Successful Students Know These 8 Things About the LifeTopix App

Student Using LifeTopix

With the new school year quickly approaching, students and teachers are gearing up with the best tools and apps to manage and organize their busy education schedules. Lucky for them, LifeTopix is available to manage school and life in one place. This amazing app unifies contacts, calendars, projects, documents and other related information in one app, which allows students to focus on what matters – their education.

LifeTopix is based on 12 topics, which include: Tasks + Projects, Shopping + Gifts, Events + Appointments, Travel + Places, People + Services, Health + Goals, Finances, Home + Assets, Education, Notes + Files, Lists, Media and Bookmarks + Lockers.

How Do Successful Students Use LifeTopix?

Keep reading to learn how successful and organized students use LifeTopix to get ahead.

1. Organize Education Checklists

When starting a new school year, there’s usually a ton of to-dos – forms, shopping, making calls and arranging finances are just to name a few.

With LifeTopix’s built-in checklists (shown below), keeping track of these details is stress-free. And what’s great about LifeTopix’s checklists is students can quickly email them to parents to let them know their status on getting things done.

LifeTopix Back-to-School Checklist

LifeTopix Back-to-School Checklist

2. Manage Class Schedules

Keeping track of classes is always a hassle, especially when you’re a new freshman at a university or high school. Getting a handle on schedules is imperative for success. Luckily, with LifeTopix’s ability to create custom schedules, as shown below, it’s easy to create class schedules. For example, repeating classes that start on different days of the week, such as Monday, Wednesday and Friday can easily be recorded — which is not possible in many calendar apps.

LifeTopix Custom Scheduler

LifeTopix Custom Scheduler

LifeTopix Student Schedule

LifeTopix Student Schedule

3. Plan Back-to-School Shopping

Students and parents are turning to smartphone apps to help them manage their back-to-school shopping. Whether they’re shopping online or at the physical store, apps can help students, teachers and parents make a list of things you need to buy.

With LifeTopix, students can create lists by either creating a shopping list in the Shopping topic, as shown below, or they can create a LifeTopix checklist. With a LifeTopix shopping list, it’s easy to add prices and deadlines to assist with budgeting.

LifeTopix Back-to-School Shopping List

LifeTopix Back-to-School Shopping List

4. Organize Class Subjects

LifeTopix includes built-in features for students or anyone else who is furthering their education. One of these useful features is “Subjects” in the Education topic of LifeTopix.

With LifeTopix’s Subjects, students can keep track of Assignments and attach supporting information, such as tasks, appointments, reminders, notes, checklists, files, bookmarks, expenses, services, audio, photos, videos and drawings. Essentially, students can add bookmarks to Spanish to English translation sites and their class’s webpage; add recorded audio of class lectures (if allowed); add class notes; include any class expenses; etc. All of this is neatly organized into one place, as shown below.

Organizing Class Subjects in LifeTopix

Organizing Class Subjects in LifeTopix

5. Take Class Notes

LifeTopix includes built-in note taking and students can sync class notes with Evernote. However students choose to keep track of notes, it’s simple with LifeTopix. Moreover, students can easily organize and locate notes by using categories, notebooks, context tags, and date tags in LifeTopix. Additionally, they can hand write, record audio and take video within LifeTopix notes, which makes the note-taking process even easier.

The screenshot below shows an example of a LifeTopix note before and after it’s synced with Evernote.

LifeTopix Class Notes

LifeTopix Class Notes

Evernote Note Synced with LifeTopix

Evernote Note Synced with LifeTopix

6. Stay On Top of Grades with Goals

Successful students and business people alike know that setting goals gives them motivation. If you want to make the most of your life, setting goals is essential for achieving your dreams.

