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May 12, 2019  

YOU HAVE THE POWER (To Take Control) - Episode 28

 

This show is the last of season 2 and today I will encourage you yet again to take control of your life and work and dreams and ambitions by adopting the productivity techniques that I have talked about here on this podcast. Call it a motivational talk if you will, but by recapping on some of the key techniques I have introduced here, I will show you how you can gain back control of your life and take positive action to move forward.

As usual, I will do a quick recap on last week’s episode before moving on to the main subject and that show simply recommended 5 more awesome and mostly free apps which are useful for improving your productivity.

One thing I have discovered since releasing it is that Apple no longer has the Call Recorder app I recommended in their store, but I have linked in last week’s show notes to several similar apps in order to cover this. Sadly it does seem that Apple is charging for a number of apps that you get for free on Android but I guess that’s the way they roll.

If you missed the episode then please go back and check it out as there are some awesome apps in there that will make your life a hell of a lot easier. I’ve wasted too much time on apps that are supposedly good for productivity but have turned out to be not much use in the long run. What I can guarantee is - if you adopt and utilise any of my suggestions, and it’s worth noting is that they are largely free to download and use, that you will thank me later. Can I just add that if you would like to recommend your own favourite apps for productivity for inclusion in a future episode then please get in touch as I’d really appreciate your input on this topic.

 

THE LESSON

Kenneth Branagh’s definition of success, he says, is CONTROL. This doesn’t mean that he’s a control freak - it just means that he wants to be driving the bus. In his career, in his personal life, in whatever he does. I believe that if you don’t actively take control by assuming a level of higher level thinking as I talked about in episode 1, then the chances of you getting where you want to go in your life, or in your career will be near zero.

Getting yourself to a place where you are in CONTROL is the basis of this episode.

It’s all too easy to get yourself into a state of mind where you feel trapped. Where you feel like you are missing out on your dreams or your goals and ultimately in your happiness because of a decision - or a series of decisions you had made along the way. Those decisions, oftentimes made out of necessity, which were the correct things to do at the time, might ultimately leave you with a feeling of dissatisfaction or indeed, downright unhappiness with where you are now in your life or your career.  You may feel that although you are successful and happy in one area of your life and work that you have lost control or direction in another. 

I’ve called today’s show YOU HAVE THE POWER, but I was very close to calling it SAVE YOURSELF. You see buried under the weight of the day to day distractions, commitments, fears and anxieties that you find yourself sometimes lost or trapped within, it really is only you and ONLY YOU that has the power to get yourself out of trouble and back on track.

My feeling is that unless you actively work to defeat these distractions and negative emotions that they will drag you down. They smother your hopes and dreams and cling to your time and your mental energy like barnacles – You have to take the hammer and chisel that the productivity techniques I talk about here offer you, and chip away these problems, one at a time. Once you start to do that you will soon get back control and create the ability to steer things in a direction of your choosing.

Motivational writer and philosopher Steven Redhead says that you must “Start living by taking back the control of your life now! Create a life more in tune with your true desires.”

There are a few parts to that statement I want to reiterate. The START LIVING part is essential – When you start to consider the larger picture, everything that follows will be driven by what you learn from it, and that can only happen if it goes hand in hand with the second essential part - CREATING A LIFE WHICH IS IN TUNE WITH YOUR DESIRES and I would add your VALUES. If you are unhappy, stressed, frustrated or simply lost, then you may feel that the life or career you’d hoped for is slipping away or is already so far out of reach that you have given up.

You must remember though that stress and worry over your problems, depletes your energy reserves, solves nothing and actually blocks you from thinking about solutions.

In the very first episode of the podcast I said that you should begin to work ON your life and career at the same time that you find yourself living and working IN it - and to do this you needed to develop that HIGHER LEVEL OF THINKING I mentioned a minute ago. I believe that we all have the power to take control, to a degree at least, over our lives but that it is only possible if we engage our minds in strategizing how to do it.

Author of ALPHABET SUCCESS Tim Fargo said that “Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.” and that “If you want to get ahead you must slow down and focus”.

Fargo’s advice to “slow down and focus” is the key to getting back control. Look back to my episode on KILLING THE MICROWAVE MINDSET for more advice on slowing down btw. With well thought out, focused strategies we can create long term plans to achieve what we seek in life.

Author Steve Maraboli says “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.”

