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What are the best scanning apps?

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Best Scanning Apps

I do a lot of scanning at my desk with my trusty Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500 scanner, and I also like to take my iX100 ScanSnap with me to my clients to scan on site. But there are times when it is just more convenient to use my phone as a scanner, especially if I am on the go and just have a small piece of information such as a receipt or business card to scan.

Thanks to today’s technology there are a lot of scanning apps available for your smartphone, and many of them are free. I decided to try out a few of them to figure out which ones deserved space on my phone. Here are my results:

Evernote Scannable

  • Can set the camera to either manual or auto capture. No other scanner I tested had this feature.
  • Scan quality is excellent.
  • Highly accurate at recognizing whether the scanned image is a receipt, photo or business card.
  • Option to save as a JPG or PDF.
  • Integrates with Evernote, Dropbox, Camera Roll and email, but you need to Send To in order to save to Dropbox.
  • Free

Verdict: Thumbs up, especially if you are an Evernote user.  Simple to use, beautiful clear scans, and integrates with Dropbox as well. As I use Evernote for almost everything, this one definitely stays on my phone, but it might not be the number one choice for others. 

CamScanner

  • No auto image capture, but is fairly good at detecting image edges and image can be rotated before being saved.
  • Options to auto enhance, scan in B&W or grayscale, and lighten image.
  • Can save scans as either a PDF or JPG.
  • Nice user interface – easy to understand how to save, tag, delete, etc.
  • Beautiful clear scans captured, even with glossy business cards.
  • Includes OCR (optical character recognition) option, which worked perfectly with the business card I tested.
  • Integrates easily with Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, OneDrive, and OneNote on the free version.
  • Also have the option to AirPrint, fax, add to an album, email, or collaborate with up to 10 people on a document.
  • Pro plan costs $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year. This is not necessary unless you want to collaborate with more than 10 people and need 10GB of cloud space.

Verdict: Thumbs up. With its OCR capability, collaborative features, the ability to scan to PDF or JPG, and save to a number of cloud-based apps, this is the most feature rich scanning app I tested. Definitely staying on my phone!

Tiny Scanner

  • No auto capture option, but automagically detects page edges.
  • Saves only as a PDF.
  • A bit tricky to figure out how to name, edit and delete scans – the app’s instructions for how to do this are not very clear.
  • Choice to scan in color, grayscale or B&W.
  • Can easily rotate image before saving.
  • Free version allows sharing through Email, Fax or Open In options.
  • Can “Open In” Dropbox and save the scanned PDF to Dropbox if that app is enabled on your phone.
  • Can only access Evernote, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Print through the Pro version.
  • Pro version available for IOS and Android for $4.99

Verdict: Thumbs down. While this is a great little app, the fact that the free version can only save to Dropbox and email, and that even with the paid version, it only creates PDFs and not JPGs, makes it a little less versatile than the other two scanning apps above. I probably will be taking this one off my phone.

Genius Scan

  • No auto capture, but image edges are automagically detected.
  • Can rotate before saving.
  • Can apply image enhancement if desired.
  • Poor quality scans of glossy images such as business cards.
  • Easy to rename document or image and apply tags.
  • Can export to email for free, but all other export features – including Printing, Dropbox, Box, Evernote, OneDrive, OneNote, etc. – are only available with the upgraded plan for $6.99.

Verdict: Thumbs down. Given its poor quality scanning capability and the fact that that the free version can’t integrate with anything except email, this one is definitely going off my phone!

Conclusion: If you want to be able to scan something even when you don’t have your dedicated scanning device with you, I recommend getting Evernote Scannable or CamScanner (or both) for your smartphone. That way you’ll never miss an opportunity to save important information from a card, receipt, or other document.

Remember: if it’s worth saving, it’s worth scanning!

 

Penny Catterall is the Owner and Founder of Order Your Life, LLC. Order Your Life works with clients in the Washington DC Metro area and virtually around the world, to help you declutter, go paper-less, improve workflow and make life simpler.

Are you part of NAPO’s Golden Circle?

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

logo-golden-circleIf you have been a NAPO member and in business for 5 years, then be sure to attend the next Golden Circle gathering in January 2016. If you haven’t been in business for 5 years yet, you have this to look forward to because it is so valuable!

Here are a few highlights of things we discussed at the last meeting. The conversation was SO useful both as a professional organizer and as a business owner. Plus, it’s just plain fun networking with each other.

