1. Tidy your to-do list
Ditch the Post-its and sign up for a free account at RememberTheMilk.com
. Its simple interface lets you list all your tasks along with a priority level. The site will then send you reminders—"carpool to YMCA at 4 P.M.!"—via e-mail, IM, or text message.
2. Plan a trip
, you'll never riffle through pages of confirmation e-mails at the airport check-in, car rental counter, or hotel shuttle pickup again. Forward your travel confirmations from various Web sites to firstname.lastname@example.org
, and the site will consolidate it all into a day-by-day itinerary, plucking out the essential details and adding maps, directions, and local weather forecasts.
3. Never miss a birthday
Register at JackCards.com
and enter birthdays for your friends and family, then select a card for each one. As their big day approaches, Jack Cards mails you a card (prices start at $2.50). Just stamp and send.
4. Track your work contacts
You don't just enter names and phone numbers at HighRiseHq.com
. You can also include identifying information, like whether you've met in person or which projects you've collaborated on. You can even jot notes about your last phone conversation and check a box if you need to follow up (you'll get an e-mail or text reminder). Invite your colleagues to join, and you can collaborate and share information via the site.
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