Now productivity encapsulates a large degree of positivity, but sometimes I have to offer advice that is more of a REALITY SLAP than a positive affirmation of what you would like to hear.

After I made my feature film, which was distributed by Cineworld and had some success, I was told by the main Scottish film funding organisation, that they would not fund my project development because someone else already had their backing and as someone new to the game there was simply nothing for me. They actually told me that they would NEVER fund me which was quite aggravating, but it was a REALITY which at least they were honest about.

The reality slap I ask you to accept is that there is such a thing as SUPPLY and DEMAND. Everyone, right off the bat - can’t be the Director, or the Cinematographer, or the Writer, Designer, Lead Actor or Actress as these are limited positions.

Some roles have tons of demand, while others have very limited demand. I don’t mean don’t aspire to that role, just don’t be shocked if the job isn’t there for you when you go looking for it and don’t be shocked if you have to be a camera assistant for a few years before the first opportunity comes along for you to be the DP.

Remember that nobody owes you anything. Just because you want a position doesn’t mean someone is required to give you a job. You must demonstrate you can create value for people, or else they’ll find another person to get things done. Creating value means learning things other people don’t know btw. It means doing things other people aren’t willing to do. It sometimes means working for free to demonstrate you’re capable of performing. It means taking on tasks no one else wants and turning them into something better. It means working harder than everyone else. It means demonstrating you’re worth keeping around and worth paying for.

And I want to just hammer this one home a bit further with this quote from Gary Vaynerchuk - “A penguin cannot become a giraffe, so just be the best penguin that you can be.”

And one more by Charles T. Munger – He said “To get what you want, you have to deserve what you want. The world is not yet a crazy enough place to reward a whole bunch of undeserving people.”

I wanted to make that point as there’s a fine line between confidence and delusion – and it’s important you recognise this. If you are getting hot and bothered about getting nowhere fast in your life or career, then persistence and patience maybe useful allies on your journey.

If you’ve listened to this podcast for a while you’ll already have the productivity techniques at hand to help you clear the space in your life, your work, your time and your energy to take a breather for a wee while, make a plan and get yourself moving again… this time - in a direction of your choosing. I’m referring to the earlier Tim Fargo quote of course - “If you want to get ahead you must slow down and focus”.

I’ve just spent 6 weeks (amongst other things it’s fair to say) writing, producing and hosting this podcast for which I receive no payment whatsoever but I’ve CHOSEN to do this and with that choice comes satisfaction. By assuming a position of Higher Level Thinking I realised that I at certain points in the year I can now afford to work on my own creative projects, this being one of them. I accepted that I don’t have full control over my year. That I can work on other cool and interesting projects with cool and interesting creative people during the larger part of the year to earn money and pay bills, but in the quieter parts of the year I have a tremendous opportunity to advance my own creative endeavours when my work is quiet.

I am not sitting on a pile of cash here, but to a large degree at least I am in control of my own life and work.

I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all answer to this question but I’d like you to ask yourself - WHAT DOES SUCCESS MEAN TO YOU? It’s something you simply must consider if you genuinely want to take control and move forward. WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU TRYING TO ACHIEVE? I can’t help thinking of Simon Synek’s book FIND YOUR WHY when I talk about this SO perhaps you should also ask yourself WHY YOU WANT WHAT YOU WANT?

If you know what you are trying to achieve, and why you want to achieve it, then you will be able to determine what success will mean to you.

Making these decisions will mean that you can focus on what really matters. Peter Drucker says Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient that which should not be done in the first place.”, and what we are getting down to here is what I talked about in episode 3. That to give yourself the best possible chance of success, you need to PRIORITIZE WHAT IS IMPORTANT OVER WHAT IS NOT. Considering, as I said before, WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL AND WHAT YOU CANNOT will also save you a lot of wasted time and effort. Do you understand?

I could go into a number of other factors here, but that’s what the full podcast episodes are for.

A contender for chief amongst the lessons here is that - you must look out for toxic people who will get their claws into your time and energy and ensure that your own dreams always come SECOND. Listen to Episode 24 for advice on that one, or Episode 18 for advice on protecting your mental energy as that’s way up there in importance too, but I’m going right back to episode 2 to give you the final piece of advice on gaining control…

You have to -  have to - HAVE TO – Learn to say NO.

Zig Ziglar says “The first step to getting what you want is to have the courage to get rid of what you don’t.”

