Simple Hack to Take out Stress from Using Technology + Coolest Time Tracker Ever


Simple Hack to Take Out Stress from Using Technology

Our technology enhances our lives in so many ways, but it has its drawbacks too. The emotional charge it holds to make you feel the need to constantly engage with others around us, and to consume information has a lot of drawbacks too.  

I recently came across some people who were changing their iPhone screens to black-and-white and decided to try it as well. What I found was the emotional charge when I checked my email and scroll through apps, and in just general use of my phone, while in black-and-white, was pretty much eliminated.

I had no idea how much anxiety I felt every time I picked up my phone. It’s a little embarrassing to admit how unaware I was of this. I had almost all my notifications turned off. The badge icon that shows unread messages was already off on almost all my apps. I even have a new private number and my work line is primarily checked by my assistant, Jeanette.

Yet somehow my brain associates this device with stress. The night I changed my screen to black and white, that charge disappeared. I made a very short video showing you the steps to set up your phone so that if you triple click the home button, the screen will convert to black-and-white. Repeat the process and the color comes right back. Check it out here in the new YouTube channel I just started thanks to your feedback.

Would you consider commenting and liking if you find it helpful? Any feedback would be great since this is new for me. Come back after watching the video! As always, we’ve got more great content below in this newsletter!


The Coolest Way to Track How You Spend Your Time

A lot of you have asked what the best time tracker app is. I use Toggl to keep track of the time I spend working on client projects, but for the everyday tasks we’re doing, there’s no way I’m going to open up an app to tell it what I’m doing. This is where the Time Flip Magnet comes in. You just pick it up and flip it to the face that matches your new activity. I’m so stoked to try this out. Hopefully I’ll have it next week. Check it out here!


The Browser You May Not Have Tried yet but Should

Brave is a new(ish) internet browser. It's really fast and all your Chrome extensions work. Basically it's a total ripoff of Chrome, but they designed it to protect your privacy and it’s faster than Chrome. You have to set up your extensions again, but your bookmarks and everything come over. You can download it here if you want to try it out! I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and love it!


Sanebox’s Do Not Disturb Feature

Do you use Sanebox?  If not, you should start a trial right now! If so, did you know it has a Do Not Disturb Feature? Here’s the deal. I always use an autoresponder when I go on vacation. I have a problem though. My fingers want to tap that icon and check email. It opens without me even thinking about it. I’ve tried deleting the app, but what about when I want to write somebody, or still receive messages from a particular person? Sanebox thought this through and provided the solution! All the email sent to you is held back from delivery to your device until your end date, then it gets put in there. You can have exceptions if needed. Unfortunately, they don’t read and respond to everything while you’re away :(

Check out this guide that will walk you through the setup process and even let you set a date range for this feature to be turned on, as well as the option for an Auto Reply message.


How to Choose Between Archive and Delete in iOS Mail

Have you ever wondered why sometimes your email archives and sometimes deletes?  This is a feature you can choose between. Archiving will move your email into a folder you can access later where as deleting will move to your trash.  If you have it set up for your trash to delete permanently these emails will no longer be accessible. The cool thing about archiving is it gets these emails out of your inbox but gives you the ease of holding onto emails you may need to reference later.  Check out the gif I created on the left to see how to set up your archive or delete preferences.


Looking for an iPhone with No Frills but It’s Still Fast?

Check out the iPhone SE. I read an article from Mac Rumors talking about using it this year and how it’s still super responsive but isn’t overloaded with a ton of features you might not use.

If you are looking for an iPhone for basic use (Phone, Mail, Messages, Calendar, and FaceTime) the SE model might just be exactly what you’re looking for.  Apple started selling them in January on their refurbished and clearance site but know that they come and go pretty quick as this is still a pretty popular model.


Apple’s Upcoming Special Event + 5 Must Try YouTube Tricks


Apple Special Event

Apple has announced their next Special Event!  Live from the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino March 25 at 10:00AM PST.   If you would like to watch the event live click here. I am pretty excited to see what they have to announce with all the rumors going around. Jeanette and I are going to watch live and stream us talking about all the new stuff as it’s announced. We’ll send out a link when it’s closer to the date.


Spark Email Delegation

Want to take Spark to a new level?  Their newest feature, Email Delegation is definitely going to be a game changer.  With the ability to delegate emails and set up deadlines right from the email delegation, this new feature is no doubt going to add more time to your life with better productivity in your workflow.  Check out Spark’s short video introduction here.


Spotlight Presentation Remote - $129.95

Tired of using a laser pointer during presentations?  Have you ever wished that you could zoom in or highlight a portion of your presentation?  This Spotlight Presentation Remote by Logitech may just be your new best friend. You can even set up timed vibration alerts to help you stay on track without disrupting your flow. If you would like to see a short highlight video check it out here.


5 Must-Try YouTube Tricks: Tap for easy ways to be an internet-video master

Rewind with ease

Have you ever tried rewinding a YouTube video by swiping along the play bar and suddenly found yourself back several minutes instead of a few seconds? There is an easier way! While watching the video, simply double-tap the left half of the play window to rewind only 10 seconds. If you want to forward 10 seconds, just double-tap the right side.

