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7 Insanely Clever Ideas on Kickstarter

7 Insanely Clever Ideas on Kickstarter

Have you ever heard of Kickstarter? It is a website where aspring entrepreneuers go to get their creative ideas funded by people on the Internet called “backers”. Kickstarter is the place to go when you want your idea to get noticed, have full copyright ownership of your idea/product and to get the funding that you need to bring it to life. Below are 7 really creative ideas/products that I found on Kickstarter- check them out!

  1.  Jorno — the pocketable, folding, bluetooth keyboard by Scott Starrett: 
      This was a successful Kickstarter project, but I found this a fantastic idea since I sometimes get sick of having to text everything on my phone. Having a keyboard connected to my iPhone by bluetooth would enable to me to type things instead.
    • SmartThings: Make Your World Smarter by SmartThings: 
        This open platform technology device just blew me away with its ability to control your air conditioner, weather watcher, preprogram your lights to change themselves when you are away (so if you’re worried about burglars breaking in when you aren’t home, this is the solution to your problem!). You can also protect your belongings by having one of the smart apps track your drawers containing the most valuable items. Instacube and SmartThings have just created a partnership to make their impact in the business world much stronger, dynamic and integrated. Instacube, called the “A Living Canvas” is this really cool Kickstarter idea which is a giant and physical Instagram that shows pictures from your Instagram feed in a much bigger and clearer format. Instacube is a great thing for Instagram lovers.
      • Barbell Denim: Functional denim has arrived by Barbell Apparel: 

          Many people complain that jeans never can quite fit them… and someone created a potential solution to that problem. Have muscular legs and a smaller waist? No problem, they have jeans designed for that type of body. Goodbye, frustration from trying on a million pairs jeans and never finding the correct fit!

        • lift — the easy way to open your garage door by John Wei: 

            Only have one garage door opener in your family? Do you sometimes get annoyed not having a garage door opener? This smartphone app actually is programmed to open your garage door for you. I think it’s a great idea- the only concern I have about it is just how secure your garage and house would be if your smartphone ever got stolen.

          • Pawda™: Pet GPS Tracking System with Apple and Android App by Ross Lambert:  

              Ever get worried that your dog or cat will go missing and you won’t be able to find your furry loved ones? Pawda is a small GPS tracking device that fastens to your pet’s collar and you can track your pet’s location via smartphone.

            • The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer by ZUtA Labs Ltd.: 

                Imagine this: Pocket-sized robotic mobile printer that works its own way across a page. Pretty cool, right? This printer can print anytime, anywhere, with the command of any device: your smartphone, tablets, and laptops. Check out this really cool video demonstrating how the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer works.

              • RECAP C- Record iPhone calls in iPad, Android mobile/tablet by Igor Ramos: 

                  Do you ever find yourself wishing you could go back to a certain phone call and taken detailed notes on it? Fret not, there’s the RECAP-C, which records your phone calls from your mobile device to whatever technology device it is hooked up to, like your laptop.

                I have listed 7 cool ideas on Kickstarter, but there are many other cool ideas that you definitely should check out by visiting Kickstarter’s website.

                Featured photo credit: IMAGE/ ZUTA LABS via rack.0.mshcdn.com

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                Last Updated on September 11, 2019

                Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

                Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

                How often do you feel overwhelmed and disorganized in life, whether at work or home? We all seem to struggle with time management in some area of our life; one of the most common phrases besides “I love you” is “I don’t have time”. Everyone suggests working from a to-do list to start getting your life more organized, but why do these lists also have a negative connotation to them?

                Let’s say you have a strong desire to turn this situation around with all your good intentions—you may then take out a piece of paper and pen to start tackling this intangible mess with a to-do list. What usually happens, is that you either get so overwhelmed seeing everything on your list, which leaves you feeling worse than you did before, or you make the list but are completely stuck on how to execute it effectively.

                To-do lists can work for you, but if you are not using them effectively, they can actually leave you feeling more disillusioned and stressed than you did before. Think of a filing system: the concept is good, but if you merely file papers away with no structure or system, the filing system will have an adverse effect. It’s the same with to-do lists—you can put one together, but if you don’t do it right, it is a fruitless exercise.

                Why Some People Find That General To-Do Lists Don’t Work?

                Most people find that general to-do lists don’t work because:

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                • They get so overwhelmed just by looking at all the things they need to do.
                • They don’t know how to prioritize the items on list.
                • They feel that they are continuously adding to their list but not reducing it.
                • There’s a sense of confusion seeing home tasks mixed with work tasks.

                Benefits of Using a To-Do List

                However, there are many advantages working from a to-do list:

                • You have clarity on what you need to get done.
                • You will feel less stressed because all your ‘to do’s are on paper and out of your mind.
                • It helps you to prioritize your actions.
                • You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything.
                • You feel more organized.
                • It helps you with planning.

                4 Golden Rules to Make a To-Do List Work

                Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:

                1. Categorize

                Studies have shown that your brain gets overwhelmed when it sees a list of 7 or 8 options; it wants to shut down.[1] For this reason, you need to work from different lists. Separate them into different categories and don’t have more than 7 or 8 tasks on each one.

                It might work well for you to have a “project” list, a “follow-up” list, and a “don’t forget” list; you will know what will work best for you, as these titles will be different for everybody.

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                2. Add Estimations

                You don’t merely need to know what has to be done, but how long it will take as well in order to plan effectively.

                Imagine on your list you have one task that will take 30 minutes, another that could take 1 hour, and another that could take 4 hours. You need to know the moment you look at the task, otherwise you undermine your planning, so add an extra column to your list and include your estimation of how long you think the task will take, and be realistic!

                Tip: If you find it a challenge to estimate accurately, then start by building this skill on a daily basis. Estimate how long it will take to get ready, cook dinner, go for a walk, etc., and then compare this to the actual time it took you. You will start to get more accurate in your estimations.

                3. Prioritize

                To effectively select what you should work on, you need to take into consideration: priority, sequence and estimated time. Add another column to your list for priority. Divide your tasks into four categories:

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                • Important and urgent
                • Not urgent but important
                • Not important but urgent
                • Not important or urgent

                You want to work on tasks that are urgent and important of course, but also, select some tasks that are important and not urgent. Why? Because these tasks are normally related to long-term goals, and when you only work on tasks that are urgent and important, you’ll feel like your day is spent putting out fires. You’ll end up neglecting other important areas which most often end up having negative consequences.

                Most of your time should be spent on the first two categories.

                4.  Review

                To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.

                For example: At the end of every week, review the list and use it to plan the week ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and sequence and then schedule these items into your calendar. Golden rule in planning: don’t schedule more than 75% of your time.

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                Bottom Line

                So grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there and onto a list as now, you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied—how badly do you want more time?

                To your success!

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