Apps That Will Help You Get Things Done!

Apps That Will Help You Get Things Done!

Trying to buckle down and get a better grip on our productivity, finances, and schedules?  Thanks to these apps, things seem like they could be a little more manageable.
Here are five apps we have found to get you moving in the right direction…
21Habit App

21Habit

 

You know that new work habit you’ve repeatedly put off trying to master? Well, now you have a monetary incentive to get moving on it! To begin this make or break habit app, 21Habit requires you to hash out $21 dollars, and for each day you succeed with your respective new habit, you’ll get one dollar back! However, if you miss a day, you’ll lose a dollar, and if the habit-making falls to the way-side, all of the money will be given to charity. Sustained productivity always seems to be best executed with a little incentive!
Download 21habit in the Google Play store here.
Download 21habit from iTunes here.
Evernote

Evernote

If you find yourself continually frustrated by your scattered work station, give Evernote a try. The app brings all of your work to one place and syncs between all of your devices so that you can access it wherever you want! No more excuses for not having your work with you or not knowing where it is.
Download Evernote from iTunes here.
Download Evernote from the Google Play store here.
Wunderlist App Wunderlist App

Wunderlist

Wunderlist, the to-do list app of all to-do list apps! You have finally found it. Organize it, task it, prioritize it, set a reminder or due date, make a list, AND share it all with friends or colleagues! To top it all off, it links up with Google Calendar and Evernote, two other handy resources to help you maximize your productivity. Do it all with Wunderlist. 
Download Wunderlist on iTunes now.
 Go to Wunderlist’s site.

 
Letterspace App  Letterspace App

Letterspace

The iPhone note app always seems to be a good in-the-moment go-to for note-taking, but after a few hours, or days even, it’s hard trying to find those small, important bits of information you had quickly jotted down. Luckily, now there’s a different app that helps you more efficiently sort back through those important (and undoubtedly cryptic) messages you write yourself throughout the day: Letterspace. With the usage of the #hashtag and @mention, Letterspace indexes and organizes your notes based on the symbols, making it much easier to find the information you are looking for.
Download Letterspace from iTunes.
 
Zippy App  Zippy App

Zippy 

Alright, so now you are probably thinking that this list has covered all the main bits possible in a productivity app — you’re wrong! Zippy dives into the nuts and bolts of your productivity. With some pretty graphics, the app charts out how often and when you succeed with the tasks you had previously set for yourself, giving you deeper insight as to how you might better tackle your responsibilities. Additionally, it breaks down what time of the day you’re most productive, which tasks you repeatedly snooze, and how far ahead of time you complete things. It’s time to finally face the cold hard facts and see what you are good at and when!
Download Zippy from iTunes.

Finding Confidence In The Face Of Uncertainty

Finding Confidence in the Face of Uncertainty

Uncertainty oftentimes feels unsettling and uncomfortable. Whether it’s ambiguity about your next career move, where you want to live or how you want to spend your time, indecision can strip you of your confidence and cause you to doubt your abilities, talents and self-worth.

While it’s important to keep a positive attitude as you sift through uneasy times, we all know that it can be difficult. Someone telling you to smile and cheer up isn’t really what you want to hear when you’re struggling just to keep your head above water. What does work, is building the necessary skill set that will allow you to manage your racing thoughts and impulsive actions when times get tough. I’ve outlined tips that will keep your thoughts in line, so you can turn them into productive action with laser focused energy.

 

Set A Daily Intention

The act of setting a daily intention is not hard, and telling yourself that you have no time to set one is just an excuse. What’s hard, is making it a habit to mindfully set an intention each morning. Once you get past the initial struggles of remembering to set your intention, you’ll see what a difference it makes in your life, and be on your way to a happier and healthier you.

For example, yesterday I set the intention to keep my focus on whatever it was I was doing or working on that day, and bring my attention back to the present moment when I veered off. And you know what, it worked! Because I started my day by intentionally setting and acknowledging a small goal, I was able to carry it out.

