#FourFridayFavorites

This is my bi-weekly(ish) post about people doing cool stuff, resources I am enjoying, music I am into, or random stuff happening in my life. 

Here is this week's edition of #FourFridayFavorites...

  • If you read my post on marriage from a couple of months ago, you discovered I've always struggled to wake up early (or even on time). And while I'm still not perfect at it, the last month or so has gone so much better thanks to the Kiwake app. Essentially, it forces you to get out of your bed by taking a picture of an item that is not close to where you sleep. Then you have to complete a little mind game before checking off your list of goals. For me, it's been a life-saver. I've been able to (most mornings) wake up between 5:15 and 5:30am to read, write, and even get a little more work done than usual. Check it out HERE.
  • I love Apple products. I also love staying in the loop with what's happening in the Apple world. However, I seem to never be able to catch the live Keynotes when they announce new software or new products. Luckily, though, my friends over at Foojee created 'The Foojee Show' to help people like me stay in the loop with all things Apple. Essentially, it's Apple news and opinions and tips in short videos...Dope, right? You can watch the videos HERE, or listen via podcast HERE. Props to my friend Daniel Kosmala for making this awesome.
  • I recently came across something that many of you may already know about, but is relatively new to me. It's called smile.amazon.com. It's just like the regular Amazon except when you buy something from AmazonSmile, your purchase gives a percentage of what you spend to an organization of your choice. CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW COOL THAT IS? I'm currently supporting my friends at Clothe Your Neighbor As Yourself and think they're an organization you should check out. 
  • Because of my ADHD, my levels of productivity tend to shift frequently depending on stress levels, mood, number of present distractions, or any combination of these things. Because of this, I've always tried to find tools and resources to help me overcome the inconsistency. I've definitely not mastered this yet, but this time management spreadsheet from Laura Vanderkam (author of 'What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast') has become V I T A L to me every day. I've slightly altered the version provided by her (I can share my template with you if you want - just comment below and let me know!), but overall, tracking my time each day keeps me accountable to not only myself, but also my other job and a few small clients I have. 

What are some cool things you are a part of, know about, or interested in right now? Comment with a link and I'll be sure to check it out.