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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.

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GTD Basics – Methods for Reflecting and Weekly Reviews in LifeTopix

LifeTopix is an all-in-one productivity app for iPad and iPhone. We have many customers who follow David Allen’s Getting Things Done® (GTD) method and use LifeTopix to stay organized and productive. Many of these customers ask about the most efficient ways to use LifeTopix for GTD® and our best practices.

GTD, LifeTopix, Reflecting and Weekly Reviews

David Allen rewrote the “Getting Things Done” book for 2015 and beyond, which was originally published in 2001. In addition, LifeTopix has evolved since we first published the popular post, “Best Practices for Getting Things Done – Weekly Review” in 2013. We strive to keep our customers up-to-date and hope you enjoy the new information we’re providing for you today.

We previously published three posts described below. We encourage you to read those posts before diving into this one:

Master Reflecting and Weekly Reviews

In Allen’s book, “Getting Things Done,” he dedicates a chapter to “Reflecting”. In this chapter, he stresses that you must review your system on a regular basis to ensure it is current and functional. He describes what to look at and when, and he communicates the power of the “Weekly Review.” The video below explains, in detail, how you would use LifeTopix to perform the actions he describes in this chapter of “Getting Things Done.”

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More to Come

In the next few weeks, we’ll be posting more videos and tips to assist you with utilizing LifeTopix for GTD. Please subscribe to the Life Blog to stay up-to-date.

GTD® and Getting Things Done® are registered trademarks of the David Allen Company. LightArrow Apps are not affiliated with or endorsed by the David Allen Company.

GTD Basics – Methods for Organizing Actions and To Dos in LifeTopix

LifeTopix is an all-in-one productivity app for iPad and iPhone. We have many customers who follow David Allen’s Getting Things Done® (GTD) method and use LifeTopix to stay organized and productive. Many of these customers ask about the most efficient ways to use LifeTopix for GTD® and our best practices.

GTD, LifeTopix and the Organizing Phase

David Allen rewrote the “Getting Things Done” book for 2015 and beyond, which was originally published in 2001. In addition, LifeTopix has evolved since we first published the popular post, “Best Practices for Getting Things Done – Master Organizing” in 2013. We strive to keep our customers up-to-date and hope you enjoy the new information we’re providing for you today.

We previously published two posts described below. We encourage you to read those posts before diving into this one:

Master Organizing

The video below discusses the “Organizing” phase. When you organize actions and reference material, think about how you would sort these items into various areas. In an earlier post, we discussed using LifeTopix to define each collected item as actionable or non-actionable. Once you’ve completed clarifying items, you can begin organizing them (or this may be done simultaneously in LifeTopix).

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More to Come

In the next few weeks, we’ll be posting more videos and tips to assist you with utilizing LifeTopix for GTD. Please subscribe to the Life Blog to stay up-to-date.

Learn about the next phase: 

GTD Basics – Methods for Reflecting and Weekly Reviews in LifeTopix

GTD® and Getting Things Done® are registered trademarks of the David Allen Company. LightArrow Apps are not affiliated with or endorsed by the David Allen Company.

GTD Basics – Methods for Clarifying Actions and To Dos in LifeTopix

LifeTopix is an all-in-one productivity app for iPad and iPhone. We have many customers who follow David Allen’s Getting Things Done® (GTD) method and use LifeTopix to stay organized and productive. Many of these customers ask about the most efficient ways to use LifeTopix for GTD® and our best practices.

GTD, LifeTopix and the Clarifying Phase

David Allen rewrote the “Getting Things Done” book for 2015 and beyond, which was originally published in 2001. In addition, LifeTopix has evolved since we first published the popular post, “Best Practices for Getting Things Done – Processing” in 2013. We strive to keep our customers up-to-date and hope you enjoy the new information we’re providing for you today.

We previously published a post about how to capture and collect all the things that are in your head and how to get them outside your head in LifeTopix. It is titled “GTD Basics – Methods for Capturing Items in LifeTopix.” We encourage you to take a look at the previous post before diving into this one.

Today, we’re covering what to do with actions, projects and to dos that you’ve collected after you decide what they are and what you want to do with them. In David Allen’s book, he refers to this phase as “Clarifying.”

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Important Information About LifeTopix Integrations

We understand that many of you want to use LifeTopix at the office and you want to ensure that it works with the applications that you commonly use. This is why LifeTopix is integrated with many of your favorite apps and applications. You can access docs, tasks and notes in LifeTopix from Dropbox™, Google Drive or Box™; Toodledo®, Asana™ or Google Drive; and Evernote® or Toodledo®, respectively. And LifeTopix works seamlessly with iOS calendars and reminders.

More to Come

In the next few weeks, we’ll be posting more videos and tips to assist you with utilizing LifeTopix for GTD. Please subscribe to the Life Blog to stay up-to-date.