 

Exercise & Eat A Balanced Diet

It’s true that you can’t have a positive mind with a negative attitude, and it’s also true that you can’t have a positive mind with an unhealthy lifestyle. As much as you want to tell yourself that your to-do list is what’s going to get you on the right track and feeling better, it’s not. Sure, it’ll clear your schedule a bit, but it won’t nourish your mind and body. Daily exercise and eating a balanced diet is way too low on many people’s priority list. I bet that if you move it to the top of your list, your health will improve and so will everything else.

 

Surround Yourself With People Who Lift You Up

Negative vibes and people will bring you down, and if you’re not careful will spread like wildfire to other parts of your life. Surround yourself with it long enough, and eventually you’ll find yourself stuck in a downward spiral of negative thoughts and harmful behaviors. It takes intentional effort on your part to love yourself enough to distance yourself from people and things that aren’t doing you any good, and in fact could be harming your health. It’s worth the tough decisions and uncomfortable feelings that separating from old things and people may bring, in order to find everlasting peace and joy with your new surroundings.

 

Open Up

It amazes me how our culture and society can make it seem like everyone lives an amazing and lavish lifestyle and never has any problems. We all know this isn’t true, yet we get caught up in foolish assumptions and generalizations about how everyone out there has it so great but us. In turn, we end up putting on a brave face for the world and isolating ourselves from sharing and dealing with our problems.

We’d all be a lot happier and healthier if we were open and honest with each other and felt comfortable turning to one another for support. I’m going to say it just because many times we forget, but we’re all human and most of the time we’re dealing with similar struggles.

 

Be Mindful Of Your Own Judgement & Criticism

Our own self-talk is the very thing that can move us to do great things, and the very thing that can hold us back from ever reaching our full potential. Mindfulness teaches non-judgment of self and others and, unfortunately, that’s not always an easy task. We’re taught to judge and measure ourselves, others, our performance, our intelligence and our talents from a very young age.

If you get too caught up in the results and fall into a trap of constant comparison to others, you’ll find yourself quite unhappy. Love and respect for yourself comes from the inside, and only when you become your own cheerleader will you realize that whatever happens on the outside can’t, and will not, stop you from moving forward and following your dreams.

 

Clear Your Head

We all have so much going on each day that it can feel like we never have time for ourselves and are living in a constant state of chaos. This isn’t a healthy way to live and at some point your mind and body will tell you no. Whether it’s yoga, a long walk, meditating or reading, clearing your head is something you should do once, if not several times a day. Review my article, 5 Benefits Of A 3-Minute Mediation, to see the science behind how beneficial clearing your head is for you and your health.

 

These are just a few ideas that’ll help you get to where you’re going with confidence and strength. If you’re anything like me, when I’m feeling overwhelmed or confused about where to head next, it’s hard for me to just “try harder” or think happier thoughts. I need to have daily habits and skills in place I can use to keep a level-head and make me feel empowered to take action. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!


Katie Carlson, She is Fierce! Contributor

Katie Carlson

Katie Carlson is a seasoned professional with skills and experience in education, training, event planning, social media, blogging, technology, marketing and customer service.

In her free time she loves playing soccer, golfing, running, cooking, volunteering, reading, traveling, having dinner with friends, being creative, writing, engaging in stimulating conversation, going to the beach, sunshine and of course, blogging. She resides in Chicago with her loving husband, James.

Katie created The Social Being721 in order to make sure she practices what she preaches and takes time each day to reflect and give thanks and gratitude for the very special moments in life. She thought she’d have some fun doing it and share content her readers can connect with and embrace. It doesn’t have to be complicated or a place to make judgments, it just IS. Inspiration, laughter and human connections keep Katie grounded and motivated. She’s always hungry to learn and grow!

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A Hairstyle Can Do Wonders For Your First Impression

 

The most imperative thing that compliments your features and face cut is your hairstyle. A hairstyle that suits your persona can be highly flattering and define your own unique identity.

Jean Haner, an expert in face reading, says that your hairstyle speaks volumes about your personality apart from your facial features. That is the very reason why females tend to spend a lot of time and money on their hair. Hairstyles are representational of what you think about yourself and are a not-so-subtle way of communicating your self-image to the world.

 

The first impression is the last impression

Three seconds! Yes, that is more than enough to give way to people’s judgments about you and paint a fairly decent picture about the type of person that you are and it is definitely not just the face that plays the role, but the hairstyle that compliments the face in its entirety. A recent study endorses the fact that it is the hairstyle you have that steals the show, over-shadowing the effect of facial features.