 

Le Tote

One of the discussions we had was about clients who love to shop, and this website was suggested as a possible solution. This service allows you to “rent” clothing, so it satisfies the need for getting new stuff on a regular basis and also keeps the closet from overflowing. At least, that’s the idea. 🙂

This is from the Le Tote website: “Always have something new to wear. Get 3 garments and 2 accessories delivered to your door – unlimited times each month. Wear everything. Send it back. Receive your next set of options days later!”

Get more information from LeTote.com.

The Confidence Code

Have you read this book yet? It is a fantastic in-depth look at the confidence gap between men and women. Katty Kay and Claire Shipman bring you the scientific research, interviews with high ranking, successful women and specific actionable steps for becoming more confident. This is a great resource for women, especially entrepreneurs!

Get more information from TheConfidenceCode.com.

PicMonkey & Canva

Do you have a Facebook page but don’t know how to create the cover image at the top? Do you have a blog but don’t know how to design infographics? Do you need to create something visual but don’t have the design or tech skills necessary?

There are 2 online services that you can use for free that take all of the guesswork out of it. Check out PicMonkey and Canva!

If you have any questions about Golden Circle, please feel free to contact our Golden Circle liaison Lauri Mennel at laurimennel@gmail.com.

Managing Your Home Data Digitally

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Homeowners often struggle with managing the details about their home because they are generally disorganized or do not have a central system to track the data. It makes sense why this happens. We have real estate documents in one file cabinet, contacts of service providers in address books or on our phones, full drawers of receipts for items we purchased, photos of our homes in boxes, sticky notes on what task is next and who is going to tackle this task, and some homeowners do not have any of this information because they might be new at homeownership.

Managing your home digitally and in one place can solve many of these issues. If you had a digital account of your home and storage of all home related documents at your fingertips, you could actually remove a lot of the paper you have in your home to become more organized both digitally and physically. Additionally, understanding the details of one of your largest assets, can help make you, as homeowner, more aware and more informed about your home. Understanding what you own, how to take care of it and how to enhance it can help you maintain the value of your home.

Organizers can now help their clients become more digitally organized by using the most innovative tools to help them understand the contents within their home, the paper associated with their home and how to take action to maintain the value of their home. These services are opportunities to continue to support clients while also building out an organizers business to help continue with the overall business growth strategy.

Elizabeth Dodson is the co-founder of HomeZada, a cloud-based home improvement and organizational software tool. HomeZada strives to educate and provide resources for homeowners in all areas of home management, including home improvement projects, maintenance, inventory, and property information.

Harnessing the Power of Mobile Marketing

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Mobile MarketingMobile marketing presents a huge opportunity for small business marketing but before you dive into adding some of the tactics to your business, do the research and make sure that you’ll be attracting the clients you want with the methods you implement.

Think about your own patterns today….how often do you pick up your mobile device and read an email or log onto the internet from your smart phone and look up an address or phone number? When making a purchase, how many reviews are you reading before making a purchase? Your customers are doing the same thing, so it’s important that your marketing reflect these buying patterns.

Three simple tactics you can implement as a basis for building your mobile marketing include:

  • Google my business – this is a tool provided by Google that allows you to put significant information online and get reviews from clients. There is a verification process, so you can’t complete everything in one day, but once you do, it will help prospects find you
  • Mobile responsive emails – if you are sending email campaigns to your prospects, clients and strategic partners, make sure the template looks good on a mobile device. Look at the font size that you are using and consider using on column rather than two.
  • Online Reviews – get in the habit of asking your clients to go online and write reviews. The best place to start is on your google my business link, but directory sites like Yelp, Angie’s list and Houzz are also worth consideration.

Develop a strategy for your marketing and you’ll see greater results.

Debbie DeChambeau is a marketing strategist and business consultant. She frequently speaks for Constant Contact on marketing best practices and is part of the Duct Tape Marketing Consultants Network. If you need help building your marketing plan, implementing your marketing tactics or just have questions about building your business, contact her and schedule a meeting.

How to print smarter!

Monday, May 18th, 2015

3d image of home printer and documentsOne issue I tend to see with many of my organizing clients is pages and pages of unnecessary printed paper cluttering up their home office.  As far as I see it, extra printed paper has three main drawbacks.  First, it is harmful to the environment (unless you make the effort to print with recycled paper); second, it is expensive, as printer ink does not come cheaply under any circumstances; and third and probably most importantly, it creates unnecessary clutter and covers up the important papers and bills on your desk and in your home office.

