Determined to get organized this year?
Good news is, new tech tools are making this pledge—whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or standing orders to yourself—more attainable than in years past.
From free scheduling applications to cloud computing services that will organize your schedule, these products make organization as easy as a couple of clicks of the mouse. Here are three of those products to help you get organized in 2012:
SugarSync, which was Gizmodo’s top pick
for cloud-computing service in 2011, syncs and centralizes all of an organization’s data across numerous devices. And thanks to its ironclad document backup, automatic synching, and easy file sharing, you’ll no longer get stuck without a file when you’re away from the office.
You can have up to 30 gigabytes of storage for as little as $4.99 per month, or choose 100 gigabytes for $14.99 per month. It is slightly more technologically complex than Your Office Anywhere, but once you are familiar with the platform, SugarSync enables you to choose which files you want to sync or stream from your desktop to mobile devices.
If you are willing to spend even more money, SugarSync for Business is a beefed up version of the cloud that runs $29.99 per month but has live tech support and an administrative dashboard—the ultimate organizational command center for 2012.
Wunderlist has turned a lot of heads for its elegant simplicity, and for good reason. When you’re choosing an application to simplify your scheduling and organize your life, the last thing you want is a complex and confusing piece of technology.
Wunderlist’s simple lists and reminders keep you on schedule, and the lists can be created directly from your email inbox. The application can be used on any computer or mobile device. Plus, you can invite people to events and collaborate with co-workers or clients using the application.
And it’s free.
Evernote is Wunderlist for notes and ideas. The easily searchable site enables users to jot down ideas, save photos and store notes in a central location that can be accessed by phone, computer or mobile device.
The application is great for creative types, designers, and students. You can also plan a trip, save your favorite web pages, and collaborate with colleagues using the site.
Abbi Whitaker is the president of Abbi Public Relations in Reno, Nev, which represents technology, government, food and beverage, and business-to-business clients nationwide.