Best productivity tips and tricks

Tips and tricks that can help you improve productivity

12 startup founders offer their best productivity hacks to help you get more done

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I used to think I was a very busy person until I became a startup founder. Working on Galilea3, the multilingual platform for freelancers, means I have to wear even more hats. After more than a year of managing people, working on SEO, product development, customer acquisition, blogging to build a presence online, networking with other startup owners, etc. its becoming almost impossible to manage all activities that need my attention.

I know I should delegate, outsource and forget about the superhero syndrome, as Pat Flynn of the famous smart passive income blog, calls it. Try hard as I may, I still find myself lagging behind on some of the things I need to get done. So I decided to talk to other startup founders, who are as busy as I am, but are still managing to get awesome products and services created. I asked them to share their best productivity hacks that enable them to keep moving forward and this is what they had to say. These guys are super-efficient so pay attention as you will learn some clever tactics to improve your productivity.

 

A cool service for podcasters by a podcaster plus 5 awesome tips for podcasting beginners

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You have probably noticed that life is getting faster and faster every single day. What with blogging, podcasting, following the timelines on our favourite social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. I think most of us would need to double the hours in a day in order to get everything to-do list done every day. I am not even sure if that would be enough.
 
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An intriguing tool for public speakers and presenters who need live feedback from their audience

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A few weeks ago I came across an awesome app with a very intriguing name. It was called Intercourse. Intriguing, right? But that name is already history. The app is now called Feedback Fast. I am sure you are wondering why the developers had to change the name of their app. It's also an interesting story, but we will come back to that after I have explained what it is that Feedback Fast does so well. 
 
Feeback Fast app - the best app for public speakers and presenters

The difficult business of getting the first 50 pre-launch registered users for a startup

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They say creating a service or product is the easiest part of starting a business. Getting the first few people to use or purchase your product is where the tough work really starts. And it really does not matter whether your product is free or not. You may be wondering how could it possibly be difficult to get someone to use your product if you are giving it away for free. There are many reasons this is possible. For example, it could be that your product does not solve a problem or pain point that potential customers have. If you are making a product that has no potential customer, then you shouldn't be surprised that you can't find people to even try your product, right? And if you are doing things the old-fashioned way of hiding in your room, spending months or years creating a product that you think people will need and then hoping that since your product is good, customers will beat a path to your door then you need to wake up to reality. Those days are over, but thanks to new ideas like the lean startup methodology there is hope for those willing to adapt to the new situation. 

How to easily delete registered accounts from most web services

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In my previous post here, I wrote about managing settings of social media platforms like a boss, i.e. managing the settings from one place. This time I am writing about a tool that helps you to delete accounts on websites. I have been using the Internet from the days of the analogue modems, creating accounts on all web services possible. That's a hack of a long time. Can you imagine how many accounts I have created over those years? There is an unaccountable number of them, some that I can't even remember. I am sure a lot of you guys reading this post are in the same situation. I never actually thought about deleting accounts until I came across this cool tool called justdeleteme. But first things first. 
 

How to manage your social media platform settings like a boss

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As new social media platforms appear, it's becoming impossible to keep an eye on each and everyone of them. If you want my advice, you should not even try to or you will lose your mind. Choose a few relevant ones, learn to use them efficiently and stick to them. Don't spread yourselft  too thin. It will wear you out. Anyway, keeping all those profiles updated is not an easy task. Just remembering the different profile image sizes requires a book for dummies or a blog post like this one here by Carolyn Nicander Mohr.
 

10 awesome web tools to improve productivity and simplify life online

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We all have 24 hours in a day, right? So how come some people do more stuff in a day than others? Some people don't even get any stuff done at all. Well, it depends on how we organize our day, on our habits, on the tools we use and a lot of other reasons. Genes could also have something do with it. While there isn't much I can do about your genes to improve your productivity, I can help you improve your productivity by providing you with some tools that I find to be very helpful. They say a poor carpenter blames his tools. I don't blame mine because they are good. Here are some of them. Give them a try. You might just stop blaming your tools too and start getting things done.  
 
1. Lastpass

You need to read this if you are a marketer or SEO

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Not long ago I wrote this post about things to remember when outsourcing IT services that my partner and I have learnt while experimenting with outsourcing. We managed to have a micro-jobs site developed by a service provider based in India. The experiment continues and the next step is to launch. We need to put our project out there so that real people, not our mums or wives who usually love everything we do, can tell us whether our idea is good or not. What we developed is a micro-jobs site with a little twist.
 

The best thing that a blogger could ever do

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You thought I was going to talk about writing compelling content, on page and off page SEO, promoting your posts on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ etc., didn't you? A lot of people have already written about that, so I am not going to repeat the same old stuff. I will just link you to some of the best resources online regarding the common points that all bloggers, old and new, should keep in mind because the topic of this post is Triberr. When I started blogging I had no idea something like Triberr existed. I didn't know what to do to bring traffic to my blog or to get my posts shared. The miserable amount of Twitter or Facebook shares of some of my first posts is tangible proof of what I am talking about. (I have embedded a few screenshots below for your entertainment :-) ).
 
 

Why a vocalist is like a social media marketer

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I have been a vocalist for almost 8 years. I sing with people who are much better than me, but the funny thing is that after the concert most people come to me for autographs. They all think I am the leader of the band, the best singer. One thing I have learnt is that there is more to being a vocalist than singing like a pro. Wondering what that is? Well, it's the same thing that we hear bloggers and marketers talking about all the time - engagement. Still not sure what I am talking about? Let me explain. 
 
A vocalist is like a social media marketer

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