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Our Favorites By Far
(these are the ones we love to pieces)
Tracking every hour you spend working provides incredible insight, and allows you to make strategic decisions about what to focus your time on. Harvest makes time tracking simple, and provides tons of reports to see how you and your team are doing. It also integrates with Basecamp, if that’s something you’re into.
Boomerang allows you to bend space and time. With Boomerang, you are able to respond to email at any time of day or night, and schedule that email to be sent minutes, hours, or even years in the future. We use Boomerang to process email late at night, but have it appear in our clients’ inbox the following morning, because we don’t want to disturb their dreaming. Boomerang is the closest thing I have found to The DeLorean.
With so many project management software options available, it’s hard to know what’s best. We’ve found Basecamp to be our favorite, because it is so simple to use. The user interface is so easy to navigate, that you’re able to get down to business, know where your projects stand, and communicate tasks to your entire team in a central location. If you need more features, there are tons of add-ons for Basecamp that can accomplish just about anything you need.
With Mint you’ll be able to see exactly where your money is going, and take action to control it. Set your monthly budget for everything from groceries to Legos, then set goals for achieving life-changing wealth and let the software help keep you on track. Mint is a great resource on many levels.
(work smarter, not harder)
After months spent struggling with paper notes, emailed reminders-to-self, and multiple task apps, we found Any.do and haven’t looked back. The App, Chrome extension, and Gmail integration work seamlessly to keep all your tasks in one easy to find place, making it one of the best productivity Apps. Our favorite little extra of Any.do? The awesome audio exclamations that occur when you clear a bunch of completed tasks from the App.
We’ve found Basecamp to be our favorite, because it is so simple to use. The user interface is so easy to navigate, that you’re able to get down to business, know where your projects stand, and communicate tasks to your entire team in a central location.
Tracking every hour you spend working provides incredible insight, and allows you to make strategic decisions about what to focus your time on. Harvest makes time tracking simple, and provides tons of reports to see how you and your team are doing. It also integrates with Basecamp.
If you have not tried Evernote yet, you are missing out. For years it has been our place to store notes, log goals, capture favorite items from across the web, and so much more. The design and interface are solid, and Evernote never forgets what you tell it to remember.
You probably spend more time with your Internet browser than any other application on your computer. That means you better optimize your browser, and Google Chrome is great at that. With tons of extensions and abilities, Google Chrome quickly became a true favorite of ours.
With new features being released frequently, Dropbox is quickly becoming much more than a place to store your files in the cloud. It’s becoming an essential part of your workflow, with incredibly easy ways to share files and media with coworkers and collaborators. We love Dropbox, and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet.
With clients located more than 1,750 miles from us, remote access to their workstations is essential. LogMeIn has been crucial in allowing us to continue to serve these clients in a meaningful way. When someone needs quick assistance with the computer, we are able to jump on with them as if we were standing over their shoulder. We also use LogMeIn as our way of accessing our own computers while traveling.
(fill all the white space with meaningful appointments and tasks)
(your mission is inbox zero)
With Boomerang, you are able to respond to email at any time of day or night, and schedule that email to be sent minutes, hours, or even years in the future. We use Boomerang to process email late at night, but have it appear in our clients’ inbox the following morning, because we don’t want to disturb their dreaming.
(turn your mobile device into your most productive team member)
We come across immense amounts of great content on a daily basis, often at times that are not all that convenient for consuming the content. Pocket allows you to save articles, videos, photos, websites, or any other web-based item so that you can read it later. We really love that we can save things to Pocket from any device and have them available immediately somewhere else, like on our office computer or smart phone.
(everybody is online, it’s the coolest)
Whether you’re an online business or not, your website is a powerful tool for providing insights about your customers. Where are they located? What are they interested in? What content do they like most? Google Analytics can answer all of these questions for you, and so much more. Take the time to understand the data Google Analytics provides, and you’ll discover valuable information about your business.
Our preferred method of website design and development, WordPress is an incredible tool that will allow you to create your own website. With nearly endless options for themes and plugins, you’ll be able to find awesome ways to add functionality and visual appeal to your site.
Whether you are buying or selling online, you need a way to give and accept money. PayPal helps you get paid and pay others easily. With several tiered options for all that you need to accomplish, and integration with popular shopping carts, such as E-junkie, PayPal is a great addition to your online business.
If you’re selling something online, especially digital content, you definitely need an automated fulfillment system. E-junkie allows you to upload your content, set prices, and create promotion codes for selling your products. It also serves as your digital distributor by automating the sales process and taking you out of the order process.
Podcasts and Blogs
(endless amounts of incredibly great content)
with Pat Flynn
Pat Flynn is an incredible host and mentor. His podcast, Smart Passive Income, is one of our favorites, not only because it provides a ton of great content for online entrepreneurs, but Pat is a really fun guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously. We would probably listen to him talk about paint drying if he did an episode about it.
with Jaime Tardy
Eventual Millionaire is a highly motivational and inspirational podcast hosted by Jaime Tardy. Jaime interviews real-life millionaires who have built their own businesses and found great success. We love this podcast because every millionaire’s story is different, yet we can see commonalities that have led them to their wealth, and it’s these commonalities that we can learn from.
with Lewis Howes
More than anything, The School of Greatness is inspiring. Lewis Howes is a great host, and his guests range from superstar athletes to people who have overcome challenging adversity. We like this podcast for a change of pace and to remind us of what is truly important in life.
with Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt is an exceptional leader, and This Is Your Life is his podcast that is dedicated to intentional leadership. We love this podcast, because no matter what topic Michael is covering, his insights are unique, and he delivers them in a way that motivates us to do more with the opportunities we have in front of us.
(always be learning)
by Jaime Tardy
After dozens of interviews with millionaires, Jaime Tardy compiled much of the information she found about how these individuals became successful into her book, The Eventual Millionaire. The book provides the lessons that can be learned from her millionaire interviews.
by Timothy Ferris
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris is a national bestseller that has received a ton of press. The message of the book is to work smarter, not harder by automating your systems, delegating your work, and dedicating yourself to your goals. You may not reach a 4-hour workweek, but you’ll probably find a task or two that can be eliminated, and several that can be done in a much more beneficial way.
(you deserve a little down time)
Maximum productivity does not come from maximizing your hours. You need a healthy work-life balance that includes periodic downtime to relax and recharge. An extremely fun and addictive online tool is the Lego Builder with Google Chrome. You’ll be able to construct a three-dimensional Lego model online, and then share it with your friends. Have fun!