Simple Productivity Boosts for 2017

Simple Productivity Boosts for 2017

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Happy New Year from VIVO360!

Yes, it is February, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get a jump on making some positive changes in your life. In our fast-paced world, we all have so much content vying for our attention; technology makes media of all kinds available at our fingertips, driving us to become more compulsive about checking our phones, emails, and social media. This is not to say these developments are negative in and of themselves, but they can be severe distractions in our productivity. They can also drain away our time, taking seconds, minutes, and hours away from the people and activities which hold higher priority. We decided to share a few tools and techniques that can move you towards getting more out of your day, so by the end of 2017, you’ll feel more accomplished and be closer to whatever goals you want to achieve.

Check that list!

Having a fixed “To Do” list is one way to free up your mind so you can focus on the task at hand. It takes a lot of mental energy to remember all of the stuff you need to do, and it’s so easy for something to slip through the cracks if you don’t have a list going. If you already have a reliable process for keeping track of all of the things you need to do, then you’re one step ahead in the game; however, if you haven’t quite figured out a solid organizational plan, there are many options out there for helping you keep things straight.

If you like to experiment with apps, there are a number of list ones out there…probably too many to count. Here are a few that rise to the top of the heap.

  • Google Keep: While primarily a list and note-making app, Keep really helps you build a single repository of any sort of content that you find interesting and useful, so you can access it later. Since it is part of the Google family, if you have a Gmail account, you just use that to sign up and get started. You can have multiple list items going, and set reminders on them. There’s also an extension you can add into Chrome to pin links to your Keep for easy reference later.
  • Todoist: This is a free app you can download from the app store, but certain features (such as Labels) require you to upgrade. In this app, you can create different lists, set reminders (which can, based on your settings, remind you via push notifications), and see your productivity progress via a graph which keeps track of items accomplished. You even get an email in the morning letting you know which things are due that day.
  • Sorted: This app costs $3.99, but it was chosen by LifeHacker as “the task-juggling app you’ve always wanted”. This app makes it very easy to create lists and then drag items to put them in order and assign due dates. It uses a tickler file system, a mainstay in the productivity world, to assist in prioritization of your activities. You can easily personalize with themes, and if you use iCloud, you can sync it, so it appears on all your devices.

If you don’t want to download another app, you probably already have organizational tools at your disposal that can be used to keep your “To Do’s” on a list and not on your mind. Reminders, notes, and calendars are standard apps on smartphones, and email apps such as Google and Outlook have their own calendars to which you can assign tasks. Even if you don’t consider yourself an organized person, familiarizing yourself with these features can help streamline your activities. The benefit to these types of tools is that they are easily accessible, since you are already checking your email and phone throughout the day.

As with any tool, it doesn’t work if you don’t use it, so it may take a little time to get a system down for adding your items to these lists and calendars.

Keeping your focus = stretching your time

We all know that person about whom we wonder “How do they find the time to do it all?”. Sure, we all have the same 24 hours in a day, but there are just some folks who manage to stretch their time a little further. One important aspect of this is that distractions abound, and each time our attention is taken away, we lose focus from what we really need to be doing. Here are a few methods to keep you on track.

  • Move that phone: It’s too easy to become a compulsive creature of habit with our mobile phones. Different researchers have acknowledged that the habitual checking of your phone can lead to addictive behavior, setting off the same reward centers as other types of addictions. It can also be detrimental to personal relationships, making other people feel ignored or unimportant. Beyond these harmful effects, notifications from texts, emails, and social media really can eat away precious time from your day. Proximity is often an issue; just moving it out of sight and reach can make you more conscious of how often you check it. This means you may also need to turn off notifications, so the alerts don’t bother you. Checking your phone (and emails) once an hour for five minutes is certainly less distracting than checking every five minutes.
  • Stay on track: Piggy-backing on the previous tip, uninterrupted work time is key to keeping your mind focused and getting more done. The Pomodoro Technique is one method for helping increase your productivity by training you to dedicate short but targeted blocks of time to your activities. The premise is that by using 25-minute increments where you focus on a single item, you can improve your efficiency, focus, and overall quality of work. Use a kitchen, watch, or phone timer to start your 25 minutes, and then work through, uninterrupted, until the timer goes off. At that time, you can get up to stretch, check your phone or email, or whatever you need to do to stay fresh and productive. There’s even an app called ForestApp, where you set a timer, and as long as the app is not disturbed, a virtual tree will grow, so as you use it, your dedicated time will create a forest.
  • Where does the time go?: If you lose track of time while on your computer and end up wondering where it all went, there’s RescueTime https://www.rescuetime.com/. It runs in the background on your computer, and can tell you what percentage of your time is going to different categories, such as Design & Composition, Social Networking, and Reference & Learning. You can also write out your goals for the day and lifetime milestones, so it acts as a motivational tool as well. It can be a real eye-opener once you see what percentage of your time is spent on distracting versus productive activities, but as they say, knowing is half the battle.