Learn about the next phases: 

GTD Basics – Methods for Organizing Actions and To Dos in LifeTopix

GTD Basics – Methods for Reflecting and Weekly Reviews in LifeTopix

GTD® and Getting Things Done® are registered trademarks of the David Allen Company. LightArrow Apps are not affiliated with or endorsed by the David Allen Company.

Tempo Smart Calendar Discontinued: LightArrow Has A Top All-in-One Productivity App as an Alternative

Mother’s Day 2015 – 12 Best Apps for Moms

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Every year, more and more moms are getting connected and their mobile use is skyrocketing. These tech savvy moms want their mobile devices to be equipped with the best apps to help them save time, save money and make their lives safer and easier. For Mother’s Day, we compiled a list of our 12 favorite apps for iPhone and iPad and we’re sharing these apps with our readers to help them get more from their mobile devices. These apps are paid, freemium and free. Click on the app’s link to learn more about the pricing.

1. Evernote® – Rating 4+

Click here to find Evernote at the Apple App Store

Evernote is for note taking and it’s considered a best-of-class app. It’s a “freemium” application, which means you can use it for free and choose to be charged for upgrades.

Why is Evernote great for moms? Moms are busy people and can’t keep everything inside their heads. With Evernote, it’s super easy to take notes, organize things found on the web and make checklists. With tagging, moms can easily find the information that they’ve saved in Evernote. I like using the Evernote Web Clipper. It allows moms to “clip” information from the web and save articles, recipes and more in Evernote.

Evernote

2. Dropbox™ – Rating 4+

Click here to find Dropbox at the Apple App Store

When I first started using Dropbox years ago, it was simply a great way to share big files with co-workers, family and friends. Dropbox has evolved over the years and it has become extremely popular for file storage in the Cloud. With Dropbox, moms can store their photos and documents and easily share them with others. 2 GB of space is available for free and more can be obtained with a fee or through other actions, such as sharing.

Why is Dropbox great for moms? It’s an excellent way to back up and share family photos, receipts and other important documents. Moms can scan report cards, homework, kids artwork, etc. and save these items forever in a safe and secure place. No worries about hardware crashes. It also helps to keep the house tidy eliminating paper clutter.

Dropbox

3. LifeTopix™ from LightArrow, Inc. – Rating 4+

Click here to find LifeTopix at the Apple App Store

LifeTopix is an all-one-organizer for work and life. Many use it for life management or small business management. It’s excellent for getting and staying organized. It’s one of the best personal organization apps for families and anyone else who wants to boost their productivity.

Why is LifeTopix great for moms? It’s like having a personal assistant that organizes everything. Moms can organize travel, projects and tasks, events, finances, health and fitness, home assets, bookmarks, photos and shopping — all in one place, which prevents the need to jump from app to app. The Agenda view, shown below, is super handy for knowing what’s coming up today, tomorrow and in the near future at a glance.

LifeTopix

4. Scanner Pro by Readdle – Rating 4+

Click here to find Scanner Pro at the Apple App Store

I recently discovered Scanner Pro and wow I was impressed. Scanner Pro essentially turns your iPad into a scanner, saving you loads of time.

Why is Scanner Pro great for moms? As I mentioned earlier, Dropbox is an excellent way to keep the house tidy by storing documents. With Scanner Pro, moms can easily scan all types of documents, save them in a variety of sizes (A4, letter, legal, business card, etc.), and upload these documents directly to a variety of other apps, including Dropbox and Evernote. Moms can also open these scanned documents in LifeTopix allowing them to associate the documents with projects, events and other LifeTopix items. In the example below, I’ve scanned a bike map which I can access directly from LifeTopix if I get lost while cycling — no need to carry a physical map in my bike pouch.

Readdle

5. What to Expect – Rating 4+

Click here to find “What to Expect” at the Apple App Store

Just about everyone who’s expecting or who’s had a baby has heard of the famous book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” This app is based on the famous book. It’s basically a roadmap for your pregnancy on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Why is “What to Expect” great for moms? This app is especially valuable for first time moms. It offers practical advice, tips, articles, videos and message boards. It also helps moms communicate information with their spouse or partner, which is fun and helpful during pregnancy.

Expecting

6. Finding Rover – Rating 3+

Click here to find Finding Rover at the Apple App Store

Finding Rover uses a new facial recognition technology to make finding dogs easy through a community of users. For example, you take a photo of your pet and upload it to the app. Someone finds your beloved pooch and snaps a photo. Voila! Your pup’s face is matched and found! And did I mention the app is free?

Why is “Finding Rover” great for moms? Every parent knows that losing a beloved pet is heartbreaking for the entire family. Fortunately Finding Rover has come to the rescue.

