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5 Apps for Productivity and Organization

You have a smartphone. You’re certainly familiar with Instagram, Facebook, maybe some Angry Birds? Do people still play that? But think about what apps you have as far as productivity goes. It’s still early in 2014 – organize and get yourself some sanity already! There are 5 apps that might be of assistance:

1. Things // To-Do



Easy to add items to be done, easy to tag them for easy searching later, easy to add repeating tasks, easy to add due dates, and easy to automatically sync all to-dos across all devices. Have you noticed a common theme? Things 2 is easy.

2. Busy // To-Do

Busy is more of a productivity motivator than others. Get into a routine of starting your day with your starred task (the one you’re most likely to do) so you don’t procrastinate. The inbox acts as a container to hold all tasks and you release them to your “Important,” “Doing,” and “Done” lists as you progress through tasks. The best part is, you can organize to-do items by project – Home tasks, Financial tasks, and other Projects you create yourself. No more visually chaotic lists of things to be done. Busy is, in a word, simplicity.

3. Evernote // Paperless Notebook

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Evernote has been around for a while, begging to be an app before apps were even a thing. It acts as almost a virtual scrapbook – pull images and text you find on the internet, make notes, put them into “notebooks” and easily search everything later. Save recipes, create grocery lists, plan trips, save receipts and bills, all while reducing paper clutter in your life. You can also upgrade to a subscription plan, opening up opportunities to allow others to edit your notebooks and for them to be taken offline.

4. Supper // Food and Playlists

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Does this fit in the category of Productivity? Making food while listening to some tunes? Yeah, sure. We all have to eat and most of us like music, so why not combine the two without having to do much? Supper is an awesome app that provides delicious-looking recipes and the playlists to go along with them. Get motivated to dice, chop and fry while to the beat of whatever music has been chosen, and then reward yourself (and your dinner party) with some jams to eat to. Try some new food, give some fresh music a shot, and it’s win-win. Kill two birds with one stone.

5. Paprika // Recipe Curator

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Gather recipes from all over the internet, collect them in one app and then go to town. Paprika formats the recipes, allows you to creative interactive grocery lists (combining ingredients from different recipes for a total amount needed), and keeps your screen on while you’re cooking. It also allows you to create a meal plan each week, start a timer when a time is recognized in a recipe, and automatically scale ingredients to your desired serving size.

To Resolve Project

New year! 2014 will be a fun one.

If you’re like most people, you have the best of intentions – deciding on a resolution before the year even starts, telling your friends, even going so far as to write it down on a piece of paper and swear to yourself that this year is the one, this year will be different, you’ll do it. And 6 months later you find that piece of paper in a drawer. Enter the To Resolve Project.

Created by artists and designers all over, these images serve as a daily reminder of your best-of-intentions start to the year, incorporating new year’s resolutions into attractive, simple phone backgrounds.

S_Hill_Resolution_finalKeep In Touch by Scott Hill

PrintRead More by Matt McCracken of Doublenaut

To20Resolve20iPhoneStep Away by Riley Cran

Corys_ToResolve_iPhoneMake Sh*t by Hand by Cory Roberts

To20Resolve_Hines_1Live Simply by Jason Hines

ScottHillMake Things With My Hands by Scott Hill

So, if you haven’t decided on a resolution yet (you’re 5 days behind already!), decide on one based on the background you like best, OR download the template and submit your own.
Happy New Year!

The Best Creative Documentaries on Netflix

It’s getting chillier, the leaves are starting to turn, and the sun is down by 7 o’clock. You know what that means – it’s almost hibernation season. Make yourself some dinner and bust out the sweatpants for an exciting night of… spending hours deciding what to watch on Netflix. So! We’re here to save you some time and keep your creativity treading water until the sun pops out again. Here’s a list of what we consider some of the best creative documentaries available to stream on Netflix.

Beautiful Losers

An insanely inspiring group of independent artists who fumbled and fought their way through an adolescence and young adult life of creative expression and exploration. Hilarious interviews and an excellent introduction to several different artists, like Stephen “ESPO” Powers, Shepard Fairey, and Mike Mills (director of Thumbsucker and Beginners).

Bill Cunningham New York

At 80 years-old, Bill Cunningham still lives the simple life. He bikes around New York City with his camera, every single day, and seeks out the street fashion show-stoppers for The New York Times. A peek into the life of one of a truly talented and charming man.

Waste Land

The story of artist Vik Muniz traveling to one of the world’s largest landfills, the Jardim Gramacho landfill in Rio de Janiero. He illuminates the heart and soul of the trash pickers whom rely on finding treasure among the junk by transforming trash into portraits of the pickers themselves.

Beauty is Embarrassing

We should all take a page out of the life book of spirited artist Wayne White. He rolls with the punches, plays with puppets, and this documentary spectacularly highlights his talent and eclectic career.

Helvetica / Objectified / Urbanized

Gary Hustwit’s trio of films brings the invisible systems of type, industrial design, and urban design into the forefront. Chock full of interviews, clips of everyday life, and glimpses into the future of the human lifestyle, these documentaries will kick you into creative gear.

So there you have it. Save the Netflix entertainment expedition until the spring, and get started with some true stories that are sure to jump start the right side of your brain. Have you found any other creative docs on Netflix that we should have included?

Happy Thanksgiving from CM Access

At CM Access, we’re thankful for awesome clients like you! To give thanks, we’re donating our time and support to Horizons for Homeless Children to improve the lives of young homeless children and their families.

Check out 11 reasons we’re proud to sponsor Horizons for Homeless Children this year.

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! 

Have you “Hugged” your Creative Today?

Well, not literally…But as a manager of a creative team, nurturing your staff is vital, and it can be easy to lose sight of that, especially when deadlines are looming.

We all have those days/weeks/months where it’s incredibly busy, a bit stressful, and you’re focused on just getting your project(s) done.   It’s important to take the time to connect with your team and make them feel appreciated.   You know how to motivate your staff better than anyone – whether it’s lattes, stress balls or Nerf guns.

Managing creatives is a bit of an oxymoron…people who are creative tend to be intelligent, independent and have strong opinions of how to manage a project. They are passionate about their ideas and that is a good thing as they’ve chosen a creative career. But keep in mind that creativity can be hindered in the wrong environment and once the passion dies, your team may just be going through the motions.

So when your team is being asked to create, pour their heart and soul into a project and then do it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, take time to interact on the human level and keep your team engaged and motivated.

So appreciate your creatives – and they’ll appreciate you!

Something to Think About…

Are You a Bad Boss?

We wanted to share this article on as an awareness-raising piece for those of you who manage people in the workplace.

In a great economy, being a “boss” is difficult enough.  But throw in layoffs, running with a lean staff and other economic pressures, being a boss is tougher than ever.  But it doesn’t mean you need to succumb to the many pressures faced and turn into the big bad boss.

The term “boss” seems to have become a 4-letter word (unfortunately, sometimes for good reason) but it doesn’t have to be.  You have the power to be a good boss.

If you’re reading the article, or happen to catch management professor and author Bob Sutton’s video “Good boss, bad times” and happen to recognize any of the traits mentioned, it’s time to take stock of your position, your professionalism and your conscience and think about how you can motivate your team positively to be successful.