Depositphotos 16977667 xs 300x260 Improve Productivity with Smartphone Apps #VZWbuzzWe are always trying to get more things done, in less time. Luckily, with the smartphone technology of today, there are a variety of applications out there that can help us excel in this arena. Here is a list of four productivity and organizational apps available right now, including prices and descriptions because being able to decide, download and utilize in minutes? Well, now that’s productive!

Let’s kick this off with ZenDay, the app that is referred to as a “GPS for your time.” This free app merges your calendar information with your tasks and to-do list into an interface that helps users visualize what their day has in store. A unique feature to this app is that users can create “floating tasks.” These tasks are automatically added to your calendar when time allows. Tasks are rearranged in your calendar depending on priority and upon completion are deleted to make room for more tasks or scheduled events. A “Time Coach” is also a part of this app, which gives users a summary of productivity of their previous week.

The ever popular, Evernote, is also a great productivity and organizational app that is and widely used. This app is a cross-platform app that allows users to take or upload notes, pictures and audio on any of their devices. The app stores all their content in the cloud allowing for their organization and access from any linked device. To-do lists are easily created and shared with the apps formatting and sharing options. The free version of Evernote lets users upload 60MB worth of content each month. Check out this video with 11 tips on how to best utilize Evernote.

Is list-making your key to productivity? If so, is for you. This app is built specifically for list-making and task management, encouraging users to make a habit of reviewing their tasks each day for optimal productivity. It features speech recognition, sub tasks, recurring tasks and auto complete. A major function of the app is list sharing with friends, family or colleagues. A great example? Sharing a grocery list with your spouse or office project with a co-worker. Those that you share the list with can add to it as well s view your changes. Geo-location reminders also help users get more done when and where they can. This app is free to download and used each day by many.

Any one or combination of these apps is a great way to improve the productivity and organization of your life whether it’s a work, at home or both. Think about all the tasks you can achieve with some help and inspiration from these tools! Get started today and you’ll quickly be seeing great results and reaping the benefits of time-management and efficiency.


As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.


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Depositphotos 8584899 xs 300x193 The Virtual Assistant Lifestyle Enhanced by Mobile Technology #VZWbuzzDuring the month of January I did the 31 Days to Become a More Efficient Virtual Assistant Series. One thing I never really addressed in any of those posts was how mobile technology can enhance our virtual assistant businesses.

While I don’t use my Samsung Note 3 as a tool to conduct actual client work (though there are things I certainly could do from the device) there are a number of things I do on the phone each day that enhances and supports my business lifestyle. Most times the things I’m doing from the device are during those hidden moments of time, such as while waiting for an appointment.

Here are just five ways my Samsung Note 3 assists with various virtual assistant business functions:

  1. Email (while I don’t actually get emails on my phone – a personal choice for helping draw boundaries between work life and home life) I do have the ability to send a quick email. 
  2. Social networking.
  3. Bookkeeping related tasks such as accessing my Freshbooks, Manilla and Paypal and bank accounts.
  4. Screenshots (which are automagically uploaded to my Dropbox account). The S-Pen makes it so incredibly easy to annotate the screenshots as well.
  5. Travel research. I will be doing a lot more travel in 2014 than I have done in previous years so I’ve been using Kayak and TripIt but would love other travel app recommendations.

I have so many more things to learn about the Note 3 and how I can utilize it to become even more efficient (especially on what other automation type features I can be taking advantage of) so do let me know in the comments how you also use mobile technology to be more efficient in your day.

There is more to life than work!

Each year I choose one theme to “rule” what I do instead of writing New Year’s Resolutions. My theme for 2014 is to treat myself as well as I’d treat others. Therefore, as a card carrying member of the workaholic group I’m focusing this year on the actual “life” part of lifestyle which means I am trying to use my phone more often for things which aren’t business related.

In January I wrote a post about the fitness apps I have installed which may also be of interest to you. I also ran across this post by another member of the Verizon Lifestyle group and I downloaded a number of the seven apps she featured which are part of her “happiness genie“. I encourage you to check those out as well. After all, our technology should support our aspirations, goals and overall well-being. Right?