Tweak your video quality

YouTube videos stream at a resolution of 360p but you can change that. Tap your video as it is playing, then tap the three-dot icon that appears and select Quality. This will give you several options to boost your video quality.

Choose your playback speed

Have you ever wished you could watch a replay in slow motion? You can change your playback speed! Tap the three-dot menu button in the top right corner of the video, then tap “Playback speed.” From there you can choose from several options of speeds to watch your video. You can even speed up your video!

Choose Dark theme

Do you love Dark Mode on your Mac? Well you can change the theme within YouTube to a Dark theme in order to cut down on glare. You can turn it on in the app settings. Tap the account icon, then Settings, then select Dark theme.

Remind yourself to take a break

Have you ever wondered how watching one video on YouTube suddenly turned into a couple hours? You can use this setting to remind you to take breaks. It will even pause your video automatically. To turn this feature on, tap the account icon, then tap Settings and select “Remind me to take a break,” then choose your frequency.


How to Set up Find My iPhone + The 10 Best HomeKit Lights, Locks, Thermostats, and More


Read this before upgrading your iPhone

Do you like having the most up to date iPhone without spending upwards of $1000 each year? Do you want security that if you ever lose your iPhone or it gets stolen that you can get a replacement without having to buy a new phone? If you haven’t heard, Apple has an iPhone upgrade program where you can trade in your iPhone after a year and upgrade to the newest phone without ever paying full price for the previous phone. This program automatically has AppleCare+ Protection built into the price you pay each month and you can now choose AppleCare + Theft and Loss. If you choose the AppleCare + Theft and Loss option just make sure that you always have Find my iPhone turned on. This is a requirement from Apple if you need to go to the store for a new iPhone in the case of theft or loss. Check out this article from Gadget Hacks that will walk you through how to set up Find my iPhone to ensure it is always turned on.


101 Most Useful Websites on the Internet

Have you ever tried returning to a website that you saved and it no longer existed?  Or wished you could track your flight status at airports worldwide?  Or how about a way to play ambient noises to help you focus better and boost productivity?  Well here is a site with 101 Most Useful Websites on the Internet. Although I have not been able to open all of the links, there are some pretty good options in there to check out!


How to Customize the Today Screen on macOS

Did you know there’s a special way ‘Today’ is viewed on your Mac? It’s a handy little sidebar that can show up on the right side of the screen so you can see what’s going on in your schedule, the weather and all kinds of little things. Check out The Sweet Setup for step by step instructions on how to make what you have going on today in a view that works best for you!


The 10 best HomeKit lights, locks, thermostats, and more

Ever wish your door would unlock as you’re walking up to the house? Wish the heat would turn down at night and up automatically in the morning? Wouldn’t it be neat to have your lights be bright white in the daytime but warm and mellow at night? Home automation is your new best friend.

All of your iOS devices have an app called Home. If you deleted it, just search the App Store for Home and it will pop back up.  This is the app that you open to control any smart devices that are HomeKit compatible.

If you happen to buy something that doesn’t work in HomeKit, then you’ll have to control it from another app. That’s why people some people only want to buy apps that are compatible with HomeKit, Google, Alexa or whoever. It’s about having everything in one place.

If you buy a smart lock that’s compatible with HomeKit, the Home app is where you control it! If you’re new to the home automation scene we found a list of the 10 best HomeKit lights, locks, thermostats, and more. Enjoy!


How to Shoot on iPhone

We all probably have used our iPhones for taking snapshots quickly and hope that most of them don’t come out blurry. If you would like to explore a little bit more with taking amazing photos with your iPhone, Apple has released several video tutorials on how we can shoot better photos and videos! Check them out here.

Water in your iPhone’s speaker? This Shortcut can help get it out

Have you ever used the water eject option on your Apple Watch?  Well now there is a shortcut you can use to do something similar for your iPhone in that oops situation where your phone gets submerged in water.  Check out the article here on how you can download the Water Eject Shortcut.


No More Facebook Lives + 19 New Features Coming to iPhone You Don't Want to Miss!


Facebook Live Videos are Out - Short Polished Videos are In

I’m stopping Facebook Live and have decided to start creating short polished videos to upload to my new Youtube channel. Subscribe here to get updated when I upload this awesome new content!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who responded to my email asking for feedback on my Facebook Live videos and letting me know what would be more helpful for you! In case you missed it, I sent out a letter asking if you think I should change up the videos I’ve been making. The Facebook Live videos I’ve been doing have been an amazing learning experience, but they’re just way too long. I’ll keep the videos up for you to reference since there’s a ton of really valuable stuff in there.

Based on your request I’m going to work on creating polished, to-the-point videos that are shorter and more accessible. Whether that’s for a refresher on how something works, or a recommendation of a specific app. I’ll upload them to Youtube and embed them into a page on my site. Be sure to subscribe on Youtube if you want to see those videos when they’re posted! I created a new channel for all this upcoming content. Click here to subscribe! (Keep in mind there may not be anything uploaded at the very beginning.)