Before printing out anything, ask yourself if you really need to print it in the first place.  Could you save a document as a PDF in an electronic file folder instead?  Or could you save an email in a specially designated folder in your inbox? If you still feel you need to print, take these steps to reduce paper and ink usage:

1) Preview the document before you print if possible and only print the pages that you really need
2) Set your printer settings to their lowest quality or draft printing if it is just for home use
3) Set your printer to print double sided if possible
4) Most importantly, have a recycling bin nearby to get rid of the paper when you are done with it!

Penny Catterall is the Owner and Founder of Order Your Life, LLC , which has helped clients in the Washington DC metro area control clutter, improve workflow and make life simpler since 2009. Penny specializes in home, home office and small business organization services and is also available to help you organize ‘virtually’ anywhere in the world.

Google Your Small Business

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Google your Small Business.” Most business owners know what I mean when I say that to my workshop and seminar audiences. It’s important to Google yourself, right? You know there’s information out there about you and your business that’s good for you to be aware of, or even correct or keep up-to-date (like social media profiles, business directory listings and review websites). You can easily search Google.com to find all this relevant business and personal information. However, there’s a whole other meaning when I say you should “Google your Small Business.” Google is one of the largest providers of software for business, organizations, education, and even enterprise and government today. With over 500 products and countless integrated services tailored for publishing, working and interacting externally and internally, Google is a natural fit for handling almost every aspect of a business’ infrastructure. While I don’t expect you to learn and implement all Google products to manage and market your business, there are many that can satisfy your current and future needs. All you need to do is look around at software or systems that aren’t working or are missing something; Google can likely fill that business need. In this post, I’ll highlight the basics and provide resources to many others so you can learn more about the power available to you as an organizing professional to truly Google your Small Business, or your client’s.

Business, meet Google Apps for Work

Google began as a Search Engine Provider (SEP) in 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, PhD students at Stanford University. I can only imagine that never believed their originally nicknamed “BackRub” search engine/research project would turn into the global, multibillion-dollar enterprise it has today. On the other hand, Brin, Page and the executive team at Google did have the foresight to start amassing products within the company to help Google Search users with their productivity. The two reasons were to understand their audiences better and the other to build a stronger relationship with those users. For example, if I used Gmail (Google’s email product), Google Calendar and other Google tools, I was likelier to use Google Search as well. It was the value-added benefit of being a Google user, and that naturally blended into others’ business and professional lives.

These services, which I’ll speak about momentarily, combined became a strong business feature set. Google took notice and built a real edge in the market when they launched Google Apps for Business in 2007, renamed last year to Google Apps for Work. This software suite on its surface includes 12 base products, including productivity software for communications, collaboration, online storage and sharing, and administration of files and access. The productivity software includes Google Drive, Documents, Sheets, Slides, Forms and Drawing (which would equate generally to their well-known competitors Dropbox, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, SurveyMonkey and Microsoft Publisher/Visio, respectively). This technology comes with more powerful functionality than the native desktop applications since you’re able to collaboratively live-edit, share and control access and comment on the files within Google Apps for Work. Below, I’ve provided a chart of the 12 base products and their general capabilities; I’m scratching the surface here on their feature set, but it should give you an idea of where you can start with Google Apps for Work and how it can become such a strong foundation for any business or organization.

In fact, this reduces most Small Business IT infrastructure needs down to a smartphone, any computer with a Web browser connected to the Internet, and Google! In all reality, I could run my entire business from either my laptop, smartphone or a mobile tablet device running Google’s Android or ChromeOS operating system from almost anywhere for $500 or less. In comparison, what used to cost a Small Business on average about $10,000 in startup technology infrastructure (plus maintenance, IT labor and other incidental expenditures over the course of the lifetime of a business), Google has wrapped this all up into $5 (or $10 which includes unlimited storage, Admin Console and Vault) per user per month.

Quick Overview of Google Apps for Work Base Products

Gmail

Email communications in highly customizable, threaded (or non-threaded) conversation views with IMAP.

Google Hangouts

Instant messaging (text and photo/video sharing), video and voice calls from your desktop or laptop and your mobile device.

Google Calendar

Schedule events, allocate resources (like conference rooms or equipment’s), and set staff schedules.

Google+

Google’s seamless, advertising-free Social Network and Identity Service for business.

Google Drive

Download and install Google Drive to have the ability to drag any file on your computer and synchronize it across all your computers so you always have them available.

