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If your days are anything like mine, you could use about 10 more hours to get things done. Since stupid physics is preventing that from becoming a reality, you have limited options. Once is to hire a Personal Assistant. This can be a good solution, but is costly and can end badly (let your imagination wander.) Fortunately, there are alternatives.

1. Glympse

Thanks to my friend Scott, I’ve recently discovered Glympse. This app allows you to track and share your location with anyone you choose, for a specified period of time. Why would you want to do that, you ask? OK, I’ll tell you.

Let’s say you’ve set up a whirlwind property tour for a client with 10 sites on the list. Let’s also assume that you are unable to predict the future (traffic, extended viewings, three-drink lunches, etc.) Use Glympse to share your location for the day with the 10 Showing Agents on the tour. This way, everyone knows where you are along the route, and the Agent doing the 10:00 showing doesn’t have to waste 3 hours of his or her day because you are “running a little behind schedule.” Trust me, they’ll thank you.

2. SaneBox

I’ve been using this one for a few weeks now, and I really like it. SaneBox is a secondary “smart” mailbox that works on top of your existing Inbox. It learns your email habits and filters unimportant (or less important) emails into your SaneLater Email Folder for later review or deletion. The longer you use it, the better it gets at understanding what is important to you and what isn’t. If you are one of those people who receives 500 e-mails per day, expect this number to be cut by at least one third. This saves tons of time that you would otherwise waste separating the wheat from the chaff. SaneBox also has helpful features such as SaneNoReplies, which reminds you when people haven’t responded to your email. I also like “One-Click Unsubscribe” for those pesky Nigerian scam emails and the ever-present “male enhancement” offers. (How do they know?)

3. Swipes


Simply the best Task List app I’ve ever used.

Making use of the popular “swipe” motion used in apps like Tinder (don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about), Swipes works with your productivity system (Evernote), and collects your tasks from your email and notes. It allows you to create a task list, tag your tasks into categories, and set dates and times, and even locations for completion of each. You swipe right when the task has been completed, or swipe left to open an array of “snooze” options including delaying a few hours, until the weekend, a rainy day, and more. The app is extremely visually appealing, which helps to encourage you to complete your daily task list. It even goes as far as to congratulate you when you have done so. This may just be a cheap psychological gimmick, but it works on me. Hey, I may be simple-minded, but I get all my tasks done.

Feel free to share your favorites and give me a shout if you have any questions.


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