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Capturing Your Ideas With The Quire iOS App

Capturing Your Ideas With The Quire iOS App

Wouldn’t it be great to get all your ideas and thoughts down in one place as words or images and realize them as goals in the real world, whenever you want, and wherever you are?

There are moments when we see something we are keen on capturing. This could happen on the bus, subway, train, plane, or while walking down the street. Instead of spending the time to explain what you see on paper, or attempting to memorize things in your mind, the iOS app by Quire can be used to capture all that you need with just a few taps. You can break your captures into tasks, assign them to your team members, add due dates, prioritize, reply to comments posted by members, get instant notifications and updates whenever you are, wherever you are.

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    The 3-in-1 Snap to add

    When you tap on the “+” icon, you’ll see three options: Text, Camera and Photos. You may think that the simplest and quickest way to capture your ideas is by choosing Text, but with Camera and Photos, you can do what you need to do in just a few seconds.

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      With this function, as shown in the image above, you can add some text, capture an image, or import a task from your iPhone’s photo album to save you the trouble of writing everything down.

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      When you’re in a meeting for example, you can take a shot of scribbles and drawings on the board, rather than having to type them, and immediately add it as a task to work on later.

      Another scenario that could happen to you is while taking a walk down the park. If you suddenly envision the theme to your next brilliant screenplay- it seems like you can easily capture this moment with the QuireApp to use for your future reference.

      Take the App on the Go

      Quire has released its first ever iOS app to simplify your task management, especially when you’re on the go. With the Quire iOS app, you can add, schedule and manage your tasks as well as chat with your colleagues in real time.

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      For example, you can swipe to quickly complete, delete, add a task or subtask, as well as easily type a description or leave a comment with attachments in “task detail” to update your team members. It also allows you to assign tasks to your members, giving them due dates, priorities and tags. The benefit of this app is that you don’t need to worry about losing your work. Even if you lose internet connection, you can continue with whatever you’re working on in the app offline. After your connection is restored, it lets you save all the changes you made by syncing them automatically.

      Simple and Rich Interface

      The interface and features of the app is an eye-catcher. Once you register with email or sign in with Google, there’s a simple introduction on the home screen welcoming you with a few of the basic features to help you kick start a project.

      When you’re inside the app, you can find everything you need in as little as 3 taps.

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        Many people nowadays are super active and would like to be able to do what they do on their desktops but on their smartphones. It can be anything that includes things like tracking, getting updates on work, no matter where they go. What’s important however is that people want to get their ideas and thoughts down faster, without going through the trouble of jotting them down- or worse, forgetting them in the back of their heads. This whole process seems much more simplified when you have the iOS app by Quire. If you have an iPhone, you can easily download it from the App Store to test out its efficiency.

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        Last Updated on April 19, 2021

        The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

        The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

        Think of yourself as a cup. Each day, you wake up full. But as you go about your day—getting tasks done and interacting with people—the amount in your cup gradually gets lower. And as such, you get less and less effective at whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing. You’re running out of steam.

        The solution is obvious: if you don’t have anything left to pour out, then you need to find a way to fill yourself up again. In work terms, that means you should take a break—an essential form of revitalizing your motivation and focus.

        Taking a break may get a bad rap in hustle culture, but it’s an essential, science-based way to ensure you have the capacity to live your life the way you want to live it.

        In the 1980s, when scientists began researching burnout, they described this inner capacity as “resources.” We all need to replenish our resources to cope with stress, work effectively, and avoid burnout.[1]

        When the goal is to get things done, it may sound counterproductive to stop what you’re doing. But if you embrace the art of taking a break, you can be more efficient and effective at work.

        Here are five ways on how you can take a break and boost your productivity.

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        1. Break for the Right Amount of Time, at the Right Time

        When I started my first job out of college, I was bent on pleasing my boss as most entry-level employees do. So, every day, I punched in at 9 AM on the dot, took a 60-minute lunch break at noon, and left no earlier than 5 PM.

        As I’ve logged more hours in my career, I’ve realized the average, eight-hour workday with an hour lunch break simply isn’t realistic—especially if your goal is to put your best foot forward at work.

        That’s why popular productivity techniques like the Pomodoro advocate for the “sprint” principle. Basically, you work for a short burst, then stop for a short, five-minute break. While the Pomodoro technique is a step forward, more recent research shows a shorter burst of working followed by a longer pause from work might actually be a more effective way to get the most out of stepping away from your desk.