Undoubtedly, we all know how crucial first impressions are, in the presence of different situational factors. A hairstyle can portray you as self-confident and chic or insecure and under-confident on the other hand. That gives you a pretty much, strong reason to hire a personal stylist. If celebrities can create such an aura around themselves, why can’t you give it a try as well?

 

Change is always desirable

Getting a hair-do along with a makeover, will rejuvenate your spirits and keep you motivated to go on facing life with the same enthusiasm and fervor. It is highly likely that there may be days when you are not in the best of your moods, wanting to get over a break-up or wash away life’s repeated disappointments that come your way, revamping your hairstyle can certainly cheer up your spirits.

Change should be such that it is acceptable and compliments your personality to the maximum. Everyone has their own distinctive style, taste and preferences and one shouldn’t go off limits, trying to mimic someone and then ending up as a fashion disaster. Trust me you will love yourself for the change that you behold in front of you. Change is believed to induce a sense of confidence in you, making you feel better from inside.

 

Don’t be scared to experiment with your hairstyle

Experimenting with your hairstyle is always a good option every few months. Looking at your same old self in the mirror can be agonizing at times. People often prefer to stick to one hairstyle and not experiment often, the result being a monotonous and uniform look. Put aside your qualm of not pulling off a decent hairstyle, after all how will you know what is going to suit you if you do not experiment with yourself.

It’s completely natural to get too comfortable with a certain hairstyle but to begin with, you can style your hair yourself by either curling or straightening your hair. Special brushes and hair accessories are available that do the needful. Begin with them and then go on to carving out a distinct look for yourself once you gain relevant confidence.

 

Change your hairstyle, change your look

Who doesn’t like to enhance their outward appearance and flaunt their looks, catching the desired attention? More than that, you do it for your own personal development and self-praise. It is very important to love yourself and it’s always a healthy habit to stay up-to-date with the latest trends. Also, tell yourself repeatedly, that you deserve it. Working mothers and women dominating the corporate landscape get so wrapped up in their own frenzy that they forget to give themselves the attention they truly deserve. You can keep a control on your biological clock and turn it in your favor by flattering yourself in the most economical and elevating manner possible.

 


Zyana Morris, She is Fierce! Contributor

Zyana Morris

Zyana Morris is a passionate Health and Lifestyle Blogger who loves to write on prevailing Trends. She is a featured author at various authoritative blogs in the health and lifestyle industry.

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Eliminate Your Fear of Updating Your Home

Eliminate Your Fear of Updating Your Home

 

Are you enjoying making your house and home and picking pieces and updates that reflect your personal style? Or are you riddled with doubt, plagued with indecision, unable to make the smallest purchase or complete the easiest project?

If you’re in the latter category, you’re not alone. Countless homeowners find themselves stuck in style ruts, unable to make purchases out of fear of buyer’s remorse, or trapped in a crippling cycle of social media comparison and envy.

Don’t know where to begin with your updates? Unsure of your personal style? Letting fear or insecurity hold you back? Eliminate that fear and get a much needed confidence boost by trying these 5 tips:

1) Ignore the Rules

 

There are hundreds, thousands of professional decorators, home decorating magazines, television personalities and bloggers who are eager to share the bottom-line, written-in-stone decorating rules with you.

Ignore them.

Decorating rules are meant to be broken. These rules are invented by individual people based on their deeply personal preferences and opinions.

That’s right, decorating rules are 100% subjective.

You’re the one who has to see your decorating choices day in and day out, so choose what makes you happy. If you like a rule, stick to it. If you don’t, go ahead and break it. Your opinion is the one that matters.

 

2) Pin with Caution

 

Pinterest, DIY blogs, decorating magazines, Instagram feeds: these are all great ways to find inspiration, but they can be dangerous as well.

Looking at perfect picture after perfect picture can trap you in a vicious cycle of envy, self-doubt and inaction. You find yourself desperately wanting your home to look like your favorite blogger’s while doubting that you could ever create something so beautiful.

Instead of becoming inspired to roll up your sleeves and check items off your to-do list, you find yourself stewing in a miserable cocktail of jealousy and self-loathing.

