A Secret Tip To Getting Organized in 2013

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Hey everybody. So you’ve read hundreds of articles like this on goal setting, organization and how to do better in 2013.  But what some of us don’t realize is there are tools right at your fingertips that can help you tremendously!

It’s something that just about everyone has, but may not use to their benefit in terms of organizing their day and schedule.  It’s one of those things we may miss in terms of business potential.

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It’s the iPhone! Surprise! Or maybe not…but for some people like me, a phone is just a phone. You talk on it.  I didn’t see a reason to use it for anything else except an occasional snapshot.  No, I’m not promoting the iPhone, only providing you with some extra opportunities to use something that you might not know about.

So a year ago, my children bought me an iPhone for Christmas. I hated it. In my mind I was thinking, “I don’t need all these gadgets and apps!” I never used the camera. I hated texting.  I’m a little bit old school and although I’m a super fast typist on the computer, texting frustrates me.  My fingers fumble and I always mistype.  It’s slow and auto-correct drives me crazy!

So for over a year, I used my phone like I normally do…making calls, occasionally sending text message and periodically using the internet if I needed quick information.

But this year, a light bulb went off while I was driving.  I was thinking of these great blog topics and I couldn’t write them down at that moment.

I didn’t want to pull over on the highway, and to tell the truth, writing down all my ideas gives me literally ‘hundreds’ of pieces of paper I can’t always find when I want them! Frustrating to say the least!

Something made me remember the Siri commercials and I thought I’d give it a try. Sure enough, Siri answered back. I didn’t know how to leave a note or where to leave it, so I just said – set an appointment to remember …” She asked me: subject, time, date and topic! Then set the appointment and I didn’t have to stop what I was doing to accomplish a task. I was amazed!

I imagine that most of us, particularly new entrepreneurs, may not be aware of what our Smart phones can really do.  Siri is a life-saver in terms of helping you with business.

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How To Talk To Text

Your iPhone will send someone a text message without you typing anything. If you’re anything like me, this is an incredible time saver!   Did I tell you I hate to text? LOL!

So if you don’t know how to use it, here are the steps to create a text message using Talk to Text.

You:   Siri -send text message to <name of person>. The name of person must be exactly as you have it saved in your iPhone.
Siri:    O.K. I can send a text message for you. What do you want to say to <name of person>?
You:  Record your message. Siri will display the message like a text message and ask if you are ready to send it.
Siri:   Updated message. Ready to send it?
You:  Yes or Send It

And the text message is sent.

Benefits of Talk To Text

  • Easy to use and pretty quick
  • Don’t need the use of your hands – can do while driving if you have a bluetooth
  • No typographical or auto-correct errors in your text message
  • Siri does everything you tell it ( 🙂
  • No texting while driving!

Things To Look Out For

  • Siri may not always hear you clearly. Make sure you speak clearly and slowly and don’t forget your punctuation. If there is ‘outside’ noise, she may ask you to repeat your message. Siri will let you know by saying something like ‘I didn’t get that.’ (I know, she’s kinda’ spooky like that!)  Repeating the process if she doesn’t  understand you, takes time but it’s still quicker than texting.
  • Must use the name as you have it entered into your iPhone. Otherwise Siri can’t find the person. You might want to look up the contact before you ask Siri to text a message.
  • You will have to ‘speak’ your punctuation for sentences. For instance: If I want my daughter to come home and cook. I might say “Hi Daughter<period> Please come home for dinner <period> or <Do you have the time<question mark>. You must say the word ‘period’ or ‘question mark’ to make sure it appears at the end of a sentence. If you don’t, it will be one, long run-on text…still readable, but it’s better to ‘say’ the punctuation.

Other Things Siri Can Help You With

Siri can also help you set Notes, Calendar Appointments, Reminders and Voice Memos to yourself or someone else.

A Goldmine At Your Fingertips

So I’m making sure you are aware of excellent tools for organizing your new year and your business.   I saw the commercials a thousand times and completely ignored the goldmine at my fingertips.

If you’re not using them, then this may help. If you are using them already, please share this blog with others who might be able to enhance their entrepreneur experience by getting better organized for this upcoming year!

Please leave a comment and let me know if this helps you in some way. I’m here to serve!



  1. says

    Hi Barbara

    Wow I have not heard of this app before. How awesome. I have an old iphone but I will still check it out.I text okay but my husband hates too so I am sure he will love this.

    I uses my iphone for some many things. I look up the weather, convert currencies (I get paid a lot in US dollars and need that one). I use Evernote on it a lot too – shopping lists.

    I tend to do social media more on my computer because I am on it so much but if I am out I check it on my iphone.

    Thanks for the great tip.

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    • says

      Hi Sue. Siri is on the iPhone 4S. Not sure that it’s on the iPhone prior to that. As a matter of fact I’m almost positive it’s not. If your husband has the 4S, he should be good to go. Siri is described as ” Siri intelligent assistant software which attempted to make life easier by being able to accomplish tasks given to it through a simple voice command”. I use it all the time now especially for reminders and setting up appointments. It’s so quick and easy. As a matter of fact, I don’t use my iphone for web stuff as much – really like you, weather or quick internet searches. Glad it helped.
      Barbara Charles recently posted…A Secret Tip To Getting Organized in 2013My Profile

  2. says

    You are tempting me Barbara!
    I have watched my daughter do this on her phone while she was visiting. We were in the middle of a conversation and she talked into her phone with a good idea she didn’t want to forget.
    I know how it is when I’m out and get a great idea for a blog post. Then I try to remember and it slips away.
    Because we blog and are marketers, we do see the world that way. When we encounter something that gives us a great idea, we do need to put it somewhere so we won’t forget it.