I’ve written a note on my board for season 3  to do an episode on PEOPLE PLEASING which is a big problem for some of us, and it ’s likely a huge problem for you if you have trouble saying NO to people.

Here’s the thing though. Unless you can find the strength within you to start saying NO to things that do not further your own dreams or goals in some way, then you will forever be putting your own dreams and goals second or third or tenth in line to someone else’s and you will NEVER gain control of your own life, or work or creative endeavours.

Go right back to episode 2 and have a listen, it’s one of my earlier ones so forgive me if it’s less polished but check it out and take note as YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST LEARN TO SAY NO - you must get over this in built need to people please as the cost is too high.

STOP WORRYING ABOUT UPSETTING PEOPLE – If they do get upset because you say NO is that someone you even want in your life anyway? Your life won’t fall apart because you’ve prioritised your own things over theirs.

STOP FEELING GUILTY – Why is saying NO to someone causing you this guilt? Saying NO to someone isn’t a moral issue. Saying NO to someone isn’t doing anything wrong – so why feel guilty about it? The fact is that saying NO is doing something right for you, and in the long run saving you stress through overwhelm of over commitment.

Stella Adler has a quote for actors which I think I can hijack for general use on this point.  She said – “You need a kind of aggression, a kind of inner force. Don't be only one-sided, sweet, nice, good. Get rid of being average. Find the killer in you.”

Maybe you need a bit of that killer instinct to get what you want too.

James Doohan, who played Scotty in Star Trek served as a captain in the Canadian Forces and led men into battle on D-Day, said later in life that he didn’t want control, he just wanted to be told what to do. He said he’s spent his military years ordering people about and when that career ended he just wanted to be the best actor he could be.

At a glance that may seem that he didn’t want control but he made his decisions along the way, became the best actor he could be and he was happy.  Remember that to be in control you don’t have to be the boss.

“You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.” Napoleon Hill, unquote.

CALL TO ACTION

As this is the last episode of the series, their likely won’t be any more than the odd inbetweenisode for about 3 months, so I think that’s plenty of time for me to give you a major Call To Action.

If you want to gain control over your life, or your career, or your training, or your creative projects, or free time, or whatever you set your mind to then take the steps I have discussed and that I list here now to do so. Remember too to write all it down as when you take that action it greatly increases the odds of your succeeding in your endeavour.

  1. DECIDE ON WHAT SUCCESS MEANS TO YOU. Decide what you are trying to achieve.
  2. SAY NO TO ANYTHING THAT DOESN’T FURTHER YOUR DREAMS, GOALS AND AMBITIONS. This will find you time you thought you never had.
  3. PRIORITISE WHAT IS IMPORTANT OVER WHAT IS NOT.
  4. MAKE A PLAN. Write it down and stick to it.
  5. Slow down. PLAY THE LONG GAME.
  6. And 5 – BE CONFIDENT BUT NOT DELUSIONAL.

If you follow these steps and you will gain control, slowly but surely over your life. Take control and make your life happy.

ENDING

Internationally renowned psychologist Irene Kassorla said, “The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.”

So if you feel trapped, restricted or cornered in some way don’t worry. This too shall pass. Take the steps I suggest to gain back control. You’re going to be ok. Everything is going to be alright.

Thanks once again for taking the time to join me on this season. I hope it’s been beneficial and enjoyable for you to do so. I’ll take this opportunity to recommend a few filmmaking podcasts which you may find of interest. Check out Alex Ferrari’s awesome, Indie Film Hustle, Ian O’Neill’s How They Did It Filmmaking podcast, The Filmmakers Podcast which has a number of presenters, but I’ll give a shout out to Giles Alderson as he’s a great supporter of this show, and finally the very first podcast I listened to, the brilliant, Dave Bullis Podcast as I’ve been looking for an opportunity to plug it all season and it’s a great show.

Next season I’m considering splitting the show with a new format of 6 interviews with productivity authors and 6 solo shows, but you’ll just have to wait and see what happens. It will come around in approximately 3 months and if you’re very lucky you will get a bonus inbetweenisode or two in the break.

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Now, take control of your own destiny, keep on shootin’ and join me next season on Film Pro Productivity.

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May 5, 2019  

FIVE MORE FREE APPS TO MAKE YOU MORE PRODUCTIVE - Episode 27

 

Today I will be following up on Season one’s FIVE FREE PRODUCTIVITY APPS episode with five more awesome apps for IOS or Android. These are apps that I use myself, if not every day of the year then certainly every week.

