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I will never forget another birthday….

January 29, 2010 1 comment

Today, I set up my first Google Calendar.  Holy Cow, it was easy.  I think I spent a total of 45 minutes setting this up for the ENTIRE year.    

Screen shot of Google.ccom

Click on "more" to see other Menu items; click on "Calendar"

 

  I already had a Google (Gmail) account, so I just clicked on Calendar and started putting events in.   I might be the last person to figure out how easy this was, but if I’m not, you might want to give it a try.   

What I like about Google Calendar:

  • Event edit screen is simple, easy to create recurring events
  • Can set an email alert, pop up alert days, hours, or minutes ahead of event
  • There is an iPhone app that allows real-time editing of calendar
  • I will never need to add birthdays or anniversaries again
  • I think it is easier to use than Outlook

 Summary:

I still like handwritten calendars and am in the process of transitioning to electronic.  We’ll see how it goes!  Stay tuned for updates on whether actually using the calendar online has saved me time.

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Great minds think alike…

There are so many excellent resources out there for homemakers!  Here are two stones I turned over when searching for techie homemaker blogs and communities. Cafemom.com MomTechnology.com

I still haven’t found any sites geared at homemakers as a whole…that means all people who live in a household of some kind and need to manage their day-to-day life, but this was a good Today feature about one year ago about women using technology to simplify their lives:

“The right phone, camera and bookmarked sites can save sanity and time”

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The Digital Homemaker: Making your life easier with technology

When I woke up this morning, I had a brainstorm and this blog is the result.  I spend a GREAT deal of time searching and researching ways to make my life easier using technology and it occurred to me that if I share some of what I find with you, it may save you time.

As an occupational therapist, my job involves working with people who have an illness or disability and teaching them how to use technology to improve their independence and ability to fully engage in their daily routines.  In working with my patients, I have realized that many of the techniques I have found for them can actually make my life easier as well.  So, here it is.  The Digital Homemaker.  Bringing technology into your daily routine to help you be more efficient, productive, free up your time from the mundane things we all have to do.

Stay tuned for weekly updates on using technology in various areas of your life to make things easier.

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