Thursday, September 22, 2011

Business2Business Expo at Hammock Beach Resort

Newly opened Palm Coast Business Assistance Center is holding a Business2Business Expo held at the fabulous Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast.  The one-day expo will take place on Friday, October 7th, 2011; from 9:30AM to 6PM, and will feature:

  • Vendor Floor with Booths
  • Lunch
  • Cocktail
  • Keynote Speech
  • And Breakout Sessions

For more information and to register online, visit the Palm Coast Expo page.

Office Divvy has prepaid 3 full participation spots including a vendor booth, and we're raffling those.  If you'd like to enter the raffle, you could do so here: Palm Coast Business Expo Raffle.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Facebook makes further changes to its photo utility

Back in April 2011, Facebook bought the photo-service divvyshot; a company launched within the Y Combinator --a California based private incubator/startup accelarator.

Divvyshot allowed group photo sharing: with capability for multiple users edit albums, particularly grouped around various events and places. As part of the acquisition, the service has shut down (and the domain now points directly to facebook).

So the move in purchasing divvyshot was more about acquiring talent, than needing their services as they provided them.

Soon after the acquisition facebooks photo improvements started, including a lightbox (non-intrusive second layer pop-up) viewing experience.

One thing most folks liked about the google plus' photo experience has been photos and videos looked larger in one's timeline.  Some of the changes facebook released recently adopted capabilities first launched with google-plus, and now, visually multiple photos look better and more predominant in the facebook timeline as well, with larger photo viewing:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A productivity tool to manage your tasks: Hourglass

Lifehacker has an interesting article on how to use a timer to get more things done by creating a system whereby you dash through your-to-do list; and keep the time as you do it.

Here's an excerpt from the original article: Stop Procrastinating and Dash Through Tasks with a Timer

Trick yourself into starting by deciding to work on the task for just a handful of minutes and guarantee yourself a break at the end of that time. For example, commit to work on your task for 10 minutes. Ten minutes! That's one minute for each finger on your two hands. Anyone can work on anything for 10 minutes, and that includes you and that thing you're putting off. 

First, get a timer—an egg timer, a digital watch, a cell phone timer, a software timer, the kitchen timer, whatever's available. Pick your biggest, scariest, most put-off task. Choose the next action, set your timer for 10 minutes, start the timer, and begin.

When the timer goes off at the end of the 10 minutes, stop. Get up, walk around, get a drink, and pat yourself on the back for what you've just done: you stopped procrastinating and got started.

Then, do it again.

I thought this was a fantastic Idea!

So I put it to the test.

We have these great hourglasses at Office Divvy.  We typically use them to keep the time in a meeting, facilitated session, panel discussion etc.  But today I grabbed the 30-minute and the 5-minute hourglasses to manage my day and tasks.

First, I allowed myself only 30 minutes of play time (which includes having my coffee, checking my facebook and twitter accounts, and writing this blog post).  You will see below --from the large hourglass, I'm doing well, time-wise.  :)

By the time the hourglass runs out, this post will be up; and I'll move on to my to-do list, using a combination of the 5 and 30 minute hourglasses for different tasks.

What do you think of the idea of keeping a timer as you run through your to-do list?

Do you have other proven methods to effectively manage your day and tasks?

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Ky Ekinci : Co-Founder Office Divvyby Ky Ekinci | Co-Founder, Office Divvy ™ 
published on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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Cigars, Drinks, and Entrepreneurs: Not to miss in Palm Coast!

Join fellow Palm Coast and Flagler County entrepreneurs on September 27th at The Humidor  in European Village for this special event:

Free to Attend!

September 27, 2011

5:30 to 8:00 PM

Enjoy free appetizers, $2 drafts, a large selection of premium cigars, and great people to meet and network with!  RSVP here

This event is proudly sponsored by Office Divvy, and hosted at The Humidor at European Village.