Last week’s topic was SHOOT WITH WHAT YOU’VE GOT and looked at why we should ignore the distractions of shiny new equipment etc and move forward in our creative efforts, whatever they are, without waiting for the planets to proverbially “come into alignment”.  Although “shooting with what you’ve got” suggests that the episode content was only for filmmakers, I have a feeling that all film pros and creatives can benefit show and gain some inspiration from it.

This is the penultimate episode of Season 2 and I’m very interested in what productivity techniques you are adopting and what new matters you are struggling with, and if you do leave me a message please do let me know if you would call yourself a film pro, a filmmaker, a creative, or just another interested party that is getting something out of it. The more I know about you and what you are having trouble with in your lives and work, the easier it will be for me to create tailored content for you.

And as always if you’ve missed any of the shows please note that every single episode can be accessed directly via filmproproductivity.com or on any number of the free podcasting apps that are out there.

THE LESSON

Every week I try to open your mind to a particular topic or way of thinking and that will increase your effectiveness and efficiency, not necessarily to free up time for more work, which is one way of looking at it - but to free up time from that day to day work, for yourself - for your own projects and your own well-being.

The reason I cover this topic and that of Google extensions a few weeks ago is that it would be remiss of me not to. Certain productivity apps for your phone or your tablet offer simple solutions to long-standing problems which we all deal with and will make your life easier and happier as a result. As we all know, energy spent on unproductive, distracting or low priority activities cannot be recovered so what’s the harm on utilising a small piece of software to help you along the way.

The hard part is not getting lost in what they all have to offer. There’s a danger not only in having too many apps that distract you, like games, or social media for example but in getting lost in the plethora of productivity apps that are out there jostling for your attention.

I’ve come to realise that many of these apps are simply money-spinners for their creators and can actually make life more confusing and more difficult, and a great deal of them will have similar abilities.

In episode 14 I recommended 5 other apps so go back and have a listen to that one if you haven’t already. I have a fairly short list of apps that benefit me although I am regularly trying others out.

Psychologist Daniel Levitin said, “The obvious rule of efficiency is you don't want to spend more time organizing than it's worth.”

For me, the trick is, to not get caught up in the minutia of everything these apps can do, but pick a few things you want your productivity app to help you with and just use it for that. By frontloading your understanding of the app –  (see episode is it 23? For that one) basically spending a wee bit of time getting to know what they can do for you and setting them up, you can step away from it some extent and let them do their thing.

If you just Google Best Productivity Apps then never-ending lists of them will pop-up as there’s a wide range of productivity apps out there. I have chosen just five more apps to present to you today. These are apps that I genuinely use. Please note too that many of these have very powerful desktop, browser and website accessible versions too.

APPS

The first of app that I recommend may not seem to be one that is particularly related to productivity at all, but when the time comes when you need it, it may just save your from a whole lot of trouble. This app is called CALL RECORDER. The app is free on Android, but I can see a disturbing pattern of Apple charging for what Android gets you for free, and I don’t have access to an apple device here but they definitely used to charge you for this same app.

This app records both sides of every phone call you make and saves them. You can then listen to the recording, add notes and share it if you want. You’ve heard me complain about getting accused of driving whilst using a mobile phone before and I installed this app after that happened. Call Recorder will not only record the call but it also registers the time-code and can, therefore, be presented as proof if you ever found yourself in that situation yourself.

I sometimes use it to refer back to a verbal agreement or perhaps a disagreement and I can promise you, if this is on your phone you will feel a lot happier about things if you are in a troublesome situation. If you need proof of something, harassment or whatever, this call recorder will put your mind at ease and perhaps give you the hard evidence you need to make a problem, or a problem individual go away.

Call recorder integrates with Google Drive™ and Dropbox so calls to be saved and synchronized to the cloud as well.

Recorded calls are stored in the Inbox. You can set the size of the inbox. The number of saved calls is limited only by your device memory. If you decide that a conversation is important, save it and it will be stored in the Saved Calls folder.

If not, old recordings will automatically be deleted when new calls fill up the inbox. You can enable a Call Summary Menu with options to appear immediately after a call and you can search for recordings by contact, phone number, or note.