  • Documents

Write and edit privately or collaborate with others live in your Web browser.

  • Sheets

Enter data and process, format and synthesize that data however you would like, plus share/collaborate with others. You can build full business applications (like accounting, financial reporting and document automation software) within Sheets.

  •  Slides

Create that next presentation for your sales meeting, outline your Human Resources to securely share with your new staff, or create slides for sharing on your website to demonstrate your new product.

  • Forms

Develop and publish online forms and surveys privately or publicly for different audiences to collect and analyze data.

  •  Drawing

Draw a graphic or design other marketing visuals for your Google Document, Slide or Sheet, website, or print or digital marketing collateral.

Google Sites

Launch a website, intranet or extranet in a matter of minutes. No programming skills needed.

Admin

Manage all your users and Google products from one dashboard from your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Vault

Manage all your document organization and retention policies in a streamlined interface.

Click the above image to access the archived Webinars. Scroll down to see the videos that have been archived.

 Over the past several years, I have delivered over 50 Web-based seminars on Google products and other Web management and marketing topics through the Virginia Small Business Development Center (Virginia SBDC). Virginia SBDC is a non-profit organization with regional offices throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia providing no-cost marketing and management counseling and education to Small Business owners. (If you’re outside of Virginia, there’s an SBDC near you as well.) So, whatever Google Apps for Work product you’re looking to get started with, there’s likely a Webinar in the archives, or one upcoming soon. I wish you good luck with your and your clients’ business journeys, and I hope Google is the backbone of your businesses help

Ray Sidney-Smith is a Web & Mobile Strategist, the President of W3 Consulting (providing training, seminars and a variety of domain, WordPress hosting and development services), and the author of SoLoMo Success. When he’s not teaching business management and technology, he’s teaching and training businesses and professionals about productivity and technology.

A Team Approach To Selling A Home

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A Team Approach to Selling a Home
Getting Referred Business from Stagers and REALTORS®

The ReadyStageMove™ team, — Jean Marie Herron, Professional Organizer, Maria Rini, REALTOR® and Bernadette Flaim, Accredited Home Stager, were guest speakers at the recent NAPO-WDC chapter meeting.

Whether you are new to organizing or would like to take your business to the next level, this workshop covers what it takes to work with real estate agents and stagers. It also explains how to formulate strategic partnerships and the basics of working by referral.

Below are some of the tips and recommendations they shared to help you find the “perfect” strategic partners.

How do I find a REALTOR®?

When searching for a real estate agent to join your partnership, we encourage you to interview and vet those agents who are open or understand the concept of a team approach to selling a home. Some ways to identify potential REALTOR® partners include:

  • Do I know someone who recently sold a home who can recommend their REALTOR®?
  • Go on the Internet and see who is selling houses in your geographical area.
  • Visit open houses.
  • Network, network, network.


IMPORTANT: 
Offer to do a presentation at a local real estate office or at a local Board of REALTORS®. Stay in touch with your database by asking for their referral to a REALTOR®. Do you see how networking might help your business in more ways than one?


How do I find a stager?

Teaming up with a stager will offer your clients the expertise necessary to properly package and present the home after the organizing is complete. Here are some ways to find a stager that is the perfect fit for your triad:

  • Research association websites like the Real Estate Staging Association or any of the staging designation websites
  • Call your local real estate offices and ask for a stager referral
  • Look at real estate listings online and contact the listing agent of a “staged” home
  • Use Google


How do you take it to the next level?  

Once you have identified your strategic partners, here are some things you can do to take your “team approach” to the next level.

  • Collaborate on projects together (before/after book; resource list; co-sponsor an event, etc.)
  • Cross-endorsement for each other
  • Start a mastermind
  • Pay it Forward – do nice things for your resource and referral relationships


Key Ingredients To Develop Strategic Partnerships

In order to develop effective strategic partnerships, you will need to “decide to decide.” Make a decision to be part of a team and then to be a good team partner. Some key ingredients that work best are:

  • Develop an effective strategy to work by referral (high-quality leads with less effort)
  • Build, sort and qualify your database (sphere of influence, friends/family, social circles, business relationships, online networks)
  • Decide to be “relational” (trust, value, top-of-mind)
  • Surround yourself with a team of productive people


The ReadyStageMove™ team brings 40 years of experience to the real estate, organizing and staging industries. They have mastered a systematic way to de-stress clients who want to sell their homes with the most profit and a quick turnaround time. The efficient methods employed in selling, organizing and staging is a packaged product the three of them have learned as a skill set and utilize in each and every sale they work together on.