The Opkix One Wearable Cameras

Have you ever wished you didn’t have to pull your phone out of your pocket to take a video?  Or didn’t want a full-size GoPro rig for a bike ride or outdoor activity? Well Uncrate has found a solution.  The Opkix One Wearable Cameras.

I thought the design of these was really cool because they are pocket-friendly and the case looks like an AirPods case!  The pair of 1080p video cameras are just under an inch and a half long and weigh only 12 grams each which is basically nothing.  They even have a range of accessories that let you mount them on your eyewear or wear them as a necklace or ring.

The charging case is even more than just a case too.  It wirelessly transmits your footage over to your smartphone and provides up to 72 minutes of recording time.  Sounds like a great idea for even a gift for your family or friend who loves the outdoors!


19 New Features Coming to iPhone

Right now there are at least 19 new features being tested for the next iPhone update. I know most of you can get frustrated with iPhone updates, but they’re typically helpful and packed with new features you wouldn’t otherwise know about unless you have someone like us telling you! So here’s the big list if you want to check it out. Otherwise, this is what we’re most looking forward to seeing:

New Animojis to play with

Who doesn’t love playing with Animojis? Turning your face into a T-Rex, Panda Bear, or even a Unicorn when sending a silly message to your friends is so much fun! Well hopefully coming soon you will be able to be a Giraffe, Shark, Owl, or a Boar if you would like! Which Animoji is your favorite?

Air quality in Apple Maps

Do you ever wonder how the air quality is in your local city? I am so stoked to see the air quality in Apple Maps! This feature will allow you to view the Air Quality Index ranging from 0-500 to see how polluted the air is around you.

Customize your downtime each day of the week

I’m pretty sure I never used the Downtime feature because it was only allowed to be set for the same time every day. With iOS 12.2 it is expected that this will change. You will be able to customize what days have it on or off and you can set specific downtimes for each day of the week! I might actually use this feature if that happens.

Searching is even easier in Safari with arrows

When performing a web search in Safari, there will be arrows next to the suggested search options. Clicking on an arrow will autofill that suggestion into the search bar for you. You can still tap on the words next to the arrow to open that search up right away, but the arrow helps narrow your search down and get other recommendations. Anything to save time when searching is awesome!


New Apple Products (rumored) + In-Ceiling, In-Wall, and Outdoor speakers by Sonos


Looking for new Apple Products?

Well you might want to sit tight until they have another announcement. The rumor mill is churning with excitement, but remember they’re just rumors till they’re released. Here’s the scoop. Apple’s 2019 hardware roadmap calls for at least 11 new products, some of which we have all probably been waiting for...can we say wireless charging pad? Hardware changes including iPhone and iPad, Macbook Pro and Mac Pro, a 6K Display, and accessories such as AirPods and the long-awaited AirPower.  Take a look at what appleinsider is saying regarding the potential upcoming 2019 lineup!


Sonos Architectural Speakers

My favorite speaker company just announced architectural speakers! If you’ve been thinking of installing built in speakers in your walls or ceiling or finding speakers to put outside, look no further! Sonos has an incredible reputation for sound that will WOW you and easy wireless streaming to multiple rooms. You can play different songs in every room, or pool them all together for Party Mode. Make sure to add these to your wish list for your next home entertainment upgrade! Click the links above for prices.


Group Facetime still partly broken?

Unfortunately, Group FaceTime even under iOS 12.1.4 hasn't quite been restored to its former functionality. A MacRumors forum thread started the day after 12.1.4's release revealed users who found themselves unable to add more users to a FaceTime call. As it turns out, it appears that users are no longer able to add a person to a one-on-one FaceTime call. The "Add Person" button remains greyed out and inactive in this situation. The only way to add another person to a Group FaceTime call at this time is to start the call with at least two other people. This slight distinction appears to be the source of confusion for many users.

Apple is actively working on iOS 12.2 Beta which has not yet seen the addition of the patch for Group FaceTime, but we'd expect them to address the ongoing bugs in a later 12.2 beta release.


Try on glasses with your iPhone

With the all the new tech Apple is putting into their phones, namely Face ID, this makes so much more possible. The kids know this when it comes to using funny filters for Animoji’s, Snapchat, and Instagram. But a glasses company, Warby Parker, has incorporated this technology into their app so you can try on their glasses without having to go into a store or order some to try on. I actually have a few pair of Warby Parkers and they’re great, not to mention cheap compared to somewhere like LensCrafters. Check out their new app here.


Wondering where you can manage app subscriptions on your iPhone?

Apple finally made an update that allows you to easily find what you’ve subscribed to! This is a long time coming. While they could always be found, they were buried many layers deep in Settings. Here’s a picture of what to click on to manage subscriptions.


Got a new iPad and looking for a good notes app?

