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Things We Like: MyGofer

Things We Like: MyGofer

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What is it? The dream of less doing is to minimize the effort you expend on menial tasks, thereby freeing up your time for more important things. We’ve already featured the Trunk Club, a service which works as a combination of personal stylist and clothes delivery. If you’re the sort of person who is happy to outsource your clothes buying, why not delegate all your other shopping to third parties too?  Mygofer offers you the opportunity to efficiently do just that. Shopping online? So what? What differentiates Mygofer from other online retailers is the scope of its products and service….

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Testing the waters with LaunchRock and KickStarter

Testing the waters with LaunchRock and KickStarter

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Risk Management If you are considering launching a website or a service online there are always pros and cons to weigh up. While you have to consider hosting fees and the cost of a domain, the main resource such a web venture will consume is your time. It can be intimidating to launch a brand; you’ll usually have to create a press release, and work hard to ensure it is circulated as far as possible. Work Hard?  Of course there are ways of making things easier. LaunchRock and KickStarter for example. LaunchRock is actually a project of Jameson’s here at LessDoing,…

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Things We Like: Hassle Me

Things We Like: Hassle Me

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The Problem Sometimes we need habitual reminds but we don’t necessarily want them at specific intervals, that’s where HassleMe comes in. How It Works The site doesn’t require any registration, all you do is visit HassleMe, enter the reminder and then put in ROUGHLY how many days you want in between reminders. You get a confirming email and that’s it. It’s almost ridiculously simple but performs an excellent function. One of the reasons the snooze button on your alarm clock is so ineffective is that yo know the interval, which for some high level psychological reason makes it easier to ignore….

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Things We Like: The Trunk Club

Things We Like: The Trunk Club

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How Does It Work? The Trunk Club is a service offered by a men’s clothing store based in Chicago. First you answer some questions on the site about your measurements and likes and dislikes. Then you have a brief phone conversation with your personal stylist about what kind of clothes you like to where, where you work, what you do in your free time, etc…You can have a skype interview as well so they can get a better look at your or – in what I think is a pretty innovative use of social media – they can friend you…

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Things We Like: Boomerang for Gmail

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy9ep56lucw?rel=0&hd=1] What Is It? Similar to previously reviewed LetterMeLater and Followup.cc, Boomerang is a plugin for Gmail that makes it easy to follow up on and delay certain emails.  What Do I Do With It? Delayed Sending – Write an email now, send it later. Perfect for sticking to your shortened workweek. If you get an email you want to deal with on Monday, but you have chosen a Tuesday through Thursday workweek, and you want people to respect that, write it Monday and set it to be sent first thing Tuesday morning. You can also use it to set…

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Thing We Like: Dogs In The Office

Thing We Like: Dogs In The Office

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Dogs In The Office? A recent article in Crain’s examined the idea of having dogs in the office. The results were very positive. They found that having dogs at work improved productivity and enhanced the team’s sense of community. I work from home, and my Jack Russel and Boston Terrier named Sylvain and Oscar respectively (pictured above), are constant companions. I find that having them around is very beneficial for me and my work output. They are the cause of regular unscheduled, but not unwanted, distractions. Now this may seem counterintuitive because we often discuss ways to remove distractions, but they do…

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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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