LifeTopix includes a topic for focusing on health and goals, which is perfect for students. Everyone understands it’s important to make good grades. The goal recorded in the LifeTopix app below is set up to focus on getting an A in Spanish. With this goal, students can log their grades to get an idea of where they are daily, weekly, monthly or for the entire semester. And what’s great is they can view the grades in a graphical format (shown below). This is a great motivator to keep students on track in their studies.

Education Goal Recorded in LifeTopix

Education Goal Recorded in LifeTopix

Logging of Goal Metrics in LifeTopix

Logging of Goal Metrics in LifeTopix

7. See School Agendas at a Glance

Every type of item that’s added in LifeTopix is picked up by the daily agenda and calendar views; however, students can filter these items as they wish as shown below. Keep in mind that the LifeTopix calendar works with the calendars that the iOS device supports, so students can choose which of these items sync back and forth from their favorite calendars (Google, Yahoo, etc.). The flexibility is fantastic.

LifeTopix Education Agenda

LifeTopix Education Agenda

LifeTopix Calendar Filter

LifeTopix Calendar Filter

8. Organize Education Items By Context Tags

Everyone has lots of things to do in work, school and life – and sometimes it’s helpful to see the commitments that are associated with each part of life.

This is one of the reasons that LifeTopix includes context tags. For example, most of the items mentioned in this article were tagged with the context tag @school. This way, students can view anything related to this tag in one single list, as shown below. They might also use tags such as @work, @social, etc. to organize or divide those items into one view.

Organize with LifeTopix Context Tags

Organize with LifeTopix Context Tags

Bear in mind that these are just of the few of the many ways that students use LifeTopix to help them achieve success in school. Above and beyond the features listed here, other features include managing finances, logging fitness items, keeping track of social events, managing documents, tracking passwords, recording travel and more.

Are you ready to get organized? Find LifeTopix at the Apple App Store by clicking the link below.


8 Tips and Resources to Help Small Businesses Thrive


Starting and owning a small business can be demanding. At LightArrow, we have first-hand knowledge of the challenges that entrepreneurs, founders and startups face. Today, we’re sharing some of the top 8 problems that small businesses face and tips for overcoming these challenges.

1. Grow On a Shoestring Budget

No matter what type of business you’re in, marketing is essential to grow your business. Plus, having a website and a social media presence is crucial for small business success. A website is the core of your marketing efforts and social media builds credibility, generates leads and improves your website’s rankings.

Many startups and small businesses are on a shoestring budget, but this shouldn’t stop them from effectively marketing their products and services through a website. Building a website without a web developer on staff may seem daunting to non-technical entrepreneurs, but it can be easier than you think.

To get started with a website, research content management systems such as WordPress to find one that’s appropriate for your skill level. Take advantage of resources such as to learn how to properly set up a website. Research effective information architecture techniques to ensure you’re delivering material in a way that’s easy to consume.

Once your website is built, add new content to it regularly through a blog or forum that’s suitable for your audience. Drive traffic to your website through Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and Social Media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Quora and LinkedIn.

Investing time and energy into social media is crucial, but many new business owners believe that it isn’t necessary for success. However, social media is vital for building brand and awareness. And in fact, according to Hubspot, 71% of people are more likely to make a purchase based on social media referrals.

2. Improve Your Working Capital

In order for a business to thrive, it needs working capital and proper money management is among one of the top qualities of successful businesses. It’s important to calculate your working capital needs by finding the difference between current assets and liabilities.

In some cases, you might find your sales are not what you expected and working capital might be an issue in order to keep your business running. Or, your business is able to use cash on hand to fund operations, but it needs more cash to invest in advertising, product development, software, inventory or other resources in order to grow. If working capital is an issue, consider using an online provider of business loans, such as Kabbage to grow your business. They offer loans ranging from $2,000 to $100,000 for small businesses.

3. Build Good Customer Relationships

80% of your company’s future revenue will come from just 20% of your existing customers. -Gartner

Never underestimate the power of your satisfied customers. Happy customers are your best salespeople. And, just like in any type of relationship, communication is the key to success. Timely follow-ups after purchases to check customer satisfaction, to offer free content for customer empowerment and to provide rewards through programs can increase customer satisfaction.

