Stop disrupting your workflow to add new contacts to your address book. You’re too busy for the copy – paste – copy – paste – reformat, followed by 5 minutes trying to figure out what you were doing before you paused to update your contacts.
I utilize an arsenal resources to maximize productivity so when I saw a Lifehacker post titled, “WriteThat.name grabs contact info anywhere on the web,” I was intrigued.
Sign up with your email address and download the extension if you use Chrome. Copy any contact info you find online and paste it to the app. WriteThat.name reformats the material, helps you edit details and save the new contact with 1-click. The app syncs to your address book to permit automatic updates or you can review/approve changes before they are made. It’s like auto-pilot for your address book!
WriteThat.name also offers add-ons that synchronize with Salesforce, Outlook, and can even search your old emails for contacts. Still not convinced? Add me to your contacts with 1-click using the link below and send me a message. I’m happy to discuss my experience and answer your questions!
Emails sent from a mobile device get a free pass. You don’t face criticism for a brief, albeit effective, response. Additionally, one can easily avoid a tedious back-and-forth email chain. Each of these benefits is linked to a single common phrase that gets you off the hook:
“Sent from my mobile device”
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Post-Its, written lists, bookmarking, color-coding, email reminders – I’ve tried them all. An early lesson on productivity taught me the importance of using a system. Whether it’s losing a Post-It, too many lists, or disorganized bookmarks, every system has its pitfalls. Evernote is my savior.
I’m still an amateur ‘Evernoter’ so the veterans may know more tricks to maximize the effectiveness of this application. Share your great ideas in the comment section below! For starters, it takes 2 minutes to download the app and set up a new account. Start a new ‘note’ and you’ll see that you can ‘tag’ each item you save. Tags are a great way to link notes that share a common thread. Consistently using tags will help you find the information you’re looking for among all your notes. Take organization a step further with ‘notebooks’ that group notes under a single topic or project. The functionality is limitless, but my basic uses include:
- Food shopping lists
- Saving websites to visit later
- A notepad for my occasional strokes of genius
- Consolidating content and materials that I plan to use in the near future
- Project management – using different notebooks for each
I’ve even started using IFTTT to backup my notes in Dropbox and take advantage of all that free storage I own. With everything organized, tagged, and backed up, now I can devote more time to managing my fantasy football team that is in a tie for 1st place. Who knew a couples fantasy football league could be so fun?