If blogs and social media sites help you find inspiration, then use them to your heart’s content. But if you find your browsing leaves you blue, consider leaving it behind.

 

3) Start Small

 

New Year’s resolutions tend to fail because people approach them with an all or nothing mentality. When they can’t meet their goal immediately and completely, they abandon it.

That’s why your best bet it to tackle your goals one small step at a time.

Take the first step towards your resolution by adding a pop of color. This can be as simple as buying a new duvet cover, framing a favorite print, changing the accent pillows on your couch or adding a new throw. If you want to get your hands dirty, try painting an accent wall or adding removable wallpaper to a small nook.

The best part of these little, colorful updates is they are low-risk. Not only are they easy and cheap, they’re easy to undo or reverse if you change your mind.

 

4) Go Big

 

Sometimes your need to wade in and other times you need to cannonball into the deep end.

Small, reversible updates are a great way to build your confidence, but sometimes you need to make a big change in order to attain any sort of forward motion.

Starting with the biggest item means that every decision that follows will be made with that focal piece in mind. Rather than painting the walls, adding accent pieces and then trying to find a couch that matches, buy your dream sofa first and match the cheaper, easier to replace items to it.

And remember, going big doesn’t mean breaking the bank. There’s a difference between procrastinating and waiting for a good sale.

 

5) Let Go of Forever

 

Let’s be frank: styles will change.

Not only will style trends change from year to year, but your personal style will change and evolve as well. If you’re avoiding an update because you can’t settle on a piece that you’ll love until your dying day, well, you’ll be waiting forever.

When it comes to most pieces—mirrors and hardware, curtains and bedding, furniture and fixtures—go with what you love right now. There’s no telling what you’ll love in twenty or fifty years and putting off a decision until then will only keep you trapped in a dissatisfied limbo.

The real bottom-line rule of home decorating is this: the only person your home needs to please is you. So stop worrying about how to get started and take confidence in the fact that just by being you, you are automatically the best qualified person to curate your dream home.

 


 

Kacey MyaKacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.”  Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her.  Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

 

The Drifter Collective: An eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.

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What To Do To Keep Your Dreams Alive

What to Do to Keep Your Dreams Alive

 

All of us are born with a dream in our hearts and these dreams and goals grow and develop over time. When the problems we’ve faced over the years get to us and we’ve lost sight of those dreams, there’s a way to bring them back to life.

Remember the days when we would play pretend with our friends and create color crayon drawings in school that so beautifully depicted where we saw ourselves when we “grow up” and became an adult? When we’re young we tend to have imaginations that place us in some of the most exhilarating and fanciful scenarios.

Maybe your childhood drawings were of a perfectly manicured hill of grass with trees and a cute square house that stood behind stick figures. Perhaps you dreamt up and drew things like being a princess, morphing into Superman, becoming a world-famous musician, or inventing something so pivotal and life-changing it would save the entire world from its problems.

When we’re young we have time to dream because that’s what we’re taught to do. We were given a paper and crayons and told to draw. We were told by our teachers and adults in our lives that it was okay to let our imaginations run wild and to talk with our classmates and friends about all of the exhilarating adventures and scenarios we thought up about our “grown up” lives. Those recess hours spent sitting in a circle with our friends and talking over each other as we competed to be heard with statements that began with, “Well when I grow up I’m going to be…” were encouraged and necessary to our development as people.

Somewhere between being that innocent childlike dreamer that believed we could be anything we wanted to be and becoming an adult, going to college and entering the often mundane routine of the “real world” things changed.

Now, I am not with the school of thought that we should all just live in lala land and act as though the responsibilities of adulthood and everyday life are not real and important, that would be insane and detrimentally irresponsible. What I am saying is that it’s time to allow ourselves to get lost in our imagination, dream limitlessly, and share those dreams with others again because it is still necessary to our growth as adults.  Why do we lose this side of us throughout the years?

One obvious reason for this is the fact that we all have different life experiences and carry different stories that lead us to where we are today. Maybe you’re a mid-20’s adult that flunked out of law school, a college graduate that can’t find a descent paying job, a 25-year-old with only a high school diploma looking to go to college, a driven college student that doesn’t know what you want to do after graduation, a young single mom that feels hopeless or a washed up high school athlete that was injured while playing sports in college and hasn’t quite found your footing in life.

