We're starting a new series!! You're going to like this. Helping you function online and how to organize our digital lives. It's about apps and how to be more productive using tools online. These are the apps that I use and the foundational apps that I start my clients on. Don't feel like you need to use every single app mentioned, that would be an overwhelming nightmare but do pick one to try. Or go crazy and try two!
Apps are changing the way we do business. They are amazing and used properly are not just a time saver but a life saver!
As mentioned in the video LastPass.com is the password management service I'm currently using. It's not the only one on the market so do shop around. I like this one because I did some comparisons and liked what I saw.
It's easier than we like to think to lock ourselves out of programs, like our bank or a credit account that needs to get paid. Worse is when you lose your computer for any number of reasons. Spilling coffee on a computer will kill it, or so a friend has told me. What do you do when you were relying on the computer to remember for you? Can you see the genius in online password management now? Plus I mentioned that criminals today have caught on to looking for password books or written notes. It's just not a safe way to do business today.
I created a course on Lynda, LinkedIn's learning site to walk you through how to use LastPass. (Lynda.com: Learning LastPass Password Management) Here you'll discover how to create great passwords as well as tips and tricks for using the app. My favorite way to create passwords was mentioned in the video. Taking an entire sentence and breaking it down. My admin's husband likes to do this with musical numbers. He's a theater major. He was also in the Army for years and years. No one is likely to guess a password that was created from My Fair Lady belonged to him. Well.... except that I just told you.
DropBox is another basic tool that I use constantly. There's a basic version and a business version. Both offer 30 day free trials so play around to see what's going to work best for you.
I explained in the video about how to use keywords to index. What a time saver! I hope you can start using that immediately. It's made working with others much easier. While I didn't mention Evernote, it's an app I'll cover later and I use keywords in Evernote as well. It's just a great way to index information today since we're not limited to little note cards.
Having the ability to reach out and have this information available from any device around the world is a game changer. By setting yourself up like this you could reasonably lose your computer but still be able to access most of your information from any device. Maybe not with just those two apps though so stay tuned for the next installments in this series. Because I have lost devices and learned to create what I need online so I'm never handicapped by the loss of a device.
In the process, I learned that makes upgrading devices a breeze too! And that's what this is all about, making life easier and more fun!
She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment.
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