Check out GoodNotes 5. It is by far the most intuitive, most advanced and easiest to use notes app on the market.  If you’ve got an iPad and want to be able to create notes, pull in PDFs etc, GoodNotes 5 is the best. They’ve been getting a lot of notoriety and I’ve got some clients who are serious nerds about this stuff and they agree, this is the best. Check it out here!


Cutting the Cord to Cable + Coolest Alarm Clock Ever

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Image Credit: Christian Erxleben


The Glow Light by Casper - $89

Do you hate hearing the alarm clock go off as badly as I do? If so, you’ve got to check out this alarm clock by Casper (yes, that’s the bed company.) I actually just bought a light alarm clock recently and I love it. This is likely going to be the upgrade I make and I’ll put the other in my spare room :)

The premise is this. Our bodies are were designed to wake up with the sunrise, not a beeping box. If you’re like me, you have blackout curtains so you have no idea what time it is when you wake up. Since switching to a light alarm clock, I typically wake up with the light and feel so much more awake and ready for the day.

Most of the competitors out there don’t have quite the features The Glow Light has. You can have it slowly turn down as you’re going to bed, lulling you to sleep. You can also program the different light temperature which is great if you don’t want to be exposed to too much blue light while winding down.

This is definitely something you guys should check out!



YouTube TV

For those of you thinking about cutting the cord to cable TV, you should check out YouTube TV. Most of my clients who have waited to do this really like watching sports and or the news. With YouTube TV, you’ve got access to just about any channel you want.

YouTube TV is a commercial service that streams more than 60 live TV networks via the Internet. That’s networks… not channels.

YouTube TV began streaming in April, 2017.  Channels include CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, BBC World News, The Smithsonian Channel (a venture by CBS-owned Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institution); Sundance TV (owned by AMC Networks); numerous sports channels; The Disney Channel (owned by The Walt Disney Company); and BBC America (jointly owned by AMC Networks and BBC Studios). YouTube TV members also have access to YouTube Premium original movies and shows (although a YouTube Premium subscription is not included with YouTube TV).

Right now they have a 14 day free trial, so if you’re thinking about cutting the cord, sign up for a trial here. You’ll want to download the YouTube TV app on your Apple TV and see how you like it! It’s $40/mo after your trial.



Also check out the Brydge iPad Pro Keyboard

One of the questions I get all the time is what is the best keyboard for an iPad. It’s not a straightforward answer and we all have different preferences for how it feels. That said, if the Smart Keyboard by Apple isn’t for you, check out the Brydge iPad Pro Keyboard. This is a brand new model and they tout is as the bridge between your laptop and iPad. It’s designed to look and feel like your laptop keyboard so it’s a seamless transition between the two.

The iPad Pro version is brand new and available for preorder here. If you want to check out reviews for older models to see what people are saying about them, look here!

All this and it’s even cheaper than Apple’s Smart Keyboard folio!


The Facetime bug is Fixed!

A serious bug was found in the Facetime system for group calls. This is a new feature that was released in iOS 12.1. I doubt most of you have used it. Either way, someone found a way to insert themselves into a call someone else was having so Apple shut down group calling.

On Thursday Apple released version 12.1.4 which fixes the issue. Be sure to update your phone if you haven’t already!



Apple Cracking Down on Developers Trying to Collect Personal Data

Over the past few weeks Apple has been cracking down on all kinds of companies. First it started with Facebook creating an app that could bypass the App Store and collect sensitive information Apple blocks from developers. Next they found Google was doing the same thing. Apple shut down all of their internal apps causing chaos in both the companies and completely halting development of iOS apps. GO APPLE!

Next up, they found some developers have been trying to collect recordings of how people are using their apps. Again, this is not something Apple allows and has let developers know their apps will be removed from the App Store if found doing this.

With privacy violations just now coming to the mainstream eye, I’m happy to hear Apple is leading the way in shutting these people down and protecting our data.


Meet My New Executive Assistant

I’m so excited to introduce to you my newest team member, Jeanette Voss! Jeanette is my new Executive Assistant and we used to work at Apple together. I’m so thrilled to have her on board helping to keep me in line. She’s primarily helping me stay on top of email, manage my calendar, and help me on the administrative side of things. My hope is that by bringing her on it will really help YOU! She’ll be there to make sure I don’t miss anything, help you with questions, and make sure things are handled as quickly as possible so you can get your issues solved! So, if you’re a client of mine, don’t be surprised if she writes to you on my behalf...trust me, she’s here to help and make everything more smooth and efficient! In her free time, Jeanette loves spending time with her husband Matt and almost 5 year old son Ethan. She loves all things cars and is a bit of a sneaker-head at heart.


10 Apps to Help You Accomplish Your New Years Goals

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Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year where most of us are thinking through how we want the next year of our lives to look. Maybe you’ve set some resolutions or even gone further and created some goals that you want to accomplish this year. If so, you’re probably looking for tools and apps to help you stick to those goals and we’ve got you covered here!

