Online and mobile technology is making our lives easier in so many ways, particularly in managing the chaotic events and actions we have going on in our lives.
Here are 5 free online tools that should help you in managing your affairs and family to keep you better organized:
This online and mobile technology tool has a shared calendar, to do lists, shopping lists, meal planner and recipe box, and even a journal. The shared calendar is the feature I liked most because you can sync it with other calendars – like Outlook, and import your other Internet calendars. www.cozi.com
Similar to Cozi in that it is an online personal and family organization service that has a shared calendar (but without synching capabilities), to do lists, shopping lists, and photo sharing. But it has so much more. It has an address book, a message center, you can upload documents to it, and you can have multiple blogs. You’ll also like the “homepage” that contains an overview of upcoming events from calendar, the to-do list, messages, etc. www.famundo.com
An online home and personal organization site that is similar to Famundo – a shared calendar (currently not integrated with other calendars, like Outlook), lists, address book, document sharing, and photo sharing. More features that Famundo or Cozi don’t have include notes, faxing (with your own dedicated fax number, and only available with Upgrade), and mobile synchronization, along with some advance options. You can change the look, like the background, and personalize your site. They call this their “Web Top” which has the look and feel of your own desktop. The notes/lists feature allows you to add a simple list, a checklist, plain notes, notes with rows and columns, and images. www.jibidee.com
An online community that has you adding and tracking your goals. The idea is that you create a list of goals and then “lock” the list – which means you’ve committed to accomplishing those items in 365 days. You can track your progress and you have the option of sharing your goal progress publicly with the community. Every time you update your progress, it feeds that status update in your community network’s activity feed. If you would like to make your goals a challenge and “play a game” with yourself in meeting challenges, this might be the place for you to have some fun doing that. Accompl.sh
Known to some as a “personal digital assistant,” this online and mobile technology claims to be “for everything.” It enables you to organize all those ideas and projects on notes, clips from web pages, store PDF’s, and photos. All this is available (and synchronized) on your computer, the Web, and on your phone. Interesting note: For designers, a recent survey of 180 designers showed that 75% use Evernote for note-taking. There are plenty of video tutorials on this site, as well, to help you learn and fully utilize all the great features. www.evernote.com
What do you use that helps you? Please leave a comment and feel free to share something you’ve found useful!