Ladies and Gentlemen: Get Your Valentine’s Day Checklist Ready

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. We thought we would make it easy for our blog readers by showing you how you can set up your Valentine’s Day checklist so you’re not scrambling on the morning of February 14. And if your Valentine’s date is a procrastinator, feel free to share this blog to give him or her a little hint.

Create a Valentine’s Drawing

If you’re feeling creative, you can “go green” and hand draw a note in lieu of a card for your date and email it directly from LifeTopix (note: this was created with our newest version with enhanced drawing features, which is not yet released). You could even send a new drawing every day, dropping hints, leading up to the Valentine’s Day event.

LifeTopix Love Photo

Create your Checklist

Start by going to your Agenda view and tap Add to create your Valentine’s Day checklist. It’s important to schedule babysitters, order flowers, and make reservations early so make sure you’ve prioritized these items at the top of your list. Here’s an example of some of the items that you might schedule.

LifeTopix Valentine's Checklist

Schedule Reminders and Make Shopping Lists

Some items on your checklist may require more thought (and some nudging). You might consider setting up reminders. If you haven’t already set up Service Providers for your babysitter, your date’s favorite dinner restaurant, and your flower vendor, you might do so now. Go to that Service Provider, and then add a Reminder. This way, you’ll have all the contact information readily available from the reminder in your Agenda view. Also, create a shopping list and schedule it in time to complete the shopping before Valentine’s Day. Below, you can see a sample Valentine’s Day Agenda.


Confirm Your Reservations

Last, but not least, make sure you confirm your Valentine’s dinner reservation. You definitely don’t want to ruin a perfect night by losing your reservation.

Reservations - LifeTopix

Please share with us your special ideas or blog posts for your upcoming Valentine’s Day. We’d love to hear your creative ideas.

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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LifeTopix Takes the Horror Out of Event Planning

Halloween Party - LifeTopixOne of our LifeTopix users recently asked about using appoint­ments versus events, and how the iOS cal­en­dar comes into play. In this post, I’ll show you how events and appointments differ, and how they work with your iOS calendar. I’ve also included a few tricks and treats to help you plan your next party — just in time for your kids’ Halloween festivities.


LifeTopix Events and Appointments, and iOS Events

In Life­Topix, an appointment is a doctor’s visit, meeting, lunch meeting, or other lightweight scheduled item. A LifeTopix event is something more involved, such as a wedding, birthday party, open house, etc. Unlike appointments, events allow associations with other items, such as tasks, checklists, files, etc.. We hope this helps you choose when to use appointments versus events in LifeTopix.

The iOS calendar refers to items on your calendar as “events.” These items are accessible in views in LifeTopix such as What’s Next and My Calendar. If you wish, you can easily convert these items to visits, attending and hosting events, projects, or trips. The easiest way to convert these items is to tap and hold down on the appointment from the LifeTopix Home view, then select the type of item for conversion. The following screenshot shows an example of the conversion.

Convert Appointment

Event Planning

Planning events can be tricky because there’s so many details to track. It’s impossible to keep all these items in your head. Instead of creating paper lists, printing recipes, keeping track of responses, and searching for email addresses and phone numbers, you can centralize everything in your LifeTopix app.

As Halloween approaches, you might be planning a party for the neighborhood children. If you would like a little help with your shopping list and menu selection, we’ve created a Pinterest Board with recipes and a shopping list. To learn more about using LifeTopix to plan your next event, refer to the following presentation. Not only does it explain how to use LifeTopix, but you might also find some tips and ideas for your next party.

Hope this helps you get started with your next fun event. We welcome your event planning stories and questions.