    I have been saying all along that I am happy with my flip phone that receives calls for me to take later. I cannot be bothered with beeps or whistles while I’m away from my computer. But this is a great idea.

    Hmmmm maybe there is hope for me to step in the 21st century to get that Iphone my daughter is begging me to get.

    Thanks for the information,
    Donna Merrill recently posted…The Voice Of Freedom &#8211; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.My Profile

    • says

      Hi Donna. Yes, time to step into the 21st century, especially as marketers. Otherwise, we will get left in the dust! Technology is growing my leaps and bounds and as a baby boomer (talking about myself of course), I realize I need to keep up. I just didn’t want to be bothered with all that ‘stuff’ on my phone. But this thing is really a gold mind in terms of organizing our marketer life. Truly it is. I urge you to give it a try. Upgrade to a Smart phone. You will not be disappointed. If your daughter has been asking you to get one, trust me, if you get it for no other reason, you will enhance your daily business operation. I was wondering why I waited so long! 🙂 Give it a shot…you will not be disappointed! 🙂
      Barbara Charles recently posted…A Secret Tip To Getting Organized in 2013My Profile

  3. says

    Okay, don’t laugh Barbara but I’m still where you were before they gave you the iPhone. I just got texting around August of last year and I hate it. I have an older phone with no internet access and of course no apps so this sounds cool but I use my iPod Touch for that. I actually have a dictating app on there that Carolyn told me about so that really helps me. Of course I don’t take it with me everywhere I go so sometimes I’m still screwed by not being able to get my ideas down on paper. But these darns apps so so convenient now.

    Glad you finally got broke in and you’re ahead of me girl.

    Adrienne recently posted…How To Beat The Blogging Cliché BluesMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Adrienne. Come on Adrienne! 🙂 You’re the most organized person I know and you are so up and ahead of everyone else in terms of business. I could see you tripling your output by having immediate access to thoughts and notes you want to remember when you’re out an about. We are limiting ourselves when we don’t use the latest technologies. I encourage you and Donna to catch up. It will help so much.
      And I will never be without my iPhone again!

      Come on girl — join me! 🙂
      <3 Barbara
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  4. says

    Hey Barbara, it’s funny how this post should come up at this appropriate time. I have had an iphone for quite awhile and have not used siri much at all. I never thought of all these cool things I could use it for, such as collectiing ideas when I’m out and about. Thanks for the tips, I will be making good use of them in the future.

    • says

      Hi Mike. So glad you stopped by my blog and glad you were able to get something useful. My goal! 🙂 I had the iPhone for at least 2 years before I really started taking advantage of it’s perks and apps so don’t feel bad. Just a word of caution too –it took me a couple of tries before I got the hang of Siri and a few other apps on the phone. I just kept working on it until I got the hang of it! Like discovering I had to ‘say’ the punctuation in order to get something that had punctuation in the text! 🙂 Weird! You’d think it would come with instructions uh? 🙂 Anyway, test it out and if you have any questions, please reach out and I’ll help in any way you can. Again, thanks for stopping by. Look forward to talking to you more!

  5. says

    Hi Barbara,

    I tell you those gadgets are great when we start using them. I have a friends in his mid 40’s and like a lot of people that age and older he was still caring around a folding phone not that long ago. Then the middle age phone of his finally gave in and he had to upgrade.

    He finally got a modern touch screen phone and he is now like a kid in a candy store always his nose down to his phone.

    Morale of the story, those phones are so great that even if we deny them for as long as we can we finally give in and than love them. Just like you 🙂
    Sylviane Nuccio recently posted…What Is Your Writing Style And Why You Should Care?My Profile

    • says

      Hi Sylviane. Yep I think it has a lot to do with being middle aged and being resistant to change even though we are in a business of constantly changing and fluctuating markets and advertising, particularly in internet marketing. Although I had moved past the flip phone, I was still resistant to using all those apps. Smart phones are really smart! 🙂 Yep and I’m in love with my smart phone!
      Talk soon,

  6. says

    Hi Barbara,

    WOOOW, what an amazing app! I must admit that I have not even heard about it. Interesting how you say that this gold mine was exposed to you earlier but you were not noticing it. Isn’t that the case in many incidents in life?

    We are in such a constantly changing business environment that there are some many apps and gadgets here and there! I am not sure how many people would have the time to explore!

    Thank you for sharing this excellent organising tool.

    Viola The Business Mum
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  7. says

    Hi Barbara,

    At the present time, I do not have an iPhone, BUT it is on my list for the next upgrade. I’ve been recently looking at different smart phones features, and I decided o make the switch to iPhone. I’ve used similar apps on my smart phone, but I know it isn’t quite the same thing. There are non-English versions for android, but that isn’t going to help me! When I get an iPhone, I know it will take some adjusting to the “sound” thing….when Seri says, “‘I didn’t get that.” Overall I know Seri will be a great tool. Thanks for sharing.

    Raena Lynn
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  8. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Nice post and interesting app. These days IPhone and Android OS are simply ruling the smart mobile world and the benefits are really tremendous.

    Indeed, past 4 years the Smart mobile market trend is on upbeat and good to consumers. 🙂 I was using IPhone since 2008 and During mid 2012 moved to Samsung S3. So far good with that. 🙂 But still I love Siri driven apps and really nice. These app also looks cool.

    Thanks for sharing the post.
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