by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated
This morning I was babysitting a friend’s son. With three toddlers in the house, you might assume that any chance of productivity was out the window. I did, until I switched on my PDA to assess my options for nap time. As I perused my To Do list, I noticed a phone call I needed to make and decided to give it a try. With the kids happily playing at my feet, I cranked the volume up on my cell and went for it. Mission complete, check.
Counting my blessings, I wondered if I could pull it off again. I returned to the To Do list, this time sorting by the phone call category. Two more phone calls to make. Dare I push my luck? I went for the glory and it paid off big, check, check. My PDA helps me make quick decisions on how I can most productively use my time. Here are a few tips on making your PDA work for you:
To Do List
Store your To Do list on your PDA, link up any important contact info you may need so everything is at your fingertips when you are ready for it. Categorize similar action items, so you can easily complete multiple tasks while you have the resources readily available.
Use the date book to schedule appointments and set aside time for routine tasks. View your date book with the To Do list, and you can quickly plan your day. No more erasing or scratching out required, reschedule items by dragging and dropping them into a new time slot.
Keep all your contacts at your fingertips by storing them in your PDA. Quickly find any address or phone number when you need it.
Your PDA’s synchronization capability is easily one of its best features. Back your PDA up onto your computer, and you can rest assured that you won’t lose vital information.
Many PDAs come equipped with emailing capabilities. Load email onto your PDA, and you can read and respond to messages while you are out and about.
Keep track of your expenses and budget while you are out. Easy access to your financial planning info will help you make informed decisions about how much to spend, and prevent you from forgetting to write it down later.
Save paper by taking notes in your PDA. You can store the notes on your computer later, and keep your purse or brief case from becoming cluttered and heavy.
There is a plethora of software available for PDAs. Pocketgear.com has a nice selection of business and fun applications, many of which are free to download.