck is in that pile???- that is always to the left of my phone. Just kidding, it’s mostly recently acquired business cards that have not yet gotten filed, but it’s always there.