One of my favorite tech tools that I use is the Google Authenticator app. The Google Authenticator app is a great app for generating 2 Step verification codes. This second layer of security will protect your various accounts from being highjacked. IOS and Android versions available.
http://bit.ly/DigitallyYou – #TechChat’s are weekly trainings in the Digitally You with Samantha Facebook Community designed to help entrepreneurs & small business owners learn new ways to be productive in business, how to use the latest apps and organization tips.
I currently have over 66 tabs on 3 different Chrome browser windows. This led to me having crashes and sluggish performance before I found the Great Suspender extension in the Chrome web store. If you are like me and want to stop having your browser crash, freeze or worse yet become sluggish install this extension now.
What I Love About It
Frees up system resources – RAM (Memory) and CPU usage.
Stops Chrome from crashing and freezing
You can automatically suspend tabs
You can tell it for how long you want to suspend a tab or if you don’t want it suspended at all
Even when your browser closes out completely the suspended tabs come back up on reboot
Last week I participated in the #PeriHustleChallenge where I had to scope for a week straight. Since my focus this month is about Procrastination I wanted to share some productivity hacks that you can use in your social media, email and content to be more productive. Below is my best hacks for dealing with your email, dealing with cranking out content for your business blog, and dealing with social media. Make sure that you listen to each one because there are some great tips in there that you can implement immediately and see results.
And now to the hacks!
1. Social Media & Productivity
Social networks can help you nurture relationships with your community and grow your business. They can also help you stay on the cutting edge of your industry and give you a way to communicate in real time.
But the downside of using social networks is that they can become a time suck. You may have logged on to just post one update and found yourself still browsing three hours later.
Social media is too valuable a tool for most small business owners to stop using. But that doesn’t mean you have to be consumed by it. You can learn how to manage your social accounts more effectively by following these social networking productivity tips. Listen in!
2. Content Productivity
You want to create content that is valuable. Your content should be helpful to your community while making your business shine. But creating quality content takes time. If you struggle with content creation, it may take you hours to write a simple blog post or article. You dread each creation session because you know it’ll be hours before you’re done.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to spend hours agonizing over each piece of content that you create. In fact, if you follow a few basic content productivity tasks, you’ll shave hours off the creation process and may even grow to enjoy it. Listen in!
3. Email Productivity
Email is a great way to connect with your community and stay in touch with them. But just like every other business tool, you have to know how to use email properly or it can easily consume your days.
Many business owners have difficulty managing their inboxes. As a result, they stayed buried under an avalanche of ever growing messages. If that describes you, then consider trying some of these email hacks. Listen in!
It’s a new year and time to evaluate some of the systems you have been using. In this month’s podcast I discuss whether or not you are asking and answering yourself the right question when it comes to getting a new app or implementing a new piece of software or system for your business and how this helps you avoid the trap of the bright shiny object syndrome. Listen in!
Don’t fall for “shiny object” syndrome! Focus on what problem does this solve for me right now in my business that this can help NOW.
Ask yourself “What can I use this app or software for right now?”
I am back! Let’s get this party train rolling. This week I talk about how to avoid app overwhelm and finding what works best for you. Listen in!
With so many apps out there how do you know where to start? What’s the best for you? Here are some quick tips to help you overcome app overwhelm.
Pick 3 or 4 apps to start.
Learn how to use throroughly. You can take a live class, read, or go to Youtube. Trial and error has also been of great help to me when learning new things.
30 days please! Tak 30 days to try out the app. This gives you plenty of time to see how it works in your life and business.
Re-evaluate. After your 30 days it is time to evaluate what is working and what is not working. If you find that the app is not for you or you didn’t like it then delete it. Don’t just let it sit and linger on your phone or tablet. If you have found that it works for you and you like it then keep it and don’t go looking any futher.
Stay focused! Avoid the “bright shiny object” syndrome. If you have found an app that works for you then stick with it. Don’t go looking for better, because there is always better out there. If someone mentions some new app, make note of it, but don’t go rush to download it and try it out. Stick with what is working for you.
Bonus Tip: Group your apps into catergories. For example: Business, Spiritual, Reading, Email, Finance. You get the picture. Also you want to keep your most used and important apps on the front screen of your phone or tablet.
If you are a business owner or work for a company where networking is your life blood you have probably run into the age old problem of too many business cards. You may ask yourself “What can I do with all of these?” “How should I follow up with all of these when I don’t even have them organized?”.
Luckily there are a few solutions out there that can help you get those cards in order and start utilizing the contacts better. One such solution is CamCard.
This is by far my favorite app at the moment for getting your cards in order. What I really like about it is the clean interface, the ability to add in notes once I have taken the photo of the card, and the ability to sort my cards into categories. You can even exchange electronic cards with CamCard users from the app.
No more carrying around all of those pesky business cards.
It is super easy to find anyone’s card information by category or using the search feature. You can look at all of your cards at once or you can look at specific categories. The choice is yours.
There is a free version and there is a paid version. Right now I am using the free version since it does everything I need it to do. But if you need more robust features then the small price tag is well worth it for this little organizational miracle for your business cards. Below is just a couple of shots of how I have organized information so far:
Getting cards in is super easy. Just point and shot. It lets you retake if you don’t like the first shot. If you have a lot of cards I would suggest doing about 20 a day. Just set aside a hour a day and snap in those business cards. You will have your stack organized in no time.