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Make Technology Work for You: Get Organized


Technology can be our best friend or our worst enemy. We waste an endless amount of time perusing social media and neglecting other important aspects of our day. On the other hand, technology has connected us to opportunities generations before us could never imagine.

How do we take this constantly-evolving aspect of our lives and make sure it works for us instead of distracting us? One solution is to take advantage of some of the organizational tools technology affords. We all aspire to be more organized, and technology offers us countless ways to streamline this process. We’ve explored some of your options and found some of the most helpful apps both for an individual and a small business. Here’s what we found:

POCKET APP

I constantly find myself scrolling through Facebook or Twitter, noticing an article I want to read, but not having time do to so. Inevitably, whenever I try to get back to the article, I can’t remember where I saw it, and it’s lost forever in the abyss of my newsfeed. I must not be the only one with this issue, because someone who was reading my mind came up with the Pocket App. Use this app to bookmark articles, videos, or links you want to save for later. Pocket syncs across all devices. So you can circle back to this article whenever and wherever you choose. As an added bonus, Pocket also recommends other articles based on what you’ve bookmarked.

REMEMBER THE MILK

Sometimes it seems we over-complicate our to-do lists. Remember the Milk streamlines all of our task-oriented organizational tools into one. Everything from Outlook to your Google Calendar syncs to one app and across all devices. You can prioritize by due date, organize with tags or levels of importance, and assign tasks to others. You can also add tasks via Alexa or Siri.

EXPENSIFY

If you’re like most professionals, the prospect of submitting an expense report induces a feeling of general unpleasantness. If you’re a small business owner, this app is definitely something you want to investigate. You can link your credit or debit card to Expensify and your purchase will immediately be added to your expense report. You can also upload a picture of your receipt and let the app pull the needed information. This app does away with the painstaking process of expense reports and leaves you feeling a little more organized.

SLACK

Slack has quite a list of accomplishments. As the fastest growing business app in history, the company boasts 9 million weekly users across the globe. Forty-three companies from the Fortune 100 list have Slack workspaces. So, what’s the draw? Slack creates a virtual workspace which includes an instant messaging platform. You can share images, PDFs, and other files directly into the chat. Your conversations can be private, public, or sent as direct messages. In a professional world where we’re constantly trying to sift through old emails while simultaneously being bombarding with incoming emails, Slack does the organization for you and simplifies your team’s communications.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. You won’t be surprised to learn there are tons of apps out there ready to offer you a higher level of organization in your personal and professional life. Start exploring some more options we found by clicking here, here, or here.