Last week I started using some Web tools to help keep my life in order. And I will cover them here one at a time over the next few days. Today I want to start with Jott.com becauseâ€”after a simple 5-minute sign upâ€”it gave me an instant feeling of control. Not the “I’m your boss!” sort of control. The “Whew, I can relax because I have it together,” brand. I think an example will explain it best.
I avoid the library. I feel guilty about itâ€”especially when it comes to the kidsâ€”but that’s the way it is. When we check out books, we tend to forget about them till they are so long overdue that the fees could buy us a pied-Ã -terre in a third-world country. But over the weekend I had no choice: my daughter’s school project required library books. As we were checking out her books, I whipped out my cell phone and called the Jott number I had plugged in when I set up my free account. It asked me what I want to Jott and I said, “Google Calendar.” Then it prompted me for a date and time. Once we had that settled, I told it, “Return library books.” And it transcribed that and dropped it on my calendar on the day the books need to go back. I was sorted before we got to the car. I’ve been using Jott for about four days and calling reminders in to myself has become a reflex. And I can feel myself relaxing just a little every time I realize I don’t have to try and remember something.
It will also transcribe Twitters, email reminders to me on specific dates, put things on my to-do list, keep running shopping lists, and do lots of other stuffâ€”all via a quick phone call. Can you feel the organization?