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Ari Meisel, productivity genius and longtime Fancy Hands customer, guest blogs for us today: 

Do-licious Integration!

We're pleased to announce our newest feature - an integration with the

Do platform

Meet Kurt: VP of Engineering

What are your interests? 

Improv, Running, Code.

What is your worst quality? 

End it right.

On Monday, we talked about 14 things you should do at the start of your work day in order to accomplish a focused and balanced day of productivity. 

How you wind down your work day is just as important. Jacquelyn Smith shared this on her Forbes blog:  

“How you end the day is critical, as it has much to do with how you start the next day,” says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant. “It’s half of the puzzle of being productive.”

Valentime.

I mistakenly called it "Valentime's Day" when I was little. 

Whatever your feelings are about the holiday, it is, in fact, Valen-time.

Start your morning right.

There are many things you can do to keep your head and your heart clear, centered and focused at work. 

One of them, of course, is to become a member of Fancy Hands and delegate your small, tedious chores to our team of assistants. Our clients are amazed at how much time they save by outsourcing phone calls and research to us.

It’s also helpful to approach your work day in an organized, efficient manner. Jacquelyn Smith offers these steps to get off on the right foot. 

Snow!

If you're snowed in this weekend, take some time to shoot your to-do list tasks over to your Fancy Hands assistants. They'll keep working through the weather, so you can make yourself a hot chocolate and relax!

Managing Meeting Madness.

How many times have you been one of the people below in a meeting; daydreaming, complaining, or missing it altogether because you were so sure that it was a waste of time? 

The Secret.

Paula Rizzo loves making lists. She writes a blog called "The List Producer", and she wrote this review of Fancy Hands: 

Even very productive people have trouble getting everything done throughout the day. The secret is being able to delegate. If you can take something off your plate so you can work on something else that you’re better at, you will be much more efficient.

Enter…the assistant. I know you’re thinking, “I can’t afford an assistant!” I know because I said the same thing until I found FancyHands.com. It’s basically a virtual assistant service. So the assistants, who are located all over the United States, will do any task that they can perform using their computer or phone. They won’t pick up your laundry. but they’ll find the best service to come pick it up for you and deliver it back to you when it’s done. I’ve known about them for quite some time but never tried them out until now. I must say…I’m impressed.

Here’s my list:

PROS:

  • It’s really cool to say you have an assistant (My friends think I’ve officially “made it”).
  • It’s simple to set up and get started. You can email your tasks or submit them right through the website.
  • There’s a pretty quick turn around depending on the task (One of my tasks took a few days though, because my assistant was waiting for a call back.)
  • There are different plans to meet your needs depending on how many tasks you’ll need help with throughout the month.
  • As Leah Busque from TaskRabbit.com says “just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. She’s right.
  • FancyHands.com frees up tasks on my to-do list so I can do other things.
  • They have a referral service so if you get friends to join you get money towards the following month’s tasks. You can cancel whenever you want.

CONS:

  • The tasks don’t roll over from month to month, so use them or lose them!
  • There’s no app….yet. I heard it’s coming, though. (Yes, it is!) 
  • You never get to meet or talk to your assistant other than via email — so it does feel a bit disconnected. You may get a different person every time (although you can request to get the same person but it doesn’t always work out).                  

Overall, I’m pretty in love with the service.

I’m planning a trip to Italy next month and I’ve used a lot of my tasks for help finding hotel reviews and destination information.

I’ve also used it to find my husband a guitar teacher and a place to donate my old clothes!

The possibilities are endless, really. Try it out and let me know what you think.

Some To-Dos are To-Don'ts.

Time management expert Julie Morgenstern shares this advice with O Magazine about your to-do list: get real. 

You've got your pad of paper and you're merrily scribbling down your to-dos. And when you get to about item number ten, panic sets in. How will you ever get everything done? You know as well as we do - you won't. Not until you devise a realistic plan. "A manageable list will fuel your sense of accomplishment and allow you to get more done," says Morgenstern, author of Never Check E-mail in the Morning.

We put together a list (office duties not included) that resembles the one buried at the bottom of your purse—then asked Morgenstern to edit it. Follow her sensibly ruthless strategy, and your goals for any given day should fit on a scrap of paper no bigger than a Post-it. 

Weddings & Whiskey & Whatnot.

Fancy Hands customer Karell has an exciting year ahead of her - she’s getting married in August! Her Fancy Hands assistants have been helping her with all of the planning and research that goes along with that, as well as with various other curiosities that have come up! Here’s what Karell has asked lately: 

We're thinking of having our friend be the officiant for our wedding ceremony that might take place in Yonkers, NY. Can you please tell me what requirements they need to be a legal officiant there? Can you especially confirm if a person ordained online is valid to be a legal officiant? 

Can you help me find a summer camp wedding venue in NY, NY, or PA? Please include prices and what's included.

Can you find some inexpensive dance parties in Brooklyn being held for New Year's Eve? Anything with a ticket price of $40 and under. 

Can you find me a good (read: NOT dive) bar near Broadway and Prince Street in Manhattan that serves picklebacks?  

Can you send me some hotels in Yonkers, New York? I need to find some places that would let me block out a set of rooms for wedding guests. They should be hotels with good ratings on Trip Advisor. Please let me know the hotel websites and their price ranges. 

Can you find me free things-to-do/events/cool things happening in NYC from the 19th through the 26th? I’m interested in music, comedy, shows, demonstrations, store openings, anything cultural, interesting or unique. 

Can you please find other places where they sell this flower girl dress? It's sold out at Nordstrom. Or, if you could, find out when it will be back in stock there. Thanks! 

Do Less, Live More.

Attention, New Yorkers! There are still a few spaces left for the free talk given by Ari Meisel this Wednesday at 8pm here at Fancy Hands.

Learn how to automate and outsource everything in your life! 

RSVP here: http://arimeiselfancyhands.eventbrite.com/

Déjà Vu.

It's Groundhog Day...again! 

Here's a coupon code: 

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For 50% off the your first month!

Over. and over. and over.

In honor of Groundhog Day tomorrow, here's a coupon code

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For 50% off the your first month!

And the best line of the movie...

Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster? 

Mrs. Lancaster: I don't think so, but I could check with the kitchen. 

Mind-blowingly great.

Architectural/engineering/construction blogger & podcaster Matt Handal shared his love for Fancy Hands: 

One of the biggest challenges many marketers have is too many things to get done but not enough time to get them done in. And it’s often the “little things” that clutter our to-do list, like setting up appointments, editing word documents, researching information, etc.

But what if you could get just one more task completed per day? How much more productive would you be? How much more valuable would you be to your organization?

Doing it all.

Rachel Eakley's a busy girl. As a trained chef, psychology grad student, blogger, dog owner, and girlfriend to David Karp, the founder & CEO of Tumblr, she's got a lot to juggle. 

She shared how she manages her days here:

Meet Orry: Front End Developer

Orry not only makes things work on our website, he combines his technical knowledge with a flair for design, creativity, and a sense of humor.

Find the “USA” at the bottom of our homepage and click on it a few different times for a variety of patriotic video entertainment, thanks to Orry. 

He also created a genius Chrome extension that he named “Netflix Rottenizer”, which lays Rotten Tomatoes' ratings over your Netflix page so that you can see movie ratings as you make your selections. Get it for free here

In the clouds.

Today, strike a balance between dreaming and doing. 

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