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Want To Know What Song’s Playing Whenever And Wherever?

Want To Know What Song’s Playing Whenever And Wherever?

I’m sure you’ve found yourself in one of the below scenarios…

You’re watching a movie, walking on the streets, eating at a restaurant or shopping at the mall when suddenly a catchy tune comes on – yet you have no idea what’s playing. Or worst still, you vaguely recognize the song, and find that it gets stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

You’d love to download or stream the song, but you have no idea how to do this, as you don’t know either the title of the song or the name of the artist performing it.

Worst feeling ever? Perhaps not. But it can definitely put you on a downer.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a way to immediately find out the name of the song or artist? Well, I have good news, as there is a free tool available that does exactly that.

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Introducing Shazam

Shazam is an app that identifies any music and TV around you in literally seconds. Put another way, it lets you discover, explore and share the music and TV you love.

Shazam is one of the most popular apps of all time, and has been downloaded over one billion times! People in over 190 different countries use the app, and on average, they Shazam over 20 million times each day. The incredible popularity of the app is testimony to how well it works.

Building on its cutting-edge music identification technology, Shazam now also lets music fans follow their favorite artists to share in the thrill of discovery.

And if that wasn’t enough, the millions of users of the app help to shape Shazam’s influential weekly charts.

So, how does the app work?

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A Brief Look at Shazam’s Features

Let’s say you’re in a shop, and you like the music you’re hearing. Start the app on your phone or smartwatch and simply tap the Shazam button.

A digital fingerprint of the audio is created, and within seconds, this is matched against Shazam’s database of millions of tracks and TV shows.

You’re then given the name of the track and the artist and information such as:

  • Lyrics.
  • Videos.
  • Artist biography.
  • Availability of concert tickets.
  • Recommended tracks.

Where possible, you’ll also be given the option to buy or listen to the song using the services of one of Shazam’s partners.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so let’s follow that timeless advice and take a look now at some screenshots of Shazam in action:

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    The above shows the app when you first open it. Simply ‘Tap’ the Shazam button and Shazam will start scanning.

      Above, Shazam is in listening mode. This is where the app is sampling the available audio in order to match it to a known song or TV show.

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        The screenshot above shows the artist and title of the song that you were searching for. You can even share the song or watch the music video on Youtube. Interested in giving Shazam a go? Then head over to either the Apple or Android stores, where you’ll be able to download Shazam for free.

        Meet Shazam’s Perfect Partner

        The next time you’re stuck trying to figure out what that song is, just hit the Shazam button and chances are you’ll find the answer to what you’re listening for. However, once you’ve gotten the name of the song (and the name of the artist), you might be wondering where to get a hold of that song.

        Well, Shazam has now handily partnered with Spotify, one of the most popular music, podcast and video streaming services in use today. With one click in the Shazam app, you’ll be directed to Spotify where you can listen to the song you just Shazam-ed.

        Like Shazam, Spotify is available through the Apple and Android stores as a free download.

        Enjoy discovering new songs and videos!

        Featured photo credit: Shazam via brandfolder.com

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        Last Updated on November 14, 2018

        Have You Fallen Into the ‘Busy’ Trap? Here’s Your Way Out

        Have You Fallen Into the ‘Busy’ Trap? Here’s Your Way Out

        Do you find yourself constantly feeling busy? Or, maybe you feel like you have too much on your plate? Perhaps you have a to-do list with no end in sight, or many responsibilities to juggle on a daily basis at work. When you get home, you have household responsibilities to take care of, too, and it just seems like you never have much time for a breather.

        Being busy is good, it’s better than not having anything to do and letting time slip away. But, what many people don’t realize is, being busy doesn’t always mean you’re being productive. The more time you take to complete something does not equal to more success. Many people end up falling into this trap as they pack their day with tasks and errands that may sometimes produce little outcome or output for the effort that they’ve put in.

        For example, let’s say that your washing machine at home broke down and you need to fix it. Instead of calling the handyman to come, your husband decides he’s going to fix the machine. He ends up spending half a day figuring out the machine, and does eventually fix it. He did however have to make a trip to the tool shop to buy some extra tools and parts for the machine. Now, if you had called the handy man, it would probably have taken the handyman much less time, and he would have all the necessary tools and parts already, because that is his job. So in this instance, was your husband’s time and effort worth it? Oh, and because he took half the day fixing the machine, you now had to take over his duties of dropping the kids off at soccer and swim practice.

