The holiday buzz starts early! In October and November is the time to get started on our holiday preparations. Not only do we need the time, it is tons of fun to stretch out the holiday spirit. Why not add some new tools to your holiday preparations? Get ahead this year with your holiday planning using holiday technology. Thanks to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, I am surrounded (virtually) by amazing women entrepreneurs and bloggers. I asked them to share what works best!
I use evite to organize all the gatherings for the end of the year holidays. From guests, who will come or not, what to bring, attire and super cute templates, I just love this online tool year-round. I also love Shutterfly’s shared websites to organize the kids’ classroom parties. Once you create the event you can add a sign-up list of what to bring, and afterwards we all share our favorite pictures. Having fun just got a lot easier with these tools!
Think about unplugging for a couple days during the holidays. Use your technology to plan better, such as google calendar. Automate as much as you can with holiday cards and automatic payments.
Managing the way I read the news and any other topics I’m interested has changed dramatically thanks to my favorite tool – Flipboard. It makes every story into a beautiful magazine-like page that can be ‘flipped’ through. Personally, I love flipping through: news, art, culture, travel, style and lifestyle topics to name a few.
I use a binder designated Holidays and fill it with lists for cards, crafts, gifts, meals and recipes. These are all printed from ListPlanIt, of course!
My favorite Holiday Tech Tool is SendOutCards. http://www.sendoutcards.com/11788. I used to spend hours writing personal messages, stuffing, addressing and stamping envelopes for my Christmas cards. Every year, to try to save time, the list would get shorter and shorter. Then I found SendOutCards. I now send over 300 greetings, each with a personal message, in a fraction of the time. It allows me to send my love and well wishes in a big way.
Stephanie LH Calahan – Business Vision Catalyst
During the holidays, I do much of my shopping online to avoid mall rage. (Closely related to road rage, but without vehicles.) I never shop for anything without first checking www.retailmenot.com to see if there are coupon codes for that site. I’ve saved on everything from ordering pizza to photos. Then I log into www.ebates.com where I get paid cash back to shop! The amount varies per store, per day but when I combine those two, I’ve saved sometimes up to 25% in discounts and getting cash back. Don’t shop online without these tools!
@kikimojo (twitter, instagram, Pinterest)
Managing holiday music has never been easier with Pandora radio. It is an option for the smart phone or computer. At www.pandora.com, you choose free music to play, choosing by artist or genre. It creates “stations” with various artists. The most amazing aspect is the “mix” Pandora radio creates with your station. The variety of artists is unlimited too!
Certified Professional Organizer Ellen Delap
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