Category Archives: Productivity

Three Resources to Help Boost Your Productivity

If you’re looking for some ways to be more productive, you’ll enjoy these books:

  • Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity by Tim Challies
    In this book you will learn: common obstacles to productivity, the great purpose behind productivity, 3 essential tools for getting things done, the power of daily and weekly routines and much more, including bonus material on taming your email.
  • The 5AM Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast by Jeff Sanders
    This book is a resource guide for high-achievers. It is for anyone who has a wild passion for life and is in search of a structured system that will hone those passions, clarify their big goals, and produce real, amazing results.
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
    This book will change your life. There just isn’t enough time for everything on our “To Do” list—and there never will be. Successful people don’t try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure they get done.

Your turn… What resources do you use to increase your productivity?



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Three APPS You Should Take a Look At

Here are 3 APPS I believe you would enjoy using:

SlideShark is the award-winning, free mobile app that enables businesses and individuals to show PowerPoint® presentations from the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch the way they were meant to be seen—accurately and professionally every time—with animations, fonts, graphics, hyperlinks and videos intact.

Multiply exists to serve local churches by encouraging and equipping disciples who make disciples in all nations. We do this by providing biblical resources and hosting gatherings that prepare followers of Christ to go, baptize people, and teach them to obey everything Jesus commanded – including the call to make disciples.

Introducing the all-new Podcasts app, an amazing way to discover, subscribe to, and play your favorite podcasts. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts in the Featured tab, or browse Top Charts to see what’s hot right now. Add your favorite podcasts to personal stations that stay up to date when new episodes become available. You can sync playlists from iTunes, or create an On-The-Go playlist to play just the episodes you want. iCloud keeps your subscriptions, stations, and play position in sync across all your devices, computers, and Apple TV.

Erich’s note: I recently started using SlideShark and love how it works. The Multiply APP makes it easier for you to access and use the discipleship resources and material available from The Multiply Movement. I use the Podcasts APP every day to listen to some great sermon podcasts.

Your turn… What are some other APPS you believe others would enjoy using?

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Three More APPS You Should Check Out

Last week I shared 3 APPS I think everyone should use (Evernote, DropBox and YouVersion). Today I want to mention 3 more I use that you should take a look at:

Flipboard is your personal magazine, filled with the things you care about. Catch up on the news, discover amazing things from around the world, or stay connected to the people closest to you–all in one place. You can create your own magazines based on topics you enjoy reading and learning about. Explore staff picks in the Content Guide including hundreds of magazines, thought-provoking blogs, gorgeous photography and well-curated sections including news of the day and other topics. Note: I consume a lot of my news and view my social media feeds in this format most of the time (just like flipping through a magazine). I absolutely love this APP!

When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket. SAVE FOR LATER: Put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket. Save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite. VIEW WHEN READY: If it’s in Pocket, it’s on your phone, tablet or computer. You don’t even need an Internet connection. I think you’ll enjoy using this APP just make sure you take the time to go back and read what you save.

  • — The best free way to manage your money.

Get a handle on your finances the free and fast way. Mint does all the work of organizing and categorizing your spending for you. See where every dime goes and make money decisions you feel good about. Mint pulls all your financial accounts into one place. Set a budget, track your goals and do more with your money, for free! I’ve been using this app for about 2 years and absolutely love how I’m able to track everything I’m spending and it comes in real handy at tax time (I have it on my desktop, iPhone and iPad for quick access).

Your turn… If you use any of these APPS let us know what you think about them or if you know of other APPS that provide similar services let us know. Also, what are some other APPS you would recommend?


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Three APPS Everyone Should Use

I love using my Apple devices. I currently have an iPhone 5, an iPad with Retina Display, and a MacBook Pro… oh yeah, and an AppleTV but we won’t talk about that one today. Here are three APPS I find to be very beneficial and easy to use:

Evernote is a digital file cabinet/notebook that helps you capture and remember everything. You can capture anything (ideas, things you like, things you see and/or hear) and access them anywhere (from your computer, smartphone or tablet). After spending some time on the Evernote website you might want to check out Michael Hyatt’s Handy Index to his Evernote posts. Make sure you check out some of the other Evernote products like Evernote Web Clipper (it allows you to clip webpages and file them in your notebooks). Note: I consider myself to be a novice right now with Evernote as I’ve only discovered the tip of the iceberg of what it can do but I plan to keep exploring it’s potential and other products along the way…

  • DropboxYour stuff, anywhere.

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. You can access your files from all of your devices. It is a great way to keep things backed up and easily accessible when you’re on the go. Note: the first 2GB of space are free but you can get up to 16GB of free space via referrals (sign up via this link to help me get more free space if you are interested in using this APP, I have about 6GB of free space right now).

YouVersion is a simple, ad-free Bible that brings God’s Word into your daily life. Note: my digital Bible has almost completely replaced my paper Bible (I have lots of them but hardly ever take one with me since one of my devices is always with me and that’s pretty much how I read everything these days). By the way, not only do you have instant access to dozens of different versions/translations of the Bible but you also have access to hundreds of Bible reading plans. This is a great way to read and study the Bible. This APP was created by the good people at LifeChurch.TV (help them reach 100 million installs before their 5th anniversary on July 10th).

Your turn… What are some of your favorite APPS? Also, if you use any of these share about your experience and/or tips.


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