We hope these tips motivate you to take charge of your time and make the most of it in 2017!

VIVO360 is so proud to be a part of the NAACP Image Awards

VIVO360 is so proud to be a part of the NAACP Image Awards

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VIVO360’s Trevor Noahhero Trevor Noah to present tonight! VIVO360 is so proud to be a part of the NAACP Image Awards. We developed the website (www.naacpimageawards.net) and will be all dressed up this evening for the NON-TELEVISED 48TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS DINNER TO TAKE PLACE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10

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Erica Ash and Deon Cole to Co-Host – Attendees include
Viola Davis, Holly Robinson Pete and more…

VIVO360’S 5 FAVORITE THINGS

VIVO360’S 5 FAVORITE THINGS

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And you get a car! And you get a car!… Okay, well, maybe not a car but we do have a list of things that we think is pretty bomb. Our team of marketing strategists and design gurus have curated a list of gifts you need this Holiday season. And even if you don’t like them, try not to be a Grinch this year. Remember, those who give shall receive.

 

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Orbit Key & Phone Finder – Tired of losing your keys, wallet, or phone? Attach an Orbit to your key chain, download the free app, and find your keys with your phone or in the reverse! As my sister would say…Fabulous just fabulous! us.hbutler.co/en_us/orbit.html

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The Oculus Rift – A tumultuous 2016 left a lot of us feeling winded. Virtual reality is a nice way to relax and tune out the crazy that was this past year. There are many virtual reality platforms out there but one of our favorites is the Oculus Rift. Check out how Patron Tequila integrated virtual reality into their brand. Think about how you can use virtual reality in your own brand. Maybe grab some tequila while you explore. www.patrontequila.com/our-story/oculus.html

 

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Buzz Feed’s Tasty Cook Book – For the cooking challenged comes a customizable book that allows you to keep all of your favorite Facebook saved video recipe’s in one place. Buzz Feed’s Tasty digital series has released a book that houses all of its recipes. Go buy one today! The shopping experience is a pleasure. The customer even has the opportunity to select the types of courses to include in the book. tastybook.com/?src=OO_tastyBSU

 

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Michael Khors Smart Watch – The health-nuts out there who are also fashion conscious would love this gift. The Michael Khors smart watch blends the world of Fitbit with Michael Khors styling. You can track your fitness goals at any point in the day. There is no need to have separate watches when one can accomplish both. www.michaelkors.com/michael-kors-access-bradshaw-rose-gold-tone-smartwatch/_/R-US_MKT5004?No=-1&color=0622

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Glowforge 3D Laser Printer – Glowforge’s onboard cameras can cut & engrave directly over top of your drawing. From a doodle to a diagram to a masterpiece, you’re one button away from a finished product. Or, scan drawings and resize, clone, personalize & edit them right in Glowforge software. glowforge.com

Press Release: 48th NAACP Image Awards

Press Release: 48th NAACP Image Awards

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ATLANTA, GA, September 20, 2016

Award-winning digitally-led creative agency, VIVO360, Inc. (VIVO360) is pleased to announce the redesign and building of several digital experiences for the 48th NAACP Image Awards, including landing pages and the website, www.naacpimageawards.net. The website features a Parallax scrolling animation technique which simulates 3D depth by moving the background slower than the layers in the foreground.

The Awards will telecast live on TV One on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Image Awards winner, Emmy-award nominated actor and star of black-ish, Anthony Anderson, returns as host. The NAACP Image Awards is recognized as the Nation’s preeminent multi-cultural awards show from an African American point of view. The event celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

The award ceremony was first presented in 1967 and was first nationally televised in 1994. Submissions are now open and the eligibility period for all projects is January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016. Honorees, presenters, performers and social justice advocates have included many of the major celebrities in America as well as international political figures and dignitaries. There are 55 competitive categories in the fields of motion picture, television, recording and literature. There are also several honorary awards including the Chairman’s Award, President’s Award, Vanguard Award, Entertainer of the Year and the Image Awards Hall of Fame.

