So while this week's posts really started as a series on finding and organizing inspiration- for me it has really become a journey into fine-tuning my overall game plan for staying organized! On Tuesday I wrote about Evernote- a new discovery for me. I intended to mainly use Evernote as a repository for all of the inspirational ideas that I find online, and I have used it many times this week just for that. I found a great idea I wanted to use for my Thanksgiving table, and I highlighted the pictures and text from the website, selected Edit Copy from the Browser menu, and then selected the little Evernote elephant icon and clicked on “paste to evernote”. And now that idea is saved as a note that I can use in two weeks! Within Evernote, I created several notebooks so I have nice little places to keep it all organized. and it is just so cool.
Next I branched out, and typed up all of my To Do lists that I had- the “master list” of everything I eventually hope to get to, the “weekly list” of items that I actually hope to accomplish this week (ha ha). I also created separate To Do notes for each day of the week, for the tasks that I assign to each day. Evernote lets you add these little checkboxes next to your list items, so I can go in and check things off as I go. Love that!
And I have been using Evernote on my IPhone when I am out and about- adding text notes in my Evernote app that then magically appear on my computer by the time I get back home.
But what if there was a really cool app that would allow me to just speak into my phone and it would take my voice message, convert it to text and send it to me as either a text message or an email? Well, of course there is such an app! It's call ReQall- and I've been trying it out today and it is totally cool! I went out to http://www.reqall.com/ and registered for a free account. I spent a little time adjusting the settings for my account, to let it know that I wanted my voice messages to com back to me in my email rather than as a text message, and I also hooked up my ICAL calendar so that I can voice-add appointments directly into my calendar from ReQall (how cool is that?). Next I downloaded the free app to my IPhone, and got started.
I tapped the + button to add a new voice message. The first one was simple “bake brownies for school”. ReQall has to sync twice with its system for the message to go through, the fist time it sends my voice message up to the server, where it is converted to text. On the 2nd sync, the text comes into my email account, and it comes back to my ReQall app as a “to do” item. ReQall automatically syncs every 15 minutes, but for impatient types like me, you can click on the little sync icon on the app, and force it to sync immediately.
And a few minutes later, I received an email message telling me to “bake brownies for school!” Now I can just highlight that piece of text and paste it into Evernote (an improvement to the ReQall app would be to send my message as a new note right into Evernote), or in my case, I added it to my existing note of things to do today (with a cute little check box, so I can check it off when I am done!)
I just love cool new free apps!