Using the Web to Stay Organized

10, Jan 2008

,Happy New Year! With a new start come new resolutions. Forget about those extra pounds, what better way to feel good then to get organized? Web Developer, Christine Rondeau offers us tips on how to use the web to keep our files and ideas organized.

Have you ever gone to a friend’s house or a meeting and thought, I have this great picture I should send you, or I saw this great link last week, it’s in my favorites on my home computer. Remind me to send it to you. Of course you go home, forget the whole thing and never send the email. Wouldn’t it better if you could always get to your stuff online? Here are three FREE tools which I use all the time and allow me to stay focus and organized.

Ma.gnolia is an online bookmarking service. All you need to do is set up your free account, find a website you find worthy of bookmarking and add it to your list. Once you’ve added to your list, you can give it a name or “tag” which makes sense to you. For example if you find a great restaurant in San Francisco, you may want to use the tags, restaurant, food, San Francisco. Next time you are out with friends and someone says, “What’s that fancy restaurant you went to in San Fran?” a quick search of your tags will reveal the url.

Ta-da Lists
Making lists is a great way to get stuff out of your head and onto paper. This not only prompts you to do something, but actually de-clutters your mind from all those tasks. The problem with lists is that those pieces of paper or post-it notes get lost and are hard to update. Using ta-da keeps things much simpler and fun. Setting up a free account takes a few seconds. What better way to keep organized?

There are many online tools that allow you to organize your photos and share them with friends and family. I have to admit that I haven’t used all of them and only ever use Flickr. The reason I’ve never been tempted to try any other tool is because Flickr is amazing. With Yahoo behind the company, I also feel confident that they will be there for a while. The basic Flickr account is free and allows you to upload 100MB worth of photos per month. Once you have your account set up you can organize your photos in sets. Instead of sending a bunch of emails with attachments that will clog people’s inbox, you can then just send them a link such as “check out my photos from my Berlin trip.” Best of all, once they are online, there is no need to keep them on your hardrive.


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