I already have a busy schedule – who doesn’t? But when I add Squidoo to the mix, it gets a little crazy. Squidoo is a website that allows you to create your own lenses (web pages) about topics of interest to you. I joined in February 2009 and between this blog, Squidoo, and a few other internet projects, I’ve developed a list of sites that I need to log in to each time I sit down at the computer to work. The spreadsheet I was using to keep track of my passwords just wasn’t cutting it – a great way to store my passwords so I wouldn’t forget them, but it still took some time each day to bring up all those sites and log in. This little tool cuts all that log in time to just a few seconds.
If you use Firefox as your web browser, check out the add-on called iMacros for Firefox. This internet recorder copies any series of clicks and keystrokes you make while on your browser and then allows you to save those steps as a program you can call up when needed. For example, let’s say you like to bring up your Squidoo account, your blog dashboard, your photo hosting account, and a keyword search tool each time you start working. Click the record button on the iMacros sidebar, record yourself logging in to all of those sites once in a separate tab for each, save the program with a file name of your choice and then, the next time you sit down to work, just “play” that macro and let it do all the work for you. It’s much faster and never forgets your passwords.
This instructional video will give you a glimpse of how iMacros could help you, too.