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Turn any cellphone into a PDA with IMified

Turn any cellphone into a PDA with IMified

Practically all cellphone service providers offer a plan that lets you use AOL instant messaging for free or for a very low monthly cost. If you have a cell phone that supports instant messaging, you can add the functionality of a PDA to your cellphone for free by using IMified. IMified allows you to manage your calendar, manage your to do lists, draft documents, and send yourself reminders from within your favorite instant messaging service (in this case, AOL Instant Messenger).

Previously we introduced IMified. For those of you that are unaware, IMified is a bot that you add to your buddy list (it is very similar to the Movie Fone bot that AOL already provides) that allows you to complete tasks and interact with your favorite Web sites. IMified works with AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo!, Google Talk/Jabber, and MSN Messenger. IMified has quite a few usage possibilities that can be extended to a cellphone. This tutorial will demonstrate how IMified can be leveraged for tremendous productivity gains. As previously mentioned, IMified allows you to add the following PDA capabilities to your cellphone for free:

  • To do lists
  • Drafting documents
  • Sending reminders
  • Calendar

Note: although I will explain how to use IMified with your cellphone, you will want to get through the initial setup process on your computer before using IMified on your cellphone.

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The first step is to actually sign up for IMified. This is done automatically by sending IMified an instant message. In AIM and Yahoo!, send an instant message to “imified,” in MSN, send an instant message to imified@imified.com (note: MSN is temporarily disabled), and in Google Talk/Jabber send an instant message to “imified@gmail.com.” After you send the instant message, you will get the response shown below. The first part confirms your account and the second part displays your menu choices. This is shown below:

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      Adding Google Calendar
      To add Google Calendar, select choice “4 – My Account” by sending an instant message with just the number “4” in the body to IMified. IMified will send you back a set of three links and the first link will be for your account setting. By following this link, you will be able to add various web applications to your IMified menu. Click Google Calendar and the settings will come up.

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        You will notice that there is one part of the Google settings that is not entirely intuitive. The “Calendar Feed URL” can be found by going into your Google Calendar Settings and copying the XML link shown in the Private section. To get to the appropriate screen in Google Calendar, select Settings >> Calendars >> YourCalendarName >> and you will see “Private Address” at the very bottom of the page. This is shown below:

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          Once you save your settings, send “M” to IMified and you will see that Google Calendar has been added to your menu. Send IMified the appropriate number to select Google Calendar and you will see that you have the following options: “1 – Add to Calendar” and “2 – View Calendar.” Adding events to your calendar is extremely easy. Google Calendar accepts pretty much any format you try to send.

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            By sending “2” you can also see all of the events you currently have in your Google Calendar. This is shown below:

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              Send yourself reminders
              IMified also has a built in feature that allows you to plan reminders. If you are at all familiar with the service provided at Future Mail (you can email yourself reminders that get delivered to your inbox at a future date you specify), IMified does essentially the same thing with instant messages. The built-in reminder feature can be used on a cellphone to plan and manage your day for free. You can set up meeting reminders in IMified similar to the way Outlook reminds you of appointments. To add a new reminder, return to the Imified menu and choose the number that correlates with “IMified Reminders.” Once you select this option, you will be prompted by IMified for the type of reminder you would like to receive and when you would like to receive it:

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                Although I doubt this scenario is very prevalent, if you have a cellphone that has AIM capabilities, but not an alarm, you can set up a reminder through IMified and use it as an alarm clock in the morning.

                Using IMified to do lists
                The to do list feature built into IMified is very handy and can once again be useful for people that have AIM built into their cell phones. The to do list is very easy to use and very handy. IMified allows you to add new tasks, view current tasks, and view your completed tasks. The to do list is very straight forward and can be used on-the-go very quickly.

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                  Using IMified to draft documents
                  The notes feature of IMified allows you to write and save documents for yourself. The notes feature allows you to write and save documents up to 2500 characters in length. If you are drafting a document longer than 2500 characters, you can simply break the note into two documents. To put this in perspective, 2500 characters is approximately 3/4 of a page in Microsoft Word (single spaced). The notes feature essentially gives you a stripped down version of a word processor:

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                    Collaborate with IMified
                    By setting up an AIM/Google account to be used by multiple people, you can collaborate on-the-go with IMified. If multiple users are logged into AIM with the same screen name they can view the shared calendar and they can view and modify all the various components built into IMified. IMified would be a great way for couples to manage and share information with each other throughout the day.

                    Note: I only scratched the surface on the many ways you can extend IMified. IMified can also be used with many common web-based productivity applications including: 30 Boxes, BackPack, BaseCamp, Blogger, Live Journal, Movable Type, Remember The Milk, Stikkit, Typepad, and WordPress. Also, obviously using IMified with a cellphone is much easier if you have a cellphone that has a “QWERTY” keyboard. What other ways do you think IMified can be leveraged?

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                    30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                    30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

                    In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

                    1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

                    Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

                    2. Focus on your breath

                    Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

                    3. Get organized and purge old items

                    A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

                    4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

                    Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

                    5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

                    Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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                    6. Smile more

                    Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

                    7. Don’t worry about the future

                    As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

                    8. Eat real food

                    The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

                    9. Choose being happy over being right

                    Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

                    10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

                    Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

                    11. Make use of filtering features on social media

                    You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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                    12. Get comfortable with silence

                    When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

                    13. Listen to understand, not to respond

                    So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

                    14. Put your troubles in a bubble

                    Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

                    15. Speak more slowly

                    Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

                    16. Don’t procrastinate

                    Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

                    17. Buy a coloring book

                    Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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                    18. Prioritize yourself

                    You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

                    19. Forgive others

                    Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

                    20. Check your expectations

                    Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

                    21. Engage in active play

                    Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

                    22. Stop criticizing yourself

                    The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

                    23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

                    Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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                    24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

                    Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

                    25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

                    Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

                    26. Manage your money

                    Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

                    27. Stop trying to control everything

                    Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

                    28. Practice affirmations

                    Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

                    29. Get up before sunrise

                    Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

                    30. Be yourself

                    Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

                    Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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