6 Ideas for Automating Personal Organization and Productivity
If you ever feel like you spend days just looking for your lost stuff and trying to stay organized, you’re probably right. According to Pew Research, the average American spends 2.5 days each year looking for lost items, which collectively costs U.S. households $2.7 billion annually in replacement costs. That’s a lot of time and money wasted that you’ll never get back. It’s easy to imagine most of that time is spent looking for things like keys and wallets.
This is where the fun comes in. Instead of just languishing through those lost days of looking for things, losing your mind to the haphazard organization, and missing out on valuable productivity hours, you can just use online apps and online resources. You’ll save your sanity, plus a ton of time and money in the process. Here’s how you get started.
Use an Online Scheduling Tool
Doing the back and forth dance with friends, family, and clients on when you can chat or go out for a drink gets complicated quickly. Instead of sending out multiple texts and emails, just send your network access to a Candedly calendar instead. You can block out the times you’re unavailable and your friends can pick and choose open times when they can also meet. From there, it goes straight to your Google calendar and is ready to prompt you the day of your get together.
Leverage Artificial Intelligence
Today’s businesses already know that artificial intelligence is the next big innovation in how we live, work and play. You can apply artificial intelligence in your own life with the mobile platforms available from Qualcomm. For example, Snapdragon’s AI technology gets your devices communicating with one another and allows for immersive experiences, smart camera recognition, noise detection and elimination and more.
Automate Tasks Between Apps
Repeating the same processes day after day eats up a lot of time and energy, and can deplete your productivity as your frustration peaks. You can eliminate those time wasters by using Zapier to get all of your apps talking to each other. For example, every time you get an email to a specific Gmail account, you can create a Zap on Zapier to automatically copy any attachments in that email to Dropbox and then alert your friends, family, or peers in your Slack group that there’s something new in Dropbox.
Turn Your Smartphone into a Workflow
You can create your own workflows directly in your smartphone and help automate some of your day-to-day. If your smartphone runs on the iOS operating system, you can install Workflow to create shortcuts for yourself. Let’s say you get tired of typing in your location, home address and clicking through your apps to get directions home every time you’re somewhere new. This is where Workflow comes in. It creates an action that will drag in your current location and show you directions home. Once the workflow is complete, you can just click on that new widget and it will automatically give you directions home.
Put Household Supplies on Autopilot
It’s easy to forget to pick-up everyday staples like laundry detergent and paper towels if they’re not in your weekly shopping list. It’s also just hard to remember to order it in your next Amazon order when you’re rushing to get dinner on the table and out the door for the night. Amazon offers a handy little Dash Button on your mobile device so you can just click on the products you use the most whether that’s Brita filters or soup. Amazon does the rest, gets your items ready for shipment and soon your stuff is at your door.
Make Coupons Magically Appear
Don’t waste time hunting down digital coupons the next time you’re shopping online, make them magically appear instead. When you install the app Coupons at Checkout, it automatically finds coupons for you when you’re checking out somewhere online. You can grab the code and quickly apply it to get last minute savings. That way you’re staying organized and saving your productivity brain power for things like running your home and business.
Regardless of what organizational and productivity challenges you face, you can simplify your day with apps, resources and services. Pick and choose your biggest pain points and let your smartphone or tablet do the rest.