I mentioned the other day that I can now update my tasklist, expense reports, and notepad all through Twitter DMs and many of you were instantly intrigued. Twitter DMs and text make things so easy and quick and by using the right application they become a serious productivity hack.
Here’s how I do it.
*Note: To use the texting features I mention below you’ll need to setup your mobile phone to use Twitter via SMS.
Add a task via Twitter
Toodledo has been my task-list manager of choice for almost a year. (For more about Toodledo see my productivity system.) Toodledo’s functionality and flexibility are unmatched and it integrates with a variety of services, like Twitter. Here’s what you need to get to add tasks via DMs:
- You’ll need a free Toodledo account
- Enable Toodledo Twitter integration.
Once you’re setup you can create a task by texting
“d toodledo Call John #tomorrow” to 40404
It creates a task with a due date for the next day. Toodledo offers lots of options to add extra info to the DM, just review the “How to use Twitter with Toodledo”
Add a note via Twitter
2 great reasons to enable Twitter and Evernote
- Super fast way to fire off a quick note or idea
- See a tweet or link you want to research further? Quote it and send to @myEN
To get started
- Setup a free Evernote account
- Follow @myEN – They will follow you back and send you a link via DM to authorize your accounts
To send an update you can send a tweet and include @myEN or sent a DM to myEN. Quick & Easy.
Add an Expense item via Twitter
I’ve recently started using Xpenser, to track business expenses. It’s lightweight but fits my needs perfectly. You can add expenses through email, IM, and Twitter DMs.
- Setup a Free Xpenser account
- Enable Twitter integration in Xpenser by clicking Account and adding your Twitter ID
Just text “d xpn lunch 32.46 with John” to 40404 and it will add the expense to your account. You can add a receipt photo and more details later through their website but by adding it via DM it’s one less thing to remember.
Bonus Tip: Want to add a quick calendar appoint via DM? Check out Twittercal.com (@gcal). [Update: A commenter pointed out that twittercal is broken.] I haven’t used this service personally but worth checking out.
Twitter has become the ultimate SMS/texting service. Once you get comfortable with Twitter texting it’s a great way to stay in touch with friends and with the right services to keep your life organized and updated.