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Gmail with Rapportive, Highrise & Boomerang = Lifehacker Heaven

Those of you who know me well know I call myself a "lifehacker" which basically means I hack & use technology to be as efficient as possible.  For example, I strongly recommend that those who are in front of computers all day learn to play them like instruments.

I've had people ask me how I use technology to be efficient when I'm in sales mode (which, really, any entrepreneur is most of the time).  Here's a screenshot of what my email client looks like, with the tools I rely on below that:

Rapportive:  This Gmail Plugin is an absolute necessity for anyone even remotely in a sales type of role.   It lets you learn about the person you're emailing with, and connect with them via LinkedIn right from the email client.  It also lets you manage their Highrise CRM profile without having to go to Highrise, which is a godsend.  I can't recommend Rapportive highly enough.

Boomerang:  Lets you schedule email to be sent later, but more importantly, will "boomerang" an email back to your inbox a specified amount of time after you've sent it.  It's a great way to have a soft reminder to follow up with someone.  You can also have it only boomerang the email back to you if the person you're emailing doesn't respond.

Those of you who know me well know I call myself a "lifehacker" which basically means I hack & use technology to be as efficient as possible.  For example, I strongly recommend that those who are in front of computers all day learn to play them like instruments. I've had people ask me how I use technology to be efficient when I'm in sales mode (which, really, any entrepreneur is most of the time).  Here's a screenshot of what my email client looks like, with the tools I rely on below that: Rapportive:  This Gmail Plugin is an absolute necessity for anyone even remotely in a sales type of role.   It lets you learn about the person you're emailing with, and connect with them via LinkedIn right from the email client.  It also lets you manage their Highrise CRM profile without having to go to Highrise, which is a godsend.  I can't recommend Rapportive highly enough. Boomerang:  Lets you schedule email to be sent later, but more importantly, will "boomerang" an email back to your inbox a specified amount of time after you've sent it.  It's a great way to have a soft reminder to follow up with someone.  You can also have it only boomerang the email back to you if the person you're emailing doesn't respond. I can go into more detail on how I use these services (and especially how I use Rapportive to create tags in Highrise right from the email, which I then export to  Mailchimp for monthly marketing newsletter blasts) if you'd like.  Just make a comment below asking for whatever detail you'd like me to delve into.  If I get enough interest, I'll spend the time to do a more in-depth demo.

Work Browser

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Last week, I started experimenting with a new setup on the computer and it's working out quite well for me.

I downloaded Mozilla Firefox, which I haven't had installed in a long time (I use a mix of Chrome and Safari). I set up Firefox to have all my primary work materials on it -- Pipeline Deals for CRM/sales, Google Apps for Email, Google Docs (err, Drive) which has our Ops Manual in it, Tout for email tracking... and that's about it. Additional windows for whatever is relevant for research, projects, or client-related stuff.

So far, it's great. When I'm using Chrome (my primary browser), I try to keep the number of tabs down and not overwhelming. That means I might have interesting material loaded up in the tabs that I don't want to close, but also don't want to have open. 

Likewise, it's nice to have my work tabs all lined up and logged in without worrying about them taking up mental bandwidth.

Finally, lower procrastination / task-switching, since I know I shouldn't be screwing around in Firefox. It's just for work.

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