Category: Tools



EvernoteTools are part of the productivity puzzle. You know how when you were a kid and you would be putting together a puzzle and you always ended up with extra pieces that didn’t seem to fit or you couldn’t figure out where they went? That was frustrating, and putting together your productivity puzzle can be too. You want to be able to get the pieces and put them together in a way that fits instead of having extra, strangely shaped pieces of the puzzle. You want tools that fit you and make it easier to get it all done.

One tool that I’ve been in love with and using for a while now is Evernote. It serves me well and my clients who use it rave about it too. Evernote works really well, especially for those who find themselves chasing the BSOs. (Bright shiny objects) If electronic tools are a fit for your Productivity Persona,™ you can probably implement the use of Evernote. It’s like having a notebook handy and so much more. It lets you write anything from short lists to lengthy research; collect information and easily find the things you’re looking for. Some of the things I use it for are bookmarking articles I want to read later, saving research material and sharing information with team members. You can clip web articles with the web clipper app, capture handwritten notes, and snap photos to keep the physical and digital details of your projects with you at all times.

The beauty of Evernote is that it syncs across all devices, your laptop, phone, tablet and the internet. You have access to anything you save from any device in just seconds. I think this is my favorite feature because it lets me have my notes in the palm of my hand. There’s a free version as well as a paid version to support you, a well stocked app center, Evernote For Business as well as physical products you can add to your productivity mix. Visit the Evernote website to see if it’s a fit for you.

 


Tool BoxPart of how you deal with time is to make sure that the tools you use, and ultimately the system you set up to support you, are a fit for you personally. The tools have to fit your personality, or as I say they match your Productivity Persona™.

Quite often, people don’t think about tools to help them in their day-to-day process of getting it done. Think about tools that you can get from the hardware store. There are tools for many different things and each is uniquely suited for a particular task. Productivity tools are exactly the same, but people really don’t view them like that. When it comes to electronics like smart phones, it’s usually about the toy aspects of the device or toys altogether and not about how the device can serve.

Tools are part of the time management puzzle. You know how when you were a kid and you would be putting together a puzzle and you always ended up with extra pieces that didn’t seem to fit or you couldn’t figure out where they went? That was frustrating, and so is this, so things have to be broken down in a way that makes the pieces create a clear picture instead of leaving you with extra, strangely shaped pieces of the puzzle. Which is why part of my signature system involves choosing the kind of tool that’s a fit for you and then choosing the tool.

What tools are you using right now and what are you using them for? How are they serving you? Do you find that something doesn’t work so well? You might also see that you’re not really using what you have at your disposal. People choose tools and have the best intentions, but then don’t use them or they don’t max them out, meaning that they don’t use everything that the tool affords them to the point of making it pointless to have it. Something else to consider how you went about choosing those particular tools. You might not even remember.

Review your tools and ask yourself those questions and make sure you ask why you’re using that particular tool. Does it fit? If not, it’s probably part of the reason you find yourself challenged right now. You have to be sure that what you use fits you like your shoes. Once again, it’s personal!

 


Chatwing-SeamlessA lively chatroom tool can help you communicate with large groups of people. If it’s not lively, it will never catch the attention of people, thus lessening sales output. This is one of the major concepts of the Chatwing chat box—appearance. By using the widget, you’ll figure out how important customization is.

Chat Wing chatrooms are easily customizable, so you can have unique versions anytime you want. You can create any chatroom by combining colors, sizes, and font styles. There are also some background themes that you can use. If you don’t have time to spare, just select any of these background themes and you’re good to go.

Choosing images for background themes is also possible. You can put any image that you want – you can even use gifs for your background image to make it more eye-catching. However, you can only upload image links since the direct file upload system is not yet implemented.

Social networking is also an essential part of the chat widget. Currently, you can use Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Tumblr, Instagram and VK as login methods. Your visitors can also use these login methods, and you’re free to activate or deactivate any method. Recently, the Chatwing Team added LinkedIn login.

One of the advantages of Chat Wing is the unlimited chatroom creation. You can make as many widgets as you want. This is useful if you’re maintaining a large network of websites and blogs, since you can do cross-linking of the widgets.

This ever-improving web chat widget has just recently included another feature in its arsenal – Private Messaging. This nifty function allows you to chat with anyone inside the chatroom in private. All you need to do is press the Message Balloon icon right beside the chatter’s username. This function is developed to answer for the user’s needs to relay sensitive information to its recipient while still able to chat with everyone inside the chatroom.

It’s advisable to spend few minutes in every chatroom that you create. Remember that every chatroom is only limited by your imagination. There are no mistakes, since you can preview any changes that you make. Use Chatwing app today to see its sheer advantage.

 


Earlier this week I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about technology, how much we depend on it and the number of different tools we use online that we need passwords for.  There’s email, social media sites, your website and blog, and let’s not forget the personal things that we log into online.  Typically what happens is that you end up using the same password over and over and when you try to create unique passwords, you can’t remember them.  Keeping up with them can be a chore.  If you don’t have away to store them, you’re stuck with trying to remember them, which is definitely not what you want to do.

LastPass is a password manager that makes web browsing easier and more secure and protects against phishing scams, online fraud and malware.  Once you download the software for the browser that you use, you   log in with a single click of your mouse.  When you login in to a site, LastPass will ask you if you want it to log you in and if so, you just click and you’re logged in. It remembers your passwords and creates new, unique passwords for you if you or lets you create and save your own.

LastPass automatically sychronizes your data and you can access if from anywhere at any time, even from someone else’s computer.  You just have to remember your master password for LastPass.  All of your data is encrypted locally on your PC and you are the only one who can unlock it. You can also use it to transfer passwords between multiple devices and your data will be automatically updated for all of your devices when you create new logins.  This great tool is free (and the Premium version is only $12 per year) and made for all platforms–Windows, Mac, and Linux.  Using it allows you to let go of updating your list of passwords, trying to remember them, or create new, unique passwords to keep your accounts safe.  For more info visit the LastPass website now.

 

 


Nozbe is a tool that helps busy professionals and teams organize time and projects.  It’s inspired by David Allen’s GTD (Getting Things Done ®) methodology and designed in such a way that everyone can get organized quickly.  With their desktop and mobile web applications as well as Android, iPhone and iPad apps everyone in your team can access Nozbe on their favorite devices.  They claim to be the world-first to offer such flexibility.

This tools allows you and your team to communicate through tasks, which is better than using email, especially since email isn’t designed for collaboration. Communicating through actionable tasks allows you and your team get a lot more done and keeps everyone on the same page all of the time. Nozbe also allows you to incorporate the use of your favorite apps.  If you’re using Evernote for note-taking, syncing files in Dropbox or Box or using Google Calendar to plan your time, Nozbe works seamlessly with all of them and more are to be added.

Nozbe’s time-management and filtering you’ll know exactly what to do next and view your scheduled tasks in a calendar, which make it easy to never miss a deadline or appointment again. Tasks scheduled for today are being prioritized automatically to make sure you’ll get them done.  You can create as many projects for your tasks as you’d like and share them with people on your team and organize projects with labels like “work” or “home”. You can even design your productivity system to fit your personal and specific needs, which I personally think is a great bonus.  Your system has to be a fit for your personality or it’s not going to work for you.  Nozbe keeps you, your team and your projects in sync.  Get all the details here and see if it’s a fit for you.

 

 

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