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Things We Like: Zaarly

Things We Like: Zaarly

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What Zaarly does             Less Doing is primarily concerned with delegation. With Zaarly, if you have any job that needs doing you can quickly and easily post a job online. Any other people with Zaarly near your location will see your post and are free to respond. What makes Zaarly different from other sites such as Craigslist is that it is more closely focused on your location. This means that it will only be people in your area who will be notified of your job and who will be able to reply. Essentially this service cuts out the middle man…

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Things We Like: GigWalk

Things We Like: GigWalk

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What is it?             The Gigwalk app for iPhone is a system designed for both businesses and individuals.  Companies can use Gigwalk to receive feedback on their services and products, check their employees are providing the best customer service and make sure the look of their company is appealing.  For individuals it is a quick info service that makes (among other things) getting around, shopping and eating out more efficient and enjoyable. How can I use Gigwalk?             Have you ever been in a situation where you are late for a meeting, holiday, or train and waste time asking 5…

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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: The Deskless Office

This Is How We Do It: The Deskless Office

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Why? I didn’t need a desk and prefered to have more space and less clutter. In a previous post I discuss the concept of setting limits in order to force organization. This is sort of an attempt at that. As I have gone completely paperless, I don’t have stacks of papers on my desk or even a filing cabinet anymore. I don’t have a stapler, paperclips, or even post it notes. My desk drawers were becoming empty and the surface of my desk was cleaner than my kitchen table. I got rid of my chair over a year ago and have…

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Things We Like: The Pogoplug

Things We Like: The Pogoplug

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What Is It? The Pogoplug is a small device that basically acts as a gateway, connecting your devices to the internet. The concept of getting your files into the cloud is nothing new, but Pogoplug has a slightly different approach with more control than other options. How Does It Work? Once you get the device, you plug it into power and and connect it to the internet, then visit the companies website. When they say that the setup is extremely easy, it’s a huge understatement. I think I had mine up and running in about 15 seconds. It was incredible….

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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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Things We Like: WebEx

Things We Like: WebEx

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The Problem Meetings are not fun and they are generally very innefficient. There are several techniques for making meetings more productive but it seems like one of the best ones is simply not to be there if you don’t have to be. You need an excellent solution for attending meetings remotely. The Solution I just had a truly incredible Less Doing experience using WebEx. I am in the planning stages of a real estate development project on the East end of Long Island. The project is called SylvanHaus and will consist of a retail component and a two bedroom affordable…

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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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Tips & Tricks: Peter's Global Communication Challenge

Tips & Tricks: Peter’s Global Communication Challenge

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My friend Peter recently came to me with an interesting Less Doing problem. He is about to embark on what he is calling “The Global Lifestyle Project.” He will be packing up and moving back to his native New Zealand for about three months, at which point he will begin a seasonal rotation around the globe with three months in New York, three months in Europe (mostly London and Holland), three months in San Francisco, and then back to New Zealand. The process will repeat for as long as it works. Peter created an event concept called Wok+Wine. Basically, he travels…

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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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