Years ago we relied on an actual book, which was not at all convenient, to keep our contacts organized. When someone moved or changed their info, you had to cross or white it out.
And if you had one of those friends who changed jobs…or husbands a lot, you would eventually have to purchase a new address book.
Thinking about it now, it seems exhausting. Today everyone has a cell phone.
Except my mother-in-law.
Even if you don’t have a smartphone, you can still store contacts. Ideally you want a phone that will either sync to your computer or have an SD card that you can connect to your computer to allow for an easy back-up.
Because phones and computers have so much memory, and contact information does not take up much space, just enter everyone you ever come in contact with. Take advantage of the notes section to jot down any notes about people – “obsessed with his dog”, “always wears Lacoste polos”, “drinks too much wine” – because you never know when you’ll need a recommendation for a good dog groomer or to know where the nearest Lacoste store is or a suggestion on a good Merlot.
For you non-techie types, yes they still make actually address books:
This one by Orla Keily is just too cute. It has a hard cover and, get this – four pages of replacement address stickers. So that friend, the one who can’t make up her mind about a husband or a job, no worries.
My daughter would love this one – pink and purple flowers, her “favorite!” Hallmark makes this 6-ring address book and they sell page refills.
And now for the geeks:
This business card reader for the iPhone is $5.99 and all you do is take a picture of a business card and it adds the contact info to your address book. Way cool.
Want a free address book with quick buttons for maps and navigation for your Android phone? You didn’t even know you needed this free app, did you? And it’s free.