4 April 2019

App Review – Canva




Purpose: Canva offers individuals a way to design graphics and publish them. Designs range from Instagram post graphics to magazine covers, to desktop wallpaper and more.

Benefits: Canva provides a wide variety of designs you can build on or use as a jumping off point for your own creation. Even the free version has a lot of options to work with. The site also is a great source of design knowledge for beginners.

Cost: There is a free version; Canva for Work is $12.95/mo

Opinion: I’m not great at graphic design, and Canva lets me produce more professional looking graphics and images that I can then use for social media and other marketing material. I’ve used Canva for creating tip sheets, Instagram posts, and a lot of desktop wallpaper : ) So far, I have stuck with the free version, but there are benefits to the paid version, specifically the option to resize one graphic to meet other guidelines – taking an Instagram post and resizing it/optimizing it for Facebook. 

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28 March 2019

App Review – Dropbox




Dropbox logo

Purpose: Dropbox brings your files together, in one central place, syncing them across devices so you can access them anytime, anywhere. They also provide file sharing.

Benefits: Having a remote file management system like Dropbox is like having your own personal server – you can access your documents regardless of what device you are on. This is great for anyone using multiple devices or anyone who needs access to their documents outside the office. 

Cost: $0, $10, $20/mo

Opinion: Dropbox is great as a file sharing platform. Although they do offer some sharing, they don’t allow document collaboration in the same way Google Drive does. This is okay because it allows Dropbox to be pure file management and sharing.

I use Dropbox as a personal server, and its an immense boost to my productivity to be able to access my documents regardless of which computer or digital device I am on. I prefer Dropbox over Google Drive if you are just using it to store/manage files, although Google Drive does have the collaboration advantage. 

Interested in learning more about how Dropbox can work for you? Contact me!

21 March 2019

Outsource to Optimize Productivity




I normally keep a clean house. Well, let’s be honest, I keep a tidy house.

There’s just something about me and dusting that doesn’t jive. I’ve tried to set a schedule for cleaning, tried to do a little every day, but the hair bunnies just pile up and I once caught my husband drawing in the dust on the bookshelf.

The easy solution to my problem would be to hire a housekeeper – someone to come in and take care of the dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning for me. Then I’d have more time to take a nap…I mean, work on my social media.

We talk about this in business all the time. Outsource those tasks you don’t want to do – or don’t have time for – so you can focus on other important things.

How about for you? What tasks do you dread? Is file organizing something you’re super excited about doing? Does it ‘spark joy’ in your life, or would you rather just wake up one day and have everything organized for you?

If you’d rather be doing anything other than organizing your files, let’s get together and talk about how to get more time for you!

14 March 2019

To Boldly Go




Woman achieving goal, success

I had an ulterior motive for starting my business.

Ilios Digital Organizing was first conceived because organizing is my passion. I organized toy rooms when I babysat, the books when I worked at the bookstore, and even the gift cards when I wait in line at Target.

I’ve been blessed to be able to start a business doing what I love. There’s just something satisfying about helping someone put their digital world in order so they can live an easier, more productive life.

But I have a hidden agenda.

A secret reason why I do what I do.

I love to see people’s confidence around tech increase.

Tech can be scary. You know how it feels. Something isn’t working with your tech and maybe there is a solution but you can’t find it online. Or you do find a solution but aren’t really sure you should be pushing those buttons.

What if you mess something up? What if you break something you can’t fix?

What if you crash your computer?

Yeah, that feeling.

My clients feel that anxiety too, and it’s part of my job to help ease it. It’s why I’m not afraid to search Google in front of them. Or try something different to solve a new problem. Or admit that no, I’ve never seen that before but, hey, let’s try to figure out an answer.

I make my clients ‘drive’ the mouse when we’re working on their computers. Not because I’m lazy, but because I want them to experience how to troubleshoot while still having a safety net. It builds their belief that yes, they can do this.

Nobody voluntarily says ‘Hey, April, I feel more confident around tech now, thanks.’ but when I mentioned my hidden agenda to a former client she paused, thought for a moment, then nodded and said, ‘you know, I do feel more confident when I’m working with my computer than I used to.’

And that feeling is one of the reasons I do what I do.

But how about you?

How confident do you feel when it comes to managing your tech?

Would you like to be more self-assured when you’re working on your computer? More courageous when it comes time to troubleshoot? Give me a call and let’s talk about how to make that feeling happen.

7 March 2019

Finding What You Need With Document Organizing




When I worked at Barnes and Noble I loved shelving. I think it spoke to my organizer’s heart to put the books on their designated shelf, neatly arranged by author or subject. I’ll admit, I still adjust the books sometimes when I’m in there browsing.

It never failed, though. I’d have a customer looking for a book on slow cooking and we’d go to the shelf, scan the titles but no luck. Then later I’d find the book in question tucked away in another section, hiding between books on World War II.

Aghhhhhh

And it’s worse on computers because when you go looking for a specific file, all you see is Document 1, New Document, Document 1(2), Monthly Report, and so on. Then you have to open up dozens of files to find the one that you’re looking for. Another hour wasted.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re ready to save time – and avoid frustration – when you’re working, let’s get together and talk about how to make it happen through document organizing.  

28 February 2019

A computer crash doesn’t have to mean losing it all




Mimzy on the hunt for her next lizard

I’m scared of lizards. Those little gecko type lizards that bake in the sun doing their little lizard push ups. It’s not that I think they’re evil, it’s just that they move so fast. One minute they’re across the room, the next minute they’re climbing over your foot.

Eeeek!

And to make matters worse, my youngest cat loves bringing them in from outside. She’ll strut in with one hanging out of her mouth, trying to track me down so she can show off her prize. Somehow she’s always surprised when mommy shrieks and shoves her back outside.

Because lizards scare me.

That fear is there with computers too. You know those moments. Those times when your computer hiccups and you have this complete panic because your entire life is on that computer and what if it crashes? What if it locks up and won’t let you back in?

No more pictures of your cats, no more business forms, and goodbye to all those pre-written blog posts.

*shivers* Just the thought gives me the heebie jeebies.

You don’t have to live with that anxiety, though. Let’s get together and talk about how to squash the fear of losing your documents in a computer crash or unfortunate accident.

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