Don’t Let Bad Planning Derail Your Vacation – Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 of our three part series that covers managing your trips and travel with the LifeTopix app. LifeTopix is one of the most complete apps available for planning your travel; for documenting your travel; and for making a smooth transition back to your daily life when your travels are complete.

In this series, we’re following Polly on her birding trip on the coast of Northern California. Polly is in search of the rarest birds in California so she wants to make sure all the important details are captured — and kept with her at all times. Enjoy the following slideshow to get an understanding of how LifeTopix can help Polly so she can spend time enjoying the birds, instead of fumbling through her backpack.

LifeTopix Travel from LightArrow

LifeTopix Travel Planning Quick Summary and Ideas

With LifeTopix, the possibilities for recording your travel arrangements are endless. I’ve included a list below to spark some ideas for when you’re planning your next trip.

  • Trip checklist
  • Trip to-do lists
  • Packing lists
  • Shopping lists
  • Places to visit
  • Bookmarks to brochures, field guides, directions, restaurants, parks, tourist attractions, transportation, or hotels
  • Password management for airline sites
  • “My Apps” for quick access to Yelp, Trip Advisor, or other apps
  • Photos of places you wish to see
  • Audio notes
  • Agenda sharing
  • Planning notes
We honestly hope this helps you plan your next vacation or excursion — in context with everything else you do in your busy life. We welcome your questions and comments!
Or even better, send us a tweet @LightArrowInc!

Gifting is Back! Learn How to Gift Apps with iOS 6.0.

On September 21, 2012, Apple stated that “Currently, app gifting is not available from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 6. However, you can gift iOS apps from the iTunes Store on a Mac or PC.” Recently, App Gifting returned! At LightArrow, we believe it would be splendid to give the gift of productivity for the holidays so we were very pleased to hear the news. To share our excitement, we put together a post to show you exactly how it works.

To Gift an App

Locate the App you wish to gift in the App Store, and then tap the Share button in the upper right corner.

Give the Gift of LifeTopix for the Holidays

You’ll see the following screen. Tap the Gift icon to continue.

Gift LifeTopix for the Holidays

After you tap the Gift icon, you can gift the app via email. Simply add the recipient’s Email address, the Sender’s name (perhaps Santa?), your email address, a short message, and the specific date. And just a few days ago, Apple added the ability to specify the date of when the recipient will receive the app (up to 90 days in advance). The new addition is perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, and other holidays. After you complete the fields, simply click Next.

Send LifeTopix as Gift

After tapping Next, you can select from a group of colorful themes. Just select a theme and tap Next.

App Store Gift Themes LifeTopix

After you select a theme, your information is confirmed. Tap Buy Gift to continue.

App Store Gift Confirmation

A final confirmation is displayed. Click Done to complete your transaction.

LifeTopix App Gift Confirmation

It’s as simple as that!

13 Ways LifeTopix Can Improve Your Life in 2013

What are your goals for 2013? Everyone wants to live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life — but how do you get there? We’ve compiled a list of 13 ways that the LifeTopix calendar, productivity, and organization app can help you do more. The result? Get more done, reduce stress, and spend more time doing the things you really want to do.

1. Improve your nutrition

After the holidays, many of us are mortified when we step on the scale. Perhaps you can relate and you’re wanting to make better food choices and to maintain a healthy weight in 2013. LifeTopix can help you track your food consumption. For example, you can record and view the calories, protein, solid fats, alcohol, desserts, or almost any other item that you’re consuming each day in a graphical format. As an example, in the LifeTopix Health + Activity topic, you can use the LifeTopix Nutrition Log Forms to view the maximum number of calories that you’ve set to make sure you’re not exceeding this number. Or, if your goal is to eat more vegetables or protein, you can set this too!

2. Get your health under control

Ignoring health issues can have serious consequences. LifeTopix includes many features for tracking your health stats. Are you dealing with hypertension and your doctor has asked you to log your blood pressure? Are you anemic and you need to track your blood count? Do you have sleep problems and you want to track your sleep quality? LifeTopix can handle these items and many more via the LifeTopix Medication Log and Wellness Log in the LifeTopix Health + Activity topic.

