Who Else Hates Grocery Shopping and Longs for a Personal Shopper?

My husband likes a certain kind of bread that not all grocery stores carry. My son likes a certain kind of cookie. Some things consumed a lot in our house are better bought in bulk. (For us, peanut butter, maple syrup, and loose tea.)

If you have a Costco near you, and you don’t mind grocery shopping in a warehouse, you can schedule your trips to buy bulk goods. For more specialty items, you can shop […]

By |June 1st, 2017|Technology|2 Comments

“OK Google Home. How Can You Make My Work and My Life Easier?”

Using your voice to give commands to a computer once seemed like science fiction. Remember Hal from the Space Odyssey?
We’ve been able to talk to our phones for a while now, using Siri or Google Assistant.
Since Windows 10 and Cortana, we can talk to our PCs as well. And with MacOS Sierra adding Siri support, we can now talk to all of our Apple devices.

But why be tethered to a device? Now there’s the Amazon […]

By |May 3rd, 2017|Technology|1 Comment

Here’s an Easy and Efficient Way to Manage Projects and Daily Tasks

Are you a visual thinker? Are you someone who likes to keep your calendar in front of you and your daily tasks on post-its around your desk?
Digital task managers are much more efficient than paper for daily tasks.

You can have your to-do list with you on your mobile device and check off your tasks throughout the day.
You can assign tasks to others.
You can create calendar reminders.
You can prioritize daily tasks.

Many organizations […]

By |April 12th, 2017|Project Management, Task Management|0 Comments

Who Else Wants Digital Photo Organization to be Easy and Automatic?

Most of us have a lot of digital photographs – so many that we are not taking the time to look through them and organize them. The problem is that when you want to go back and find photos, you might find yourself in a time-consuming and frustrating search.
Many people don’t have the time or the inclination to do a lot of photo organization.
I strongly believe that automating tasks as much as possible is the way […]

By |April 3rd, 2017|Photo Management|0 Comments

How use Valentine’s Day Ecards to Spread the Love and Do Good

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Doh! Did you forget to buy cards and send them?
It’s too late to send cards now, so it may be time to look into Valentine’s Day ecards.
Ecards have waned in popularity, but they’re still an efficient, eco-friendly way to let that special someone know that you’re thinking of him/her/them. And many ecard services now allow you to email, text, or Facebook message a greeting.

Here are some of the more popular services:

Hallmark – $5/month
JibJab […]

By |February 14th, 2017|Cloud Services|0 Comments

How to Save Time and Work More Productively Using an Outlook Add-In

There are some great cloud-based productivity tools out there. You can use them through your web browser, as desktop applications, and on your mobile devices.

Productivity tools are best utilized by integrating with your email and calendar. I write about that here: How to Integrate Email with Task Management. If Outlook is your primary platform for email and calendar, and you have an active Office 365 subscription, you have another option as well.
Many of these productivity […]

By |February 7th, 2017|MS-Office|0 Comments

Which Digital Note-Taking Tool is Both Easy to Use and Efficient?

Do you still carry a notebook around?
I know that I do. Writing your notes can slow the process down so that your mind has time to absorb the information.

But typing notes on a laptop or a tablet is more efficient. And even when I hand write notes, I copy them into a digital note taking tool later, or take a picture and add to the tool. A digital note-taking tool is great for organizing […]

By |January 27th, 2017|Evernote|0 Comments

How to Keep Your Internet Accounts Safe from Harmful Hacking

Internet accounts are subject to hacking, putting your personal information at risk. I typically suggest using a password manager to control your security, as I write about here: How to Manage Your Passwords.
But sometimes passwords alone are not enough to prevent hacking.
There have been several high-profile breaches where personal information, including passwords, has been stolen because of hacking. Yahoo, for example, and Google. So even if you use strong passwords and change them regularly, […]

By |January 16th, 2017|Password Management|0 Comments

How to Become Super-efficient with your Daily Task Management

Do you believe that your task management process is running efficiently?
Tasks are those often-reoccurring items that you need to complete on a timely basis before you forget or before they’re irrelevant. Often we not disciplined about scheduling time for these tasks or setting due dates.

You may also have projects that you’re managing, but task management is not the same as project management. Projects have defined start dates and end dates (even if that end […]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Task Management|0 Comments

How to Easily and Securely Share Passwords with Loved Ones

There are all kinds of reasons that you may need to share passwords.
For example, you may need to share passwords for joint bank accounts, or you need to co-administer a child’s health insurance. And the whole family may be using the same video streaming service.

For security reasons, you don’t want to share passwords that you’ve simplified so that everyone can remember them. You should be changing them regularly anyway.
So what’s the best way to […]

By |December 13th, 2016|Password Management|0 Comments