Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Staying Organized

Before I get to today's post I want to share Mingle Monday with you! If you're looking for new blogs to follow, you should definitely check out Mingle Monday at Life of Meg's blog. Each week, tons of bloggers head over to her site, to Mingle and meet each other by submitting their blogs and visiting others. I've been doing it for a few months now, and have met some great people through it. You can enter your blog up until Wednesday night. Be sure to check it out!

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Staying Organized
I've said it before and I've said it again, with all the amazing wedding websites and blogs out there, sometimes I am on major information overload. With all the blogs I read and news articles on weddings that I get each day, how can I keep track of all this information?!?!

Google is my best friend. Within gmail I access blogger, google reader, google docs, google calendar (which Chris and I "share" so neither of us can ever say "but you didn't tell me about this!") Basically, I think everyone should use gmail, and all the amazing features you can access through it. One great feature gmail offers is labels. These work just like folders, which took me a while to grasp. In order to keep my inbox manageable, I move most of my mail to its corresponding label (or folder) once I don't need it anymore, but don't want to delete it. Any and ALL correspondence with any wedding vendor, my family, Chris, my sister, or friends, regarding anything wedding related gets saved into one of these folders. 

Google Reader overwhelms me, but it is helpful with staying organized and keeping up with the hundreds of blogs I follow. I star items and also have my blogs organized into various folders I've created:

Google Docs. I was using this a lot in the beginning of our wedding planning process. Especially when our guest list needed to be sent around to both our parents. Being able to share these documents with each other was very helpful. I should have utilized this feature more, but I have a feeling as we're going to be using it more over the next few months.

Weddzilla Bookmark:
How many times have you saved an image you really loved from a website or blog, and then not remembered which website you got it from? After awhile, I had hundreds of wedding pictures saved to a lone "wedding" folder in My Pictures folder with no organization, no nothing an taking up room on my computer. Then, I discovered the relatively new website called Weddzilla.com. Weddzilla allows you to bookmark an image from almost anywhere directly to your account online. First, you'll need to create an account with Weddzilla. Then, add the Weddzilla bookmark to your computer:
Then, when you are on a website that has a picture you like, click on this weddmark:

Weddzilla then strips all content other than images from the page, allowing you to click on the image you want.
Click on the Image you want, and save it to your collection.

Note: you must be signed into Weddzilla in order for the Weddmark to work. And just like that, your picture is now filed online, in your account, in the appropriate category. Also worth noting, you can include the link to the website you found it on. No more wondering where you found your images so you can properly site them online!

Best of all, I can access these inspirational pictures on any computer, not just the computer I save them to! So when I go home, and want to show my mom some pictures of things I've saved, I can just sign into my account and all my pictures are right there! I really encourage all brides to sign up for the weddmark as soon as they get engaged!

How do you stay organized? Do you have any organizational secrets?


jennybusybee said...

Google in all forms has pretty much been my best friend throughout the entire process. It's really a great tool! And I can't wait to check out Weddzilla! What an awesome idea!

Bicoastal Bride said...

Thanks for the info about Mingle Monday and for the great review of the Weddzilla Weddmark! I'm actually in the process of taking over the role of editor in chief of their blog, and I'd LOVE for you to become one of our featured bride bloggers! If you're interested, just email me at heather@weddzilla.com and I'll give you more of the details. :) I'll also plug your post on our Facebook page today.

steph c said...

Wedzilla's bookmark thing sounds a lot like Pinterest, a site that I recently found and absolutely LOVE.

I need to utilize Google docs more, especially for our wedding. I have papers and info everywhere, it gets so overwhelming!

Mom said...

I keep organized with pen,paper and manilla folders that I can actually hold in my hands!How old school is that? I'm betting your system is much more efficient. Lol. What an exciting invitation from BB/Heather!

futuremrsmathewwolfe said...

weddzilla sounds like a really useful website to use! i admit i just save the pictures and then have no idea where to find them later, so this is a great idea! thanks!

DCSquared said...

Okay Thank you for letting me know about the LABS...now how to I actually organize them??? LOL!!!!

AmyJean {Relentless Bride} said...

Google has been really helpful, from docs to calendar - that and the internet/email have been a god-send...

Future Mrs. Lyle said...

I am new to blogging- its nice to see there are other brides like me out there who save random things and then have no sense of organization over them!! I will definitely try weddzilla-thanks for the tip!