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Is Printing Photos In The Digital Age Necessary?

Is Printing Photos In The Digital Age Necessary?

Taking photos is so handy today that we can just do it anywhere at anytime with our phones and digital cameras. We don’t even need to worry about making room for storing lots of photo albums because we can simply store and even share the photos online.

We’re taking more photos but are keeping fewer of them physically. Should we be worried about it?

Rollfilm is not limitless like digital photos, so every single photo we took used to be very precious.

Given the many benefits of digital photos, you may not even consider printing out the images. It’s likely that if you really will print some photos, you’ll have a hard time deciding which ones to print!

However, some people do appreciate having physical photos, such as your grandparents who hang up framed family photos, or hipsters who like to cover their bedroom walls with Polaroids. To them, hard copies are much more special.

Such difference in attitudes makes us wonder why we’re taking more and more photos these days—is it just because it’s easy, or do we actually treasure our memories? Are we overlooking something about old-school print-out photos?

Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider printing photos again.

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We’re taking more photos but we’re also losing more of them.

As we’re taking more and more photos, we may even forget about having taken them. Sometimes when we go through the photos in our phone, we may stumble upon photos that we don’t even remember taking.

It’s ironic how too many photos are making us worse at remembering precious moments in our lives, when those moments have driven us to take photos in the first place. That group selfie you took at a dinner party last week is probably drowned in the photo stream of your phone by now. Another week from now, you’ll probably have trouble looking for it—that is, if you still remember it.

On the other hand, prints are concrete.[1] If there’s a photo you really like (that you have printed), you can put it in a picture frame and place it on your desk.

You can still see it even after you switch off the computer or lock your smartphone. It’s there, literally.

Not everyone we know is active on the internet or knows how to use the computer, so they can’t share our memories if we stop printing photos.

Another reason why printing photos is a good idea is that it makes sharing easier sometimes.

Think of your parents, or your grandparents, they are the ones who want to remember the time they’ve spent with you more than others. Perhaps they can’t handle a smartphone or a computer very well, or perhaps you don’t want to add them on Facebook. Either way, the photos you’ve taken with them are important to them, and they probably want to look at them every day.

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The more digital photos we take, the more difficult it is to manage them digitally.

Other than losing track of our memories, digital photos also make it difficult for us to stay organized.

Even though they don’t take up physical space, storing them can be trickier than you think. For instance, just as your computer no longer has a slot for floppy discs, there is no guarantee that future computers can continue to read DVDs or USB flashdrives.[2]

Keep in mind that technology advances quickly nowadays. Digital photos may not last forever.

Even the Internet pioneer warns us not to rely on digital photos, or else we may risk losing them forever.

Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet, believes that digital information is at risk of disappearing.[3]

Digitalization does not preserve photos. What it does instead is to allow us to view images we have ‘stored’ in digital form whenever we want. Unfortunately, with the rapid development of computer technology, file formats change. Older formats may become unreadable on new softwares. Even hard drives, that is, the physical form of storage, may crash or become incompatible as time passes by.

Which is to say, if you want to keep your memories, printing photos is actually a more reliable!

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If you want to keep your offline family and friends in the loop, print the photos out.

This makes sense if preserving and sharing memories is your goal for taking photos. For instance, it makes sharing with people who don’t use a computer or the internet easier.

But besides printing photos, you can also try some ways to organize your digital photos better to preserve your memories.

If you don’t want to lose track of your digital photos, store them on a single platform and ensure they’re synced across different devices.

Since losing track of your photos is a real concern, storing all of them in the same place would be a great idea.[4] This would save you from having to remember where you should go to when looking for particular photos. You can do this on your computer hard drive or a cloud storage, etc.

But don’t forget about your photos after organizing them. Check your collection regularly to make sure everything’s backed up and in the correct order.

For example, if you take photos on your phone and upload them to Flickr for storage, keep your Flickr up-to-date just in case missing out anything from the last sync.

To even better organize your photos, label them and put them in order.

To better organize your photos, you can sort them into folders. Make sure to name your folders properly with dates and the occasions, e.g. 2016/11/25 Graduation Ceremony.

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Try to use tags such as “Graduation”, “2016”, and “Winter” for quicker photos search.

Including the names of the people in the photos can also be helpful, e.g. 2017/02/06 Birthday with Chris and Ashley.

Make sure you are consistent about the way you name your folders over time, e.g. the year always comes before the month.

Lastly, since technology advancement happens so quickly, it’s be good to stay informed about the latest storage methods. Here’re several helpful websites you can follow: Lifehacker (Digital Photos Secion), TechRadar, Gizmodo.

Featured photo credit: Stocksnap via stocksnap.io

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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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