        We Need Not Be That Busy

        I hope you would agree, that it would have been ideal to delegate this task to the handyman. That would have saved you time and effort, so that you and your husband could focus on doing other things that were more important to you, like being there for your kids or spending time with each other. This is just one example of how we often impose busyness on ourselves without us even realizing it.

        But, I’m going to show you just how you can gain quality time from external sources. Whatever big goals or ambitions that you may have, it’s normal for them to involve a lot more of your time than you first expect. I’m talking about things like starting a new business, changing careers, perhaps even moving to a new city. New challenges often involve things that are outside of our experience and expertise, so covering all the bases ourselves is sometimes not feasible as it takes too much time to learn and do everything.

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        You Are Just One Person

        At the end of the day, you are just one person, and you have a limited amount of time. So, you have to do things that are meaningful to you. While an overall goal may be meaningful, not all of the milestones needed to get there may be meaningful. Because we all have our strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, not every task will be enjoyable or all fun & games. Some simply require pure willpower and discipline to grind through. And that is where delegation comes in.

        What is Delegation?

        You may hear this term a lot in the business or corporate world; it’s an effective way for managers to distribute (or sometimes avoid!) work. But, that’s not what I’m referring to. Instead, delegation means leveraging time from an outside source to give you opportunities to increase your quality time. By outside source, we simply mean that it’s not your own time that you’re spending.

        What Should You Delegate?

        To delegate effectively, it has to be done with deliberate intention. So the aim of delegation is to create more quality time for yourself. There are 3 types of tasks that you should generally delegate, called the Delegation Triangle.

        The first are tasks you don’t enjoy doing. These are things that you know how to do, but don’t enjoy. Second, are tasks you shouldn’t do. These are things you know how to do and may even enjoy, but may not be the best use of your time. Third, are tasks you can’t do. These are things that need doing, but you don’t have the skills or expertise to follow through with them at this moment.

        Have a look through your daily tasks and responsibilities, and see if you can fit them under these 3 categories.

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        Pitfalls of Delegation

        Using the Delegation Triangle, you can decide which tasks are worth delegating. In theory, it might look easy to sort actions at first glance; but often, it’s actually harder than you think! 

        One such example, is diverting time on tasks you shouldn’t do. Let’s go back to the washing machine example. Your husband decides to fix it on his own instead of simply getting an expert to fix it. Why? Because it’s probably a challenge he enjoys, and it’s an accomplishment that would bring him satisfaction. However, if the value of the task is too low, you really ought to delegate it to others.

        Sometimes, when you have a larger goal in mind, you might have to sacrifice some actions in return for making progress. Always think about the bigger picture! One thing that can help you avoid this pitfall is to keep your deadlines in mind whenever you set milestones for a project or task.

        Deadlines are a commitment to yourself, and every bit of time is precious. So if an activity you’re focusing on is taking time away from progress towards your goal, it may be time to let go of it for now. You can always decide to pick it up again later.

        Then there’s the other extreme of delegation. And that’s when you start delegating everything you dislike doing to external sources.Sometimes it’s tempting to abuse delegation and get carried away outsourcing everything on your “don’t like doing” list.

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        Some people are too picky on what they’re going to do. But sometimes, if you don’t like doing so but you’re the only one who can do it, you still need to finish the job. At the end of the day, it does take your own hard work and effort to achieve the success you want.

        So if you find that you’re constantly running into this problem of over delegating, then it may be time to re-evaluate your motivation, or reason for doing whatever it is that you’re doing.

        Ask yourself, “Is this task contributing towards a meaningful objective that I want to achieve?” and “what kind of progress do I make each time I carry out the task myself?” If the task is both meaningful and creates progress, then the next step is to ask yourself questions that can help you create actions.

        What obstacles are causing you to avoid this task? Is it because of low confidence in your ability? Do you think someone else can do a better job? Is it your level of focus? Or is there an alternative action you can take that can produce the same results?

        Take Action Now

        Take a look at your current tasks or to-do’s that you have planned this week. Which tasks are possible candidates that fall under the Delegation Triangle? Are there any that fall under the pitfalls mentioned above? Which tasks can you immediately identify that should be delegated out right now?

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        I hope this exercise helps declutter your tasks and responsibilities a little and allows you to see how much more time you can be saving for more important things. But, this is not the end of delegation. After you’ve sorted out the tasks that can be delegated, the next step is to determine who it should be delegated to. Besides people like your co workers, or spouse/family members, did you know that there is a whole delegating industry out there?

        If you’re keen to learn more about this delegating industry, and find out how you can decide who’s the best fit to do your delegated tasks, subscribe to our newsletter today. We will help you discover many more skills that will boost your productivity by leaps and bounds!

        Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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