HI Everyone! Here is a really quick tip on how to organize the phone in your life. Over the last year, I shared how to organize the phone with friends and complete strangers. Months later, I thought, “Why don’t I put this on the blog?” Like, seriously Laura? So here is the one suggestion on how to organize the phone (so you don’t lose your mind when you can’t find that signed field trip permission slip).
I have a 1/2 dozen email addresses for work-related and personal accounts. Yeah, firstname.lastname@example.org is not the email to send a school inquiry. It might end up in the school’s spam folder. So over the last year, I began to organize the emails that loaded my personal Gmail account. If your inbox is like mine you get a 1/2 dozen emails from the same retailer. My inbox is flooded with coupons, sale announcements, and more coupons.
All of my emails are on both my tablet and phone. They sync automatically so if it’s handled on one device it is covered on the other. But, my master email (the mother ship) originates on my tablet so to create new folders I need to create from my tablet.
The biggest time drain for me are those offers, coupons and sale emails. And, every time I buy something at any store they ask for my email address.
Off Topic: Come to think of it, Target and Home Depot are like the two stores that don’t ask for my email. Can you think of other retailers that don’t ask for your email?
Okay back to how I organize my phone to organize my cluttered mind. So with coupons and sales taking up the bulk of my email counts, and not wanting to delete that Williams-Sonoma sale date, I created six folders for my phone.
These six folders changed my life. I create a folder for each of my children, one for me and the two favorite folders; one folder for coupons and the second folder for receipts (emailed receipts). I don’t have to find them on an app or dig through my bag with a line stretching to the shopping carts. In fact, while standing in line I will do a quick search for “JCrew Factory” to see if any pull up or if I trashed an earlier email and can pull it up from my trash folder (okay, that’s the seventh folder).
When you organize the phone …
Who knew the power of alphabetically organized folders; easily accessed by the phone? I know, I know, but it’s the little details that calm me. So create your own way to organize the phone before the school year. Spend some time figuring out what folders you want to organize your kids, coupons, receipt, work or school forms (filed under each child).
And, if you are looking for my favorite phone app read this article.
Now, I can access school release forms, copies of immunizations or coupons from my phone… anywhere.