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Weekly Round-Up #159: Google & Android Tips, Kanban For Email And Planners For Freelancers

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Weekly Round-Up #159: Google & Android Tips, Kanban For Email And Planners For Freelancers

Welcome to this week’s round-up. If you got a new Android phone this Christmas we look at how some tips for your new device and what you can do with your old phone, tips and tricks for your Chromecast, how the Kanban system can be used to help you manage your email and a list of planners aimed at freelancers to help you get your business organised.

5 Steps To Declutter Your Schedule And Live Your Desired Life – Becoming Minimalist

You might think that the only declutering you need to do is in your cupboards or office but if you want to reduce stress and have more time for family and friends you need to look at decluttering your calendar too.

10 Google Chrome Tips Android Users Need To Know – Gotta Be Mobile

If you’re running Android, you’re probably using Google Chrome as your default browser – especially as it can sync so seemlessly with your desktop version as well. But, there are a few tips you might not know about that will turn you into a power user and make you mobile browsing a lot more productive – the swipe to swap tabs has been a real bonus for me!

Windows 10 Tip: How To Capture A Screenshot – ZDNet

While Windows 10 comes with snipping tool, it can be a pain to have to stop what you’re doing and open it just to get a screenshot (although you can assign a keyboard shortcut with a little work to get it to open automatically) but there are a couple of in-built keyboard shortcuts that allow you to capture various screenshots.

The Four Golden Rules Of Time Management – Huffington Post

In order to manage your time, you need to understand T.I.M.E. The acronym doesn’t quite work (the first part is “say No” but it will certainly give you some food for thought.

Email Hacks: Use The Kanban Method To Finally Hack Your Email Inbox – FLOW-e

I’ve written in the past about how to use a Kanban board to organise projects and tasks but did you know you can also use it to manage your email as well? You can use the Kanban methodology to process your emails and keep track on their progress.

Embrace The Chaos: Time Management As A Freelancer During Busy Periods – Skyword

If you’re a Freelancer you may struggle with “all or nothing” periods of work. If this is you then you’ll need a robust system in place to keep track of all of your projects and make sure that you’re not over-stretching yourself or forgetting anything important. This article from Skyword covers tools that can help and important things you need to consider during your freelance feast period.

Tips For Successful Outsourcing To Boost Productivity – Business2Community

If you have a lot on your plate, or just want to free up some time for a personal pet project or your family then you may want to think about outsourcing some of your tasks. This article from Business2Community covers all of the things you’ll need to take into consideration before outsourcing such as whether it makes financial sense, whether it make “time” sense and then how to delegate effectively.

This Is How Becoming A Freelancer Made Me Better At Managing My Money – Fast Company

When I first started to Freelance, I have to admit I really undersold myself in terms of my hourly rate (Oh, if only I can go back and have a word with my younger self!). I also ignored the need for an accounting program and used a Spreadsheet to track quotes, invoices and purchases which meant a lot of duplication of work, and I didn’t really track my time properly so didn’t know whether I was charging correctly. It’s nice to know I wasn’t alone – as this article shows – and if you’re in the same boat then check out the article for some simple solutions.

30 Tasty Tips For Android Nougat – Computer World

If you got a new Android phone running “Nougat” (Android 7 & 7.1) for Christmas then you’ll want to check out this great article of 30 tips to make yourself more productive with your new smartphone. When I found out I could double-tap the overview key to switch apps it was a game-changer!

20 Great Uses For An Old Android Device – Computer World

Sticking with Android, if you got a new phone for Christmas you may be wondering what to do with your old model. You can recycle your phone for charity and help a fantastic cause or you might want to use it as a trackpad for your computer or a universal remote. I use my old phone as a alarm clock using Timely Alarm Clock and Gravity Screen.

The Best Planners For 2018 – My Adaptable Career

If you’re a blogger or Freelancer then you’ll know the importance of being organised but it’s easy to be confused by the wealth of planners out there. Don’t worry! Emiy from My Adaptable Career has put together a great round-up of planners for bloggers and “Solopreneurs”.

You can also check out my free planner and Ultimate Blog Planner (link below) if you’re on a budget.

Ultimate Blog Planner [Revised]

Free Subscriber Download: Ultimate Blog Planner [Revised]

This free download is for all you bloggers out there. Use this handy download to organise your blog editorial calendar, post title ideas and content, and blog stats.

Top Free Antivirus Apps Without Nag Screens And Bloatware – Make Use Of

I don’t know about you but I hate it when I get an annoying nag screen from my anti-virus. Sure, remind me that there’s an upgrade available once in a while but don’t take over my whole screen or bombard me with messages. So, if you’re looking for an alternative to Window Defender (or an addition to it) then check out this Make Use Of article – my personal favourite is Bitdefender (although the infrequent upgrade reminders are a bit on the large side).

Eight Gmail Add-Ons You Didn’T Know You Needed – Popular Science

If you use Gmail as your main email client of choice then you’ll want to check these 8 great add-ons that can supercharge your inbox and extend it’s power even more.

Keeping Your Employees Happy Isn’t Always About Higher Pay – Here Are 6 Alternatives – Entrepreneur

Money isn’t everything (apparently) when it comes to employee happiness. As long as you’re paying a fair an competitve wage, throwing more money at your employees may not be the answer to keeping them happy in the role.

So You Just Got A Chromecast. Now What? – How To Geek

Did you get a Chromecast for Christmas? Think all you can do with it is watch Netflix? Think again! As well as streaming all sorts of content from your mobile device to your TV (with compatible apps) there’s loads more other tips and tricks in this article to help you get the most out of your new piece of tech.

Elon Musk’S Empire: The Making Of A Millionaire – RS Components

If you haven’t heard of Elon Musk I’d be very surprised! Know for the Tesla electric car and, more recently, the Space X Rocket where else is the multi-billionaire investing his money?

The Study Of Plants And Flowers – A Botany Guide For Kids And Students – Avas Flowers

Education about our environment is every important, especially at an early age so check out this great resource guide that contains some great information about the science behind plant growth, plant anatomy, games and more.

1500+ Quality Blogs That Accept Guest Posts – izideo

If you’re a blogger and are looking to increase your profile but don’t know where to start then izideo have put together a massive list of blogs that accept guest posts. The websites are split into categories so you can easily find one that fits your website niche.

Have A Great Weekend

I hope you have enjoyed this round-up, as always if you have any links you like to share with me and my readers please contact me through the website or send me a tweet.

Until next week, Stay Productive!

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