Digital Organization


In case you missed it, most of the New England area of the U.S. was slammed with snow. So much snow, that “Juno” pretty much brought everything to a halt.

What to do when you are stuck indoors due to Mother Nature? I have some suggestions.

1. Now you have an extra day (or two) to catch up on that indoor weekend project and/or hobby you’ve been putting off.

2. Declutter your desks. Test out pens to see if they work or not. Toss or shred papers you don’t need anymore.

3. Pick up the phone and call someone who you lost touch with. Nothing like a snow day to catch up.

Have an internet connection? Great! Let’s move on.

4. Catch up on emails. Responding to and sending. Also deleting ones that are no longer applicable, like past events (unless your the organizer.) Let’s not forget to unsubscribe to those emails that are no longer relevant.

5. Make sure your finances are in order. (s/o to #MoneyLoveChallenge).

6. Catch up on “Feeds” (remember those?) No, I don’t mean Facebook , Twitter, Pinterest, and  Instagram.  See what feeds and podcasts you want to subscribe, leave alone or delete.

7. Now you can reward yourself by streaming a show of your choice with the device of your choosing.

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Here it is,  the weekend.

You do some light reading and them it hits you.

“I really need to take care of this or that.”

If this or that is streamlining your online accounts, then the weekend is the ideal time.

There’s that new email account that you moved to, but you haven’t changed your email settings in your other accounts.

There’s establishing that Pinterest or Instragram account you’ve been meaning to do, but haven’t yet.

What about backing up your website (shameless plug.) after all you never know after it’s too late.

No matter what you do this weekend, choose one thing that will help you in taking a step forward.

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How long has it been since you visited that online store, or used that cloud software.

Take the time to do an inventory.

If you haven’t visited a site in a while, chances are you don’t really need that account.

If your usage of an account is seasonal, that’s one thing.

There are ways to track usage of a site or a program.

Take a quiet weekend to review and do some spring cleaning.

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Technology in the trash

This morning, I ran across and tweeted a NYT article titled Gadgets You Should Get Rid Of (or Not).

Personally, this process has been going on with me for months, no years.

For instance, I ditched my landline 2 days before Chirstmas.

Since the landline is gone, I downgraded my 4 in 1 printer for a 3 in 1. I am selling it on eBay if anyone’s interested.

USB drive – in Process. I heart my Dropbox (aff link) account. My current physical drives were “acting up” including said usb drive. I went to a drive repair shop to get a quote. After I heard it, I figured that I might as well get a new computer.

Desktop Computer – I have to ask a couple of guys what if anything can be done to the desktop. I haven’t touched it in nearly 2 years, so it’ll be interesting to see what they can find.

Internet at Home – Stays, although there are always new offers coming out every other week. Stay tuned.

Cable – a few of my friends have cut the cord and are doing the Netflix thing. I am dependent on DVR because that’s the only way I can keep up with the lady on her daily viewing.

Stand Alone Camera – I’m keeping because I just brought mine over a year ago because I knew that the coming year would be a busy one with events abound.

Digital Music Player – I already donated one and recycled the other a couple of years ago.

Alarm Clock – I gave up and use the smartphone (no not an iPhone), but I have a backup with the TV auto on timer.

GPS Unit – I’m a New Yorker and I don’t drive. Enough said.

Books – I donated a good amount of my books to the local library and kept my favorites. Lately all my books are Kindle books.

Have you ditched your technology in the past year? Let us know in the comments.

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Lately there have been a pretty sizable amount of discount codes coming in both my virtual and physical mailboxes.

Just now, it hit me as to how to keep them all in one place without going from one email to another, or sifting though plies of paper.

Use Evernote (aff link).

I separated the discount codes by Professional and Personal so that I can easily know where to go to pick up a specific coupon code.

So whenever I run across a code that I think I might need later, I just copy and paste the code to Evernote, and I’m good to go.

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System Error

What would you do if you suddenly lost access to your computer files?

Well, that’s what happened to me.

I called my computer manufacturers support line. After many attempts to get me online for an online meeting, the only choice was to clean everything off the computer through a factory restore.

For a second, I silently screamed because I had 2 active projects. After wards, I realized I already had 2 tools that would get me back up to speed.

The first thing I did was reinstalled Xmarks. Xmarks syncs your bookmarks, across multiple computers if necessary. So I was able to have my browsing console back immediately, which meant that I could almost work liked if nothing happened.

The next place I went to as soon as I was online is Mozy and requested a restore. They tell you when your restore is ready for download and you can then go ahead and download your files back to your computer. Mozy is available for both Mac and PC.

Also, I signed up for a Dropbox account a few weeks back. This is ironic since I was told that there was mechanical damage to both my external drives. Like Mozy, Dropbox provides a free 2GB account. This has been extremely helpful because I can transport files from my PC to my Mac and vice-versa.

A little bit of risk management planning can go a long way. Its never too late to think about “what if”?

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