278 Days of Lifestyle Design, Where Have I Digitally Been?!

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I know I know, a big massive list….”great” your thinking. I’ll cut the crap, I promise you’ll find value here. The list below is just about every resource I’ve tapped since starting this lifestyle design journey roughly 270 days ago.

Before you start scrolling, understand the context of this list. It’s been deconstructed from my bookmarks which I use for ruthlessly for productive workflow. It consists heavily of shortcuts, tools, inspirational resources, and research.

You can think of this as a peak into my brain. I manage my life, create fans, learn, sell products and connect with stunning people through this list. Use these resources to grow, learn, organize, connect and become a more fierce online force!

NOTE: I’ve greyed out common resources so experienced users can quickly pass over them. If you’d rather see these all via Delicious, see my user account here.

Page Jump Links

Core All Around Online Functions

Tools & Development (Freedom Business, Blog, Productivity, Self)

The New Marketing

Market and Niche Research – Know Your Niche

Niche (forums/groups/meetups) – Get Involved in your Niche

SEO Research

Reading

Tutorials and Mental Training

Outsourcing

Legal

Idea Specific

Life Design Project Development (similar to above, just specific)

People to contact, leverage and love

 

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Core “All Around” Online Functions

  • Gmail – E-mail
  • Gdocs – Online documents and publishing
  • MediaWiki – Stand alone publishing platform – (possible alternative to Google Docs)
  • Gvoice – Easy online text messaging (avoid using your phone at your desk), dyanmic voicemail
  • Greader – Absorb RSS feeds easily
  • Feedly – Greader alternative (not as fast to take in content)
  • Gcal – Calendar (core productivity tool, I prefer iCal)
  • Mobileme – Online suite from Apple, I use for file sync and screensharing. Several other tools can be strung together to accomplish the same end.
  • Fbook – Obvious
  • Fbook – fan pages – Use for online promotion
  • Twitter – Use for promotion, networking
  • Mint – Superior financial organizing tool
  • Ebay – Use to gauge market, test products, and sell what’s in your basement
  • Iusethis – Website to find and manage the software on my computer (It’s a big database of applications and how popular they are)
  • Craigslist – All around selling, communication, marketing tool
  • Heycraig – Auto searches for Craigslist
  • Gwave – Collaboration tool (I’m not 100% sold on it)
  • Evernote Web – The best “catch all” for your brain.


Tools & Development (Freedom Business, Blog, Productivity, Self)

Common

  • ITA – Shortcut to IT Arsenal
  • ITA admin – Shortcut to IT Arsenal’s WordPress Admin Panel
  • ITA dev – Shorcut to formatted, online, text based task document
  • Feedburner – Use for Blog Subscription Metrics, Monetization, Ect.
  • Su.pr – Short Links, Use to combine a link shortener with metrics and StumbleUpon sharing integration
  • Billingboss – Invoicing tool for the ocassional project/hourly client. Free.
  • Google Adsense – Use to earn $ for high traffic blogs
  • Google Adwords – Use for paid traffic
  • Google Analytics – Use for website analytics
  • Google Apps Standard – Sign up page for Google Apps, a must have to manage a freedom business’s E-mail/Calendar (the alternative is to use personal Google accounts, but they lack professional flair, and when configured properly, you can use Google Apps to create multiple e-mails and have them route where needed easily)
  • Godaddy Control – Domain/Hosting Provider for websites (Easy to set up WordPress and connect domains to Google Apps)
  • BuySellAds.com – Online Advertising, Use as alternative to Adsense
  • RescueTime – Use for tracking where you spend your time
  • WeFollow – Twitter Directory and Search, Find Twitter Followers
  • E-junkie – Cheap Digital Product Host and Shopping Cart – Use for digital (or physical) product distribution
  • E.gg Timer – Use for batch work timing
  • Google Moderator – Use for audience interaction. Audience submits questions or votes on them.
  • Fundable – Group Funding, Use for VC, project specific funding. Great concept, money is refunded if goal not met.
  • SimplyNoise – Use for when your not in the best work environment. The best free white noise generator on the Internet.
  • Charity: Water – Phenominal charity, great business model, give back!
  • Invisible Children – Charity with a solvable cause
  • Aviary Pheonix Online Image Creation – Use as Photoshop Alternative
  • Slinkset – Stand alone audience response engine. Share to users, vote. Alternative to Google Moderator
  • UserVoice – Geared more for small business, Use for easy stand alone website extension for polling users for business suggestions
  • Brandstack – Use to buy a logo, or find inspiration for your own
  • Google Website Optimizer – Use for website testing (moderate learning curve to understand impact)
  • Royalty Free Instrumentals – Use for a video intro clip to increase professionalism
  • Dummy Text Generator
  • Adobe® BrowserLab – Use to test your website/product in multiple browsers online for free
  • PostRank™ Analytics – NOT TESTED – Use for analytics attempting to rank your social impact
  • Mail Chimp – Use for E-mail Marketing
  • Apture.com – Use to enhance blog, retain readers when you have a lot of links because links don’t leave page. (Also notice the floating bar above, that’s them too)
  • Wordmap – Sitemap Generator with built in keyword sharing to large network – Use to generate sitemap and increase traffic
  • ClickHeat – Use to install free, easy to view click map over your website to see where users click
  • Mindmeister – Online Mindmapping tool
  • Issuu – PDF embedding/publishing – Use for free ebook publishing/hosting (wordpress friendly)
  • Web Resizer – Use for optimizing photos on the web (I use Adobe Fireworks on the computer)
  • Techcofounder – Meet Technical Cofounders for your Startup – Use to find coders for your software idea
  • Scribe: SEO – NOT TESTED – Subscription cost based WordPress Plugin – Use for a live “score” on how SEO friendly your page/post content
  • StumbleUpon Advertising – Use for paid traffic
  • Google TV Ads – Use for cheap TV advertising
  • Grasshopper Virtual PBX – Tollfree/Voicemail – Use for virtual phone network
  • Amazon Business Solutions – Use to sell on Amazon

