“If only there were more hours in a day,” my friend sighed in yearning.
We have all been here, physically and mentally exhausted by the sheer amount of things we need to do. If only there were robots capable of transforming the information in our brains into organized, precise, time efficient actions. Lucky for us, we already have one if not multiple ‘robots’ capable of transforming into time management superstars, our smart devices. Following are some tips to help you accomplish this.
First Things First: E-Lists
One of the most difficult and fundamental steps to time management success is goal setting and prioritizing. In today’s world, old-fashioned paper and pencil just won’t do. Now you can create an e-list on your smart device. First, list your goals, then reflect on and evaluate them, and finally rearrange in order of priority.
Pro Tip: Take your list organization to another level. Color coordinate tasks to the goal they will help you achieve when you use an app such as NoteLedge.
Early Bird Gets the Worm: Planning
Be productive and put your e-list to good use by planning ahead. Create a daily calendar on your smart device. Daily calendars allow you to look at days individually, without the frenzy inducing visual of the next month’s or even the next week’s schedule.
Pro tip: For big projects, space out and schedule preparation task a week or more in advance.
One Second, Let Me Find It: Scanning
Always looking for things? In today’s world of e-statements and online bill pay, papers still seem to pile up, making it easy to lose important documents. Never lose a paper or receipt again. Take your time management a step further and go completely paperless. Scan everything using a file management app. Apps such as Pocket Scanner allow you to scan and file documents in different folders, add text, create and manage signatures, and more directly from your smart device.
Pro Tip: Convert scanned documents into PDFs for more advanced features such as annotations, watermarking, and faxing.
Up, Up and Away We Go: Cloud Storage
It can be scary to have all your valuable information, your entire life essentially, on one device. To ensure you never lose another file to device failure again, there is cloud storage. Cloud storage safeguards your files and provides mobile flexibility. Eliminate the risk of information loss and take your work with you wherever you go. With cloud services such as the Kdan Cloud, files are automatically synced to the cloud for backup and access on other devices.
Pro Tip: Save space in your bag, leave the laptop at home. You can open documents and notes directly from any web browser with the cloud.
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