I can not believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is right around the corner! I have SO MUCH to do! In order to help me (and in turn you) get through the season, from now until Christmas, I am focusing my blogs on concrete communication and organization strategies to help us all personally and professionally. I will try to keep the blogs short and to the point (but that is super hard for me to do as I love sharing my life!). I like to think of these strategies as my Christmas gifts to you (and sharing my ideas is easy and cheap!). I hope you enjoy and can use these ideas.
Checking Your List
“Oh you better watch out” because Santa is “checking his list”! I know that this is probably my 25th blog about making lists, but I honestly believe that the easiest and best way to organize and communicate is by making a list, especially this time of year. From shopping to end-of-the-year work tasks to gifts to cards … I really don’t know how someone can keep up without making lists. I personally use the old-fashion pencil/paper route and make my lists on a notepad, but I did some research and found 2 list-making apps that you might want to check out. First, my favorite friend Google has an app called Google Keep. As part of your Google account, you can use the task manager to create, edit, organize, and find notes; share notes with others; set reminders; check off items; and collaborate with others. Imagine making a grocery list that you can check off purchased items and then send the rest to Scott to pick up on the way home (but remember to send it to your significant other, not Scott!). A second option is Remember the Milk app. Not only do I like it’s name and the cow logo, but the app is super easy to use and offers similar features like the Google Keep. The only downside is that the app offers a pro version that must be purchased, so some of the features are not available with the free one.
Make your list and check it twice! etc Strategies believes that list-making (and of course list-following) can help you be more organized and efficient. By sharing lists, you can also better communicate with your family and coworkers as you all work to get things done. Now I’m off to make my lists and find your next communication gift ...