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4 Car Accessories That’ll Make Your Car Safer And More Comfortable To Drive

4 Car Accessories That’ll Make Your Car Safer And More Comfortable To Drive

Some of us consider our cars as our second home. No matter what year your vehicle was manufactured and whether or not it runs on manual or automatic transmission, there are many reasons to be thankful for its service. It keeps us safe from road pollution, dry from light and heavy rain or snow, and warm on freezing days.

We consider them part of the family, give them “names”, and even have them pampered with car washes more frequently than we’d like to admit.[1] Judging a car by its exterior is the same as judging a book by its cover, but it’s what’s inside that matters most. It should come as no surprise that we’d want to make it feel even homier to stay in. And while we’re not suggesting you install built-in toilets or sinks in your cars (there are trailer cars and mobile homes for that), we’d definitely suggest you ramp up the comfort value of your car with the help of some great car accessories.

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These four car accessories will definitely keep you in your car longer than you should, weather conditions aside:

1. AutoExec Wheelmate Steering Wheel Attachable Work Surface Tray

On a scale of 1-10, how hard is it to eat inside the car? Or get any urgent paperwork done without the documents crumpling or getting creased?

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Whether you’re rushing to finish your report minutes before submission or trying to eat your takeout in peace (and without mess or spills), this attachable work surface tray can work wonders. Not only will it save you from messy meal mishaps, it’ll also provide you with an impromptu table in seconds. The only downside is that it’ll only work in the driver’s seat.

2. WonderGel Extreme Seat Cushion

After a while, no matter how much you love your car, every sitting position will feel uncomfortable. You might even find yourself suddenly regretting your decision to skip out on buying an ergonomic seat because you were afraid it would make you seem older than your actual age. Stuck in traffic for much longer than your usual commute time? This seat cushion will definitely make you feel like you’re sitting on a cloud.

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3. Resqme Seatbelt Cutter and Window Glass Breaker

In case of an emergency, breaking a car window shouldn’t be too hard, right? Wrong. It can actually be as tough as they make it look in the movies. If your car was to crash into a lake or other large body of water, you could have the hardest time kicking your way out of the car, and harder still as it sinks deeper and deeper into the water. And let’s not forget about the seatbelt that jams and could keep you tied to the seat.

Not that we’d wish such unfortunate events on you, but this seat-belt cutter and car widow breaker comes in the form of a keychain, so you don’t have to worry about hurting yourself while it’s attached to your keys. And in the case of emergencies, this accessory proves to be well worth its value.

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4. GPS Smartphone Bluetooth by iTrack Easy Anti-Lost Device

Say goodbye to wandering aimlessly around a crowded parking lot to find your car. You can also say goodbye to ever losing your keys again. This tracker isn’t just restricted to keys and car locating though. It’ll work on anything you attach it to. However, its coverage is limited, so don’t expect it to work from miles away.

When it comes to accessories, remember to invest in equipment that will give you peace of mind, not distract you. You wouldn’t want to be responsible for road accidents that occur while you’re behind the wheel. Most importantly, invest in AAA’s 42-Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit.

We spend a good chunk of our days stuck in the car during commutes to and from work or school, that the least we could do is do what we can to make it a comfortable daily task. Road trips will never be the same again with these life saving accessories. Both for entertainment and safety purposes, the gadgets and gizmos above will definitely make your car feel like a whole new world – or at least a seamless ride.

Featured photo credit: Kaique Rocha via Pexels.com via pexels.com

Reference

[1] http://www.cheatsheet.com/automobiles/why-do-people-feel-the-need-to-name-their-cars.html/?a=viewall

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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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