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Customized Organization: Levenger Circa

One of my New Years resolutions: Get better organized.  Relying on my iphone, sketchbook, and work calendars had become cumbersome to say the least.  I realized that despite all of the wonderful tablets, phones, and other gadgets that I couldn't rely on technology.  I am a paper and pen kind of guy especially with my need to sketch and create lists pretty much constantly. So, I had to go old school and find a planner that combined calendar, project to do list, and sketchbook with some flexibility to organize by project.

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The Circa system by Levenger was the answer - essentially a flexible notebook system that allows you to create the planner or notebook that works for you.  The ring binding with custom holes allows you to move around pages.  I was sold but alas - while the weekly planner and project to-do list inserts were available, blank pages for sketching were not.  Almost a deal breaker until I did some research online and found that Levenger finessed the technology originally designed by Rollabind who sells blank pages.  Everything came together and I am pleased with my choice!

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I even found a way to customize the cover.  My model making skills came in handy as I cut some illustration board and glued down some fabric samples...the front and back cover are different but I dig the results.

Bring it on 2011 - I am ready!

My advice: everyone works and thinks differently.  Be creative and you can find a system that works for you!

Image Credits: Levenger

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GADGETS: The iPhone Simplifies Your Life

iphone7 Not only is the iPhone stylish and user friendly but there are so many applications to install that can make your life easier.  Sorry, if you don’t have an iPhone or iPod Touch – this article may not be for you – I recommend reading it though as you may want to get one.  OK, so considering I have been having technical difficulties with my website, it seemed appropriate to write something “techie”.  I feel like I am always learning about new apps through friends for my iPhone and I am slowly building up my inventory.  I am not interested in games, preferring apps that in some way help me to stay organized.  I need all the help I can get!  I happened upon this article, The Best 35 iPhone Apps of the Year (So Far) As soon as I read the article; I went on a massive app downloading spree.  Here are my top ten apps at the moment – hope they can help you organize or save money.  For more apps check out the Techcrunch article.

1.  Shopper (free) Create a grocery list and keep track of cost.  Enter items needed at anytime and check them off as you grab them at the store.

2. Bump (free) Pass along the contact information you choose to people you meet by simply bumping fists – it’s fun and a lot easier than typing.  Mover is similar alternative but no bumping –where is the fun in that?

3. Slacker Radio (free) Watch out Pandora, this app has more music and offers Premium customers unlimited song skips.

4. Textfree Unlimited (free lite/full $5.99) Uses push notification for free text messaging, so no more costly SMS plans

5. Print and Share (6.99) Print stuff like emails, files, websites to your home printer…what?  Holding off on this one but it is pretty cool.

6. Flight Tracker (9.99) Check flight departure and arrival times and watch flights in real time

7. Mocha VNC Lite (Free) Curious what your computer is doing all alone at home? You can control your computer while on the go.  Friends have this and swear by it – it’s time!

8. Birthday Reminder (1.99) How many birthdays have I forgotten – facebook is certainly not enough – I need my phone to tell me these things.

9. QuickOffice (19.99) Get to your Word and Excel files while your on-the-move!

10. Skype (free) Call other skype users for free worldwide using Wi-Fi.

Wildcard - Redlaser Scan UPC codes for price comparisons – the scanning and database are being improved but I am so excited for this one to develop!

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