The 48th NAACP Image Awards website and landing pages offers news and information about the upcoming award show, along with additional information about the award categories, how to do submissions, nominees and past winners. The newly launched version of the submission site, developed by VIVO36Oincludes features such as:

  • Large format imagery, making the site more visually engaging
  • Live social media content sharing section
  • Interactive awards section to view nominees, past winners and this years winners
  • Responsive design and development for an advanced mobile viewing experience of content
  • Advanced WordPress CMS admin controls for easy ongoing management

“We have really enjoyed working with the NAACP team, helping them create a classic, yet modern digital brand they can use for years to come. The modern video background, social media integration and responsive mobile view has created a cutting edge website experience for fans to be engaged and enjoy,” says Sophie Gibson, President of VIVO360.”

The 48th NAACP Image Awards adds to VIVO360’s growing list of entertainment clientele. Outside of the entertainment industry, VIVO360 works with leaders in the nonprofit world, government, travel, hi-tech and retail.

 

About VIVO360

VIVO360 has been building and delivering exciting digital experiences since 2001. Today, we continue to create and deliver authentic and award winning digital products and experiences across multi-platform engagements, including web, mobile and emerging platforms that engage, inform and drive results. Their unique focus on user experience, design, and technology innovation has enabled them to work with some of the world’s best-known brands. Clients include Delta Air Lines, Voya Financial, Turner, Hilton, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, ATT, Andrew Young Foundation, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., The Links, Incorporated, and The King Center.

 

About NAACP

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. The NAACP’s adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. In the fall of 2011, the NAACP launched a process to develop its strategic direction and plan, creating a powerful vision for the future, and setting organizational goals that would focus its work for the 21st Century. The six NAACP Game Changers (Economic Sustainability, Education, Health, Public Safety and Criminal Justice, Voting Rights and Political Representation, and expanding Youth Engagement) are the focus of the NAACP’s work.

For more information about the NAACP Image Awards, please visit: www.naacpimageawards.net

St. Patrick’s Day  Funny T-shirts!

St. Patrick’s Day Funny T-shirts!

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Here are some funny, creative and just crazy T-shirts you must have on St. Patrick’s Day. March 17th! You still have time!

 

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Source: www.buycoolshirts.com

 

St. Patrick’s Day – Christmas for drunks

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Source: www.cafepress.com

 

If you can read this put me back on my bar stool.

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Source: www.cafepress.com

 

Take a pitcher it will last longer!

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Source: www.zazzle.com

Need a Date! Try these dating apps!

Need a Date! Try these dating apps!

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Still no date this Sunday? This Sunday, as in Valentine’s Day? If so check out these dating apps. They might get you a date just in time for Sunday.

 

  1. Tinder

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  • Free to download and use with smartphone (iPhone or Android)
  • Easy to get started with no profile creation or photos to take
  • Easy to use, just swipe left or right to reject or approve a match. Swipe up for a Super Like
  • Tons of users to choose from, and since it’s location-based, they change
  • Fun to use in social situations with friends
  • Can start connecting with people more quickly than traditional dating sites
  • Constantly matching you with new people because it’s location-based
  • Easy to use with a clean interface

Download app: gotinder.com

 

 

 

  1. Zoosk

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  • All members can reply to emails sent by premium members, meaning that premium/paid members can contact ANY member and receive a reply
  • Zoosk can pull information from your Facebook account for easy profile creation

Website: zoosk.com

 

  1. OkCupid

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  • It is free to use; paid options are available that include additional site features
  • Excellent privacy options and detailed description of what personal information is shared publically or collected by the site
  • Multiple language website and profiles
  • Easy to use with a clean interface

Website: okcupid.com

 

  1. Plenty of fish

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  • Most features are free including creating a profile, searching, and communicating. If you choose, you can spend money on Goldfish credits or a membership upgrade (see costs below for more details)
  • One of the largest free dating sites online
  • Lots of tips on what makes an attractive profile and how to write a message that will stand out to potential matches

Website: pof.com

 

  1. Coffee meets bagel

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  • Everyday one “bagel” or match, will be delivered to your inbox
  • On Coffee Meets Bagel, you can’t contact someone unless they’ve already confirmed their interest in you
  • CMB matches you with your friends of friends, your matches are much more similar to you than on other dating sites.

download the app: coffeemeetsbagel.com