Three gadgets to keep you organised in 2014



Sick of being late for meetings, missing birthdays, over-spending and never watching what you want on the TV? Make 2014 the year you get organised by embracing the right tech...

Are you sick of being late for meetings, missing birthdays, over-spending and never watching what you want on the TV?

Make 2014 the year you get organised by embracing the right tech. We've picked out three of our favourite gadgets to give you a fighting chance of keeping that New Year's resolution going beyond March.

1) Never miss a meeting with a Google Nexus 7

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How bad does it feel when you're late for a meeting or worse arrive on time for a meeting for which you're completely unprepared? Consign both to the annals of history with the Google Nexus 7 tablet.

Small enough to slip into your pocket, the Nexus 7 can go where you go as well as reminding you where you need to be. Use the Google Calendar to plan your schedule, and set alerts to remind you when you have an appointment or meeting coming up.

And with a 3G Nexus 7 you can use the train ride to work to prepare for your meeting - browse the web, read articles, bookmark pages; even check the weather so you can ensure you're dressed for the weather. As Google says, it's 'made for what matters'.

2) Organise your finances with Office 365

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Often run out of cash in the final week before payday? With Office 365 Home Premium you can give yourself a fighting chance of reversing the trend. Use Excel to create spreadsheets for your monthly household budget to help you stay on top of your cash.

Give your spreadsheet enough rows and columns for the cash you have coming in, the bills you have going out and the money which should be left. You can also add up totals and make subtractions if circumstances change and you need to rein in your plans.

And if you're out and about and want to pay a bill or buy something, you can pull up Office 365 on the go. With SkyDrive you can save your documents to the cloud and access them via your tablet, phone or work laptop from pretty much anywhere - including the high street.

3) Watch what you want, when you want with a Samsung smart TV

Samsung UE55F600

Handed over the remote control to the kids and sick of missing all the TV your colleagues are raving about?

Take a little bit back for yourself with a new smart TV. Smart TVs connect to the internet and allow you to watch catch-up TV from the web through your actual TV.

So that means you can enjoy last night's EastEnders on the iPlayer, Educating Yorkshire on 4OD, or the Christmas Corrie on ITV Player.

Prefer movies to TV? No problem.

With a smart TV you can also watch films through Lovefilm and Netflix - on your swanky flatscreen TV on the wall rather being hunched over a laptop precariously balanced on the chair arm.

So smart TVs are smart, and they don't come much smarter than the Samsung UE55F6670. We like it so much we handed it a hallowed Our Experts Love tag (and we don't give those to just anyone, you know…)

Do you use any other gadgets to keep on top of things? Let us know in the comments below...

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