Maria Rini is a Broker-Associate with RE/MAX Real Estate Ltd. in Oradell, New Jersey. She has been helping people sell homes since 1994 and works with her husband and partner, Richard Gneiding. She specializes in residential properties and has been collaborating with home stagers and professional organizers since 2005. Maria is a Graduate Realtor Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, Member of the New Jersey Association of Realtors Distinguished Sales Club and the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.

Jean Marie Herron is a professional organizer and the owner of POSSE Partners, LLC. Since 2005 POSSE has been specializing in residential organizing with private clients. Additionally, she publicly and privately presents “Clutter Corrals™”, workshops and classes on many domestic organizing topics. She is a Golden Circle Member of NAPO and the Director of Professional Development and Programming for NAPO-Northern New Jersey.

Bernadette Flaim is founder and Principal Designer of The Flaim Group LLC. She has  been in the home staging and interior redesign industry since 2004 and is an accredited and certified home staging professional and RESA-PRO, specializing in vacant properties and luxury homes. She also provides interior redesign services to her clients, including one-day room makeovers and color consultations. Bernadette is President of the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) – NJ Chapter.

ReadyStageMove™

The Secret Weapon to the Success of Your Business: Bookkeeping

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Starting and managing a successful business is challenge, I’m sure you would agree. If I were to ask you, what are the key roles crucial to growing your business, you would probably answer:

  • Sales and Marketing, because without that the business won’t make any money.
  • Client Services, because you have to perform the service for the client . . . or the business won’t make any money.
  • Staff Management, because you have to manage the team doing the work to make sure it’s done correct or else you won’t have happy clients . . . and the business won’t make any money.
  • And last and always viewed as least, Bookkeeping

Why is bookkeeping always last? Business owners often put off their bookkeeping because:

  • They are too busy
  • It’s intimidating to them
  • They feel they are not a numbers person
  • They have more important things to do

But what most owners don’t realize is that the most important key to having a successful business is their accounting system and its procedures. Why? Because if you don’t having a good accounting system and procedures in place to manage your funds and track what’s coming in and what’s going out, your business will not grow.

Although it’s often thought of as the least important of the key roles, since it does not directly generate any revenue, bookkeeping is actually a secret weapon that can be used to establish, sustain and grow your business – taking it to the next level.

Maintaining accurate financial records through bookkeeping can help you to gain insight into your business. Bookkeeping is an excellent business management tool because it can:

  • Provide useful financial information
  • Help you run your business proactively
  • Enable you to make important business decisions

Taking a few minutes each month to review your financial reports can help you to be proactive in your business rather than reactive. There are many reports you can run. Among them should definitely be a Profit and Loss, Balance Sheet, Item Profitability, and Sales by Customer Summary reports. When reviewing these reports ask yourself the following questions:

  • How much did I make this month? How much did I spend this month?
  • What can I do differently next month to increase my bottom line?
  • Who are my best customers, and what type of businesses are they?
  • What services seem to make me the most money?

Once you are able to answer those questions from your reports, you now have a roadmap as to how you can do things differently moving forward. Just by doing this each and every month, you could change the course of your business, taking it to the next level!

Connie Whittingham is President and CEO of Y-OPA Consulting Group, a firm which focuses on providing bookkeeping, QuickBooks coaching and consulting services. Connie has been working with QuickBooks since 1996 and has been a Bookkeeper for nearly 20 years. She currently holds a certification in QuickBooks Pro, Premier, Enterprise and Online editions. Connie is currently a member of the AIPB (American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers) and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Connie strongly believes that bookkeeping plays a key role in having a successful and profitable business. She enjoys working with business owners to help them to make bookkeeping a priority in their business, because she knows that it can have a positive and long-lasting impact on their business. It is her passion. In her efforts to make sure that every business owner learns how to avoid costly mistakes that hurt their business, Connie created a FREE CD entitled, “11 Critical QuickBooks Mistakes, and How to Do it the Right Way.”

Top 3 Takeaways From Organizing Roundtable Discussions

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The first NAPO-WDC meeting of 2015 was roundtable discussions led by chapter members who are experts in their fields. Each table featured a different topic, and it was fabulous! In case you missed the meeting or didn’t get to all the tables you wanted to, here are the top 3 takeaways from each discussion.