Here are the best apps that you’ll want to use if you’ve set any goals for 2019:

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1. Productive - Habit Tracking

First up is a pretty awesome habit tracking app called Productive. It allows you to track your habit goals like drinking water, meditating, working, etc. It shows your streaks and will even send you reminders if you want. It’s got a beautiful and simple interface. If you set any habit goals, make sure to snag this one. Download here.

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2. Strides - Goal & Habit Tracking

If you’re looking for a more robust goal tracking app, Strides is pretty neat. It lets you track habits but also tracks your progress on other goals like paying down debt. It has more options than Productive, so if you’re looking for something to include all your goals, definitely check it out and download it here.

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3. SPAR! Challenge Your Friends To Stay on Track with Their Goals

We mentioned this app in last week’s newsletter but it’s worth mentioning again. If you are the type of person who needs extract motivation to stay on track with your goals, why not bet on it with your friends? Each friend puts money in the “pot” and then you check in each day you complete your habit. If you miss a habit, you pay a penalty fee. And the winner takes all. Download it here.

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4. 1 Giant Mind teaches you how to meditate

My favorite meditation app by far. If you have a habit goal for meditation, this is perfect. This one is simple, clean, and the best partially guided meditation I’ve had. You will be guided in and out but will have silent meditation for part of it. Plus, they have fun 12-30 day challenges which are great for making a habit. Download 1 Giant Mind here.

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5. 7 Minute Workout

I use this workout app and it’s awesome if you’ve created a goal to workout regularly but struggle to find the time. It’s pretty basic but gives you the workouts. And its just 7 minutes. But believe me, these are tough workouts and you’ll definitely be sweating by the end. Download it here.

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6. Plant Nanny Helps You Drink More Water

If you’re wanting to make a habit of drinking more water, this app is not only helpful but also cute. You basically pick a “plant” and have to water it each day by tracking how much water you’re drinking. If you don’t want it, it will wilt and eventually die. It makes a game out of staying hydrated and really works! Download it here.

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7. Libby Lets You Rent Books from the Library

Are you trying to read more books this year? If you love reading books on your phone or listening to audiobooks, then Libby is a must. Simply connect to your local library with your library card and immediately begin checking out books and audiobooks straight from your phone. Download it here.

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8. Audible for Listening to Books

Another amazing (and pretty obvious) app for increasing how many books you read is Audible. I personally love it. You can speed up the books to listen to more in less time and it helps you make it a habit since you get a new book credit each month. Download it here.

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9. DayOne Makes Journaling Easy and Searchable

May you want to be more intentional about journaling each day, tracking your life and emotions or just want to keep track of memories. DayOne is great for this because it syncs on all your devices and lets you search your journal entries. Download it here.

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10. Full Focus Planner Helps You Create Goals And Stick to Them

Last, but not least, isn’t actually an app but it’s amazing for helping stay on track with your goals and dive deeper into them. Not only will you create goals for the year, but you’ll be able to figure out why these goals are important to and your next steps. Then you’ll be to focus on those goals each day. You can check it out here.


pocket-sized gimbal

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So my brother-in-law had one of these over Christmas and I thought it was pretty awesome. I got to play with it a little bit and am hoping to get one of my own soon. It’s a pocket-sized gimbal that shoots 4K footage and it even will attach to your phone. I can’t say for sure how much I like it since I still haven’t gotten one, but I thought for those of you who are into videography, you might find it cool. You can check more out about it here.

magnet app

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The Magnet app for your Mac will automatically resize your windows for you depending on where you want them placed. This is awesome if you usually have lots of windows open that you’d like to see at once. For those of us that like the screen split into halves, this is the next level. Check it out here.


I’m Hiring! Do you know someone who could be my new assistant?

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Well, this is bittersweet. My sister-in-law and executive assistant, Marissa, has been offered a full-time job and will be leaving me in January. I’m thrilled for her and have been so grateful for our time working together. So now I’m looking for a new assistant. If you or someone you know would be interested in becoming my executive assistant visit the link below and please email careers@thedigitalorganizer.com with your resume and cover letter.


last week’s facebook live: The Best Apps to Help You Accomplish Your New Years Goals

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Did you set new goals and resolutions for 2019? If so, you’ll want to make sure to watch last week’s episode of The Digital Sanity Show because I share the best apps you can use to make sure you accomplish your goals (and there’s more than what’s in this newsletter!). Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one if you’re looking to crush this year!

Latest Phishing Scam Looks Like It’s Coming From Apple

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Heads up here! If you get a call from what appears to be Apple, be aware that it may be a phishing scam. The contact card will look exactly like the Apple Inc. contact card on your iPhone. But it’s most likely not them. They may try to get your personal info, but please do not give it to them! Remember, Apple never cold calls. If you happy to receive a phone call, hang up immediately and report it to Apple. You can learn more about reporting phishing here.


join me on facebook this wednesday at 8pm central!

Friday I had a session with someone who didn’t know about Shared Albums in iCloud. This is my far my favorite way to share photos among Apple users, even if they don’t have a Mac.