As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.


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Depositphotos 30598037 xs 300x191 31 Days to Become a More Efficient Virtual Assistant RecapWhew! I have never been so glad to see a month end. Not solely because that means I’m done with the last 31 days of blog posts but also because January is always my busiest month with the mad rush of bookkeeping to finish for clients so I can prepare and mail their 1099-MISC forms.

This 31 day series was an idea that resulted from the ProBlogger session I attended at WDS in July 2013. It was a way to share knowledge with those who may be considering becoming a virtual assistant or who are relatively new.

I am always the first to say that I’m not a writer. I’m a numbers person so for me to carry through on something that required so much writing was quite the commitment.  If I hadn’t been so pressed for time throughout the month I would have recorded the word count of each post as I went along to see just how many words I cranked out. The editor I hired deserves every penny I paid him and an extra special thank you!

It was really hard to have this series running while I was also simultaneously on a Twitter hiatus/detox.  To all the many, many friends, colleagues and others who so graciously shared the posts ~ thank you, thank you, thank you! My website traffic increased so much that my web guy contacted me to find out what was going on (and subsequently increased my bandwidth).

Without further ado…here are all 31 posts in the order they were published:

  1. Never Quit Learning: Commit to 12 Books per Year
  2. The Ridiculously Easy Way to Make Conference Calls
  3. Tips to Increase Online Security and Password Management
  4. Energy Saving Devices for Your Home Office
  5. 8 Tips to Get the Most Out of Asana as a Project Management Tool
  6. Save Time by Utilizing Bookmarklets and Chrome Extensions
  7. 10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Freshbooks
  8. Schedule Meetings Faster and More Efficiently with TimeTrade
  9. Email Management Tips
  10. The Pros and Cons of Listing Your Rates
  11. 14 Tips for Better Email Communication
  12. The Importance of Building Relationships to Grow Your Virtual Assistant Business
  13. Small Business Bookkeeping Sanity Checklist
  14. Tips for Communicating with Prospective Clients
  15. How Virtual Assistants Can Be Reliable and Proactive
  16. 7 Tips to Become an Advanced Google Drive User (the most popular post based on page views)
  17. Using Google Drive for Real Time Document Collaboration
  18. Solution for File Sharing: Dropbox
  19. Turbocharge Your Productivity with Keyboard Shortcuts
  20. Using Checklists to be Better Prepared
  21. 10 Tips for Proactive Testing and Troubleshooting
  22. 9 Tips to Help Get Your Website Found
  23. How Blogging Regularly Can Help Your Virtual Assistant Business
  24. Eleven Tips to Market Your Virtual Assistant Business
  25. Easily Create Online Forms and Accept Payment with JotForm
  26. Makes Real Time Screen Sharing a Breeze
  27. How to Productively Curate and Share Content
  28. How to Maximize Your Billable Hours
  29. Six Reasons to Consider Subcontracting for Another Virtual Assistant
  30. Six Tools and Tips to Build a Strong Team
  31. Building Passive Income

Share with me! What was your favorite post? What did you learn?

And one last reminder that I’ll be teaching the Virtual Assistant Business Jumpstart class through Virtual Assistant Forums starting in March 2014 and we have a few spots open yet.


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Get Fit with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 #VZWbuzz

by Michelle MangenJanuary 31, 2014 Random

When you’re looking to get or stay physically fit, you might think about a few combinations of things; the gym and a personal trainer, a treadmill and a good pair of sneakers, or maybe a new water bottle and set of weights. But did you ever think about this pair, your smartphone and a fitness [...]

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Building Passive Income

by Michelle MangenJanuary 31, 2014 Small Business Ideas

This is Day 31 in the 31 Days to Become a More Efficient Virtual Assistant Series Link to yesterday’s post: Six Tools and Tips to Build a Strong Team Look for a wrap up post tomorrow which will have all 31 blog posts from this month in one handy location for you!  == When I [...]

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