 

Using Scanning Technology to Organize and Store Your Electronic Filesled by Penny Catterall

  1. Invest in a dedicated document scanner such as the Fujitsu ScanSnap for fast and easy scanning.
  2. Start by scanning just the new paper that comes in, including receipts, doctors’ bills, medical records, recipes, business cards, school records, and more.
  3. Save them to a cloud-based service such as Dropbox or Evernote, or onto your hard drive. 

 

How To Avoid the Pitfalls in Working with Chronically Disorganized Clientsled by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton

  1. No matter how long you have been organizing, you can always learn from your peers.
  2. Whether you like it or not, you will likely be contacted by clients that are Chronically Disorganized. Learning how to work with that population will only make you a better organizer for your already-organized clients.
  3. Chronic Disorganization requires unconventional organizing. I highly recommend everyone read Judith Kolberg’s book, “Conquering Chronic Disorganization.”

 

Seven Counter-Intuitive Things About Sellingled by Jane Campbell

  1. People become your customers for life when you listen to their unique issues instead of talking about you or your product.
  2. You need to obtain permission before launching a sales conversation.
  3. If a competitor can also solve a prospect’s problem, acknowledging that will lend you credibility.

 

Photo Organizing: Tips to Help Client So It Doesn’t Have To Be Scaryled by Jody Al-Saigh

  1. Everyone seemed to really like the recommendation I had for an app for your iPad that works as a light table to view slides. The one I have is called “The Light Table,” but there are a few freebies as well.
  2. One question that came up was what to do with negatives. My advice: toss them! You likely have the prints if you have the negatives, and there’s nowhere left to process negatives anyway.
  3. I highly recommend Rick at Digital Recollections for scanning photo/slide/video/audio transfer. I also recommend our Corporate Partner, Andy Reiman with Modern Image, to scan paper or photos.

 

Using Evernote to Create and Simplify Workflows for Small Businessesled by Pierrette Ashcroft

Evernote provides novices and power users a valuable knowledge base. Its potential increases as your skill level grows.
  1. Install the Web Clipper button to most browsers. Use it to clip content from any webpage to a note that is automatically saved to your Evernote account.
  2. Sync your Notes and Notebooks in the cloud. It’s automatic and gives real time access from a desktop or mobile device.
  3. Communicate with clients and colleagues through shared folders where you can collaborate on projects.

 

Green Organizing: Why It’s Too Good to Wasteled by Terri Fischer & Alonso Zamora

  1. Help your clients set up a convenient system for recycling near the point of use, probably the kitchen. If it’s not simple and convenient, it won’t happen.
  2. If you don’t know how to recycle something, Google “recycling, (item name), city and state.”
  3. Yes, you CAN recycle that single sock, the pants with the rip or the shirt with the ink stain. When donating, label these as “rags.” The items can be used for fibers in insulation, carpet and so on.

2 Low-Tech, High Productivity Task Pads

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

At the most recent NAPO-WDC meeting, some of the chapter members presented their favorite organizing products. Here are two of the low-tech, productivity-yielding products that stood out. They are task pads for keeping track of your action items, but they are a little different than the usual to-do lists. Check them out!

keyboard weekly planner notepad

Susan Kousek told us about The Stripe Weekly Keyboard Notepad.

This is what she has to say about this task pad:

“Since the entire pad sits in front of your keyboard, you can plan a couple of weeks or more in advance. When I plan my week, I write in each day (using a Sharpie) my client appointments and major projects I’m working on that week. With it always right in front of my keyboard, it’s a constant reminder of all I have to do in that short time period! I love the bright colors and the fact that the squares are large enough to write 2 or 3 things on each day.”

You can get it at The Container Store or My Lulalu.

Jody Al-Saigh told us about the Desktop To-Do Board.

dry erase to do board

This is what she has to say about this task pad:

“I like having the day’s to-do list on hand and being able to be change it quickly. In the past, I had used notepads on my desk and always had to rewrite them as plans shifted. I like the dry erase board, because I can erase tasks that I have completed. It’s the same size as a desktop notepad and stands at an angle so as not to get lost under a pile of papers!”

You can get it at The Container Store.

These are just a few of the favorite things that were presented at the December 2014 NAPO-WDC meeting. We also learned about a new type of hanging file folder, some really useful apps, office storage boxes and more.

Don’t miss out! Be sure to attend the next meeting. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year everyone!