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AwayFind Adds Multiple Calendar Support and a New Outlook Plugin

AwayFind Adds Multiple Calendar Support and a New Outlook Plugin

AwayFind has been one of our favorite tools here at Lifehack for keeping you out of your inbox and concentrated on the important work that you have to do.

If you aren’t familiar with this excellent tool, it is a service that allows you to be notified of certain events or emails based on rules that you have defined. For instance, if you only want to see emails from a certain person or even certain domain, you can set up a rule where AwayFind will notify you when you receive messages from the filtered user or domain.

Today, AwayFind is adding even more functionality to the platform; multiple calendar alert support and the beta release of their new Outlook plugin.

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Multiple Calendar Support

    Currently in your AwayFind account you can add a calendar that can be used to help notify you of invitee changes. For instance, say you have a meeting with bob@me.com at noon but Bob doesn’t really want to meet you anymore (how could you be so mean to Bob?). If Bob emails you with the same email address that the calendar invite was made with, then AwayFind is smart enough to say “hey, you have an upcoming appointment with bob@me.com, I’m going to alert you of this email. It may be important.”

    Even if bob@me.com isn’t on your filter email list, you will still get the notification. This is a great feature for people that have a lot of meetings and want to be notified of last minute changes. But, before today you could only have setup one calendar to track.

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    Now AwayFind lets you track multiple calendars from multiple email addresses so you can be notified of appointments from all facets of your life.

    Beta Outlook Plugin

      Let’s face it. If you are in the corporate world, you probably run on Exchange and Outlook whether you like it or not. Personally, I kind of like using Outlook, especially Outlook 2010 for email when I’m using Windows.

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      All that aside, AwayFind found that many corporate customers that were using Outlook would like some extra functionality, so starting today you can get an Outlook plugin (currently in beta) that will integrate nicely with your AwayFind account.

      Instead of keeping your Outlook open all day long and being beaten to death with alerts, you can “follow” a message with the new plugin and setup alerts to be delivered to you via SMS, phone call, iPhone or Android app, etc. You can even set a time that you would like to “follow” this sender (for the next day, week, month, or lifetime).

      This is a super fast way to be reminded of something important without having to be tied to your inbox all day long. Definitely something that I will be using at work! The beta Outlook plugin will work with Outlook 2003-2010.

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      We don’t usually do too many product announcements here at Lifehack, but like I said before, AwayFind is one of our favorites. If you want to give AwayFind a try head on over to their site and start a free trial. If you get a lot of email, AwayFind is a game changer.

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        7 Reasons Why Quitting Facebook Now Is Good for Your Future

        7 Reasons Why Quitting Facebook Now Is Good for Your Future

        For the past 100 years or so, there have been huge improvements in communication. From letters to phone calls to text messages to video calls to social networks. Following all these improvements, one of the biggest inventions of the 21st century was founded in 2004[1], and it started to spread like wildfire, first in the US and then around the world. Now, quitting Facebook has become nearly unheard of.

        There are more than 1 billion monthly active Facebook users. Although initially it aimed to bring all people together for the sake of connecting, the effects of Facebook on masses became a huge debate after it gained so much popularity, with some even suggesting you deactivate your account.

        The advantages of social media and its ability to connect us to people around the world are well known. Now, it’s time to dive into the ways Facebook affects your productivity and why you should ultimately consider quitting Facebook.

        1. Facebook Allows You to Waste Time

        While being on Facebook and scrolling through the news feed, many active users are not aware of the time they actually spend on viewing others’ life events or messaging with Facebook messenger. It has become so addictive that many even feel obliged to like or comment on anything that is shared.

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        You might think of the time spent on Facebook as your free time, though you are not aware that you can spend the same time taking care of yourself, learning something new, or doing your daily tasks.

        2. It Can Decrease Motivation

        By seeing someone else’s continuous posts about the parties they went to or friends they see frequently, you might feel insecure about yourself if your own posts are not as impressive as the ones in your news feed.

        However, there is rarely such a thing as going out every day or having amazing vacations every year. Unfortunately, though, we internalize the posts we see and create a picture in our minds of how others are living.

        One study found that “participants who used Facebook most often had poorer trait self-esteem, and this was mediated by greater exposure to upward social comparisons on social media”[2].

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        Basically, when we see posts depicting lives we consider “better” than ours, our self-esteem takes a hit. As many of us are doing this for hours at a time, you can imagine the toll it’s taking on our mental health. Therefore, if you want to raise your self-esteem, quitting Facebook may be a good idea.

        3. You Use Energy on People You Don’t Care About

        Look at the number of friends you have on Facebook. How many of them are really good friends? How many of the friend requests you get are real people or your actual acquaintances?

        You have to admit that you have people on Facebook who are not related to you and some you barely know, but who still comments on their photos or offer a like now and again. Basically, instead of offering your time and energy to the genuinely rewarding relationships in your life, you’re spending it on people you don’t really care about.

        4. Facebook Feeds You Useless Information

        It is one thing to read newspapers or magazines in order to get information, but it is an entirely different thing to be faced with false news, trends, and celebrity updates through continuous posts. I bet one of the things that you will not miss after quitting Facebook is the bombardment of information that seems to have no effect on your life whatsoever.

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        5. It Damages Your Communication Skills

        When is the last time you actually hung out in real life with your friends, relatives, or colleagues? Because of the social media that is supposed to help us communicate, we forget about real communication, and therefore, have difficulties communicating effectively in real life. This negatively affects our relationships at home, work, or in our social circles.

        6. You Get Manipulated

        One of the biggest problems of Facebook is its influence on people’s creativity. Although it is assumed to be a free social media site, which let’s you to share almost anything you want, you have this tendency to want to get more likes[3].

        In order to get more likes, you must work very hard on your shared posts, trying to make it funny, creative, or clever, while you could spend the same time doing something that genuinely improves your creativity. After quitting Facebook, you’ll be amazed at all the creative hobbies you have time to develop.

        7. It Takes Over Your Life

        The marketing strategy of Facebook is quite clear. Its creators want you to spend as much time as possible on the site. While working on their posts and choosing which pictures to share, many people actually try to be someone else. This often means they end up being isolated from the real world and their true selves.

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        It is possible to put the same time and energy toward becoming a better version of yourself instead of faking it. Why not try it by quitting Facebook?

        Final Thoughts

        There are many reasons to try quitting Facebook. By knowing how it may be impacting your productivity and mental health, you can search for motivation to get off social media and back into your real life.

        These points will guide you in seeing what your life would be like if you were to delete your account. Leaving Facebook doesn’t sound so bad after all, does it?

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        Reference

        [1] The Guardian: A brief history of Facebook
        [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
        [3] Better by Today: Do Facebook ‘Likes’ Mean You’re Liked?

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