Where do you store you contact data?

Where do you keep your important phone numbers and addresses? Are they all in one spot? Or, do you have a combination of paper, business cards, your email reader, an old address book and your phone?

Paper Address Book

Let’s say that you need to schedule a tune-up for your car. Do you search Google for your favorite car repair place? Do you have to rummage through a stack of business cards? Sticky-notes on your monitor? Imagine instead having one place where every bit of contact data that you use regularly is stored together. Need to make an appointment with your tax accountant? It’s right there. Do you have a niece who keeps moving, and you have to continually update her address? Bingo. Continue reading Where do you store you contact data?

Technology or Not?

Not long ago I was in Home Depot, and I heard a man whistle for his kid…or grandchild. I was immediately transported to my childhood, because this is something my own Dad did as well. A distinctive high-low (how does one describe a whistle, anyway?). I glanced at the man to see his age, and saw grey hair giving me a clue. I am certain he had no clue that I even noticed.

Photo of a keyboard
Technology or Not?

This got me to thinking that a younger father would maybe text or call to locate his family member, and to then ask myself, “technology or not – how does one decide?”

Here are a few of my thoughts on this question.

  • Learning Curve: Ask yourself how you will learn a new technology, and how long will this process take you. Is it user-friendly, and one that you could easily teach yourself? Are there online tutorials, books or a class available to teach you? Is the learning curve worth the time it will take you to learn?
  • Frequency of Use: How often will you use this software or app? Will it help you in your everyday life? Will it help you to manage a task that is currently taking way too much time or energy?
  • Cost: How much will it cost you to obtain and maintain the technology? Is the benefit of what the technology will provide worth the cost over time?

Continue reading Technology or Not?

Transfer Your Outlook Address Book

Have you bought a new computer, and never bothered to transfer your Outlook address book from your old computer?  Do you miss being able to type part of the name, and have Outlook fill in the rest? Well, Microsoft has instructions for you.  Go to http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/copy-autocomplete-name-list-to-another-computer-HA001139451.aspx.

Forgot to buy a greeting card?

I just discovered a great way to make your own greeting card.  It’s free, and easy!  I created one in a few minutes with just a few clicks and my personalized message.  There is nothing to download or opt-in.  The Brother company (who makes printers) offers this service online.  Click http://www.brother.com/creativecenter/us/en_us/family/index.htm to go to their website.