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10 Simple Tips For Getting Organized

While most of us jot down our New Year's resolutions in low tech notebooks and organizers there are billions of helpful websites and handy tech tips that can help us reach our goals.

If you spend your whole day in front of a computer or carry a PDA in your pocket or purse (meaning you have constant web and calendar access) you really don't have an excuse to be disorganized.

  • Put everything in its place! – This one is a no brainer, but you'll be destined for organization if you create a proper home for your PDAs, iPods, cell phone and chargers. If you don't want to spend any money you can turn a pretty bowl or basket into a simple gadget haven, or if you want to get a little fancier, check out the Smart Tech furniture and charging stations from Pottery Barn. You'll never run around the house looking for your charger again. Okay, maybe you will, but you'll have a better idea of where it might be.
  • Use your camera phone – I love using my camera phone to make lists, take pictures of items when I am shopping and even to help me remember where I parked in a lot. Think of your picture phone as a notepad without having to carry a notepad. Most modern phones have notes sections, or even text message functions where you can write yourself a quick note and save the message for later reference.
  • Manage your finances online – We all know we can pay bills online, but did you know you can automatically track and organize your online and offline purchases?
  • Make the best of your digital pictures! - One of the best things about creating a blog or joining a photo sharing service or other online archive is the fact that it allows you easy access to your photos and memories without taking up all your computer memory. Plus, you can share your experiences with friends and family, or keep items private. Check out my guide to making the most of your photography.
  • Use your online calendar and PDA – Spend some time selecting an online calendar that can easily sync with your gadgetry and life. Online calendaring makes your schedule easily accessible and will help you keep track of birthdays, special dates and appointments.

To check out the rest of my list of tips (and goals!) for keeping your schedule and life on track this year


  • Clean out your address book – I tend to hang on to email addresses because people seem to keep them for a long time but I highly suggest cleaning out your cell phone's address book. I programmed my high school boyfriend's number into my first cell phone and have automatically transferred it into more than a decade of phones without realizing it. It's time to let go.
  • Use an RSS Reader already – An RSS Reader (Really Simple Syndication) is a web feed aggregator, also known as a feed reader, that aggregates syndicated web content such as news headlines, blogs, podcasts, and vlogs in a single location for easy viewing. Examples of popular RSS Readers include Google Reader, Netvibes, Bloglines and My Yahoo's RSS feature. If you read more than five websites a day and don't have a reader you are in for a treat.
  • Program your TiVo online - You don't have to panic if you forget to set a season pass for Gossip Girl. If you have a Series2 TiVo box, you can easily schedule recordings anywhere you have access to the web. You just have to set up an online account. By the way, did you know if you have a TiVo Series2 DVR connected to your home network you can take your TiVo recordings "to go" by putting them on your laptop, video iPod, Playstation Portable, Palm Treo, Creative Zen Vision:M, Nokia N80 and Toshiba gigabeat?
  • Clean up your computer and e-mail – You know you don't need the 6,999 e-mails in your inbox or the 17 photos of Britney getting out of her car. Seriously, you don't. Get rid of them.
  • Make use of my tips! – As you know, I share geek tips every day. Some of them are simple, some are downright geeky, but 90 percent of them will help you be more organized and make better use of your technology. The rest? Well, they're just fun.


Join The Conversation
liannecamille liannecamille 9 years
These are awesome tips! Thanks!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
this is an incredible list Geek! thank you SO much! :) i need to do a few of these things. yes, i do need to be constantly reminded to get more organized...i have warmed to the RSS thing too and now have over 100 subscriptions...too many, perhaps, but things are easy enough to delete. i need to go through all my pictures. i have all of them backed up on the external hard drive i left here in canada while i was away last year so now there is just a mess of old and new pics all over the place.argh.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Great tips! I seriously need more organization in my life!
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
My boyfriend loves his iPhone but he still uses an old-fashioned Moleskine planner!
jordybee jordybee 9 years
Love these tips...just wish there was an easier way to clean out my inbox...dreading it. :)
Row-D Row-D 9 years
I've resisted, but yes, its time I gave in to the GoogleReader.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I love Google Reader. I can't live without it. I get all of my sugar feeds in there, as well as friends' blogs, Amnesty International alerts, and world news.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
After hating RSS readers for so long I have embraced the RSS feeds in my new Leopard mail. I get the feeds for 5 of the Sugar sites and it works really well. I also like it that they display like emails and I can hold onto the ones that I want to go back to. Maybe I should work on that email thing too.. I have over 17,000 emails for just one of my 9 accounts ;-)
retrodiva retrodiva 9 years
Great ideas! One of my resolutions (like every year) is to get more organized. I'll be doing a modified version of Getting Things Done using my tech tools as well. Wish me luck!
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