Contrary to the current weather, spring has sprung! However, the winter blues may still reside, making it difficult to sustain motivation on the gloomiest of days. However, with the use of some productivity tools, you may find yourself gaining more inspiration in your work. The following tools are all online application that can really boost your motivation and improve your organizational skills.
Momentum is a Google Chrome extension that replaces your home page with a personalized page that reminds you of your goals and intentions for the day each time you open a new tab. Momentum features a gorgeous landscape photo that changes daily, along with some customizations, including to-do lists, weather updates and inspirational quotes.
If you’re someone who spends a lot of time online, it can be difficult to organize all your thoughts and findings. However, this application provides you with the means to do so. Pocket allows you to save articles, images or whatever else you may want to refer back to, into one convenient place, your “pocket”.
Love vision boards and being able to see everything you have going on in one space? Trello is the perfect app for you. On this application, you can create boards similar to as you would on Pinterest. However, instead of being 100% photo oriented, Trello allows you to attach to-do lists or any thoughts you want jotted down.
With over 9 million weekly users, Slack is one of the most popular internal communications platforms for businesses, especially for remote teams. Teams can interact easily over through different channels to ensure all conversations are organized and trackable.
Todoist, is a great tool if you’re wanting to track your daily objectives online. Todoist allows you to input your tasks and organize based on priority level and/or due date. In addition, these lists can then be shared with co-workers, friends or family, so you can delegate your activities as needed. Check out the Todoist’s video to learn more about it!
Social Media has developed astronomically over the years since Facebook was first available to the public. The continuous debate that is often brought up nowadays attempts to determine whether spending all this time interacting ‘socially’ yet over the interest has done us more good or bad as a society. There are various studies that point towards both the benefits that have come from social media, in the form of relationships, business development and e-commerce, as well as education and learning. However, other studies show increased levels of depression, perfectionist desires, anxiety, and loneliness.
Another issue relating to social media is that some people just haven’t quite figured out how to use it, whether for personal or business use. There are many different types of people on social media, and there are definite “do’s” and “don’ts”.
How do you use social media? Is it something that you log on to to perform an action – such as uploading a photo, making a post, messaging a friend, or looking up information on a page? Or, is it merely a tool you use to scroll through pages and pages of updates and ads, look at what your friends and/or acquaintances have been up to lately? If you are using social media out of boredom, or a form of procrastination, this can be labelled as passive social media-ing. The opposite, as mentioned earlier, would be known as active use of social media, where you use it for a purpose.
Why do you use social media? Some may recall when they first signed up for a Facebook or MySpace account – what was the purpose? Maybe it was to fit in, to hop on the bandwagon and join the conversation that was everywhere, or maybe it was just out of curiosity. There is no question that we can use the technology to do an immense amount! Do you have a business that you keep updated through social media? Do you use it to keep active with old friends or family in different locations? Maybe you use it to find work or promote work! Unfortunately, there is a huge portion of the population who falls into the category where using social media has become about comparing themselves to others – lifestyle, looks, success, careers, etc. When only the best moments of one’s life are displayed to the public, it hides all other aspects of them and creates an image of perfection.
Next time you are feeling trapped by the endless scrolling possible on your preferred social media platform, take a moment to put down your smartphone and examine the relationships around you, and what you are still capable of doing without the help of social media.
We are becoming more and more familiar with voice activation, and voice customization built into our favourite devices. It all started with Apple’s Siri, and has come all the way to Amazon’s Alexa and Window’s Cortana.
What’s the point of voice activation? It can definitely be fun, but the main point of course is to simplify our lives and make our connections with smart applications all the more efficient. Why pick up your phone and go through your entire contact list to call someone, when Siri could do it for you? Why open up your browser and search for a recipe to make for dinner when Cortana can do the same thing? And why walk across the room to turn on the radio when Alexa can play your music?
We have definitely gotten the hang of how to do things in less steps. That’s why many are interested in seeing what the new start-up, French company ‘Spins’ has to offer in the voice activation game. The main element here is that the company won’t be using a pre-existing voice application, but creating their own. And you will be the one creating and customizing the voice, as well as everything it is capable of doing.
Snips breaks their version down in four easy steps. First, you create your custom voice and pick the language(s) of your choice. You can name it too, so instead of saying ‘Hey Snips’, you can pick whatever name you like! Next, you can pick and choose between what type of applications you want Snips to help you out with. You can customize your own, or pick from Snips’ list of common items, such as music, timers, weather, etc. If you want more than the available options, Snips has thousands of choices to choose from, and it will help you create the codes. Finally, Snips makes it easy for you to hook your new assistant up to your mobile device or computer.
Facebook is a company that is continuously coming out with new updates to keep up with other competing social media, and also to give their platform an edge that ensures users will continue to use it every day. This week, two new upgrades were made, and both are reflected in Facebook’s Stories.
Recently, multiple social media platforms made an update to add ‘stories’ to their home page – mimicking the commonly known and widely used Snapchat stories. Instagram was first to hop on the bandwagon, with Facebook following not too far after. However, the success of stories seems to be much greater on Instagram than on Facebook. Why? This could be due to a few different reasons – the audience, the general content, the follower vs. friend theme, and the like.
Now, the first new item added to Facebook Stories is within Groups and Events – a separate Facebook area that includes everything from party invitations, to business dinners, to networking events, clubs, teams, and everything in between. Groups and Events have members or a list of invitees, and they can be public, visible to the entirety of Facebook, or completely private, so that only members can see the content. The update here is that Stories will now be available within these specific groups, so for example, an invite to a Wedding under events can post multiple unique stories within that group, visible to attendees of the wedding – giving many different perspectives on the same night.
The second update affects Facebook and Facebook Messenger. Before, stories posted could be different between both of these applications, and there were some bugs with viewing different stories twice due to the overlap between the two apps. Now, ‘Stories’ covers the two, ensuring minimal redundancy and maximum efficiency for story viewing.
Be sure to check out these new updates, and stay ready for the next set of roll outs that will be coming soon.