However, managing these types of follow-ups can be difficult so many small businesses use a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. If you’re a freelancer, real estate agent, single entrepreneur, or if you run a microbusiness, you can utilize LifeTopix to manage your follow-ups with customers. You can learn more at: Successful CRM Recipes for the Small Business Owner.

If you require an automated and cost-effective way to communicate with existing customers, you can utilize an email marketing platform suitable for small businesses, such as MailChimp, Aweber or Constant Contact.

With email marketing software, you can create personalized welcome programs for new customers and nurture programs for potential customers. If you use Ecommerce, you can automate customer retention programs by integrating your email marketing with your Ecommerce platform.

4. Use Time Management Techniques

When you become an entrepreneur or run a small business, you say goodbye to the 40-hour work week. You’re on call 24×7 and good time management is vital for success and it also prevents burnout. Goal setting, planning, prioritization, delegation and focus are time management tactics that are vital for a successful small business.

When setting goals, they should be S.M.A.R.T. For example, they should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based. Once you’ve decided on your goals, record them and put an action plan into place.

An action plan or follow-through strategy should include projects, tasks and the necessary resources. Define the work that’s required to reach your goals. Break the work down into tasks and assign those tasks to the resources who are available.

Effective entrepreneurs and small business owners have mastered delegation. They understand that some projects and tasks don’t require their supervision. They’ve learned that they can delegate these tasks to others in order to focus on strategic goals, relationship building and priorities.

Finally, focus is very important for entrepreneurs. Customer requests, advice from investors and advisors, employee demands and changing markets are just a few of the distractions that leaders balance every day. It’s important to stay on a clearly defined path and to avoid running off of course. Take advice from lean startups and get laser-focused your priorities and eliminate what’s not essential.

5. Hire the Right People

Hiring the right people for your small business or startup can be challenging. It takes a unique personality and set of skills to thrive in a lean, small business environment.

Consider that the people you hire will be working close together so they need to fit your company culture like a glove. They need to be willing to push up their sleeves and do the work themselves. It’s best to hire people who know how to do the job, not just how to manage the right people. Generally, they should have a wide variety of skills, rather than to be focused on a specific, niche area.

Startup and small business hires need to know what to do and when to do it without being asked. Hire senior employees and team them up with junior personnel.

Most recruiting firms are cost prohibitive for small businesses. Stay lean by taking advantage of your own informal and formal networks, LinkedIn and local job boards to find employees. Attract new employees by offering incentives that larger companies cannot, such as flexible work schedules, work from home days and stock options.

6. Improve Your Online Reputation

Online ratings can make or break a business. How often do you check Yelp before you visit a restaurant, salon, yoga studio or other business? Do you check the rating of an app or other product before you download or purchase it? Consumers regularly use online reviews to check the quality of a business or product before purchasing it.

The best way to avoid negative ratings and reviews is to have open communication with customers and solve their problems before they write negative comments. You should always provide a way for them to easily get in touch with you and subsequently deliver exemplary customer service.

No matter how wonderful your product or service might be, there will always be someone who won’t like it. It’s just the nature of doing business. When a negative review surfaces, it’s important to do everything possible to win that customer over.

Monitoring and responding to reviews is essential to keep ratings up. For example, I left a 4 star review on Yelp for an establishment that provides food and mentioned that the quality of the food had decreased. The manager contacted me directly and asked me specifically about the issue, provided coupons for free food and his note was friendly and kind. After this, I raised my review to 5 stars.

Check review sites such as Yelp, Angie’s List, Google Reviews, and Yahoo Local reviews regularly. Respond to every review for sites that allow it, including both negative and positive reviews. In addition, you can set up Google Alerts to notify you of any online activity about your business.