When celebrating with both sides of the family, I created a shared album for all of us to upload our photos to. It’s way easier and more fun than using Dropbox or some of the other things a lot of people use on vacations with friends and family. In fact, we do this for every major event and we all love it!

Join me on Wednesday, January 9th at 8 PM Central to learn all about it!

The Best Apps to Download for Your New iPhone

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You may have just received a new iPhone for Christmas and we wanted to share our top apps that we think you should download. Some of these apps are great for performing certain tasks, others are great for keeping you organized, and some are just for fun.

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1Password keeps all your passwords safe and easy to access

If you’ve been following me for a while or know me at all, you know my favorite app for password organization and management is 1Password. I’ve written on this many times (here and here) but to me, its the #1 app everyone needs to have. And with the new iOS, 1Password is now integrated. That means you can easily access your 1Password account information, credit cards, and identities straight from the websites you’re looking to fill in. Download 1Password here.

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Spark lets you collaborate on email

Sure, your iPhone will come with Apple Mail built in, but it doesn’t stand a chance compared to Spark. It’s my absolute favorite email app. I wrote about how I use it with my assistant here. Trust me on this one. You’ll never look at email the same once you’ve used Spark. Check out my Facebook Live that I did on Spark. Download Spark here.

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FantastiCal 2 lets you toggle between calendar sets

If you’re looking for the best calendar app, this is definitely it. I also recommend getting it on your Mac, but you’ll want to sync up with the iPhone app. My favorite thing is that you can toggle between different calendar sets (think: work, just me, family, etc.). It is hands down my favorite calendar app. Here’s a blog post and my Facebook Live on how I use it. Download FantastiCal 2 here.

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Asana manages takes, to-do lists, and projects

For task management, Asana is my favorite. There are also other apps like Todoist that are pretty good as well, but Asana is awesome for managing projects and assigning tasks to team members. Download Asana here.

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Amazon lets you buy almost anything with just one click

If you’re anything like me, you probably order something from Amazon at least weekly if not almost daily. It’s so convenient to have the app right on your phone for quick ordering and tracking. You can even turn on 1-click ordering, although it can be dangerous for some haha! It’s definitely my favorite shopping app. Download Amazon here.

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1 Giant Mind teaches you how to meditate

My favorite meditation app by far. And Madeline and I have tried lots of them. This one is simple, clean, and the best partially guided meditation I’ve had. You will be guided in and out but will have silent meditation for part of it. Plus, they have fun 12-30 day challenges which are great for making a habit. Download 1 Giant Mind here.

Libby lets you rent digital library books for free

If you love reading books on your phone or listening to audiobooks, then Libby is a must. Simply connect to your local library with your library card and immediately begin checking out books and audiobooks straight from your phone. Download Libby here.

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Waze takes your around traffic and notifies you about cops and road hazards

This is by far my favorite traffic app. It is totally beyond any other GPS I’ve seen. Yes, it gives you directions, but more than that it will help direct you around the traffic shaving minutes off your travel time and it will even alert you if there are police, accidents, or even construction on your route. Download Waze here.

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Binaural beats help you concentrate and relax

I love listening to binaural beats while I’m trying to focus on deep work or am just needing to relax. They’re also great to listen to during meditation. Just make sure to use them with headphones so they’re actually effective. Download Binaural here.

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Venmo makes sharing money super easy

This is my favorite app to quickly share money with friends. Whether I’m quickly splitting a meal cost with friends or paying someone back for a movie ticket, Venmo makes it really easy and fast to give and receive money. Download Venmo here.

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Dark Sky tells you minute by minute whats happen with the weather

This is a great weather app if you want something a little bit more in-depth than just what Apple Weather’s app tells you. One thing I love about Dark Sky is that you can see exactly when rain will be starting or stopping in your area (and it’s pretty dang precise!). You can also submit weather in your area to help them improve their forecasts which is great. Download Dark Sky here.

Instacart lets you grocery shop from the comfort of your couch

If you’re looking for an easy way to make your life more simple, getting your groceries delivered is a total game changer. We love using Instacart when we’re in a pinch and don't’ have time to get to the grocery store. You can shop from lots of stores like Whole Foods, Kroger, and Costco. Download Instacart here.

Pocket keeps all those articles you want to read but don’t have time for yet

This is a great app that we recently discovered. It syncs on your devices (you’ll just need to install the extension for your Mac browser of choice) and keeps those articles you want to read later on. It also lets you tag articles and takes away all the annoying ads. Download Pocket here.

Spotify makes listening to music customized and easy

If you’re a music lover, get Spotify. It’s worth it to get the Premium option to get rid of the ads. Spotify’s curated playlists are awesome and you can find almost anything you’re in the mood for. Download Spotify here.



USB-C Hub Available for iPad Pro

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If you recently got the new iPad Pro, you’ll most likely want to get a USB-C Hub so that you can connect all your devices. Statechi makes an awesome one that they just released. You can get it here.

Keep Your New Years Resolutions by Challenging Friends with SPAR!

