Tag: organization

Inbox Pause: The new amazing new Gmail feature that can get you more work-life balance.

For ages now I’ve touted the wonderful benefits of Boomerang for Gmail to help me better manage my incoming and outgoing email, and it seems the folks at Google like the feature themselves. Because now Gmail has actually incorporated Boomerang’s technology into a brand new feature called Inbox Pause. And it is awesome. Especially if you struggle with work-life balance. Or email-life balance, as it were. Sigh. Here’s how to activate Inbox Pause Click on the big blue button and you’ll get a quick walk-through that explains basic functions: 1. Stopping email during certain times that you specify. This is...

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Don’t miss these smart tips for tackling digital clutter. Game changers!

If you’re like me, you probably have 6,782 photos sitting in your camera roll on your phone, hundreds of song downloads you never actually listen to, and tons of out-of-date unnecessary documents on your laptop. If that sounds familiar, you might be in need of a tech clutter intervention. But, don’t freak out. Instead, listen to Kristen and Liz discuss with Joshua Zerkel (from Evernote, you guys!) some really smart tips for organizing digital clutter. These tips helped me so much, and are keeping me from getting overwhelmed and burning out. Like, I totally agree with Kristen that I’ve...

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The 3 best websites for coordinating meals. Yes, there’s tech for that now.

Whatever the case may be, whether it’s sick kids or new neighbors, getting meals goes a really long way. And, of course, tech helps, too. Seriously, how did our parents survive without it? Here, I’m sharing my 3 favorite go-to sites for coordinating meals for friends, from tons-of-options to very basic. If you aren’t already organizing them the 21st century way, give it a try. Related: Fresh takes on great meals to take to new parents. Move over, casseroles. Give in Kind Give in Kind is a cool site that organizes meals, and a whole lot more. If you’re...

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This charging device backs up your phone so you don’t have to remember to do it.

If you’re like me, remembering to back up your cell phone is one task that falls through the cracks. But it’s probably one of the most important things we all need to do. But, that’s all changed since I was introduced to the MEEM back up charger for iPhone (and Android). And no, I don’t mean that it’s my second backup charger if my first one bites the dust. With the MEEM, you’re actually backing up the data on your phone while it charges. With absolutely zero effort. (And that’s my kind of effort level these days). CMT is an rstyle affiliate. Related: Why...

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Pocket: The Pinterest alternative to help save all those articles, recipes, tweets and more.

If you’ve become more of a news junkie over the past year like I have, you’ve probably realized that your standard browser bookmark bar isn’t necessarily your best best for saving articles you want to come back to. Let alone recipes you want to remember, gifts you want to buy, YouTube videos you want to see…you get the picture. Enter Pocket. This brilliant, simple, very intuitive bookmarking service has replaced  del.icio.us –and even Pinterest in its former glory (RIP) —  for me. It lets me quickly bookmark pretty much everything, all directly from the web or even social media, and save it in...

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Get your tech organization in shape

When it comes to tech organization, sometimes it’s just as simple as a coin pouch transformed into a earbuds holder, which is exactly what these Triangle Coin Pouches from FashionABLE can do. And with style, too. Related: 3 smart tech organizers to help you tackle your cords We’re no stranger to the leather goods at FashionABLE, all of which are made by artisans who craft them by hand and who earn a sustainable income, education, as well as medical care for their families. But we love that their accessories are so fantastic for tech as well. These pouches are the perfect size for...

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A tech organizer that’s smart and sophisticated

We’ve featured plenty of tech organizers here on Cool Mom Tech, and as much as I dig them, I have to say that they skew a little on the masculine side. Which hey, nothing wrong with that, but sometimes I just want something that’s high on practicality and style. That’s why this Commute Clutch at Mark & Graham caught my eye. Related: 3 cool tech organizers to help you tackle your cords, cables, and chargers, oh my While it might not fit as much as, say, the This is Ground Tech Dopp Kit (which is awesome, by the way),...

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Web Coolness: Tattoos that turn you into cyborgs, issues with smart TVs, and the dangers of smart toys

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   The perfect shirt for STEM-loving feminists, just in time for International Women’s Day. How text alerts to parents are preventing kids from skipping school. Well, here’s one way to ensure people actually read a post before they comment. Turns out WhatsApp and Signal apps were never insecure or hacked by the CIA. Using crafts to get girls excited about STEM. This is awesome! Too much social media is causing loneliness in young adults. Eep. These tattoos...

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Your smart phone is gross, and other reasons to spring clean your tech. Even if spring isn’t here yet.

We’re hardly germaphobes but if you knew the bacteria growing on your phones, tablets, and earbuds, well, let’s just say you might take a few minutes to clean them off every week (and not just once a year), especially if your kids are touching them. But hey, no judgment here. This is clearly a better late than never sort of situation, and we’ve got super simple tips to help you spring clean your tech. Whether you just want to know how to safely disinfect your gadgets or you want to organize your cords and cables in just 15 minutes a...

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How to use the KonMari Method with the tech in your life

Just because January is over doesn’t mean we can’t still clean, organize, declutter and start fresh. Most of us will start (and finish) with the obvious physical objects surrounding us and taking up space. While our editor Christina shared how the KonMari Method works for families, I decided to try it specifically with tech. Here, 10 tech categories in your life that might benefit from the KonMari Method of deciding what to discard, and what to keep and organize. Let’s hope this brings you much joy. -Maria Related: The KonMari app helps you declutter, digitally. 1. Mobile Devices Gather all your phones, iPods, tablets, Blackberries, Sidekicks, Palm...

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