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4 Smartphone Battery Myths Debunked

4 Smartphone Battery Myths Debunked

If you’ve ever owned a smartphone long enough for it to be deemed ‘outdated’ then you’ve likely experienced a worn out battery. Although batteries are often times cheap to replace, taking preventative measures is a smart move.

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    You Should Only Use The ‘Official Charger’ For Your Phone

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      Factory chargers are arguably the most compatible for your specific device, but that doesn’t mean that off-brand chargers are going to cause any damage to your phone. Cheap knockoffs however, will. Avoid the impulse buys near cash registers at stores and gas stations. Instead buy a charger at a specialty store or order one online. This is especially true with iPhone users, since their batteries are much more difficult to replace. Although, I used a Belkin brand charger with an iPhone for almost two years and never had an issue with the phone’s battery.

      Think about it, is it really worth buying that cheap five dollar phone charger for your smartphone that likely cost you several hundred dollars? Invest a little bit extra and at the very least buy an off-brand charger instead of a dirt cheap option.

      You Don’t Ever Need to Shut Your Phone Off

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        False! Your phone needs a break every once and awhile too! If you notice that your handset is acting excessively laggy or displaying any buggy glitches, the first course of action is to shut your phone off for at least a few minutes.

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        If you never turn your phone off, it can cause damage to the battery due to excessive amounts of heat. The longer crucial components are working without a break, the more likely they are to malfunction.

        Only Charge Your Phone When It’s About To Die

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          Not true! Interestingly enough, a battery level between 20% and 80% is the most ideal, so charge it before it completely dies. An old time myth is that your phone must fully die before the initial charge but that is simply not true. Ion-Lithium batteries have become widely used in all handheld devices and have memory that’s developed in a way that keeps battery memory in mind.

          Charge your phone as frequently as you want to! Technology is on your side!

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          Charging Your Phone At Night Is a Bad Idea

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            I used to believe this myself and even bought an old school alarm clock at one point to alleviate the stressful feeling that my phone was going to die over the course of the night. But overnight charging is fine! That being said, do not leave your phone plugged in for excessive amounts of time, such as full days. Unplug if your device becomes hot to the touch.

            I’ll say it once more, always remain conscious of the temperature of your phone!

            More Best Practices

            The best way to charge your phone is to plug directly into an outlet. Charging from a computer or other USB plug-in is also acceptable but may not have ideal power output as opposed to a wall charger. Wireless chargers are a modern tech advancement, but they waste energy by creating excessive amounts of heat.

            Additionally if you are in a time crunch and need to charge your device as quickly as possible, setting it to Airplane Mode substantially cuts down charging time.

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            When it comes to discarding your worn out or non functional battery always be sure to recycle. Batteries contain hazardous materials that need to stay out of landfills. If you live in California or New York, you are actually required by law to recycle your old electronic’s batteries.

            Fortunately the service Call2Recycle exists. The company was funded by major cell phone providers as a way to eliminate neglectfulness when disposing of batteries. There are about 30,000 locations across the country, so there’s no excuse for your old batteries to be tossed in the garbage!

            Featured photo credit: My Trendy Phone via blog.mytrendyphone.com

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            Last Updated on October 16, 2019

            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

            11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

            Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

            Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

            Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

            In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

            1. ScheduleOnce

              ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

              ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

              ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

              Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

              Available on Web

              2. Calendly

                Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                3. Assistant.to

                  For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                  From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                  While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                  Available on Web

                  4. Acuityscheduling

                    Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                    It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                    Available on Web | iOS | Android

                    5. Pick

                      Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                      At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                      Available on Web

                      6. X.ai

                        For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                        This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                        Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                        Available on Web

                        7. YouCanBook.me

                          is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                          They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                          Available on Web

                          8. Doodle

                            Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                            It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                            You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                            While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                            Available on Web | iOS | Android

                            9. WhenAvailable

                              WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                              Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                              Available on Web

                              10. Rally

                                Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                Available on Web

                                11. NeedtoMeet

                                  Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                  NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                  While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                  Available on Web

                                  Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                  In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                  To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                  Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                  A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                  Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                  If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                  Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                  With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                  Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                  Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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