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This is a pretty cool concept for an app. I personally haven’t tried it, but recently learned about it and thought it was pretty awesome. Basically, if you’re trying to install a new habit, this helps you keep it by challenging friends and upping the stakes. Each friend puts money in the “pot” and then you check in each day you complete your habit. If you miss a habit, you pay a penalty fee. And the winner takes all. Check it out here.


I’m Hiring! Do you know someone who could be my new assistant?

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Well, this is bittersweet. My sister-in-law and executive assistant, Marissa, has been offered a full-time job and will be leaving me in January. I’m thrilled for her and have been so grateful for our time working together. So now I’m looking for a new assistant. If you or someone you know would be interested in becoming my executive assistant visit the link below and please email careers@thedigitalorganizer.com with your resume and cover letter.


join me on facebook this wednesday at 8pm central!

Did you set new goals and resolutions for 2019? If so, you’ll want to make sure to tune in this Wednesday evening at 8 pm toThe Digital Sanity Show on Facebook Live because I’ll be sharing the best apps you can use to make sure you accomplish your goals. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one if you’re looking to crush this year!

Go Analog With This Planner to Help Increase Your Focus

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While this is not a “gadget” it’s definitely something I think could be extremely impactful on your productivity and achieving your goals. And full disclosure, my father-in-law Michael Hyatt is the creator of this planner, but I wanted to share it because I’ve now been using it for over 6-months and have seen a drastic improvement in my productivity. While it’s analog and not a digital app (like most of us are used to), I think it’s pretty brilliant in how it helps you get things done. And the power of writing things down has been proven to increase your achievement of those tasks and goals.

The way that this planner works is that each day you chunk down what you need to do into the three most important tasks called your Daily Big 3. Basically, you ask yourself, “At the end of today if I didn’t get anything else done, what three tasks would make me feel accomplished?” Ideally, these three tasks are helping you get closer to achieving your goals.

If you feel like you’re struggling with productivity, focus, or achieving your goals, I highly recommend you look into the Full Focus Planner. It will save you time and will beat procrastination. Each planner is designed to use every quarter (four per year) and you can either get a single planner or a subscription for the year. You can check them out here. I do not get any kickback from these planners, I just really believe they are an incredible tool to use daily and wanted to share that with you in hopes that it will help!


Best Holiday Apple Deals

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If you’re still looking for some super sweet holiday deals on Apple Products, there are some pretty amazing ones out there. You can currently get Apple’s HomePod $100 off of its normal price at just $249 here. B&H Photo is only offering this on a limited supply, so if you’re thinking of getting this deal, make sure to get it while they’ve got them.

B&H Photo is also offering plenty of amazing deals on tons of other Apple products like MacBooks, iPads, and Apple Watches, here. It’s a great time to purchase Apple gifts or if you’re looking for an upgrade.


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Dark Mode is Now in Microsoft Office & Coming to Google Chrome in 2019

If you’re loving Dark Mode as much as me and you enjoy using Microsoft Office, you’re in luck. Now the 2019 version of Microsoft Office supports dark mode and what’s even more exciting? Google Chrome with get Dark Mode in early 2019. I’ve been waiting for this update to come since Chrome is the primary browser a lot of us use. I also enjoy using NightOwl to easily toggle between light and dark mode and also program my modes to the setting and rising of the sun.

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New Super Cheap Smart Plug from Ikea

This is pretty awesome. I love automating as many things as I can and Ikea just made doing that a lot cheaper. They recently came out with a $10 smart plug that connects to Apple’s HomeKit. You can easily turn on or off your lamps at home or even your coffee maker. And the best thing is that you can program your lamps or other home devices to turn on or off at certain times. With just a $10 price tag, it makes it pretty hard to say no to home automation. Purchase here.


This App Creates a Master App

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This is a pretty cool app that I’m trying out. I just recently discovered it and thought the concept was awesome. It basically is an app that will rule all your other apps. Rather than having all your apps open in different windows, it creates a “master app” with just one window and multiple tabs for your apps. A lot easier to quickly switch apps than have to go search for that one app you’re looking for. You can download and try Station out here.


Calendly Makes Scheduling Appointments Easier and It’s Getting Even Better

I use Calendly for all of my scheduling and it makes it extremely easy and seamless. Not only can you easily share when you’re available with clients and colleagues but it also helps if you’re scheduling appointments across multiple time zones. And it's getting even better.

Your availability will now be shown in a month view where people can select the day that works for them and then see your available time slots. I am excited and hopeful that this update will make scheduling even better!  Calendly has yet to release an official release date for this update, but it will automatically update for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing! If you want to try it out, check out how to here.


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A Tour of The Full Focus Planner and How I Use it to Stay on Track With My Most Important Priorities

This Wednesday, join me on Facebook Live where I will be sharing how I use the Full Focus Planner.

I have been using this planner for months now and can’t imagine not having it in my “tool box”. I’ll be giving you an in-depth look into the planner, how I use it to stay on track with my goals, and sharing how I have used it to create my ideal week.

Join me this Wednesday at 8:00 pm Central on Facebook!


