This one’s an awesome two-parter.
I was chatting with my friend Rhett the other day and he mentioned that he liked my post on 5 Ways to Simplify Your Email and he also mentioned he just upgraded his phone and despite the people transferring over all his info, he still lost half his contacts.
Keeping up with friends and family these days has never been easier. We have Facebook, and Twitter and all sorts of ways to text, call or reach out to our loved ones. I created a Facebook group for my dads side of the family ,as it is very large and spread out, so we could all keep in touch. I love all the ways technology makes it easy for us to keep up with those we care about.
That said, it can be a total nightmare when you lose your phone if that is the only place all your contacts are kept. So this post is first about keeping your contacts in a safe place so they are not at risk to be lost forever if you lose your or upgrade your phone. The best way I have found to do this is to keep all of my contacts in my email (gmail) account and then sync those to my phone. That way when I get a new phone I can just sync all of my contacts at once and I can never lose them. They are always online and I can access them anywhere I have internet.
So the first part of this Truly Simple Action for this week is to get all of your contacts out of your phone and into an online service where they can be kept safe. I recommend Gmail, but other email clients may work as well.
You can do this one by one, but that does not sound like a fun way to spend an afternoon, so lets let the computer do the work. If you have an IOS device, here is a simple guide to getting your contacts to sync between your phone/tablet and gmail. If you have an Android phone or tablet, since those are already running a Google OS, it should work by default, but here is some info to help if you need it.
Once your contacts are in sync you can create one on the phone and it should sync over to gmail to keep it safe in the cloud. Isn’t that nice? Be careful, because the sync works both ways. If you delete a contact on your phone, it will delete on gmail too. Once they are all on gmail, you can get on your computer and do a little contact cleanup as it is much easier to do with a keyboard and mouse vs trying to do it all on a little touch screen phone.
Now that all your contacts are safe, part two of this Truly Simple Action this week is to use them. Go through your contact list and reach out to a few old friends this week. Out of the blue, just send them a note or give them a quick call and tell them how awesome they are. Such a simple idea, but sometimes we don’t do it enough. The awesome feeling both you and they will get from this will amaze you.
So keep your contacts safe, and use them.
Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time. Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s: