By Aaron Couch
How cool would it be to have a robot butler? Imagine it. Here’s this nice metal guy whose sole purpose is to help you succeed in life. And I’m not talking about a neurotic robomaid, like Rosy from The Jetsons. I’m talking about a classy robot—like a mechanical version of Batman’s Alfred. Call me a dreamer, but I don’t think this is too much to ask.
Since there aren’t any Alfred robots for sale just yet, I’m willing to settle for having a computerized personal assistant. Thankfully, programmers are creating some pretty great tools designed to get us organized and make our lives easier. When used in conjunction, these tools approximate many of the things personal assistants do. Here are a few for you check out:
If you’re waiting for and important email and want to ignore the junk, this service is for you. AwayFind filters out the emails you don’t want, and contacts you via text message, phone call, IM, or tweet once that important email arrives. It’s like having a personal assistant holding all but your most important calls.
For any organization, social media is a chance to engage the public on a more personal level. But yikes! Engaging across multiple platforms sure takes up a lot of time. That’s where Sendible comes in. Craft your message, schedule a time for it to be released, and select the social media services you want to carry the message. Then…presto! There’s your message, broadcast across multiple platforms. It’s easy, and beats copious amounts of copying and pasting.
This iPhone app beats the pants off a simple sticky note. When’s the last time a sticky note sent you a text message to remind you of your cat’s vet appointment? You can write notes to yourself up to two weeks away, and choose the way you’d like to be reminded. Reminders can come via email, text, and instant messenger programs like Google Talk, ICQ and AIM.
Want to remember everything? Go ahead. Snap pictures, drag files, add links, or scribble down notes. Evernote takes whatever you throw at it, organizes it and makes it searchable. You can integrate it with your smartphone and snap pictures or write down information on the go. Evernote is free, but premium users get more options. It’s a pretty sweet deal, and I plan on using it for upcoming school projects.
Are you using any organizational tools you’re using that we left off? Please let us know by leaving a comment.
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Aaron Couch is a journalism grad student at the University of Kansas, where among other things, he studies how social media is changing journalism. You can follow him on Twitter to see what he’s up to these days: aaroncouch