We’ve all got various things to juggle and keep track of in our day-to-day lives. Without the right set of tools, life can get pretty messy and disorganised. Nowadays, there are numerous digital tools available to help us stay on top of things.
Here are 8 such tools to keep your life organised:
Spreadsheets are a great tool to keep track of your finances. Use them to jot down and record your savings and investments over time.
Microsoft Excel offers a variety of useful templates for monthly budgets, small business cash flow and income statement, investment tracker, expense tracker, personal asset inventory, and much more. Some of these templates come with useful graphs and charts that get updated as you key in data.
Multiple tabs and built-in formulas make spreadsheets a wonderful tool to keep track of all our inflows and outflows of money.
2. Expense Trackers
Expense tracker apps such as Money Lover makes it easy for us to keep track of all our expenses on the go. Simply open the app and key in your expenses as and when you spend money. At the end of the month, look at the report generated and study the breakdown of your expenses. This can help you identify areas to cut back in the following month.
As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It’s important to have a plan for the day. Before you go to bed at night, take a few minutes to draw up a to-do list for the next day. Todoist is a great app that you can use on both your phone and PC. List down tasks you wish to accomplish in order of priority and tick them off as you go the following day.
There are loads of to-do list apps out there. I personally prefer Todoist as it is easy-to-use and has a simple, clean interface. Click here to read an earlier blog post on to-do list apps, including Todoist.
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4. Google Calendar
Take an hour to update Google Calendar with all the important dates for the year such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc. In the busyness of day to day life, we may overlook an important date and end up regretting it later on. Don’t take that chance! Store these dates on your calendar and switch on reminder notifications.
Also, set recurring reminders for monthly/bi-annual tasks such as paying your credit card bill and sending your car for service so you don’t forget.
5. Google Photos
Google Photos provides an easy way to organise your photos. Download the app on your phone and set it to automatically back-up any photos in your gallery when connected to Wi-Fi. Every one or two weeks, clear your gallery without worry. Everything’s backed up! Plus, it’s super easy to locate specific pictures on Google Photos. For example, if you’re looking for pictures you took while on holiday in Rome, just type ‘Rome’ in the search bar, and voilà!
6. Google Drive
This is a great tool to back-up important documents. At the end of each day, save your work-related documents and back them up on Google Drive. Create folders and sub-folders to organise all your documents. This way you never have to worry about losing important documents and you can access them on the go.
Nowadays, we’ve got so many passwords to manage – email, online banking, Netflix, Amazon, etc. Keeping track of all our different passwords can be a real challenge. How do you manage all these passwords?
Storing them on the sticky notes app on your desktop or the notes app on your phone is convenient, but they’re not the safest way to store this sensitive information. Instead, consider using a secure password manager such as LastPass.
This is a free password manager that allows you to store and manage your various passwords, so you never forget them. Your personal data is encrypted and stored safely. Plus, the app offers two-factor authentication for added security. Click here to check out a detailed review of LastPast.
This is a great app to organise household chores. With OurHome, you can create and assign chores between family members. The app offers a gamified system that can motivate kids to participate.
When family members complete assigned tasks, they earn points. Set up an attractive reward system: if you earn enough points, you can claim a prize!
Plus, you can use this app to create shared grocery lists that make your grocery runs easier and more organised. Click here to read an earlier blog post on cleaning tips and apps.
I hope this list helps you in the pursuit of organisation and order. Once you have and use the right tools to keep things organised, you free up more headspace for the things that matter most to you. As writer Wallace D. Wattles once said:
It is essential to have good tools, but it is also essential that the tools should be used in the right way.
So, let's get cracking!