We all have different stories, circumstances and challenges in life, but we cannot let those circumstances prevent us from allowing ourselves to believe the impossible. I saw a line from Alice In Wonderland a few weeks back that reminded me of the importance of this.

“Why sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll

Taking the time to imagine the impossible and dreaming the things that we think have passed us by is vital to living a fulfilling and hopeful life. Even if you find yourself doubting or having a hard time allowing yourself to imagine wildly, start by doing it anyway and see what happens.

Of course our aspirations, goals and dreams change and evolve but it is crucial that we have them. When we are able to identify, speak and go after our dreams we are beginning to live out the purpose we were born with. It isn’t until we take the first step, which is allowing ourselves to imagine and envision what we want in life that we can work toward achieving it.

 


Camille Moultrie, She is Fierce! Contributor

Camille Moultrie

Camille Moultrie currently resides in Fresno, California and is a Partnership Activation Coordinator at Minor League Baseball team Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A Affiliate of the Houston Astros. She got her B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism at California State University, Fresno where she also became a life-long member of the international Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

When she is not working you can find Camille sipping on an iced Americano, creating workout regimes, taking road trips with her closest friends, sharing her most personal life experiences and lessons on her website, and staying updated on professional development. To hear more from Camille, you can find her at camillemoultrie.com.

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Great Lifestyle Blogs That Aren’t On Your Radar… Yet

 

If you are anything like me (or any other person who found themselves living in the age of the Internet), you will routinely find yourself on a two-hour detour from your original google search.

Though a considerable amount of my valuable time might have been better off reading or doing other activities, some of these detours have led me to the most inspirational blogs, helpful resources for home decor, advice for non-profit work, and I can’t lie here – simply some snazzy lifestyle or travel blog to drool over.

Here are some of my top favorites:

12 Hours

12hrs

Let’s be realistic: not all of us get jet-set off to some romantic European country for the weekend, let alone 12 hours. BUT- that shuoldn’t stop us from drooling over the destinations and recommendations of the blog 12hrs. It’s core mission was to highlight the best (i.e. least obvious to tourists) things in a city you could see as a traveler if only a short trip was possible, or more specifically, 12 hours. It’s romantic, modern, and beautiful. Hopefully, you’ll be able to use it as fuel for your next journey!

 

 

Manger

Manger

As you’re plotting your next international escape, here’s a little more daydreaming material for you. Mimi Thorisson’s blog Manger (or rather, her life) is dreamy: she’s got 7 children, 14 dogs, a photographer husband, a villa in Médoc, and a cookbook. Whoosh. Oh, and in addition to the marvelous backdrop pictures (AKA her home and family), she gives offers some insane recipes!

 

 

IKEA

IKEA Hackers

I hate to even share the source, knowing that my secret will be no more, but I must! This blog is incredible. Jude takes all of IKEA’s already hip, modern furniture and twists it into something even cooler! Her designs are inventive and relatively intuitive, making the how-to journey easy and fun. It’s a unique way to give your space some charm and character. You can get ideas from her creations or maybe take inspiration and do your own thing!

 

New Potato

The New Potato

I couldn’t make it through the list without throwing on a food blogs! Founded by the two sisters, Danielle and Laura Kosann, The New Potato creates a one-stop destination for all things good, fashion, design, and media. As the founders have stated themselves, the lines between these fields are no longer so rigid — instead, now, they’re bringing them all together. The site has everything from restauranteur interviews, city guides designed by models and chefs alike, and, of course, recipes!

 

The Jungalow

The Jungalow

Hands down, Justina Blakeney has one of the most distinct interior design styles. In comparison to the mainstream’s push for minimalism, Justina is definitely a refreshing take on art and the possibility of color! On top of her eye for design, she is one fierce lady; in many of her interviews, she has repeatedly boasted that her goal is to inspire women to be creative, messy, and a little wild! If you grew up along coast like I did, you will probably appreciate her (colorful) jungle meets bungalow style that’s reminiscent of the palm tree-covered streets of childhood.

 

 

 

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