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!
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Calendly Zoom integration - With Calendly’s new Zoom integration Zoom conference details can be automatically added to any Calendly meeting. This new integration lets you automatically generate unique Zoom conference details for every meeting you schedule or use a standing static Zoom meeting link if you prefer.
This integration eliminates the need to set up and remember conferencing details and updates meeting details in real time when rescheduling or canceling. Invitees will receive instant access to the details in calendar invitations and meeting reminders after scheduling with you. For your access, the unique link will appear within the event details on your Calendly dashboard and under My Meetings in Zoom. You can connect your Zoom account with Calendly in one easy step and help simplify scheduling.
Shortcuts is an automation app that delivers a quick way to get things done with your apps with just a tap or by asking Siri. Shortcuts replaces Apple’s old Workflow app and makes Siri more powerful and useful than ever before.
The Shortcuts app enables you to create personal shortcuts with multiple steps from your favorite apps. You can start from hundreds of examples in the Gallery or drag and drop to create your own. By recording custom phrases and adding them to Siri’s repertoire, you can trigger a sequence of actions involving multiple apps. Shortcuts includes over 300 built-in actions and works with many of your favorite apps including Contacts, Calendar, Maps, Music, Photos, Camera, Reminders, Safari, Health as well as any app that supports Siri Shortcuts.