7. Compete with Larger Companies

Many small businesses are competing against the big guys, who have enormous marketing budgets, connections with top public relations firms and can hire the best talent. Nonetheless, you can still succeed if you maintain focus. Focus on a specialty that the bigger companies are spread too thin to cover. Devote your time and resources to that niche and grow when the timing is right.

As a small company, focus on your pricing models. It’s possible that you can provide better products and services at a lower price than the larger companies if your company is running lean.

Above all, big companies tend to lose touch with their customers. Be a customer-centric company. Go above and beyond to ensure your customers are satisfied. Like I said before, your customers are your best salespeople; therefore, this strategy will pay off.

8. Optimize the Supply Chain

Recently, I discovered the small clothing company, American Giant who became an overnight success when Slate ran the article, “This Is the Greatest Hoodie Ever Made.”

What’s exciting about American Giant is they have redefined the supply chain by selling their products directly from the warehouse to the consumer, thus, investing in the quality of their clothing and passing the savings to their customers. Essentially, they’re shadowing the same model that software manufacturers have followed for years, which is direct-to-customer. They’ve removed unnecessary steps in the supply chain, which eliminates overhead costs associated with most clothing manufacturers.

The lesson learned? Don’t be afraid of creatively solving problems related to your supply chain. For small businesses to thrive, it’s vital to deliver quality products or services to your customers in a timely way. By identifying, reducing or eliminating non-value added activities in the supply chain; you can optimize profits and gain a competitive advantage.

Your Turn

What are the biggest challenges facing your small company? How have you overcome these problems? Please share your story or ideas in the comments below.

Be the Best That You Can Be! Learn to Set Goals in LifeTopix

Goals are the best way to set yourself up for success. To achieve goals, you must establish a plan and create steps to help you get there. It’s necessary to build specific and measurable goals, make yourself accountable and visualize your progress to motivate yourself to keep going. Thankfully, the LifeTopix app provides an effortless way to set goals and build a plan to turn your dreams into reality.

LifeTopix is an extraordinary all-in-one app for organizing work and life. It is smart, simple and powerful. Parents, real estate agents, freelancers, contractors, business owners, students, teachers and others use the LifeTopix app every day to manage their busy lives. 100,000 users and growing!

Watch the Video to Learn How to Set Goals

Watch this video to learn how to create goals with the LifeTopix app and how to follow a plan to achieve those goals.

Set Yourself Up for Success with These New Year’s Resolutions Tips


Two of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions are getting organized and getting in shape. Reaching these goals requires goal setting, planning and commitment, which seem overwhelming for many of us. If you don’t want to be one of the 92 percent who abandon their New Year’s Resolutions, read this quick and easy guide for setting yourself up for success in the new year.

Our goal at LightArrow is for you to accomplish success and productivity in 2015 and beyond – whatever your dreams might be.  This post will help you formulate a plan to accomplish the life changes you dream about. It focuses on goal setting, planning and execution – whether your goals are for business or personal life.

Setting “S.M.A.R.T.” Goals

Clearly set, firm goals are necessary for meeting objectives in personal life or at work. However, many of us have vague, squishy goals such as “lose weight”, “organize house” or “start new business.” Ambiguous goals such as these examples are usually abandoned if the goal is unspecific, unrealistic and doesn’t include a deadline. Firming up these goals by making them “S.M.A.R.T.” is key for success.

Many businesses set goals by using “S.M.A.R.T.” goals, which is a mnemonic acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable or Assignable, Relevant or Realistic, and Time-Based or Time-Related. “S.M.A.R.T.” goals have been used successfully for years for personal development, project management and performance management. “S.M.A.R.T.” goals are most effective when written down. Write them in the present tense and phrase them in a positive way. They also include a time period. An example of a “S.M.A.R.T.” home organizing goal is:

I have an organized and clutter-free house in 90 days by minimizing unnecessary possessions and categorizing necessary objects through the use of organizing solutions. I practice uncluttering 60 minutes daily.

