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Top Task Tuesdays

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People are always asking me what I have my virtual assistants do. On average I request about 150 tasks per month, some by phone and some by email. Whether you are using FancyHands or Zirtual, here’s some ideas of the things you can outsource: – Find testing companies mentioned by Sara Gottfried on The Fat Burning Man Podcast – Find the cheapest and fastest way to get an iphone 5 front screen repaired by mail – Get a Taskrabbit to come and pick up my Time Warner Cable modem for return To see my top tasks throughout the week, follow Twitter hashtag #ttask

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Solution Sundays

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Solution Sundays is a brand new series I’m implementing. Every Sunday I will briefly tell you about a problem or challenge I faced this week and the solution I found to overcome it. These issues will range from health to productivity and though they may be specific to me, the principles of discovering solutions to problems are universally applicable. The Problem I was working out at my Crossfit gym this week because of the nature of the movements we were doing, I couldn’t keep my phone in my pocket. Since my son was born I’ve been in the habit of…

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This Is How We Do It: Travelling with the iPhone

This Is How We Do It: Travelling with the iPhone

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Why? I am currently on vacation with my family in Maui and this has given me a great chance to try out some of the wide range of travel apps that are available with the iPhone. Paradoxically all holidays have stressful parts, for example getting good transport from the airport and finding things to do once you’ve arrived where you’re staying. Here is a brief description of how iPhone apps have helped things flow more smoothly.    How?  I found my flight with the ‘search one and done’ service provided by Kayak. Kayak is essentially a price comparison site, but…

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This Is How We Do It: Testing Your Systems

This Is How We Do It: Testing Your Systems

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The Setup We have said before that there is some element of trial and error whenever developing a Less Doing system. Whether it’s paperless billing or automated e-mail responses, you’ll rarely get it perfect the first time, and even if it is, your needs might change over time. If you enjoy the game aspect to this lifestyle as much as I do, you constantly want to do it better. I am always looking for ways to shave time off an activity and make a process smoother because I think it’s fun and rewarding. You need to test your systems to…

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Apps We Love: Air Display

Apps We Love: Air Display

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The Lowdown App Name: Air DisplayPlatform: iPhone/iPad paired with OS X/WindowsCost: $9.99 What Does It Do? Air Display is one my favorite new additions to my mobile office. Air Display is a universal application for the iPhone/iPad that pairs with a small application on your desktop (OS X and Windows). It turns your iPad or iPhone into an additional, wireless display for your computer. The best part, touch works! It’s especially great for applications like Photoshop where you can put your tool palettes on the second monitor and just tap them. It also works pretty well for basic drawing tasks….

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Apps We Love: Captio

Apps We Love: Captio

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The Lowdown App Name: Captio Platform: iPhone Cost: $0.99 What Does It Do? Do you ever find yourself opening Mail on your phone and sending yourself an email for something you want to remember or deal with later? I do. Ideally, you should be filing your thoughts in your external brain and your to dos in your task management application. Sometimes though, you only have a few seconds to write down something that you would like to think about later. In this situation you want to open your phone, type in the thought and send it off as quickly as…

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This Is How We Do It: Executing Contracts and Invoicing

This Is How We Do It: Executing Contracts and Invoicing

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Story One of the last bastions of being free from a desktop computer was the ability to give clients proposals, execute those proposals and other contracts, and then invoice those clients from anywhere in the world. Using a few iphone apps I am now able to do all of these things right from my phone. Ingredients I’ve accomplished this task with three wonderful iphone apps. Genius Scan, Invoice2Go, and Zosh work in conjunction to streamline the whole process. It all starts with Genius Scan, which basically turns your iphone into a scanner. You hold it over a document and snap…

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Tips & Tricks: How To Become a Call Routing Jedi

Tips & Tricks: How To Become a Call Routing Jedi

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When you want to be a remote control warrior and run your business from halfway across the world, proper call routing is of the utmost importance. Simply using a voicemail transcription service or having a virtual assistant check and deal with emails is amateur level, you can get very detailed with a couple of low cost tools and the right setup. The Trick Several cell phone providers offer conditional forwarding. Generally all calls get forwarded to voicemail if you don’t pick up but with conditional forwarding you can get specific and have calls forward to different numbers if you are out of…

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