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LinkedIn for iOS: Stay Connected with Style

LinkedIn for iOS: Stay Connected with Style

If you’re a LinkedIn addict like we are here — we’ve discussed ways to create an online resume and how to use your LinkedIn data to create a stunning visual resume — and have an iPad (again, like we do…and we’ve told you pretty much everything you need to know about it too) then you’ve probably been waiting for a real LinkedIn app for the iPad.

Sure, LinkedIn has had an official iPhone app for a while. Sure, you could use the app on your iPad in 2X mode. But that’s hardly fun is it?

Well, I’m happy to let you know that your long (long, long) wait is finally over.

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Yes, LinkedIn has updated their iOS app to fully support both the iPhone and iPad. Oh, and not just support the iPad, but support the new iPad with Retina graphics and a gorgeously simple UI that, well…you just have to see for yourself. So, LinkedIn for iOS is a go.

Here is what my Home Screen looks like on my iPad:

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    And here’s the News Screen:

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      Both screens look as great as they are useful. Looking for news from your connections? Yeah it’s there. Groups? Tap. Got it. Now you might expect the iPhone version of this app to be, well, similar right? Sure, you’re correct—and wrong too. LinkedIn took the right features and layout from the new iPad version and applied them to the iPhone as well. Now, some of these features appeared in a recent update to the iPhone app, but I think LinkedIn added some nice touched to the iPhone version that came from putting the spit and polish on the iPad version. In case you don’t believe me, here are some screens from my iPhone:

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          In a side-by-side comparison of the two LinkedIn for iOS apps on my iPhone 4 and iPad (3rd gen), I think LinkedIn is aiming the iPad to be more of a content consumption and creation tool, while the iPhone app more of a connections tool. For example on the iPhone you can download all of your LinkedIn connections to your address book. I couldn’t find that on the iPad (of course if you sync your contacts with iCloud it doesn’t matter, really). Reading updates and news from my connections, groups, and other sources is great on the iPad, but a wee cramped on the iPhone.

          Bottom line: if you only have an iPhone and use the LinkedIn app you have a great tool to manage and tap into your connections. If you only have an iPad, the app lets you read about your connections, and connect too. Now if you have both devices…then I think you have the total package.

          Download LinkedIn for iOS (iPhone and iPad) for yourself and let us know in the comments if these apps will encourage you to use LinkedIn more — or maybe in a new way than you did before.

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          Last Updated on February 15, 2019

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

          Joe’s Goals

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            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

            Daytum

              Daytum

              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

              Excel or Numbers

                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                Evernote

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                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                  Access or Bento

                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                    Conclusion

                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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