How To Rock Scheduling Reoccurring Appointments [Video]

Rock Scheduling Reoccurring Appointments

You have appointments in your life that reoccur BUT they don’t always reoccur at the same time or on the same day.

For example:

As a professional organizer and Apple coach I book sessions with clients to help them organize and be more awesome with their Apple tech all the time, but even with my regular clients it’s rarely the same time and day each week.

So…what’s the most BOS way to get these appointments into my calendar?

Answer: teaming up two of the all-star apps from my Digital Organizer’s Toolbox, of course! Text Expander and Fantastical!

Watch the magic happen right  (more…)

21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today To Change Your Digital Life Forever

21 Quick Actions to Change Your Digital Life Forever

I know sometimes it’s too easy to sit and think and think and think about how to improve your life rather than take…what’s the word, oh yeah: action.

Action is the thing that will get results. Your desired outcome. Move the ball down the sportsball field.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”― Zig Ziglar

So today you’re going to start an organized and awesome digital life, because here’s a list of 21 QUICK actions you can take. (more…)


Essential Guides for Organizing Your Digital Life

You want solutions not only for your physical clutter, but also the more elusive and mysterious digital clutter too. It’s sneaking up on your Mac and iOS devices day by day until you’re seeing the dreaded pinwheel or “2,4620 unread email” bubble. My friend David Sparks (aka MacSparky)’s Field Guides have provided a ton of inspiration and help to me over the last few years and I wrote all about them over at my friend Geralin Thomas’s Managing Modern Life Organizing Blog.

Read my guest post: the essential guides for organizing your digital life. (more…)


LISTEN to how eating frogs helps you get more done

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You want to learn stuff, you said back in high school, that you know it’ll be time to throw in the towel on this whole thing, if you ever stop being open to new ideas. And yet, you’re also saying that you have to move that body and fold that laundry. “I can’t always be sitting in front of my Macbook watching videos on folding towels, Deron!” you shout. (Okay, maybe you just raised your voice, fine.)

The answer for the portable, free, and priceless education, my friend: (more…)


How Organizing Accomplishments and Failures of This Year Will Help Plan Next Year


“The older I get, the more I believe that gratitude is the answer to almost every problem we face. It can transform anxiety, anger, and depression.” – Michael Hyatt

It’s universally popular to set some sort of expectations, resolutions or goals for the coming year. What I discovered this weekend is that it’s equally important to take some time and evaluate the year that’s coming to a close before you jump into the goals for next year. (more…)


How Organizing Will Help You Keep the Holiday All Year

How organizing can help you keep the holiday all year long

On December 24 2011, in the midst of a crowded house and overwhelming Christmas I downloaded at the suggestion of internet wunderkind Andy Ihnatko, the Audible edition of Patrick Stewart reading A Christmas Carol.

As a kid and later a teenager, the book, the George C. Scott version, and my high school’s production moved and captivated me. I wanted to renew that story’s power for myself, experience it as I had in younger days, and feel some of the thrill again that I had found in the American Christmas Carol (It’s A Wonderful Life) each time I watched it as an adult.

I wanted the pure stuff, the great language of Dickens, no motion-captured Jim Carrey for this guy. And so while driving my two year old son around the neighborhood for naps I listened to Patrick Stewart commandingly deliver the goods. I’ve listened to it by myself every year since 2011 and there isn’t a year where the 14 year old in me isn’t cheering inside my heart at the end about Scrooge’s miraculous transformation. (more…)


Make organizing easier: create a sketchnote map

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A head’s up: even if you see the word “sketch” and say “Crap, I can’t draw! Time to bounce – ” hold tight! Sketchnotes as as popularized by designer and author Mike Rohde emphasize ideas over art.

Earlier this year, in my post “How To Organize A Garage Like Wes Anderson” I talked about how the concept of sketchnotes will help tremendously in the preparation of larger organization projects. Organizing is like a lot of things – there’s power in just starting, and yet taking the time upfront to do a quick sketch can provide some enormous benefits.

For example: (more…)

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Be A Holiday Hero: Transform Family Gatherings with Two Free and Clutterless Party Games

Be A Holiday Hero- Transform Family Gatherings with Two Free and Clutterless Party Games

Games will save your introverted soul this holiday season

Playing these two games have provided some of the funniest and most memorable times I’ve had in large groups. If you’re headed to a family holiday gathering that’s open to a game part of the evening, no need to jump on Kickstarter to order the next trend (although this particular one can be fun with the right crowd), just read on!

But why, party games?

I know deep in my introverted heart that I’m not the only one who sighs with satisfaction when learning that a social situation will have a quality party game at its center. Games provide a clear and warm social structure for my site specific extrovert to emerge and connect with large groups.

And the organizer and minimalist in me loves that two of the most successful party games I’ve participated in require no extra purchases and the game equipment is either recycled or added back to the bookshelf at its conclusion.

I’ve seen even the most reluctant participants turn wild-eyed and passionate playing these things, it’s gorgeous watching people come out of their heads in front of you over such silly pursuits!

Enough, jabbering, on with the games! (more…)

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The Digital Organizing Toolbox

Los Angeles based professional organizer/Apple tutor Deron Bos's digital organizer's toolbox.

Inevitably when I’m teaching one of my clients one app, I’ll mention other apps that help me keep me organized in Apple Land. One client strongly requested that I compile all of this tools into a list…and being a gentleman who likes to help, I have done so! (more…)


The Ultimate Guide to Transforming your Old iPhone into a Kid’s Dream iPod Touch


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Update:Exciting news! This post has proven so popular that I’ve refined, updated and improved upon it in the form of not only a PDF eBook but an accompanying collection of 8 videos that walks you through this entire process. Find out more by clicking here.

If you’re a parent and an iPhone owner you probably hear the same plea from little voices on the hour that I do:

“Dad can I play with your iPhone?

The iPod Touch was created with this audience in mind: wee folks who don’t need a cell phone, but would love an iOS device of their own to play Minecraft Mobile and FaceTime Grammy.

The problem: the iPod Touch starts at $199 and can’t easily be bought by the pennies your 5 year old found in the couch.

The solution: your old iPhone that you’re about to trade in for the new model.

With a few steps you can turn that iPhone into a iPod touch that will give you relief in countless situations from the Great Mac and Cheese Delay At CPK to the “How much longer to Grammy’s?” Onslaught of 2012, 2013, and 2014.

But listen, this is not just a simple article telling you how to turn an iPhone into a iPod Touch, this is an EPIC how-to on turning the iPhone into the ULTIMATE iPod Touch with features and apps to delight both you and your progeny, plus security so everyone is safe. (more…)