Finding time to keep up with what’s new and to make the most of the technological tools available is an ongoing challenge. There are so many wonderful applications and time-saving software tools out there, that it can actually be a little bit overwhelming.
That’s why I appreciate venues like lifehacker, where you can review lists of tools and apps that have already been vetted. I find the reviews to be clear, entertaining, and very useful. Often I’ll find something new to tell my VA about, or I’ll learn a trick that saves time (and, by extension, money)!
The first post I wanted to share with you today offers 10 tricks that can enhance your efficiency when using Gmail. It’s titled Top 10 Clever Tricks Built Right Into Gmail and I was especially taken with this trick (it’s #7 on the list):
Restore Your Contacts List if You Mess It Up: You may not know this, but Gmail automatically backs up your contact list regularly, so if you ever mess it up—lose a contact, accidentally sync an older set of contacts, or even delete your entire address book by accident, you can restore it to exactly the way it was at any point in time. Just head to your contact list in Gmail, click the “More” button, and choose “Restore Contacts”.
And, as a bonus, lifehacker offers an accessible and comprehensive Guide for making the most of the new Gmail. It’s worth a look!
Another feature that I like to check in lifehacker is their weekly Download Roundup. This past week’s Top Downloads included a tool called Springpad that looked intriguing. In the review, it’s compared to Pinterest and Evernote – which in and of itself piqued my interest. It’s free, and the reviewer was very enthusiastic:
It’s a fantastic, easy-to-use webapp that helps you organize your life, your ideas, and your projects, and once you get started, it’s also a lot of fun to use. Unlike most tools of its ilk, Springpad thinks for you, working like a personal assistant to cut down on the time you spend on the less enjoyable aspects of organizing information—meaning you’ll spend less time organizing things and more time doing them.
Based on the information in lifehacker, I definitely felt that Springpad was worth some further research. You can start with the article on lifehacker if you’re interested – it’s chock full of useful information about using this tool.
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