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Dr. Amit Sood, a physician of integrative medicine with the Mayo Clinic, told The New York Times, “In biological terms, melodious sounds help encourage the release of dopamine in the reward area of the brain, as would eating a delicacy, looking at something appealing or smelling a pleasant aroma.”

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When I marched down into our basement this week to retrieve my PC for a quick maneuver, I realized I had finally and happily reached peace with my transition from a PC to a Mac.

I prefer Mac grass to PC vegetation.

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Since I’m a productivity coach, people often ask which iPhone apps I use most often. I guess they’re curious which productivity apps for iPhone can be used to increase productivity. I believe strongly it’s the habits not the technology that makes a difference. Following are my screens (with a Picasso backdrop) so you can see which tools help me to produce more & more easily.

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Productive! Magazine

If you employ articles to act as your productivity coach, we suggest you take a no-charge stroll through the Productive! Magazine library. Their free articles are available online or through their app. Most issues feature an interview with a productivity expert and a dozen or more articles with easy-to-follow steps for making small or big changes in improving productivity.

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Have meetings taken over your calendar? Do you have little time left for doing work during normal business hours? Do you want to make meetings more efficient, but are not sure where to start? Perhaps deploying a software application will be the impetus to creating a cultural shift.

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Using voice commands is 3 to 4 times faster than than typing. Thus, many people are saving time with Siri, a voice-activated tool on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, and iTouch 5. Siri enables users to complete tasks on their phone entirely through voice commands.

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Those who know me well have learned I measure success in vacation days. After auditioning and not liking the post popular packing list app, I created an all-inclusive packing list built from thousands of travel miles and my fair share of missing-item incidents.

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I admit it may not be the norm, but I am very excited about to do lists and organizing information. Therefore, I was very interested in learning about Evernote’s new Reminder feature and would like to share what I’ve found.

Reminders take Evernote from an organized to do list and information storage utility to a one-stop shop for action items and prioritizing. 

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At Spark Productivity we’re continually searching for methods to increase productivity. This week we were drawn to TagMyDoc–a quick and easy option for sharing information without wasting time following up, making copies, or lugging lots of paper around.

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As a company founded by a woman, we at Spark Productivity especially appreciate that women can be encouraged and supported in leadership and careers via a  free portal by Women’s Ally. Here we find articles, videos, reading suggestions, blogs, programs, networking opportunities, and more. Topics range from

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