There, I said it. And it’s true too.
But I may have separation-anxiety if you take my iPhone away from me. Why, you ask? It connects me to family, work, news, email, texts, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and an occasional phone call.
But is that healthy or counter-productive?
If a true tech-life balance is possible as modern mom entrepreneur, then what are some helpful hacks in the pursuit of the tech + life + work dream?
Founding Mom Exchange Event
On September 10, Stephanie Shaterian, principal at fLO Content, interviewed Randi Zuckerberg and Jill Salzman at a Founding Moms Exchange event last week, to explore the intersection between tech, business and family life.
Randi Zuckerberg has a long list of accolades including the title of founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, a New York Times Bestselling Author, and Editor-in-Chief of Dot Complicated, an online community helping us navigate and “untangle” our wired, wonderful lives.
Jill Salzman is currently growing her third entrepreneurial venture, The Founding Moms, the world’s first and only kid-friendly collective of monthly meetups for mom entrepreneurs. She’s also the brilliant mind behind The Founding Moms Conference in Chicago next month.
The three powerful women together lead the discussion that was entertaining as well as informative. I was impressed by the effort of Randi, 35 weeks pregnant, as she sat for two hours in front of a packed room full of admiring fans. Her smile and witty answers amused all of us. I didn’t realize that she was also on Broadway in the hit musical, Rock of Ages.
I was equally amazed by Jill, with her bold persona and her colorful presence. She’s truly a go-getter in every sense of the word.
Stephanie effortlessly kept the questions from the crowd flowing, adding in her own valuable point of view.
20 Tech-Life Balance Hacks
I arrived late to the gathering. Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a terrible sense of direction. Even with Siri right by my side, I managed to circle the block a few times before parked my car. I had to ask three people where Four Embarcadero was before I found myself in the right place. Once I got to the 22nd floor, I quickly grabbed some gluten-free goodies and headed on in the meeting room. I neglected to bring a notepad but did manage to take come cryptic notes with the an iPhone app. Not bad, but not very good either.
Here’s just a few golden nuggets of the night. I can’t tell you which lovely lady said each awesome thing, but here’s this list of cool things that were mentioned. It’s not journalistic approach about the event. It’s a variety show of ideas ranging from ideas on how to change your thinking to apps that may help you in business and life.
I wasn’t really planning on taking notes because I forgot paper, but I wanted to remember the first website that was recommended that night. So I started typing in my Notes app:
- Manservants.co – Needs no explanation.
- Wait 37 minutes after you awake in the morning to turn towards tech stuff.
- Set boundaries for your time. If you send email back too quickly, you train others to think that you’ll reply that fast all the time.
- You don’t have to answer every phone call. Call back in your own time.
- Hootsuite – Social Media Management.
- Hello Sign – Legally Binding eSignatures for Business.
- Dropbox – A free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
- Evernote – Evernote is a suite of software and services, designed for notetaking and archiving.
- Expensify – Expensify does “expense reports that don’t suck!” If you’re sick of the painful expense reporting process, Expensify is the fastest and easiest way to manage and analyze your business expenses.
- Is your cell phone holding you back from your work? Your cell phone is not good or bad. It’s just a piece of plastic. You determine how you use it.
- Teach people how to treat you. If you prefer to use email as the best method of communication, make it known.
- If you don’t want to use text messages for business, try a new business card without your cell phone number on it.
- Peer mentors are awesome! Try Micro Mentor.
- Munchery – A world of fresh flavors, delivered to your door.
- Time Hop – A time capsule of you. See your photos and updates from this exact day in history
. Timehop helps you celebrate the best moments of the past with your friends!
- Uber – Get a taxi, private car or rideshare from your mobile phone. Uber connects you with a driver in minutes. Use our app in cities around the world.
- Tempo – Tempo is a free, iPhone calendar app that saves you time and hassle. It prepares you for what’s next.
- 1Password – Your passwords, identities, and credit cards, are just some of the confidential information that 1Password stores in one secure place, protected by the only password you will need to remember.
- Nutmeg – Gifs worth texting.
- Outsource your cleaning and accounting needs.
That’s a wrap.
Feeling cheesy, I took a pic with Jill and then a group selfie with Stephanie and another great friend who has been involved with Founding Moms from the very beginning. Good times!
I couldn’t wait to get home and check out all the productivity apps and visit the site that claims they know what women really want.
I was feeling more energized learned how to be better connected with tech for work and play. And by using the site I just learned about, Munchery, I may even end up being the family hero.
What are the tech-life balance hacks that work for you? Please share in the comments!
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