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Published on October 16, 2017

Use “Packr” App So You Will Never Need To Worry About Your Travel Packing List Again

Use “Packr” App So You Will Never Need To Worry About Your Travel Packing List Again

Travelling is wonderful, but packing can be a pain. It’s easy to remember toiletries and extra underwear, but when it comes to setting up a wardrobe, deciding what to add to your suitcase can be overwhelming.

When you pack, you have to consider so many different aspects of your travel. You’ll need to bring specific items for the activities that you plan to do. You also have to consider the weather conditions. With so many moving parts in the packing machine, it’s easy to forget a thing or two along the way.

Forgetting what to pack is a real headache

As someone who has traveled and moved a great deal, I have forgotten my fair share of items over the years. Once, I was in the middle of a cross-country move. All of my stuff, save for one suitcase, had been loaded onto the moving truck. Then, I received an invitation to an out-of-state conference. I thought that I had been clever by setting aside a professional outfit just in case something business-related came up, but I completely forgot about shoes! An eleventh-hour shopping trip ensued.

Another time, I was working overseas for the summer. I remembered to bring everything except a small bag for outings. All I had with me was a suitcase and a backpack. I ended up using plastic grocery bags as my purse for a large chunk of the trip. This was not a good look for me.

Packr takes the guesswork out of creating a packing checklist

The Packr app helps you figure out what you need to bring with you based on your destination and what you’re planning to do.

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In addition to telling you what to bring, the app also gives you the option to create to-do lists in advance of your trip. This can help you keep track of paperwork, vaccinations, and other logistical items that you need to complete before you go.

Getting started with Packr is easy

You naturally want an app focused on creating a checklist to be easy to use, and Packr doesn’t disappoint.

1. Plan your trip

Before you set up a checklist, you can input information about your destination. Click on the red plus sign icon to add a trip. If you have a busy travel schedule, you can create multiple trips in the app.

    2. Tell Packr where you’re going and when

    Highlight the dates on the calendar on which you intend to travel. When you enter the date and location, Packr pulls data about the weather at your destination. As you get closer to your travel dates, the app updates your trip’s weather forecast with the latest information.

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    You can also indicate whether you will be traveling for business or leisure at this stage.

      3. Add details about your activities

      At the bottom of the calendar page, you will notice an option that says, “Select activities.” Click on that to provide even more details about the nature of your travel.

      The app takes into account your accommodations, transportation, and specific activities that you plan to do. Choose from the 24 pre-defined activities in the app to start your list.

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        Camping with your family in the mountains will require a different list than staying in a hotel for a business conference. Your in-flight needs are different from the things you might want on a train. Packr helps you stay organized as you navigate different settings on your journey.

        4. Generate a packing list

        You can create and view your packing list by selecting the trip that you want to see from the “Next Trips” page. The top of the screen shows you a projected forecast for each day of your travel. Based on that information and the nature of your travel, Packr will generate a list for you.

          Click on the arrows beside each item to view the full list for each category.

          If you need to create additional reminders or want to make a list on your own, you can also do that by selecting the “Customize lists” option at the bottom of your packing checklist. You can also select the plus sign on the packing list to add individual items.

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          Packr is a traveler’s best friend

          Regardless of where you’re going and why, the Packr app makes it easy to pack your bags. You’ll be able to spend more time enjoying your trip and less time (and money) replacing forgotten items.

          Packr is currently available for iOS devices. You can download it for free to access the basic features, and for $1.99 you can get an ad-free experience with faster loading times and additional features.

          Put the Packr – Travel Packing Checklist to work for you.

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          The Productivity Paradox: What Is It And How Can We Move Beyond It?

          The Productivity Paradox: What Is It And How Can We Move Beyond It?

          It’s a depressing adage we’ve all heard time and time again: An increase in technology does not necessarily translate to an increase in productivity.

          Put another way by Robert Solow, a Nobel laureate in economics,

          “You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.”

          In other words, just because our computers are getting faster, that doesn’t mean that that we will have an equivalent leap in productivity. In fact, the opposite may be true!

          New York Times writer Matt Richel wrote in an article for the paper back in 2008 that stated, “Statistical and anecdotal evidence mounts that the same technology tools that have led to improvements in productivity can be counterproductive if overused.”

