It's time consuming! I spend at least an hour a day on housekeeping. It's becoming work to be me! I love it but I need a way to simplify it.
I am an author and a blogger. I discovered two tools which have reduced my housekeeping minutes. One is IGoogle--a free, customizable home page. It pops up when I turn on my computer. This is what I have on my iGoogle page (they aren't all "business related!):
- RSS feeds from the blogs I follow
- Current news
- Google Calendar
- "To Do" list gadget
- My email account
- Local movie listings
- Hangman game
My next favorite tool is a Firefox add-on called "Morning Coffee." This add-on is also free and customizable. It appears as a coffee cup icon on my tool bar. When I click it, it opens up all the websites I check each morning at once in different tabs. I added the URL's for my websites when I signed up for the add-on. I can change them at will.
I used to waste precious minutes bringing up the websites I rely on to operate my business one by one. Those days are over! "Morning Coffee" requires the Firefox browser--but that's okay with me. My computer operates faster with Firefox than it did with my OTHER browser--the browser who shall not be named!
These are the sites I've added to my Morning Coffee add-on:
- Kindle Direct Publishing
- The Pet Washer product page on Amazon
- Vertical Response
Why do I care about these precious minutes? Because every second I spend housekeeping, is a second I'm not writing book two of the Pet Washer Series, editing the YA novel I just finished, speaking to kids about writing or marketing The Pet Washer!
So light up your Firefox, customize your iGoogle, and pour yourself a handy cup of Morning Coffee. I'll see you in cyberspace!
author of The Pet Washer
a novel for girls aged 9-12.