We are big time Apple/Mac fans at our house. We both have iPhones, I have an iPad, my hubby has an iPad Mini and I’m typing this blog post on our MacBook.
As an iPad owner, there are not many places I go that I don’t have my iPad along for the ride – kitchen included. In fact, these days, if you’re like me, you get lots of your recipe ideas off the web, right? I cook with my iPad in the kitchen almost every day…and sometimes that’s tricky. I mean, I don’t want to mess it up!
So I’ve found the answer:
See that? That’s a kitchen cabinet mount for my iPad!
I spend 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday mostly in front of dual monitors as a marketing director for an insurance agency. On my lunch break, I’m normally working on something for my photography business, or for the blog. When I come home, I normally end up back on the computer by the end of the night, to, surprise surprise, get my blog post ready for the next day! Since I end up working on my work computer during my lunch break, and my home computer in the evenings, with a laptop thrown in there sometimes, too, there’s no point in keeping my docs on one computer. As soon as I do that, I’ll need the docs on another computer.
So, everywhere I go I take along a portable hard drive and two jump drives.
I also have a Kindle, an iPad, an iPhone and an iPod. All of these have cords. And the iPod even has a set of headphones. And never know when I might need one or the other. So of course, everywhere I go I take along all of the above.
Now, here’s where it gets tricky. And messy.
Yes, I keep everything together in a small pouch, so it stays together…
…but sometimes it’s TOO together, ya know?
How’s THAT for alliteration? (Took me a bit to come up with it, but it describes how I’m feeling perfectly!)
Do you happen to recall the post I did a while back on calendars? (HERE IT IS, in case you want to revisit it.) I basically talked about my calendar system: what I use, how I sync everything and how I keep it all organized. It was working beautifully. WAS would be the key word.
I have ALWAYS been a calendar kind of girl. My high-school classmates still joke around with me about the planner I used to carry around – color-coordinated with a variety of colored gel pens and highlighters. (I wish I had saved one of those planners, I’m sure I would be pretty amused to see it now!)
I’ve used planners, wall calendars, desk calendars, phones, computer calendars…I’ve used them all. But in the middle of last year, I couldn’t find a system that was working for me anymore. After completely forgetting about several different appointments (which is very unlike me and VERY frustrating to me), I knew something had to give.
Since Google is king (buy your stock now, folks!) I decided to jump on the bandwagon. But the problem was, I do so much! Putting everything on one calendar was stressing me out – and that was NOT the point of the project!
So here’s what I did: I set up a few new Gmail email addresses, so that, in total, I had three: a personal email address, a business email address for my photography and a business email address for my professional organizing. Yeah, that took some work, but it was totally worth it – because each one of those email addresses is linked to a Google calendar.