3. Take vitamins and medications consistently

Do you have good intentions about taking your vitamins and prescription medications, but frequently forget to take them or cannot remember if you’ve taken them? With some medications, it’s imperative that you’re taking them each day, and sometimes even at the same time each day. With the LifeTopix Medication Log form in the LifeTopix Health + Activity topic, you can record your intake of vitamins and medications each day — and the log automatically includes the current date and time when you add a medication entry.

4. Reach your fitness goals

Are you wanting to start a fitness routine, maintain your current fitness level, or bump your fitness up to a new level in 2013? Perhaps you’re training for a triathlon or planning your first marathon. Or, maybe you want to make sure you take a 30 minute walk with your dog each morning. Whatever your fitness level, LifeTopix provides the flexibility for planning and tracking your fitness. You can use the LifeTopix Activity Log Forms in the LifeTopix Health + Activity topic to set and view any type of exercise you wish — and just like nutrition, you can see if you’re reaching those goals via a graphical format.

5. Make shopping trips more efficient

Do you spend hours planning your family meals and shopping at the grocery store? Do you want to spend less time shopping and more time with your family or friends, catching a game, or spending time on your hobbies? If this is one of your goals for 2013, LifeTopix can help. Many of us are creatures of habit so LifeTopix helps you organize the stores you go to frequently and the items you buy most often. You can add the items that you purchase — along with the seller, unit price, unit, quantity, and total price to your master list of products. Then, simply select these items, add them to your lists, and check them off as you buy them. It’s as simple as that.

6. Save money and stick to your budget

After the holidays, you might want to put a little jingle back in your pocket. And with the downturn in the economy, sticking to a budget in 2013 might also be one of your highest priorities. The LifeTopix Finances topic was created for just this reason. Not only can you track all your financial accounts, credit card and debit cards, and investment accounts  — it lets you record the recur­ring bill pay­ments for all the ser­vices you use and the one-time pay­ments you make. You can view all of these pay­ments on your Expenses Calendar. And you can track the things that you sell, such as through a garage sale or ebay. And, as an added bonus, you can track your online coupons in the Shopping topic to help you save a little extra money.

7. Get smart

Whether you’re a student or a professional who’s focusing on their personal growth or professional skills, LifeTopix can help you organize and track the things that you need to further your education. If you’re a student, the Education topic enables you to take notes about education, set up projects and assignments, and add the subjects that you take. As a student, you can create a class schedule and associate a location with each of your classes. Or perhaps you’re a professional who’s obtaining a HIPAA certification, taking graphic design classes to improve your design skills, or becoming a fitness instructor — with LifeTopix, you can utilize personal growth categories to help you track your certifications and training in the LifeTopix Education topic.

8. Be creative

Are you planning to start a new business, write a novel or screenplay, or compose music in 2013? Have you ever had a creative thought related to your job or hobbies, but didn’t catch that idea immediately and then forgot it later? We just can’t predict when a great idea is going to pop into our heads so being prepared through journaling is wise. Mobile devices are amazing for capturing those ideas because we carry them almost everywhere we go. The LifeTopix Notes + Files topic is perfect for this use. You can take notes everywhere you go and if you prefer to use Evernote for note taking, LifeTopix conveniently works with it too.

9. Build relationships

In 2013, one of your goals might be to build business or personal relationships. To build relationships, it’s helpful to record your interactions with friends, family, or colleagues. For example, perhaps you’ve included all your friends’ and family members’ birthdays and you want to ensure you wish them a happy birthday and send them gifts. Through LifeTopix, you can set a reminder, plan the gift you wish to purchase, and automatically add it to a shopping list. Any time you associate a person with an item in LifeTopix, those people are filed under the People + Services topic. The possibilities are endless. You will be the star of your next family reunion. And, LifeTopix works with your iOS contacts so double entry is not necessary.

