Monday, January 21, 2019

31 Days to Organization - Day 21: Organizing Your Phone

Happy New Year! January is a time to start begin again with a fresh, clean it is only appropriate that January is National Organization Month! And since many people make a New Year's resolution to become more organized, I've been be posting organization tips every day for the during the month of January.

Day 21 - Organizing Your Phone

You may not have thought about organizing your cell phone before. If that's the case, you may want to start thinking about it now.

I feel a little silly even discussing this. Perhaps even a little unqualified because I am STILL using the same phone I have had for the last 9 or 10 years. But some of the information below can also be applied to tablets and mine could definitely use a clean-up!

People are using their cell phone as their primary number nowadays and in many cases it is their only phone number. They have their cell phones at home, at work and while on vacation. It is an extesion of their bodies. Cell phones are also storing a lot more information than the older models that came before: emails, schedules and notes are all filed away along with all those phone numbers you have. And the number of phone numbers you need to have on hand keeps growing! And there there are the apps...and photos...gobs and gobs of photos!!!

In order to keep up with all of this, it is wise to have a system in place for keeping all your information organized.
  • Purge un-neccessary phone numbers, emails and other information. There is no need to carry around junk. If you don't need it, get rid of it.
  • Clean up the apps. Do you use them all? Remove them from your phone if you're not using it.
  • Most smart phones have an emergency contact feature. Make sure to set it up. If your phone does not have this, add the letters "I-C-E" before the name of your emergency contact in your phone (ie. ICE - Mom 555-5555). I.C.E. stands for "In Case of Emergency". Store your medical information under this listing as well: any allergies, medical conditions, etc. Your cell phone can actually act as a type of "med-alert" bracelet. This should not replace any current emergency tags or notifications you already have in place.
  • Be sure you have phone numbers in your phone for: your doctor, dentist, insurance company, child's school and of course, your emergency contact(s). It would be a good idea to also have customer service phone numbers for your credit cards and bank in case cards are lost or stolen, or in the event you need to make a large purchase or are taking a quick trip out of town. Do not put any account information on your phone!
  • Use your cell phone for things other than phone calls and emails. If you're bad about writing mileage down, use your phone to take a picture of the odometer on your car before and after a trip. Or, take a picture of the lot number where you park at the airport. It will help you find your car later in the event you don't remember "lower lot, row G"

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