The New Marketing

Bookmarklets for the social services I commonly use.

Market and Niche Research – Know Your Niche

Niche (forums/groups/meetups) – Get Involved in your Niche

These are all specific to a particular niche, but you can get the picture of how I’ll dig into the tech support realm and find users/fans by examining these.

 

SEO Research

Use to gather information and prompt task capture

 

Reading

Books and eBooks, these are best of show

 

Tutorials and Mental Training

 

Outsourcing

 

Legal

I have yet to concern myself with anything in the legal realm. I say wait until you are making $1000 a month.

 

Idea Specific

I keep a document and capture immediately all the ideas I think are worth money if developed


Life Design Project Development (similar to above, just specific)

People to contact, leverage and love

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  • http://analyticasystemsinc.com/blog/ John R. Sedivy

    Hi Rob – This is probably the longest list of Web resources I have ever seen in one place! Great info, and I definitely found some new information here which will take me some time to implement.

    Concerning your Legal discussion, I found that establishing a formal corporation (or business entity) up front did a couple things for me and my business. First it appeared to add legitimacy to the business and people began to perceive it as real, even if in the beginning it was just a set of documents. Also, I found it helpful for organizing myself and building a team. Once I had a formal business I had something to build value into with an established foundation that was separate from myself. Finally, when it came time to add members to the team they seemed to take it more seriously since I had taken formal steps.

    Not sure if these items would add as much value when building a lifestyle business, however it’s worth considering.

  • http://www.fromwhoatogo.com Caron Margarete

    Somehow I missed that I was on this list… Rob, thanks for the shout out! Heads up that I'm launching the new version of my site soon, come by any time.

    By the way, this is an incredible list!!! Soooo much sugar in this slush puppy I'm gunna get high!

  • http://thelifedesignproject.com/ Rob

    Alan as always…my pleasure dude!

  • http://thelifedesignproject.com/ Rob

    Indeed, I wish us both luck too! Lets collaborate, I love the site, and would love to promote when it comes out, I'll check out the designs as well and perhaps pick some up.

  • http://thelifedesignproject.com/ Rob

    Maxim, thanks for commenting. You have a great name and your sites really fresh. It must be tough balancing PhD work and being an entpreneur but I can imagine it's ripe for the life “hackeyness” of lifestyle design. Hope to hear from you again!

  • http://thelifedesignproject.com/ Rob

    Thanks Vinay. I checked out your blog it's coming along. Nice!

  • http://thelifedesignproject.com/ Rob

    Hah…thanks?

  • http://thelifething.com/ Jonny

    Correct, that is an insane list. Nice.

  • http://www.wordplaywithvinay.com/ Vinay

    Excellent post! Lots of great resources, I am using a bunch but a bunch of new ones. I am going to post about this on my blog, nice work!

  • maximanisimov

    That's a great list, thank you very much for sharing!

    I also blog about lifestyle design in one or another way, you might want to check it out: http://zze.st

  • http://www.worthycauseapparel.com/ Richard Riley

    Just wanted to say thanks for making these resources available to your readers! I already use a lot of them, but some of the SEO sites for checking a competitor’s backlinks were new and exactly what I’ve been looking for! So….thanks! Also, I wanted to say keep up the great work! I feel like I have a lot in common with your thinking and life scenario. I work a 9-5 tech support job and also have about $15K in student debt. I’ve always been scheming up ways to make money but have never taken the time and effort to actually pick one and stick with it. That all changed back in December and since then I’ve come a long way in my own business. Hopefully it will be complete and ready to launch next weekend. I wish you all the luck and I must admit, although I don’t have anything to show for all of my efforts (in terms of cash flow) I’ve never been more dedicated/excited for what the future will bring. I really enjoy reading about your progress and I wish us both luck with our enterprises!

  • http://the9to5alternative.com/ Alan

    What a list–picked up a handful of new services here. Thanks, Robert!

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