Some technology I can handle and sometimes I leave it to the experts. One support person I have in place is my technology guru-Peter Adams of Ping! Development. Whether someone just hacked into my blog post (did you get a blog from me in Polish a few months ago--yep, a hacker, that wasn't me) or there is a glitch, Peter is the guy I call for the tech issues that go beyond my tech knowledge. He wrote a great blog on productivity apps that work well for him. I wanted to pass along his great advice to you. 

--Margo Brown
   Productivity Coach and Professional Organizer


Five Productivity Apps That Save My Bacon

By Peter Adams

Ping! Development

These days, nobody leaves their house without their smart phone and technology drives everything. Personally, I rely on it to make sure I know what my plans are for the day and what I need to get done. Here are a few of the apps where I spend the most time.


I'm a bit of a news junkie, but I don't like have to go into five or six apps or twenty different Web sites to look at the news of the world, geek culture, or the latest alerts. I use Feedly to bring all my news feeds into one spot. They have a number of news feeds in their directory, but if you know the RSS feed address for anything, you can add it. From there, I can keep track of what's happening in the world and share the great stories with my friends or through my business social media pages. Which brings me to my next app..

A short video on organizing your space with bins from The Container Store. 


The bullet journal was created by Ryder Carroll. His system for a calendar and a way to capturing actions is an interesting one. Many of my clients have bits of paper that pile on their desks and as Carroll puts it " it gets out of control." Over time he created a system that worked for him called the Bullet Journal. 

For those of us who gravitate to pen and paper, this way of gathering next actions is great. I tried the system and loved certain parts of it. The indexing in the front of my moleskin notebook worked superbly. I also loved the legends he created-a checkbox for action, an arrow to forward actions from a previous month. You can check out more note legends on the Wave Productivity Pinterest board. 



Margo Brown is a Productivity Coach and Professional Organizer with Wave Productivity. She works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and business professionals to help them get more focused, organized and productive in their workplace. She serves the Tempe and Greater Phoenix area in Arizona. If you want to get more organized in your office and in your home call 602-677-8275 or email



An added bonus for our regular readers, this month is a longer blog with information on products, events and tips on how you can have a great vacation. 

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Our program in which we partner with a local Valley non-profit is well underway.  We have partnered with Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) to help Betty the kitty get adopted. Betty has been at the no kill shelter since August of 2014. She's a quiet cat that needs a quiet calm environment. She would love to be in a home where she is the only cat or with cats that are mature. Her eyes and fur are a soft butter cream color. She is poly-dactyl, she has extra toes on her paws. Not a kitten, Betty is 5 years old, purrfect for someone looking for a mature cat. 

So that you can get to know Betty, we helped her answer the questions asked of actors on Inside the Actor’s Studio. At the end of the Actor’s Studio, the host James Lipton asks every guest the following questions. It’s called the Pivot Questionnaire after Bernard Pivot who originally came up with this famous inquiry.