Rover

7. OverDrive – Rating 4+

Click here to find OverDrive at the Apple App Store

As a leading distributor of eBooks, OverDrive offers eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video from local libraries. In fact, there’s a network of over 30,000 libraries worldwide that offers titles from OverDrive.

Why is OverDrive great for moms? Many moms like to relax with a good book, but it’s hard to find time to get to the library. In this situation, OverDrive is a perfect solution. Also, everyone knows that reading is the cornerstone of learning. OverDrive offers many titles for kids and it’s a great way to quickly introduce new books to inquisitive children.

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8. Etsy – Rating 4+

Click here to find Etsy at the Apple App Store

Etsy is a new way to shop. Everything found on Etsy is created or curated by people running independent businesses. Essentially, if you want to find something different and unique, Etsy is the place to find it.

Why is Etsy great for moms? I think most moms would agree that they love shopping on Etsy because of the extraordinary things they can find. It also allows them to support independent businesses. And moms with an entrepreneurial spirit can create their own businesses while taking care of kids at home. In fact, Fast Company reported that Alicia Shaffer’s business named ThreeBirdNest makes $80,000 monthly!

Etsy

9. Calm – Rating 4+

Click here to find Calm at the Apple App Store

Calm is an app for meditation, sleep, relaxation and focus. It helps users learn mindfulness meditation and includes seven guided meditation sessions from 2 to 30 minutes.

Why is the Calm app great for moms? Moms live in a busy world and they don’t have a lot of time to relax and focus on the present moment. When stress takes over, it can take a toll on physical health. Meditation can improve sleep, treat heart issues, relieve chronic pain, lower blood pressure and improve insulin resistance.

calm

10. RetailMeNot – Rating 4+

Click here to find RetailMeNot at the Apple App Store

RetailMeNot is an app for saving money and who doesn’t like saving money? This app provides deals (online and nearby) and allows its users to view these deals by category. “Trending” deals are also provided so users can find the most popular discounts.

Why is RetailMeNot great for moms? It’s an excellent app for saving money and no coupon clipping is required. Moms can just show the retail clerk the barcode on their iPhone or iPad and be on their way!

retailme

11. Skype – Rating 3+

Click here to find Skype at the Apple App Store

Skype is a service that features video calling, voice calling, instant messaging and file sharing. It’s a Microsoft product that was purchased from Ebay in 2011. Skype is similar to FaceTime and Google Hangouts, but it provides some advantages for those who want to video or voice chat with people who use a variety of devices and software. For example, with Hangouts, users are required to set up Google + accounts. With FaceTime, users are required to own Apple devices. Consequently, if you want to video chat with Grandma in Poughkeepsie who’s still using Windows 7 and isn’t keen on social networks, you’re in luck if you’re using Skype.

Why is Skype great for moms? Nothing replaces face-to-face communication, but video chatting is the next best thing. These days, many families are spread around the country and even around the world. If you can’t be with your mom this Mother’s Day, consider helping her set up Skype on her computer or smartphone. This way, you can have video chats regularly — not matter what technology she’s using.

Skype

12. NextDoor – Rating 4+

Click here to find NextDoor at the Apple App Store

NextDoor is a free private social network for neighborhoods. According to their website, over 60,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. are now using NextDoor. When you sign up and open the NextDoor app, you’re presented with a variety of happenings in your neighborhood. It provides classifieds, crime alerts, lost and found and general information such as social events, traffic alerts, HOA meetings and news around your city.

Why is NextDoor great for moms? These days, moms are so busy it’s challenging to stay in the loop, especially if they work outside the home. NextDoor is it has become the new “Neighborhood Watch.” If anything suspicious or unusual is happening, parents know instantly through the optional notifications. It’s also a great way to sell, trade and purchase used items — it feels much more safe than using Craiglist.

NextDoor

Your Turn

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How to Organize a Successful Open House

Whether you’re a homeowner, broker or real estate agent, keeping track of the details for open houses can be challenging. With the LifeTopix app for iPhone and iPad, you can effortlessly organize the details of your next open house that you host through LifeTopix “Events,” which is found in the Events + Appointments topic.

View the Presentation – “How to Organize a Successful Open House”

Check out the following slide deck to see how you can take advantage of LifeTopix to better plan open houses. Hint – you’ll get the best view of this deck by downloading it directly from Slideshare.

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.

An All-in-One App for Trip Management

Trip Management

Going on vacation can be fun, but keeping track of the details can be a nightmare. Many of us use a bunch of reservation sites with different logins, find places online we want to visit and still have to remember all the things we need to pack. Not to mention we have friends, family and coworkers that we want to visit and share travel details with.

At LightArrow, we believe there’s a better way to organize trip details — all in one place. LifeTopix for iPhone and iPad gives you an effortless way to coordinate the details of your trips. Watch the video below to learn how.

Learn How Trip Management Works in LifeTopix