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Ask The Entrepreneurs: 12 Tools Helping People Do Good and Complete Life Goals

Ask The Entrepreneurs: 12 Tools Helping People Do Good and Complete Life Goals

Ask The Entrepreneurs is a regular series where members of those involved in the Young Entrepreneur Council are asked a single question that aims to help Lifehack readers level up their own lives, whether in an area of management, communication, business or life in general.

Here’s the question posed in this edition of Ask The Entrepreneurs:

What mobile app or website is seeking to help people do good in reaching their life goals?

1. Accompl.sh Brings Accountability

    Accompl.sh

    , founded by Jenn Vargas, is all about goal-setting and well… accomplishment! The social features of the site — which allow members to enter into personal challenges together or share goals with one another — enhance the impact of the site as well. Accompl.sh makes your former pen-and-paper bucket list so much more effective for achieving goals.
    Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.

     

    2. Fig Will Be Worth the Wait

      Fig

      is a new personal wellness app (currently in private beta, but available soon) that makes wellness reachable in a whole new way. Fig breaks down big wellness goals or ideas (e.g. get in shape, invest in pregnancy) into bite-size steps, provides relevant resources, and helps you reach your ideal life with a community of people that matter to you.
      Kent Healy, The Uncommon Life

       

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      3. Digital Nomad Academy

        At my company Digital Nomad Academy, we’re trying to help struggling nine-to-fivers build meaningful, sustainable online businesses of their own, and take responsibility for themselves, while they also create enjoyable lifestyles that let them travel and spend their time more freely. We already have a great community of over 130 ambitious lifehackers and travelers on five continents!
        Cody McKibben, ThrillingHeroics.com

         

        4. Sleep on CouchSurfing

          I’ve been a fan of CouchSurfing ever since it launched. I’ve met hundreds of people from all over the world, sharing meals, great conversations, and learning a lot about different cultures — not to mention I’ve met a lot of cool entrepreneurs! Now, with a mobile app, CouchSurfing has made it easier than ever to travel the world, meet awesome people, and save a ton of money!
          Luke Burgis, ActivPrayer

           

          5. Do It With DoSomething

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            DoSomething.org

            is a website that offers children and young adults (ages 25 and younger) the chance to sign up for organized volunteer projects in their community. The site offer grants to launch projects, and also provides financial assistance for college to its members. It’s a cutting-edge concept, and it comes at a time when this country could definitely use a boost in giving and volunteerism.
            Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

             

            6. It’s a Wonderful day

              The concept behind Wonderful day is very simple: you add something you want to do every day (or on another schedule) and then you mark whether you accomplish it. You can see at a glance how consistently you do something, which is a major motivator — at least for me — to do certain things more regularly.
              Thursday Bram, Hyper Modern Consulting

               

              7. Are You a Location Rebel?

                My site, Location Rebel, is a community for people who want to build a business that allows them to work for anywhere, and do the things they’ve been putting off in life. It has a heavy “bucket list” component to help maintain accountability, and keep perspective about what the user really wants to accomplish.
                Sean Ogle, Location 180, LLC

                 

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                8. Peek Into Pinterest

                  I always joke with people that the Pinterest version of myself is way better than reality — but I think one reason that Pinterest has become so popular is that it’s a way for people to track and express an ideal version of themselves: what they want to cook, make, decorate, travel to, etc.
                  Abby Ross, Blueye Creative

                   

                  9. Share Passions With Mightybell

                    Mightybell

                    is a place to create spaces around your interests and passions. Quite a few of those spaces are focused on helping people achieve life goals and plan adventures. There’s a bucket list space, spaces for globetrotters, reading lists for book lovers, and so many more. You can also start a space for your friends or community around a common thing you want to learn, explore or achieve.
                    Natalie MacNeil, She Takes on the World

                     

                    10. stickK Does the Trick

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                      On stickK, you draw up an official “commitment contract” that binds you to achieving your goal. By agreeing, you publicly state your goal and commit to achieving it. Also, you can put money at stake, which dramatically increases your likelihood of completing the goal. If you are unsuccessful, the money can go to something like apolitical group you despise, which provides even more motivation.
                      Emerson Spartz, Spartz Media

                       

                      11. You’ll Like Lift

                        Lift

                        — a deceivingly simple but powerful goal-tracking app backed by the founders of Twitter — is my new favorite app. It is helping people achieve their fitness, health, happiness and “everything” journeys.
                        Derek Flanzraich, Greatist

                         


                        12. Download Bucket List PRO

                          Bucket List PRO

                          is a mobile app that allows you to keep track of your bucket list items and share them with friends. You can also check out other peoples lists for inspiration.
                          Josh Weiss, Bluegala

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                          10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                          10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                          Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

                          Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

                          As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

                          In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

                          Projects and Tasks Management

                          1. Monday dot com

                            Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

                            The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

                            The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

                            The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

                            Check out the software here!

                            2. Asana

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                              The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

                              The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

                              Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

                              Check out the software here!

                              3. Trello

                                Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

                                Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

                                Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

                                Check out the software here!

                                4. Jira

                                  The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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                                  The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

                                  The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

                                  Check out the software here!

                                  5. Evernote Business

                                    Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

                                    The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

                                    Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

                                    Check out the software here!

                                    Communication

                                    6. Slack

                                      Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

                                      Check out the software here!

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                                      7. Spike

                                        Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                                        Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                                        Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

                                        Check out the software here!

                                        Creation

                                        8. Office 365

                                          Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                                          Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                                          You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                                          Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                                          Check out the software here!

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                                          9. Grammarly

                                            Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                                            Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                                            Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                                            Check out the software here!

                                            Team Analytics

                                            10. ActivTrak

                                              ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                                              The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                                              Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                                              Check out the software here!

                                              The Bottom Line

                                              Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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