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ilios Digital Organizing

Specializes in digital productivity and tech organizing – making sure you have the right tech and know how to use it. We focus on finding ways you can use tech to your advantage; helping your business to grow and prosper. Our goal is to help you get out from under your business and enjoy your life rather than worrying about a computer crash, missed opportunities, and leaving money on the table. Let's get started!

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless. – Thomas Edison

What people are saying

  • Thank you sooooo much for your help with my email! It was just the push I needed, and your approach was so simple that I had literally finalized my email organization by Fri.
    My inbox is EMPTY and I’m using my Action folders religiously now ☺ Of course, I have more emails to sort through, but it feels so good to have an organizational system moving forward. Thanks again!

    Katrina Oko-Odi | Editing Worm
  • I finally feel like I can get a handle on my emails. With everything falling into my main email I get overwhelmed and I know emails get missed and that is not a good business practice!!
    I really appreciate your time, clear information, and follow up email with instruction about what you taught me in case i forget :), your patience in teaching me how to manage it on my own and knowing you are just a phone call or email away if I get stuck!!!! I am actually looking forward to tackling my emails!

    Mia Roseberry | Wounded Warrior Homes
  • April was a great find and help just when I needed it!
    I was going crazy with the details of starting my own business. [April] listened to my immediate and long term needs for my business and jumped right in to help me regain my sanity. April was calm when I needed it and excited and energized when I was down. It was a great help to have someone detail oriented to work with me.

    Kim D. - Paradise Veterinary Hospital
  • If you need help organizing your computer files, bookmarks, or email, April is your go-to solutions expert! Professional, ethical, trustworthy and knowledgeable, she made the experience easy and fun. I highly recommend her for your IT organizing needs!

    Natasha R.

From the ilios Blog

12 September 2017

Success is slow

If at first you don’t succeed…

As adults, we’ve forgotten what we knew as kids – nobody is an expert the first time. We try a new task and expect to be good right away. When we’re not, we believe its because we can’t learn new things. I recently picked up a new crafting hobby and my first attempt didn’t 100% match the example. Undeterred, I tried again with similar results. Its a struggle because I know I’m getting better, but I want to be awesome today.

boy pouting

Learning new tech works the same way. I met someone recently who opened up MailChimp for the first time, scanned through the pages and options, then decided it wasn’t intuitive enough for her to figure out. Do you have the same reaction? When you are struggling with learning a new program do you seek out video tutorials, blogs, or the FAQ section? Or do you bang your head against the keyboard, hoping the information will work into your brain via osmosis?

These days we have access to more information than we know what to do with. Any problem you have, chances are that somebody else has had the same issue. But where do you go to find the answers? My suggestion, get a couple resources you trust – people or websites – and rely on them for your information, or for places you can go for more.

Tech moves so fast that there is no way to know everything or be good at everything. I look things up all the time on Google, if you’re a client you’ve seen me do it! A wise person once said, you don’t need to know everything, you just need to know how to look it up.

 

*boy image by Shannon Moules, cover image by Siona Karen

30 August 2017

Sleep tight with your digital device

Is your phone keeping you awake?

 We’ve heard the reports that using our mobile devices before bedtime is a sure way to disrupt our sleep. Digital devices are emitting greater amounts of blue LED light these days in comparison to other light sources in our house.  Recent studies show that blue light suppresses melatonin (the hormone the brain produces at night to induce sleepiness) more effectively than any other visible wavelength, potentially leaving people more alert when they would otherwise start feeling drowsy.
During the day, a little extra blue light from our computer doesn’t make a difference when we’re already getting so much from the environment. But all that changes at night. How many of us check our email, play a game, or look at Facebook before we turn off the bedside lamp? I know I”m guilty of it almost every night.
So if blue light before bed is bad for us, what are we supposed to do?
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28 August 2017

CrashPlan – Stay or Go?

CrashPlan is getting out of the online backup business for home owners. Not only is this a bummer for me personally, but CrashPlan has been my primary recommendation for anyone wanting to get started with online backup. So now what?

The great news is, CrashPlan has extended your subscription for 60 days (past when you normally expire) to give you time to make a decision. If you are set to expire Jan 1, 2018, then you will have till March to figure things out.

If you want the easiest route, I would recommend staying with Crashplan and moving to their small business plan for a year. This plan only requires you to log in to migrate your account. You will be able to backup for free until the end of your current CrashPlan subscription, then enjoy a 75% discount for the first 12 months – $2.50/mo. As far as I can tell, this is $2.50 per device for those coming over from the CrashPlan Home plan.

After that year the cost for CrashPlan’s Small Business Plan is $10/computer, and I would recommend re-evaluating the options available. Currently, Backblaze is a great alternative at $50/computer/year or $4.17/mo. That’s only one Starbucks (if you like your caffeine large)!

 Whichever route you choose, remember that online sync – Dropbox/OneDrive/G Drive – is not the same thing as online backup. Do not use Dropbox etc. as a means of backing up your files when there are better options.

 Questions? Let me know! I strongly believe that online backup is worth every penny and would be glad to help you get started!