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A First Look at Stride: A Simple Sales Tracking System [Invite Code!]

A First Look at Stride: A Simple Sales Tracking System [Invite Code!]

We love to showcase new and shiny apps that help our readers become and stay more productive. With our recent discussion of not going minimal and instead using technology to stay focused on what matters, there come some simple technological tools that can help you do complicated things.

For any start-up or entrepreneur, tracking potential sales and winning over customers can be a real pain. Instead of making the process even more difficult, the new app Stride tries to help you make sales as simple as possible. It really is the ultimate simple sales tracking system.

Let’s take a quick look at Stride.

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Easy to use and understand interface

    One of my favorite things about Stride is the super simple and clean interface it offers. At first, I thought, “This is it? Really?”. I couldn’t figure out how I would enter due dates and time spent on a deal, be able to enter detailed data about the customer, or have the app annoy me with countless notifications to remind me that I suck at sales.

    Stride is the opposite of that kind of app. It gives the user a “hub-like” view of all of their potential projects making it very fast to visualize where you are at with customers. You can add new deals, change the status of the deals between Lead, Pitch, Negotiation, Closing, and Won, pause the project, give the deal a name or star rating.

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    That’s about it. But that is why it is awesome.

    The interface really does just work and if you are trying to manage a bunch of potential deals, Stride may be just the thing you need to give all of your projects some breathing room and not to get caught in the weeds.

    Metrics that aren’t just for the sake of metrics

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      Some sales systems use countless types of graphs and charts to show you all kinds of ratios you probably don’t need. Once again, Stride simplifies your metrics giving you only the important stuff like:

      • Won deals vs. lost deals
      • The value of each step based on the project’s potential cost
      • And the time that has been spent on each step of the process

      These are awesome metrics to use to improve sales negotiations going forward because seeing the data can help a team or individual find the weaknesses in the sales process and get rid of them.

      Beautiful

      Stride is pretty. If you are a design-y type of person you will appreciate the aesthetic.

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      Price

      The price for using Stride is definitely right. For smaller businesses (especially individuals) you probably won’t need anything more than the free version that gives you 25 total deals. If you are in need of more, you can pay the small price of $7 a month to get unlimited deals.

      Hey, we have something for you!

      The folks over at Stride have really outdone themselves by making the sales process easier and not suck. And because of that, they want to give the first 100 Lifehack readers beta access to Stride if they use the code betahack. So, if you want to get your Stride on (they can run with that), then head on over to the sign up page and use the code betahack to get your access.

      Let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.

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      11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

      11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

      Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

      Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

      Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

      1. Lumosity

      This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

      Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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        2. Fit Brains Trainer

        This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

        Free.

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          3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

          Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

          First four games free, then $13 a month.

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            4. Brain Fitness Pro

            The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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            Buy for $3.99.

            5. Happify

            If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

            Free to use.

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              6. Clockwork Brain

              You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

              Free.

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                7. ReliefLink

                Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                  8. Eidetic

                  Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                    9. Braingle

                    Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                    Free.

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                      10. Not The Hole Story

                      If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                        11. Personal Zen

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