There are 3 default settings for automatic recording:

  • Record everything (default) – This setting records all calls except for contacts pre-selected to be ignored.
  • Ignore everything – This setting records no calls except for contacts pre-selected to be recorded.
  • Ignore contacts – This setting records all calls with people who are not contacts, except for contacts pre-selected to be recorded.

The app contains ads but they are unobtrusive as it just does what you set it up to do. There is a pro version which doesn’t more but I’ve never felt the need to upgrade.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appstar.callrecorder&hl=en_GB

AWAITING ITUNES LINK. SYMBOL FOR THIS APP LOOKS LIKE THIS.

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https://automatic-call-recorder-pro.en.softonic.com/iphone/alternatives/free 

 

The second app on my list today is WHATSAPP. We started using this app and its Chinese counterpart WeChat when we were working in Hong Kong and China, but once we returned home it was WhatsApp that we continued using.

WhatsApp Messenger is a FREE messaging app available for smartphones. It uses your phone's Internet connection to let you message and call friends and family. You can use it to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages to anyone else on the planet with the same app. For me, on my PHONE CONTRACT, I get charged every time I send a photo by text, but with Whatsapp, it all comes in under my data allowance and I’ve never gone over it yet. You can also send and receive WhatsApp messages from your computer's browser.

It’s free and has NO INTERNATIONAL CHARGES, and you can send and receive photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages to anywhere on the planet, providing they have access to the net and have the app installed, and you can even set up group chats - which can sometimes be a drag btw! – but if not abused can be a real benefit.

The main use I make of it is for sending images and for leaving voice chat messages. We got into the habit of leaving voice messages for one another in Hong Kong which can really cut down communication times. The voice chat messages on WhatsApp are not restricted to 59 seconds as they are in some other apps. I’ve received a message of 8 minutes long once so I don’t know if there’s any limit. Sometimes just leaving a short chat message is just infinitely easier than stopping everything and texting back on a handset. Just to clarify, the app records these short messages and sends the message directly to the receiver. It’s not like a voicemail service where they could pick up. They just get your recording.

I should say that for me this really doesn’t replace email as it’s very hard to search back through voice messages to find pertinent information. If you have really important that information either put it in writing in the app or just go to good old email to deliver it. I do also use Skype for international calls btw but WhatsApp is often the most convenient option.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/whatsapp-messenger/id310633997?mt=8&v0=WWW- 

Next up we have CANVA. And this is where the graphic designers listening to this podcast cry out and say NOOOO don’t tell them about Canva!!!!! - because this app makes design amazingly simple. You can create incredible designs for promotion, for work or just for fun in just minutes and there are no design skills or complex software needed.

Whether you need an Instagram story or post, Facebook header, free logo maker, photo collage, wedding invitation maker, card maker, poster maker, banner maker or email header creator — Canva helps you to produce eye-catching graphics on the go. It is available on mobile devices and for your computer – I tend to use it in my web browser - so you can make, edit and share your designs anywhere, anytime.

I used Canva to make all the quote images in black and red that accompany this podcast, I used it to make the logo for the podcast and I used it to make an advert for the show and for fghtdirector.com which is printed in the local film crew listings.

If you have to work with social media, and I have to do a lot of that to promote the show, you can use its templates to very easily create professional looking Facebook posts and covers, Instagram posts, WhatsApp Status or Facebook Stories, Twitter posts and headers, Snapchat geofilters (I don’t know snapchat but I believe the youths use it, Etsy and YouTube banners and thumbnails.

In everyday use it has templates for Invitation makers, cards, posters, logos, email headers, collages, flyers – you name it – it can do it.

All you do is select one of over 60,000 templates then personalize it by adding your own images, text, fonts and colours and then share it! When adding your own text or captions to your images you can choose from over 100 fonts to suit your style. Then adjust the font size, colour, position and rotation of your words to get your design picture perfect.

Alternatively, it has over 1 million images with hundreds of free elements and fonts. You can upload images straight from your device gallery to your designs or take photos on the go in the app. It’s also got a built-in photo editor, and loads of dead easy to use sharing options with all the correct sizes etc for you to send straight to you Share your social media accounts.

