I’m an organisation junkie. That doesn’t mean I’m super-organised. Oh HELL no. But I love nothing more than indulging in a browse of organisation blogs, pinning organisation tips on Pinterest and reading books designed to overhaul my disorganised ways. I dream of a day when my kitchen shelves are organised with colour coding and tidy drawers, and my filing system is…well, basically having a filing system at all would be a joy.
Staying organised offline is hard enough, but staying organised online is when it gets tricky. How many social media accounts do you have? Bookmarks saved here and there? Photos and snippets pinned to your Pinterest board? It’s hard to keep track of all the bits you’ve saved!
This is why Springpad appeals to me. Springpad is a tool full of notebooks you can personalise and fill with all your favourite links, images, recipes (I particularly love this feature) checklists and reminders that you want. I’ve got a Chrome extension that means I can grab a link while on the page. You can use it on the go on your mobile through the app, which means you can clip an article while surfing, snap a photo, scan a product barcode, record a voice memo, or save a place nearby. It’s one of those tools that you constantly find uses for. They’re collaborative too, which means if you’re working on a project with someone you can just drop in ideas, links, images and suggestions.
For me, I’ve found it most useful for organising my wedding and house hunting last year. Last year, I could save the details in a notebook, add my thoughts afterwards in the notes section, add photos, a map and a checklist of things to check. All on the way home from a house viewing. Pretty amazing, huh?
I have a bunch of different notebooks on there. Ones for my clients, so I can save potential topics or things to write about. Notebooks full of ideas for our home. All my Delicious bookmarks. Blogging and WordPress ‘how to’ posts. A notebook filled with recipes. I’ve even got one filled with info on cats and kittens (for those that don’t follow me on Twitter, I recently adopted this beautiful little girl on the left).
I’m not saying I only use Springpad. I tend to still use Pinterest for images and ideas, and I use the Read It Later (now known as Pocket) app to save time and read content in one go. But when it comes to projects, I find Springpad an essential tool.
How do you stay organised online?