Days 7 & 8 of the 30 Day Content Challenge-Sunday Funday

Podcasts, Blogs and Family

Yesterday was Sunday Funday and we decided to have a few friends over for dinner and the evening, as any good one with friends got away from me.  As a result, I did not have the opportunity to go live with my daily update.

Does that mean I was unsuccessful in getting my content for the day created?

Hardly, on Sunday AM I completed recording two more episodes of the upcoming Metathinq podcase (I really need to come up with a name for this Podcast…ThinqBusiness?) which brings me to 4 total in editing.  This will keep me on target for an early October launch.

7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Office 365

Features to lower cost and improve security

ThinqOutLoud Office 365
I bet when you think about Office 365 you think about e-mail.  It is the service that Microsoft used in launching the service and is the primary reason people buy Office 365, but the service goes way beyond email.  There are three primary flavors of Office 365 and the comparison of features can be found here, but I want to focus on the features of the Business Premium version which is $150/year per user ($12.50/mo.).  At the end of this article I will show you an ROI that proves it is one of the best deals around. – Easy to use mobile automation

Automation Made Easy simple automationI believe strongly in automation, but it wasn’t always this way. About 10 years ago I had an employee (future DevOps guy) who said he wanted to automate himself out of a job.  I thought he was crazy, but he assured me that there will always be something else that can benefit from automation, thus if anything he was insuring job security. I now understand what he meant, and I look for repetitive tasks I do daily that could benefit from simple automation.

The question is, how do I automate those tasks if I am not a tech savvy individual or have a tech staff I can lean on?

I was introduced by my old business partner, Frank Gesino, to this awesome site. can help you automate many of the day to day tasks in your life.  Is it going to rain tomorrow?  How abut an email delivered to you letting you know? allows you to create simple little “recipes” to create simple “if this, then that” routines to make your life a little easier. has a collection of easy automation instructions to connect your home, increase productivity, stay up on personalized news, and keeping healthy.  I am presently using a few of these hacks to simplify my social media posts and to keep up on news alerts that are important to me.  I am looking forward to setting up a few of the home automation “recipes” soon.

Mobile Ready

There are 4 mobile apps connected to and they are available at the Apple App store and in Google Play

  1. IF: This app lets you create automation “recipes” and put them into use. IFTTT mobile
  2. DO Button: Allows you to create receipts that cause and action to take place (i.e. press the DO button and turn your home thermostat to 70 degrees)
  3. DO Note: This app lets you save notes.  I am a big Evernote user and this allows me to record simple notes and in one click send them to my account.
  4. Do Camera: Want to send a picture to your email? Save a business card to Evernote? This app makes those easy with the click of a button.

These apps combined with pre-built IFTTT’s automation routines keeps it simple for almost any user.

What would you like to automate?  Any automation success stories?  Please let me know in the comments section below!