An example of a “S.M.A.R.T.” weight loss goal is:

I’m in shape and weighing 24 fewer pounds in 90 days by eating 2000 calories daily, doing 5 hours of cardio weekly, doing 90 minutes of strength training weekly, and practicing 60 minutes of yoga weekly for three months.

Recording your goals is important for reaching them. In fact, a study about goals performed by Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University of California found that those who write down and share their goals are 33% more likely to achieve them.

For those on the go, using a smartphone app, such as LifeTopix is a great method for recording goals. The following example shows how a goal appears in a smartphone app. With this app, you can also log metrics against your chosen goal. Other ways to record goals include using a paper journal or diary, spreadsheet or word processing program.

Complete SMART Goal App


It’s also important to refer back to your recorded goals often to remind and inspire you to continue.

Make a Plan to Achieve Goals

In business, embarking on a new project always requires planning. In business and in life, creating a project to help you reach your goals is an excellent method for launching anything new – whether it’s an organized house, healthier body and mind, new business or product, or creative endeavor. Once you’ve recorded, stated and shared your goals with family, colleagues or friends, start making plans to set yourself up for success. For example, perhaps your goal is to get in shape. Getting in shape requires significant planning and commitment, which can be accomplished through project planning.

A project plan requires a list of specific tasks and in some cases, appointments and/or meetings. For example, to execute your goal to get in shape, there are a number of tasks and/or appointments that are necessary, such as attending exercise classes, menu planning, grocery shopping, purchasing a gym membership, etc.

Build and schedule a list of these tasks and appointments that are realistic in your life, and schedule these tasks on your calendar in order to stay accountable and remain on track. To accomplish this, use a basic paper planner or a smartphone app, such as LifeTopix to plan these tasks and appointments as shown in the following example.

Complete Calendar and Organizer App


Using a mobile calendar on your smartphone helps you balance your new time commitment with your current, and possibly already busy, schedule. In addition, the advantage of using a mobile, digital planner or calendar over a paper calendar is you receive both visible and audible reminders, which ultimately keeps you on track. Also, mobility is key when you’re someone who’s constantly on the go. Flexibility is a huge advantage of mobile apps over paper for project and goal planning. The ability to easily make changes to your plan anytime and anywhere keeps you productive and on task.

Log and View Your Progress

Keeping a log of your goals helps you achieve success because many people don’t realize that progress is being made because the changes are very small each day. For example, losing two pounds might not seem like much, but when this weight loss happens week after week, the lost pounds add up.

In addition, keeping a log of past successes helps you make these successes repeatable. It’s helpful to look back at logged items, journals or notes to motivate you based on past diet, household or business changes or other factors. Smartphone apps such as LifeTopix, paper journals, spreadsheets or other software are excellent methods for tracking workouts, healthy eating, and inches lost or other statistics. For example, with the LifeTopix app, you log all these types of items against your goals and watch your progress each day, week, month, etc. as shown in the following example.

Complete Goals Log


Keeping notes and associating them with your project helps to trigger memories about what’s working and what’s not working. For example, in the following example, notes associated with the “Get Fit in 90 Days” project include important diet information, which impacts future weight loss success.

Journal for Goals


Your Turn

I hope you learned something new today about “S.M.A.R.T” goals and achieving personal and business success in 2015. What are your New Years’ Resolutions and what are your tips, tricks and tools for achieving them? Please share and comment!

Eight Surefire Ways to Sabotage Your Goals

Do you feel like you’ve haven’t achieved the successes you set out to accomplish? Do you believe you haven’t lived up to your fullest potential? You’re not alone. Many people feel this way. If you want to accomplish more, you can get there by spending some time planning your goals and building an action plan to reach those goals. Setting goals is an effective process that can get you on the road to success. Don’t know where to start? Follow this quick presentation below to learn a little about setting and achieving goals.