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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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                          11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                          11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                          Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                          Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                          Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                          In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                          1. ScheduleOnce

                            ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                            ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                            ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                            Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                            Available on Web

                            2. Calendly

                              Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                              You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                              Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                              3. Assistant.to

                                For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                                From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                                While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                                Available on Web

                                4. Acuityscheduling

                                  Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                                  It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                  5. Pick

                                    Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                    At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                    Available on Web

                                    6. X.ai

                                      For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                      This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                      Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                      Available on Web

                                      7. YouCanBook.me

                                        is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                        They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                        Available on Web

                                        8. Doodle

                                          Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                          It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                          You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                          While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                          Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                          9. WhenAvailable

                                            WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                            Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                            Available on Web

                                            10. Rally

                                              Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                              Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                              Available on Web

                                              11. NeedtoMeet

                                                Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                                NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                                While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                                Available on Web

                                                Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                                In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                                To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                                Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                                A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                                Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                                If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                                Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                                With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                                The Bottom Line

                                                Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                                Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                                Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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