Forget location check-in -- how do you check-in with your spouse?
Forget Foursquare and the location check-in, how do you solve a more important concern: checking-in with your significant other?
With three kids now, my wife and I are operating at a whole new level of communication. Gone are the days of tolerating muddled, muffled or mixed-up messages. We need battlefield situational awareness and standard communications protocols to make every day happen with 3-month old twins and a 3-year-old girl.
So far, there are two pieces of tech that we use to communicate. One, our iPhones' sync'ed calendars. We set reminders for ourselves and we always know what's on our respective schedules that we can't miss.
The second piece of tech is a little free app called "HeyTell." It allows us to use our iPhones as walkie talkies. We send short voice messages to each other, replacing the need for typing out texts. It just works, better than you think. We even use it when we're both home, i.e. she's on the second floor and I'm in the basement.
There's a third thing I'm trying to convince my wife to use: Google Docs. I figure we can create a running document where we're checking in with each other on stuff we're thinking about, projects we have ideas for, etc. But my wife is not a Gmail/Google Docs fan. (I'm wondering if I can do something similar with iWork.com. Haven't explored yet.)
So this got me thinking: to all the people with significant others out there, what tech do you use to stay on the same page with him or her? Is it a desktop app? A mobile app?
For couples, with or without kids, it's obviously important to communicate. But, during the work week especially, we're all running like crazy and maybe not able to check in as much with each other. What do you do?
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