Overwhelmed by the thought of getting your hectic schedule on track? Get your must-dos done with these essential and free web apps
3. Get a (virtual) personal assistant named Sandy
Wake up to a cheery daily agenda from your new virtual personal assistant, Sandy, who communicates with you primarily via email and text messages.
Here's how it works: Send Sandy an email that reads something like "Reminder: Lunch with Ted on Friday at 1pm." Sandy will add the appointment to Friday's agenda and fire off a reminder that afternoon with such good-natured aplomb you'll think she might be flesh and blood.
Sandy can also store, tag and recall important bits of information via email commands, like a flight number or directions.
4. Make sense of your money with Wesabe
When the thought of firing up your accounting software makes you want to clean out the garage instead, head over to web-based money manager Wesabe.
Register for a free Wesabe account, and upload your bank account information by hand, or use Wesabe's desktop uploader or its Firefox extension to automatically enter account transactions into Wesabe. (Relax, Wesabe doesn't store your online banking passwords, and it keeps your transaction data safe and secure.)
You can skip balancing your chequebook now, Wesabe organises all your account transactions in a single place, translates 'bankspeak' into human-friendly transaction descriptions, charts a birds-eye view of where your money's going, and puts its community of users to work to help you save money and reach your financial goals.
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Gina Trapani is the founder of Lifehacker.com