          There’s a strange paradox when it comes to productivity. Rather than an exponential curve, our productivity will eventually reach a plateau, even with advances in technology.

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          So what does that mean for our personal levels of productivity? And what does this mean for our economy as a whole? Here’s what you should know about the productivity paradox, its causes, and what possible solutions we may have to combat it.

          What is the productivity paradox?

          There is a discrepancy between the investment in IT growth and the national level of productivity and productive output. The term “productivity paradox” became popularized after being used in the title of a 1993 paper by MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson, a Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business.

          In his paper, Brynjolfsson argued that while there doesn’t seem to be a direct, measurable correlation between improvements in IT and improvements in output, this might be more of a reflection on how productive output is measured and tracked.[1]

          He wrote in his conclusion:

          “Intangibles such as better responsiveness to customers and increased coordination with suppliers do not always increase the amount or even intrinsic quality of output, but they do help make sure it arrives at the right time, at the right place, with the right attributes for each customer.

          Just as managers look beyond “productivity” for some of the benefits of IT, so must researchers be prepared to look beyond conventional productivity measurement techniques.”

          How do we measure productivity anyway?

          And this brings up a good point. How exactly is productivity measured?

          In the case of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, productivity gain is measured as the percentage change in gross domestic product per hour of labor.

          But other publications such as US Today, argue that this is not the best way to track productivity, and instead use something called Total Factor Productivity (TFP). According to US Today, TFP “examines revenue per employee after subtracting productivity improvements that result from increases in capital assets, under the assumption that an investment in modern plants, equipment and technology automatically improves productivity.”[2]

          In other words, this method weighs productivity changes by how much improvement there is since the last time productivity stats were gathered.

          But if we can’t even agree on the best way to track productivity, then how can we know for certain if we’ve entered the productivity paradox?

          Possible causes of the productivity paradox

          Brynjolfsson argued that there are four probable causes for the paradox:

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          • Mis-measurement – The gains are real but our current measures miss them.
          • Redistribution – There are private gains, but they come at the expense of other firms and individuals, leaving little net gain.
          • Time lags – The gains take a long time to show up.
          • Mismanagement – There are no gains because of the unusual difficulties in managing IT or information itself.

          There seems to be some evidence to support the mis-measurement theory as shown above. Another promising candidate is the time lag, which is supported by the work of Paul David, an economist at Oxford University.

          According to an article in The Economist, his research has shown that productivity growth did not accelerate until 40 years after the introduction of electric power in the early 1880s.[3] This was partly because it took until 1920 for at least half of American industrial machinery to be powered by electricity.”

          Therefore, he argues, we won’t see major leaps in productivity until both the US and major global powers have all reached at least a 50% penetration rate for computer use. The US only hit that mark a decade ago, and many other countries are far behind that level of growth.

          The paradox and the recession

          The productivity paradox has another effect on the recession economy. According to Neil Irwin,[4]

          “Sky-high productivity has meant that business output has barely declined, making it less necessary to hire back laid-off workers…businesses are producing only 3 percent fewer goods and services than they were at the end of 2007, yet Americans are working nearly 10 percent fewer hours because of a mix of layoffs and cutbacks in the workweek.”

          This means that more and more companies are trying to do less with more, and that means squeezing two or three people’s worth of work from a single employee in some cases.

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          According to Irwin, “workers, frightened for their job security, squeezed more productivity out of every hour [in 2010].”

          Looking forward

          A recent article on Slate puts it all into perspective with one succinct observation:

          “Perhaps the Internet is just not as revolutionary as we think it is. Sure, people might derive endless pleasure from it—its tendency to improve people’s quality of life is undeniable. And sure, it might have revolutionized how we find, buy, and sell goods and services. But that still does not necessarily mean it is as transformative of an economy as, say, railroads were.”

          Still, Brynjolfsson argues that mismeasurement of productivity can really skew the results of people studying the paradox, perhaps more than any other factor.

          “Because you and I stopped buying CDs, the music industry has shrunk, according to revenues and GDP. But we’re not listening to less music. There’s more music consumed than before.

          On paper, the way GDP is calculated, the music industry is disappearing, but in reality it’s not disappearing. It is disappearing in revenue. It is not disappearing in terms of what you should care about, which is music.”

          Perhaps the paradox isn’t a death sentence for our productivity after all. Only time (and perhaps improved measuring techniques) will tell.

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