I recently was on a working vacation and my son dropped my cell phone. My cell phone is my lifeline to family, friends and clients. It has my calendar on it. It has all of my contacts on it. It has all of my notes on clients on it. It is my GPS when going from new client to new client. It houses my e-mails, texts and all social media. Basically it helps me maintain my efficiency and productivity when I am traveling (which is what I do for work). Most importantly, it helps me remain ORGANIZED. Since I am a Professional Organizer, this is fairly important.
Now, I do have an iPad. Unfortunately, due to another technological disaster, all calendars, contacts and lists did not sync. In addition, I must go where WiFi is offered.
What does one do in this situation?
Remember back in history, there was a time we had no cell phones? We also had no computers. I had to think back and be very creative.
Well, first I cheated a bit. My iPad does connect to WiFi at all Starbucks. THANK YOU Starbucks. I had a lot of triple shot lattes that week! The detective work began: I located Facebook, and attempted to find my new client on there. She was listed, but does not check facebook. It listed no address or phone number either. I then went and looked at her friends that I knew. (stalking? possibly) From here I asked her address and phone number of friends we had in common. . I was able to get an address. Here’s where I got creative:
I WENT TO HER HOME AND DROPPED A CONFIRMATION NOTE ON HER PORCH.
I got even more tricky. I got a hold of an old phone code to charge calls. My husband had remembered it from 1999. I took up office at a payphone at the pool and clubhouse in Ladera Ranch CA. It was pretty amazing. I was able to check old texts on my ipad (not text- but get the numbers). I was able to run my business via a payphone, some paper, a pen, and Starbucks.
Of course I had to get all of my calendar information from my clients. Fortunately they were all empathetic with my situation. I prioritized according to which client I remembered I had on a particular day.
What came from a cluttered mess, became a new and exciting way to do business. PLUS, I was ‘disconnected’ while on vacation.
What changes have I made?
Well, I transcribed all client addresses to my hard address book. I use this to send my Holiday Cards anyways. That way I am never looking in two spots again.
But I made an amazing discovery:
I LOVE MY PAPER CALENDAR! I have been trying to conform for years with my online version. Visually and from a tactile perspective, I hate it. I never felt in control. I never felt organized. Now I’ve gone back. I still keep an electronic version for my husband as well.
Duplication of efforts? You bet. But I am more organized than I have been in years! Look out clients!
Good Old Fashioned Public Phone
Missy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA. Missy’s blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household. If you would like to become a certified professional organizer, follow this link. If you would like to get more extensive information on organizing your household, business or personal, follow this link