Update on My Cousin Connor

Last week I shared with you about my cousin Connor and his battle with cancer. I wanted to take a minute to give you all an update. It is with a lot of sadness that I share that Connor lost his battle to cancer last Tuesday, December 11th. He went peacefully surrounded by his family. I am so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to spend much of his last week together. We were even able to spend Christmas together before I left town. I ask that you continue to keep Connor and my family in your prayers and send lots of love our way. If you would like to help relieve some of the financial burden of his cancer treatment, please do so by clicking the button below. Connor’s family will be extremely grateful!

This App Will Help Keep Your Desktop Organized and Clutter Free

This App Will Help Keep Your Desktop Organized and Clutter Free

Hocus Focus is an awesome app for your Mac that will help your desktop stay clutter free and will help you maintain focus on the projects or tasks you need to. While working with many of my clients, I notice how cluttered their screens can be. A lot of times because they need multiple apps running, but it can create a lot of digital and visual clutter.

This app will automatically minimize apps that you have running but aren’t using. Especially those that you might have running in the background like music apps like Spotify, work timers like Toggl, or even communication apps like Messages or Spark.

You can easily set each app to hide after a certain time of inactivity. The default time is 30 seconds, but you can adjust that to your liking.

I think this app is extremely useful if you’re someone who struggles with staying focused on the task at hand or if you usually have multiple windows open at the same time.

Download the app for free here.


New ECG App on Apple Watch Series 4 Monitors Your Heart

With the new watchOS 5.1.2 update, your series 4 Apple Watch will now monitor your heart rate and let you know if it detects abnormal rhythm. You can watch the above video to learn more about how to use this new feature. It’s pretty amazing that with just your watch and the touch of a button, you can make sure your heart is operating at a healthy rate.


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Looking to Charge Your Phone Fast? You Can Now Buy Apple’s $29 USB-C Adapter

Apple just released their brand new 18W USB-C Power Adapter through their accessory store. This is an 18 watt USB-C power adapter that will supercharge your iPad or iPhone. You will still have to purchase the USB-C to Lightning Cable for $19. But, this is a great option for charging your devices fast.

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Apple Released Clear iPhone XR Case to Show Off Colors

If you have bought Apples current most popular phone, the iPhone Xr, chances are you need a case. Apple just released their first case for the phone which made from clear polycarbonate and flexible TPU materials. It’s perfect for showcasing these colorful phones. However, the only drawback with clear cases is they usually yellow over time or become blue from blue jeans. I hope that Apple’s will be a higher quality that won’t discolor!


Amazon Prime Video App Now Available for Comcast Xfinity X1

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If you love Amazon Prime and are a Comcast Xfinity customer, you can now stream it through your X1 device. This app was released last week and has been rolling out to customers, so if it hasn’t reached you yet, give it a few days. This is the first time Amazon Prime has been available to a major cable provider and it’s pretty exciting given that lots of Prime shows are now rolling out like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.


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Need a Hotel Tonight?

Some of you may know that I had to quickly leave town last week due to a family emergency. I needed a hotel quick the same day and wasn’t sure where to look. Luckily I was able to get a room at the same hotel my family was staying at, but I later learned of this app (they also have a website) which would’ve been extremely useful. It shows you what rooms are available at hotels in your area or where you’re planning to visit and the prices are usually very marked down. It would especially useful for last-minute getaways or work trips. Download the free app here.

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Facebook Live Canceled This Week

Unfortunately, I have to cancel this week’s Digital Sanity Show Facebook Live. As some of you know, I had to abruptly leave town last week for a family emergency ( more about that below). This caused me to have to cancel all my appointments for the rest of the week which means that I am now making up most of those appointments this week. I will plan to be back next week so please join me then! In the meantime, you can view all my past Facebook Lives here like The Greatest Email Tool Since Gmail in 2004 and My #1 Favorite Calendar Tool & How to Use it with Your Assistant.


More About My Family Emergency: Please Consider Supporting My Cousin, Connor, and His Family

If you had an appointment with me last week or tried contacting me, you probably heard that I had to abruptly leave town for a family emergency. I wanted to share a bit more about that…

I ended up flying to California on Tuesday of last week when I got word that my 23-year-old cousin, Connor, was given a week to live. He’s been in the hospital for months battling a very aggressive Leukemia since February of this year. He’s done multiple rounds of chemotherapy and even a bone marrow transplant that ultimately failed.

On Thursday night we drove from the hospital in CA to Las Vegas where he and my family are from. We brought him home so he could spend this precious time with family.

I want to ask first off for your prayers for Connor—that he would be filled with love, peace, courage, and that my family would have strength and comfort.

Secondly, I humbly ask for you to consider supporting Connor’s family financially. The medical bills have been astounding and they asking for help to cover these costs. Any donation helps! You can donate using the button below.

At this point, Connor’s future is uncertain. What I do know is that he is surrounded by love and family, that he will at some point, just as we all will, meet his Maker and be free of all pain and suffering. It has been a few very hard, but precious days spent with Connor. Thank you all for your love and support during this time!