        The team at DeskTime analyzed more than 5 million records of how workers used their computers on the job. They found that the most productive people worked an average of 52 minutes, then took a 17-minute break afterward.[2]

        What’s so special about those numbers? Leave it to neuroscience. According to researchers, the human brain naturally works in spurts of activity that last an hour. Then, it toggles to “low-activity mode.”[3]

        Even so, keep in mind that whatever motivates you is the most effective method. It’s more about the premise—when you know you have a “finish line” approaching, you can stay focused on the task or project at hand.

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        There are many applications and tools that can help you block distracting websites and apps (such as social media) for specific periods of the day. Similarly, you can also use some mailing apps like Mailbrew to receive all the social media content or newsletters you don’t want to miss in your inbox at a time you decide.

        So, no matter how long you work, take a break when you sense you’re losing steam or getting bored with the task. Generally, a 10-15 minute break should reinvigorate you for whatever’s coming next.

        2. Get a Change of Scenery—Ideally, Outdoors

        When it comes to increasing a person’s overall mental health, there’s no better balm than nature. Research has found that simply being outside can restore a person’s mind from mental fatigue related to work or studying, ultimately contributing to improved work performance (and even improved work satisfaction).[4]

        No lush forest around? Urban nature can be just as effective to get the most out of your break-taking. Scientists Stephen R. Kellert and Edward O. Wilson, in their book The Biophilia Hypothesis, claimed that even parks, outdoor paths, and building designs that embrace “urban nature” can lend a sense of calm and inspiration, encouraging learning and alertness for workers.

        3. Move Your Body

        A change of scenery can do wonders for your attention span and ability to focus, but it’s even more beneficial if you pair it with physical movement to pump up that adrenaline of yours. Simply put, your body wasn’t designed to be seated the entire day. In fact, scientists now believe that extended periods of sitting are just as dangerous to health as smoking.[5]

        It’s not always feasible to enjoy the benefits of a 30-minute brisk walk during your workday, especially since you’ll most likely have less energy during workdays. But the good news is, for productivity purposes, you don’t have to. Researchers found that just 10 minutes of exercise can boost your memory and attention span throughout the entire day.[6]

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        So, instead of using your break to sit and read the news or scroll your social media account, get out of your chair and move your body. Take a quick walk around the block. Do some jumping jacks in your home office. Whatever you choose, you’ll likely find yourself with a sharper focus—and more drive to get things done.

        4. Connect With Another Person

        Social connection is one of the most important factors for resilience. When we’re in a relationship with other people, it’s easier to cope with stress—and in my experience, getting social can also help to improve focus after a work break.

        One of my favorite ways to break after a 30-or-so minute sprint is to hang out with my family. And once a week, I carve out time to Skype my relatives back in Turkey. It’s amazing how a bit of levity and emotional connection can rev me up for the next work sprint.

        Now that most of us are working from home, getting some face-to-face time with a loved one isn’t as hard as it once was. So, take the time to chat with your partner. Take your kids outside to run around the backyard. If you live alone, call a friend or relative. Either way, coming up for air to chat with someone who knows and cares about you will leave you feeling invigorated and inspired.

        5. Use Your Imagination

        When you’re working with your head down, your brain has an ongoing agenda: get things done, and do it well. That can be an effective method for productivity, but it only lasts so long—especially because checking things off your to-do list isn’t the only ingredient to success at work. You also need innovation.

        That’s why I prioritize a “brain break” every day. When I feel my “cup” getting empty, I usually choose another creative activity to exercise my brain, like a Crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or an unrelated, creative project in my house.

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        And when I’m really struggling to focus, I don’t do anything at all. Instead, I let my brain roam free for a bit, following my thoughts down whatever trail they lead me. As it turns out, there’s a scientific benefit to daydreaming. It reinforces creativity and helps you feel more engaged with the world, which will only benefit you in your work.[7]

        Whether you help your kids with their distance learning homework, read an inspiring book, or just sit quietly to enjoy some fresh air, your brain will benefit from an opportunity to think and feel without an agenda. And, if you’re anything like me, you might just come up with your next great idea when you aren’t even trying.

        Final Thoughts

        Most of us have to work hard for our families and ourselves. And the current world we live in demands the highest level of productivity that we can offer. However, we also have to take a break once in a while. We are humans, after all.

        Learning the art of properly taking a break will not only give you the rest you need but also increase your productivity in the long run.

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