Canva is the perfect design app and in it’s out of the box form is completely free. It does have upgrades but I’ve never had to use them.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.canva.editor

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/canva-graphic-design-creator/id897446215?mt=8 

 

And next up I suggest you try UDEMY. I’ve talked about UDEMY.com a few times here and it’s basically just an online video learning platform featuring 80,000+ video courses taught by expert instructors. You can take courses in anything from personal development classes like design, drawing, writing and yoga to filmmaking and editing, screenwriting etc. It has more than 24 million students who are mastering new skills, advancing their careers, and exploring new hobbies and although I mostly access it via my desktop computer, the app allows me to continue learning when I’m hanging about on film sets or when I’m travelling.

With Udemy you will find courses in over 2,000 topics some of which are actually free. When I started this podcast I found a free 40-minute course on the free audio recording software Audacity. It was with knowledge picked up on that course that I started recording this show, and I still record every episode with it. The courses retail at quite high rates but at least every second week they are on sale and generally, you will pay no more than $9.99 to $12.99 for access to them and btw once you’ve enrolled in a course, you’ll have lifetime access to the content.

With the app, you can download courses to learn offline and if you are on the go you can also listen to courses in audio-only mode.

One thing I find useful and a great time saver in productivity terms is that you can personalize your learning experience with speed controls and closed captioning. I tend to do my courses at 1.25% speed.

I’ve sat courses on screenwriting, technical camera skills, speed learning, audacity and many more. As soon as this podcast launches I’ll be sitting a course on Davinci Resolve. Udemy is totally awesome and if you are not utilising it then you are missing out.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.udemy.android

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/udemy-online-courses/id562413829?mt=8 

 

Maybe in a few weeks, I’ll recommend Hootsuite as I’m going to give it a go at the moment, but for now, the app that I actually use to put out my daily productivity tweets out there via @fight_director on twitter is the free version of BUFFER.

Buffer is my final recommendation today as its simple to use and the free version allows you to put out 10 scheduled – That is automated - posts on the social media platform or platforms of your choice.

I say automated, but that, of course, doesn’t mean it writes them for you. You still have to do the legwork on content but it means you can sit down in one session and batch up to ten posts at the one time – you can do a lot more in the paid version but unless you are a social media professional, that is really not worth the price you have to pay.

It’s fast, easy and powerful social media sharing. Any link, text, picture or video can best be sent using it – many of these apps limit video sharing to the more expensive version – you just add it to Buffer and then choose when and where it’ll be posted.  

I use Buffer to promote this show in fact. I post usually on a Friday before a show goes out and then again on a Sunday morning to say - look out everyone - the latest show is coming.

This means that when I’m working on a film or a tv show and my mind is elsewhere, that my posts go out without my involvement. It means that if I am busy, I can still ensure a consistent presence on social media. This may not be important to every film pro out there, or indeed every individual, but as a filmmaker that sometimes runs crowdfunding campaigns or as a podcaster producing weekly content that I can continue to build my following and influence and keep everyone up to date.

You can schedule your posts automatically so you never have to worry about setting a time and date or customize the timing of individual posts. When you combine that with the free analytics for every update you share it makes even this free basic 10 post app extremely valuable in time-saving times.

You can also add to Buffer from your browser using our Browser Extensions for Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera and although I do use the app regularly, I usually set up my daily quotes with that version as it’s a little easier.

In the free version, you can also connect up to 3 social accounts with up to 10 scheduled posts per profile

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.buffer.android

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/buffer-social-media-manager/id490474324?mt=8 

 

SUMMING UP

They say that the future of technology is not really location-based apps; it is about making location completely unimportant and I think that many of these recommendations back that up.

I hope that this list has been of interest to you and that you will give at least some of them a spin. In productivity terms, they will all make your life easier in some way but remember too to check out my recommendations of season 1. They were Gmail, Google Calendar, To-Doist, Dropbox and Pocket, and for all info on that please do check out episode 14.

 

CALL TO ACTION

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The US politician Gordon Smith said this on the topic, and I think it’s very telling. “ I think I have over 60 apps on my iPhone. I use six.”

So don’t go crazy collecting apps. Find the ones that work for you and use them. Don’t keep chasing after the next supposedly essential productivity app, if you really don’t need it at all.

 

ENDING

Next week’s episode will be will be the final show of the season so if you love your productivity advice, you won’t want to miss it!

Thanks again for spending your valuable time here with me again today. I’ll end this show with a quote by Norwegian politician Christian Lous Lange who once said: “Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.” And that, of course, is how the Terminator movies were born...

Now, take control of your own destiny, keep on shootin’ and join me next time on Film Pro Productivity.

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