I am a list maker by nature. I love all kinds of lists. I have piles (which are really sort of abstractly lists in themselves, aren’t they?) of lists. The bookmark folder on my MacBook betrays me, showing my tendency to hoard digital information. I wonder if I share the same fear of loss that hoarders face?
When I write things down, I love to look at the inner workings of my brain. I love to see the storm it creates, the chaos calmed into a single file line. The checks create balance. The lines crossed off denote significant work.
My mind longs for order to reign. My husband longs for the piles to be banished. My self just.won’t.let.go of the stored information. So, in the past several months I have transitioned my list-making, brain-storming, life-planning, house-managing from analog to digital. That way, we’re all happy. Peace of mind, peace in relationship, and I get to relish in all the information I please.
My favorite tools for digital life management are as follows.
- Evernote The ultimate in list making and filing amazing-ness. This will keep detailed lists including pictures, urls, voice notes, etc. I use this to brainstorm projects, blog posts, and even questions I have that I want to research further. I use this as my “catch-all”, kind of like a digital Moleskine so that I don’t have ideas rattling around in my head.
- TeuxDeux This is a simple and graphic To-Do list that allows you to drag and drop, delete, and cross off. I use this daily to keep track of my tasks.
- Simplify your blog reading life by using a RSS Feed Reader such as Bloglines, Bloglovin, or GoogleReader.
Do you have favorite online or digital methods of organizing your life? I am always up for new ways to quell the clutter in my brain and on my kitchen counter (my landing spot of choice for scratch paper!). Do share your favorite apps, sites, or other methods!
Hayley was born and raised in the cornfields of Indiana, and though they lived a magical 4 year stint in Charlotte, NC, Hayley has found herself again in the Hoosier State. She and her husband have three boys who are learning to how to be good men (in the midst of all the wrestling and dirt). She tries to balance living a life of beauty with living a life of adventure. Follow her adventures at Tiny Twig Goes Out on a Limb and on Twitter.
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