After overindulging over the Christmas period and enjoying one too many mince-pies, it’s traditional to turn our attention to New Year resolutions. “Get in shape” and “do more exercise” are ubiquitous New Year’s resolutions. Making fitness resolutions is the easy bit. How do you make them stick?
One of the most common excuses for why people break their workout intentions is “didn’t have time” or “too busy to train”. Yet, everyone in the world has the same number of hours in a week – 168.
Time management is super important for accomplishing any goal, and fitness is no exception. The key is finding time in your existing schedule. This is something Doodle can help with. You can use the free app to book in your fitness time around your other commitments, be it a short walk around the block or a high energy exercise class.
If your struggling for motivation, why not get your friends involved and find an exercise buddy? Research shows that exercising with someone helps you stick to your goals. What’s more Doodle can help you organise your workout schedule with your mates – just simply create a poll of the dates and times you can workout, send it to your fitness buddies and let them select which classes they can do. Once everyone has participated in the poll, Doodle works out which classes work best and notifies the organiser.
That’s your fitness timetable sorted! Now you have one less excuse not to stick to those heath and fitness resolutions.
Your Doodle Team
We started redesigning the Doodle Android App in March of this year. Our goal was to develop a truly native app that utilizes all possibilities to increase productivity as well as efficiency. Only by reaching that goal would we be able to meet the high standard that is associated with the Doodle brand.
By working together with partners such as the Google team in London and by utilizing cutting-edge technology and principles, we are always striving to raise the bar in order to improve upon the functionality that’s provided by Doodle as a whole.
But what have we been doing during the past few months, and what’s next? Native applications offer great convenience and allow for more efficiency. In order to make use of that, our app must have all of the functionality that is provided by our website, which our users have become accustomed to over the years. A recent example of accomplishing that ambition is the integration of calendars, enabling you to see your plans at a glance while creating or participating in a poll. Push notifications have also been implemented in our app so you can always stay up to date.
Just recently, Google launched the newest Android version (6.0) called Marshmallow. In light of that, we have put in a lot of work to support its most important features, such as the permission system, from day one. As a result of our efforts, Google decided to feature us on the official list of Top Apps for Android Marshmallow. More details about the new features of the most recent Android update can be found here.
Thanks to the integration of Smart Lock, Doodle now offers an additional login option that is even easier, faster, and more secure than before since email addresses and passwords will now be able to be automatically synchronized across all of your devices. As soon as you install our app, Smart Lock will detect your credentials and offer you this new login. Detailed information on how this feature works can be retrieved from here.
What to expect next:
Nearby ― Invite participants who are in your immediate vicinity to your poll. Imagine a meeting where you want everyone present to be able to participate in a poll. Using Nearby, you can invite everyone with a single tap without needing to get their contact details. Thanks to the Doodle mobile app, everyone can now match their plans with the poll’s suggested options and make decisions much more efficiently.
For a limited time, the two global productivity specialists Doodle and Evernote have a great offer for you: in order to boost your productivity they have teamed up and offer their Premium solutions in a bundle: until the end of this year you can get three months of Evernote Premium free when you sign up for Doodle Premium. This offer is available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom until the end of the year. Good stuff.
Doodle is the best way to schedule a meeting. Evernote is the best way to capture your ideas. Bringing the two together seemed like a natural next step in creating an even greater experience. Starting immediately, you can add context whenever you need to your Doodle polls by directly linking in your notes from Evernote.
The two apps were recently mentioned within the Top-7 Apps used by productivity experts in The Productivity Book – recently launched and available for download in the main online bookstores around the world.
We’re really happy to announce the release of The Productivity Book: 30 Professionals Talk About Time Management! This 200-page eBook is authored by Doodle CEO Michael Brecht, and is filled with personal stories and helpful tips from productivity experts that will help readers to be more productive with their time.
30 Professionals helped us with this book and provide us with an exclusive insight into how they structure their day. “Since productivity is at the heart of Doodle, I thought it would be interesting to interview leading productivity experts to find out what their thoughts are on how people can be more productive in all aspects of their lives,” said Michael Brecht.
“The interviewees shared a lot of details about their daily habits and productivity methods, and while each of them views productivity in a unique way, readers of the eBook will definitely be able to identify some clear trends that they can apply.”
The Doodle Productivity Book is now available to download through Amazon and iBooks and selected partners in various parts of this world. Download it today and start learning from some of the smartest minds in productivity!
Your Doodle Team
We are very happy to announce a new partnership between Doodle and Paperless Post – the US company that proves that communication could be personal and well-designed regardless of the medium.
Paperless Post is innovating on tradition and redefining the way you connect with people. Their claim is that beautiful design meets seamless technology and this is where Doodle comes into play: Doodle as the global market leader in scheduling makes it easy to find a date for your event. Subsequently Paperless Post offers thousands of beautiful designs for sending a nice invitation once the date is set.
So what is in it for you: we see hundreds of use-cases for the scheduling of events on Doodle and once the date is set, an invitation can be added by using Paperless Post: you are planning a big party? You plan your wedding or birthday, the christening of your child, a get together with old friends from school or university, there are so many ways to use Doodle in your daily life. Find the date easily using Doodle and send a beautiful invitation with Paperless Post to the participants, too easy.
And there is more to come: our engineers will be working hard to improve the handling of Paperless Post cards for Doodle users, allowing our users to send cards directly from the Doodle platform. This is the start of an integrated services offering for all users of Doodle and Paperless Post: enjoy the scheduling.
Watch these friends in Brazil organise their beach-football game in Rio – scheduling with Doodle is easy and saves time for the real things in life.
Your Doodle Team
I am the founder of The 7 Minute Life. You can improve your time management in 7 Minutes.
What’s the most recent adjustment that you’ve made to your personal productivity routine?
We have a virtual team of seven associates. I have turned over the project management to my project manager. I hate administration and details. Now, my only job is to think, write, think some more, speak, think some more, and shoot video. Every person on our team has “narrowed” their roles. Narrow responsibilities are much more productive and meaningful.
Do you follow specific time management techniques to organize your day?
There are 24 hours in a day, 1440 minutes, if you take 1% of your day – that is 14 minutes. The 7 Minute Life is built on the foundation of taking 7 Minutes in the evening to answer one powerful question, “What is my goal for tomorrow?” Literally set the timer on your smartphone for 7 Minutes in the evening and clarify exactly what you want to achieve by the end of your workday. After you understand your goal – then, you need to create your “5 before 11” list. This list contains 5 tiny “micro-actions” that you commit to accomplishing before 11 o’clock the next morning.
How do you cope with time constraints? Which ones do you really dislike?
Not sure what you mean by time constraints. Time is time. The 24 hours in a day are the boundaries that can’t be changed. I don’t really dislike the problem of having a 24 hour day. The key for me is to choose to plan how much of my time I will sleep, exercise, pray, and read.
In what ways has your perception of time changed as you’ve grown older?
I have plenty of time for my purpose in life. I have had to shed away the activities that are not in alignment with my purpose.
So what are the secrets about time management from your experience?
Time management is not about the “When.” Behaviours to improve your time management skills include:
■ Know what you need to do
■ Know the specific projects that need to be accomplished
■ Break down each project into high value activities
■ Break down your high value activities into “microactions” – a micro-action is a task that can be completed between 2 minutes and 20 minutes (due to attentional bandwidth), can be accomplished by you, can be started and COMPLETELY finished.
■ Then, and only then can you decide the “When” you will complete each micro-action by placing a task on your calendar.
Allyson, thank you very much for your time to answer these Doodle questions and we wish you all the best for your time management tool ‘The 7 Minute Life‘.