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Lumosity Update – Part 1

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the effectiveness of brain training games like Lumosity. At the time, I’d be using the Lumosity iPhone app on a daily basis to see if I could measure a noticeable difference in the key areas that the Lumosity games are supposed to improve.

I’ve been continuing to use the Lumosity iPhone app as well as the Lumosity website games to train my brain. So far, my scores have been improving on a weekly basis. At first, the scores increased dramatically, and now they are increasing incrementally.

So the real question is, how are the brain training Lumosity games actually helping me in real life? Well, first off, I’ve been using Lumosity in the mornings to exercise my brain before getting to work and I notice that my creativity and “awakeness” has improved. Some of the Lumosity games actually stress me out a little bit so that helps for waking me up.

I’ve also noticed a slight improvement in my focus, especially in brainstorming and project work. Another added benefit I’ve noticed is that I feel like i’m sharper in terms of thinking quickly on my feet.

Finally, my memory in terms of recalling facts from reading or conversations has improved as well. I’ve definitely noticed this as I’ve had tons of meetings over the last little while and there is often a lot of little details to remember.

I’ve only been using Lumosity for six weeks now, so we’ll see what happens at the end of 90 days. The challenge is that although I am noticing an improvement in the areas I mentioned above, I’m not sure if this can be directly attributed to Lumosity or to other factors that i’m not thinking about.

I’ll check back with you at the end of my 90 trial period!

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Meet Trello. My New Favorite Productivity App

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Last week, I wrote a post about my favorite To Do List apps. Since then, a ton of people have responded with other apps they use including some that I’ve never heard about before.

One of the apps I’d never heard about before is Trello. After using Trello for about 48 hours, it’s quickly turned into one of my absolute favorite productivity apps. In fact, I can’t believe that I haven’t been using this app sooner.

So what is Trello? Trello is a cross between a visual pin board and a highly effective to do list. I think of it like a vision board on steroids.

The concept is really simple. Trello is built on a series of boards, lists and cards. Each board can be setup for an organization, project or strategy. Lists within each board are specific objectives or projects. And cards, are the individual work packages or tasks that need to be completed in order to complete the project.

Take this sample board that is the template “Welcome Board” that Trello introduces to new accounts.

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You can see that there are tons of features and ways to plan your boards and lists.

Here is a sample of a board that I started for planning my content for The Pinstriped Suit.

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One of the key features that I like about Trello is the ability to collaborate with other people. Each board and list that you create can be shared with a team member. Once the person is invited to the list/board then you can assign them cards as tasks.

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You can also set deadlines for yourself or other people.

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Trello has a ton of other features including inserting attachments from google drive or dropbox, checklists and adding graphics. What I love about Trello is that I can visually see all my projects and plans in one place. Also, the flexibility of being able to move timelines, cards and lists around is really useful for projects that are constantly changing. Trello works really well with its web app but it also has iPad, iPhone and Android apps as well which work seamlessly with the web version.

Try it out and watch your productivity skyrocket!

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