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Utilize Postable and Wunderlist to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, JULY 2019

Postable is an online paid service that will send beautiful, high-quality greeting cards to 1 or 100 of your clients/friends/family members. Features such as vast assortment of card styles, elegant designs, ease of use and unique address search function have made it hugely successful. The option for fonts that appear truly hand-written is golden! There you have it - personalized greeting cards made simple! Check out Postable today! 

 

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Utilize Olive & Cocoa and Fiverr to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, JUNE 2019

Olive and Cocoa is a boutique gifting service on a mission to make giving and receiving gifts a beautiful experience. From gourmet food crates, to timeless executive gifts, inspired décor, whimsical fashion accessories, and luxurious spa items, their gifts have been carefully selected to offer a refreshingly modern approach to traditional gift giving. They have thoughtfully curated a large selection of gifts in each price range, so you are sure to find something for everyone on your list!

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Utilize the Calm App and Otter.ai to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, MAY 2019

The Calm app has guided meditations, music specifically curated for focus and relaxation, video lessons on mindful movement and gentle stretching, and sleep stories to lull users into the best sleep they’ve ever had! There are free and pro version (starting at $12.99/month) and it is compatible with Apple and Android devices. There are even Calm shops at most major US airports, where users can stop in and get free gifts and exclusive offers before their flights! When researching apps and tools that focus on mindfulness, stress-release, meditation and increased sleep quality, we found that the Calm app was the highest rated and most suggested tool out there. Give it a try today!

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Utilize Tinggly and TripIt to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, APRIL 2019

Tinggly is a truly unique gifting experience. There are options for subscription boxes or one-time boxes, and each box contains access to literally hundreds of “experiences” for the recipient to select from, in locations all over the world. Experiences range from hot-air balloon rides, skydiving, local attractions, cuisine tours, snorkeling, bike tours, kayaking, historic guided tours- the list goes on and on. There is sure to be an experience the recipient will LOVE. Tinggly boxes start from $79, and will provide an experience sure to create memories to last a lifetime! Recipients have 5 years to book their dream experience, so they have plenty of time to plan their adventure. Tinggly’s tagline is “Give Stories, Not Stuff”.

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Too Busy to Grow and Thrive?  How to Move From Reactive Wheel-Spinning to Proactive Growth

Have you ever thought:  If I could spend half as much time on half as many things, I would be twice as effective”?  Like many of the entrepreneurial leaders we work with, the endless wheel-spinning of urgent but lower-value work distracts and disrupts their ability to focus on their single most valuable contribution to the company. The “I’m just too busy to grow” mindset and feeling of being surrounded by business clutter holds us back from making our ultimate contribution to the world . As leaders, we all have great intentions around our impact and time.  There are many adjustments that we can make in our business and our behavior to move out of a reactive space and into proactive growth.

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Too Much Buffering? How to Structure Your Time, Systems and Accountability for Better Focus

The definition of a good Buffer Day is a day focused in preparation for upcoming Focus Days.  True “Buffer” Days are meant to be spent on delegations, putting out fires and working on the business so that when Focus Days come, we have the capabilities in place to truly focus.  Without careful planning though, every day can quickly become a Buffer Day, ever creeping into our focus time.

Growth takes a backseat because the majority of time is spent cleaning up urgent messes rather than focusing generating new revenue.  A friend of mine refers to this place in business as “Marshmallowland;” a place where time stands still and we operate in a chronic state of trying to move forward, but stuck in a sticky, grabby mess that keeps us immobilized and bouncing around endlessly in our business.   

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Too Many Ideas but No Follow-Through? How to Move Your Ideas Quickly and Easily to Implementation

The ability to (1) dream up, (2) create and (3) execute new ideas is the calling of all entrepreneurial leaders.  A healthy business operates and grows when the 3 legs of the tripod are in balance. As visionaries, we naturally and bravely bring the ideation, but typically struggle with the other legs: creating a plan for our ideas and committing to a plan fully to execute them.  When the three are out of balance, a chronic start-stop dynamic grows between you and your team, and if not managed correctly can lead to team-wide burnout and a total lack of productivity and feelings of progress.

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Utilize Kothar and Traction® Tools to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, MARCH 2019

Kothar has found a way to copy Asana projects from one workspace to another, a feature not available from within Asana itself. You will need to create the target project in advance and the process requires some manual checking of project IDs but overall could be a great time saver. Essentially a PHP script that has been extended and made accessible via a front-end web interface, the process supports board-style projects and custom fields.

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Utilize Otter and CloudApp to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, FebruARY 2019

Otter is the smart note-taking and collaboration app that business people, students, and journalists use to get more value from meetings, calls, video conferences, interviews, lectures, and wherever important conversations happen. Record conversations right from your phone or computer. Import or sync recordings from other services. Integrate seamlessly with Zoom. Get real-time captions and, within minutes, a searchable transcript synched with audio and photos plus speakers and key phrases.

Share or export voice notes to inform others and get on the same page. Create groups to invite collaborators and keep organized. Otter’s free version includes 600 minutes of transcription per month or enjoy premium service with 6,000 minutes of transcription for $9.99 per month or $79.99 annually. Otter also offers a student discount for $4.99 month.

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Utilize Hopper and PackPoint to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, JANUARY 2019

Hopper – Booking travel just got easier. Hopper helps you book flights and hotels at exactly the right time by predicting prices with 95% accuracy up to one year in advance. No ads, no spam, no stress — just accurate predictions and the easiest way to book and save. Plan less, travel more.

Hopper has helped 30 million travelers book trips around the world, saving them more than $1.8 billion to date. The Hopper app will monitor prices for you and you can book in just a few taps. Book flights and hotels, watch trips and be notified of changes in price to help you save up to 40% on travel. Free to download directly from the Apple App Store or get it on Google Play. 

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