10. Make more time for yourself

For your well being, it’s a great idea to schedule time for yourself. If you’re the type of person who takes on too much responsibility and needs to share more of it, then LifeTopix is for you. Through the LifeTopix “Discuss” features, you can share your projects, checklists, events, shopping lists, trips, visits, notes, and more. For example, you can create a shopping list and then share it with your spouse. Or you can create a “honey-do” list with chores for your husband. Your spouse can view it via email and then add it to LifeTopix in just one tap.

11. Go paperless and reduce clutter

Is your home office a cluttered mess? Do you want to reduce your consumption and accumulation of paper to reduce your impact on the environment? Do you want to lighten your load when meeting clients or going to the office? If so, LifeTopix is for you. LifeTopix works with popular cloud-based file storage systems such as Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Drive so you can store all your items digitally — and then associate those documents in the context of your life items within LifeTopix.

12. Get things done

Do you have DIY projects that you want to complete such as organizing your closet, remodeling your kitchen, or landscaping the backyard? Or perhaps you’re planning to build a new website? With LifeTopix, you can plan your projects and tasks with ease. The LifeTopix Tasks + Projects topic gives you the abil­ity to enter, orga­nize, pri­or­i­tize, track, and check off your projects’ tasks.

13. Take a vacation

Now that you’ve saved money, got more done, built up your client base, got your health under control, finished your projects, and lost a few pounds — it’s time to take a vacation. Luckily, with the Life­Topix Travel + Places topic, you can plan your vacation from end-to-end. You can track the dates, set reminders, make packing checklists, set bookmarks to travel websites, and make note of places you want to visit such as restaurants, golf courses, or tourist attractions.

We hope this gives you some ideas of how you can use LifeTopix to improve your life in 2013. Please share and comment! Happy New Year!

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Video Blog: Raise Your Productivity to a Whole New Level

LightArrow believes in providing solutions that naturally support the way people think about the information in their lives — that’s why we’ve created LifeTopix.
“Every once in a while a product comes along that raises your productivity to a whole new level. And so it is with LifeTopix.”

Watch the LifeTopix Video

Life­Topix is a complete productivity app for personal organization. Manage your calendar, tasks/to-dos, projects, notes, files, shopping, finances, household services, people, assets, events, travel, education, health and much more – with a 9-view dashboard, customizable categories and context tags. It works seamlessly with popular online productivity tools such as Dropbox, Google Docs/Drive, Evernote, Toodledo, and other best-in-class applications.

You can find LifeTopix at the App Store.

Video Blog: Get a Head Start on Your 2013 New Year’s Resolutions

To be successful and to achieve your dreams, goal setting is an important step. It fuels your forward progress, and as you make progress it turbocharges your self esteem. In this post, we’ve included tips about how to get started, and a video showing how the LifeTopix app can help you plan, execute, and track your progress.

LifeTopix Can Help

Great news. Whether you’re planning to write a screenplay, lose 10 pounds, run a marathon, or find love in 2013, the LifeTopix calendar app includes everything you need to set goals, make plans, and track your progress. It’s simple. Just watch this short video to learn how.


Tips for Reaching Goals

I recommend the following steps to help you achieve your goals. I’ve tried these techniques over the years, and they’ve been very successful for me.

  1. Break up large goals into small goals. Breaking up large goals into smaller goals can help you achieve them. For example, if your goal is to write a novel in 2013, set small goals to reach it, such as “write 10 pages weekly.”
  2. Make a plan. Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” It’s difficult to reach a goal if you don’t know the steps involved in reaching it. For example, if you wish to lose 10 pounds, you must plan your caloric intake and exercise in order to achieve this goal.
  3. Take action. If you fail to take action on the plan that you’ve built, you are unlikely to achieve your goals. Get motivated. Give yourself a pep talk. Do whatever it takes to get there.
  4. Track your progress. Take note of your progress or lack of it. This allows you to adjust your plan as necessary if it’s not working. It also motivates you to stick with the plan if you’re seeing results.

Keep in mind that it’s important to set realistic goals. For example, if your goal in 2013 is to become a multi-millionaire, you might be very disappointed at the year’s end.