According to a recent study, the average American spends somewhere around 3.5 hours of every 8-hour workday ACTUALLY being productive. Less than 4 hours a day...seriously?!?!?! Now, I consider myself to be a really dedicated person (it's truly hard for me to just sit and do nothing). And I really do feel like I work hard on my business every single day. But I'll admit that at the end of the day, I OFTEN feel like I barely made a dent in my to-do list. What about you...sound familiar? Then take a few moments to read this excellent article I found on Medium called "12 Productivity Hacks to Get Stuff Done." It has tons of great tips that I've already started implementing. Hey, if nothing else, it gave me something to post on the Geek Girls website for August and helped me get another thing off my to-do list! LOL
Are you a Mac owner? Need a faster, easier way to check your calendar and add appointments while working on your computer? Then you gotta check out Itsycal by Mowglii. It sits, unobtrusively and beautifully, in the menu bar at the top of your desktop/laptop screen and is instantly accessible whenever you need it. Just a quick tap and you can see all your appointments, and even ADD appointments, right from the menu bar. And the best part? It's totally FREE!!!! I downloaded it a few days ago and absolutely love it...I promise, you will too. ;-)
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a SUCKER for productivity apps! I absolutely LOVE trying out new apps in the hope that they will somehow make me oh-so-much-more organized today than I was yesterday. Well, I gotta tell you, I am completely in LOVE with the all-new Things 3 app, for IOS and Mac!! It seriously does EVERYTHING I want it to...flawlessly...and it is absolutely gorgeous on top of that!! Check out this great review by Ryan Christoffel at MacStories.net...he does an excellent job of explaining the main features and reviewing all the pros and cons:
Word of warning: the app is not cheap. At almost $10 for the iPhone app, $20 for the iPad, and $50 for the Mac version, you'd better be sure you love it as much as I do before you decide to invest. Fortunately, they have a FREE TRIAL for the desktop app, which you can get here: https://culturedcode.com/things/ But be prepared...you're gonna LOVE IT!
Business at GEEK GIRLS has been booming lately...new clients and awesome new projects that have us really excited!! But along with all that "busyness" comes the need to stay super organized and on top of things so none of these fabulous new projects or clients accidentally slip through the cracks. ;-) And while searching for ways to automate and streamline some of our more mundane but necessary tasks, I came upon this awesome article from our friends at TRELLO...check it out!
Okay, we all know about Bitly, right? A quick, easy, FREE way to create a short link to just about anything. But did you know that you can now create CUSTOM links and save them in your own account?? So now, when I have a potential jazz gig and I need to send my songlist & bio to the client, instead of some random, confusing string of letters and numbers it can actually say something like: http://bit.ly/LisaSmithBioSonglist ... Pretty cool, huh? :-)
Visit bitly.com/ to find out more!
Have you thought about what you'd like to accomplish in 2017...what are you business goals? Are you looking to garner a bunch of new clients, or go through a re-branding, or create a brand new website?? Or maybe you are even starting a whole new business!! Goal-setting and "resolutions" can be a tricky thing...too often we set these incredible, lofty goals, but we don't know how to go about achieving them...and then we get frustrated when we fall short, and we just give up. Here's a great article that can help get you pointed in the right direction...
Then, when you've decided what you want, and you are ready to get started, get in touch with us here at Geek Girls...we're here to help!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the gals at GEEK GIRLS! Wishing you a season filled with warm moments and cherished memories and a New Year filled with hope and joy!!
Lisa Smith & Karen Michaels
Think you can't afford to market your business? Think again... :-) Check out these 5 do-it-yourself digital marketing tips from SurveyMonkey that don't require all your valuable time and money!
So the internet is all aflutter, or a-Twitter (get it? flutter...Twitter....see what we did there...okay, never mind), about the newest iPhone being released this Friday! Even with all the controversy surrounding the soon-to-be-axed headphone jacks, a lot of people are super-duper excited about Apple's latest release. So, what's the buzz? Head on over to TechCrunch.com to read Matthew Panzarino's AWESOME and very comprehensive review, and then let us know what YOU think! :-)
Do you have a lot of contacts on your phone? Got duplicates, missing info?? THIS Geek Girl recommends checking out CircleBack app to help organize them all...works wonders!!
Save Time with this Awesome List of Mac Keyboard Shortcuts!!
Is trying to remember & keep track of all your various passwords driving you nuts?? THIS Geek Girl counts on "Keeper" Password Manager to protect and keep all her passwords safe & secure. Check it out on the iTunes App Store...you'll be glad you did!
Who remembers the "Palm Pilot" PDA (personal data assistant) from the late 90's? Did you have one? THIS Geek Girl sure did...and I was obsessed with mine!!!
It was so cool how you could "type" in stuff using the included stylus & Graffiti shorthand...I practiced like crazy until I was a wiz at it. Once a geek, always a geek, I guess. ;-)
LOL Wow, talk about a blast from the past!
Feeling overwhelmed by social media?!?! Let our fellow Geek Girl and social media GURU, Karen Michaels, help get you organized and get your company's brand front & center!
Join the 6 million+ people around the world, including us gals at GEEK GIRLS, who are using Todoist – the beautifully simple, cross-platform to-do list app built to help you do more and stress less!!!
THIS Geek Girl uses YOGA STUDIO and the HEADSPACE APP to maintain sanity when deadlines are looming! BEAUTIFUL interface...highly effective...recommend both!!
Need a better solution to organizing multiple email accounts on ALL your Mac, iOS & Android devices? Here it is!!! The ONLY email app that THIS Geek Girl will ever use...it's truly the best!
HOLIDAY SALE for websites, social media set up and more! Sure you can do it yourself these days, but will your sites get noticed, drive traffic, and be easy to update? Let the experts at Geek Girls seamlessly set up all of your online branding the right way at a great price. Technophobes are our specialty. You can do this, and we can help! All female run business. Get your stuff online in time for the NEW YEAR!
Nice article about Instagram vs. Facebook. Geek Girls can show you how to use both to make money and market your brand.
Unroll.Me is seriously one of the BEST things to ever happen to this Geek Girl's email inbox!!! Been using it for months now and LOVE it. Tame your inbox...free yourself from junk mail...all for free!
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