Thursday, January 1, 2009

My Toolkit

At the turn of each year, with the balance of 365 days stretching before me and when all things seem possible, I review some of the tools in my life that have helped keep me organized and on track. I was thinking this morning of favorites in my online toolbox for 2009, and I came up with this list of six:

Visual Thesaurus is an online thesaurus and dictionary that uses an interactive map. It’s a great tool for those who, like me, think visually. They even add (drum roll, please!) a Word of the Day!

OneLook Dictionary is an amazing compilation of 973 dictionaries. It’s a one-stop shop for your word-search needs. It even offers reverse and wildcard searches on words.

Time & Chaos is a supremely easy and effective time management software. There is a free downloadable trial version for anyone who wants to check it out.

LibraryThing is an online tool for cataloguing your books, and it allows you to share your titles with others.

MyBookList is an online reading journal for library patrons. Check with your local library to see if they offer this. It’s free, and it has replaced my handwritten book journal, which lists all the books I’ve read, along with short notes on what the book was about and if I would recommend it to others.

Simpleology is a free online multimedia course and workshop designed to teach people to set and reach goals. There are great tools to plan and organize your day, as well as terrific desktop features that I continue to use long after I’ve completed the course.

My definition of a timesaving online tool is something that doesn’t take me long, but takes me far. These six things have had a positive impact on my life and productivity, and I share them with you in that spirit, looking forward to a wonderful and productive year.

Please feel free to share what’s in your toolkit for 2009!


sizzie said...

Just now I visited a few of the sites and sent one on to someone else. I'll let you know if I think of one to add. And, Good Morning to you!

sizzie said...

Here are two I use often. On both, I brought up a photo page, but the entire sites are filled with a variety of helps.
NY Public Library

Library of Congress photo section

Peggy Johnstone said...

Thanks, Siz! I'm checking them out right now! :-)

Poetikat said...

I can definitely benefit from some of these! I just deleted a bunch of bookmarks that were taking up space.

I use Roget's Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster's dictionary and periodically Babelfish to translate words that I throw into my poems/writing:


Peggy Johnstone said...

Oh, I forgot about Bablefish, Kat! Thanks for mentioning it. I love to play with that one. :-)

Sherri said...

Great resources. Thanks!

My newest tool -- perfect for organizing my studio art library and supplies is a very inexpensive database program I found at Simp-List last month. I'm building the database a couple of books at a time. It will allow me to find art projects within books in a matter of moments. Love it. It cost me a total of $35 for all the modules I needed.

Peggy said...

Sherri, Simp-List is a new one for me. I'm heading over to check it out. Thank you!