I had a series of physical, paper address books in pre-computer days. And then everything got pulled into the digital world, including my personal and work contacts. After a few decades and a few years traveling and working in a foreign country, my Contacts system has three parts:
- A free account with HighRise by the company 37 Signals. All of my most important personal contact information is in there, and has been for about 10 years. This has worked great for me, and continues to — but unfortunately, the company has stopped offering new accounts. See below for an alternative to HighRise.
- GMail retains every email address I’ve ever interacted with; this serves as my repository of email contacts.
- I save all current and new phone contacts on my iPhone, and they’re backed up to iCloud.
I thought I’d start this new blog with some brief, general posts about tools, strategies, systems and good habits that I use in my own business.
I’ll start with something simple — and yet that’s the whole point: GMail.
I have used an ordinary free GMail account for about 99% of my email correspondence since it launched in 2004. To make a long story short, it just does everything I need it to do. I’ve learned to use a few things in the Settings, and I enjoy a pretty stress-free relationship with email. Spam email has not been the slightest problem for over a decade. GMail has never been out of service, at least not that I’ve been aware. I’ve never had any issue with not receiving an email I should have received. I can always find any email in the past using the the search function (and that means about fourteen years’ worth, at this point!)
But there’s another very important component to my generally stress-free relationship with email: (more…)