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Thanks To April’s Advertisers — May 3, 2013

Thanks To April’s Advertisers

Big thanks to last month’s advertisers:

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Thanks To This Week’s Advertisers — April 26, 2013

Thanks To This Week’s Advertisers

Let’s hear it for this week’s advertisers:

  • Anchor. Providing a unique hosting solution. They manage the entire application stack taking responsibility for everything between the operating system and your code. Think of them as your own team of systems administrators.
  • bwired, presenting a (free!) Google Analytics and Adwords seminar in Prahran, VIC on May 8. Key focus is maximising return on your investment. Presented by Head of Services and Google Adwords Professional Jason Healey. Bring your questions! Register here.
  • ExactTarget, bringing the 2013 ExactTarget CONNECT Global Tour to Sydney on May 15.
  • Loves Data, presenting the Google Analytics User Conference in Sydney on June 19, and Melbourne on June 21.
  • Mindful In May. Sharpen your focus and change the world. Sign up and donate to the global meditation challenge bringing clean water to the developing world. Over 1000 people will be meditating this May. Clear mind for you, Clean water for others. Events in Melbourne and Sydney HERE.
  • Pause Fest Perth. Curiosity ignites progress. Register for this (free!) event for April 26-28.
  • Web Directions. Developers, developers, developers: JavaScript, HTML5, CSS. Learn directly from the most original experts in the field. Explore and share with your peers at this two day “Code Festival”. Use FETCHBRISBANE to take $100 off.

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6 Tips For Not Letting Email Rule Your Life — April 22, 2013

6 Tips For Not Letting Email Rule Your Life

I think everyone can agree that email is stressful. It’s surprisingly easy to let your email inbox keep you on a emotional leash without being aware of it. So I’d like to share with you the best ways I’ve found to fight back and keep email in its place (somewhere after maintaining general happiness).

1. Prioritize your email responses.

It is important to remember that you don’t owe anything to people looking to monopolize your time without paying for it.

2. Keep your work email and personal email in separate apps on your mobile device. I use the Mailbox app for work mail which has a nifty system for prioritizing emails, and the normal iPhone mail app for my personal email accounts.

3. Don’t enable push notifications for your personal email. This way you only have to deal with personal emails on the go when you have the time. I enable push notifications for work emails on my phone, but use mailbox’s option to only show a “1” flag for any number of new messages to cut down on potential stress.

4. Use the flag or star functions to mark important emails so you won’t forget about them later.

5. If your email load is truly immense, popping specific emails that you need to remember to respond to into a program like Asana can be helpful. This adds an element of instant gratification when you check off the ‘completed’ box for said email.

6. Try not to get in the habit of sending personal emails from your work account. This will just make things more confusing. If you’re working with browser-based email, keep your work account open in a normal window and your personal email open in an incognito or private browsing mode window.

Eliza is the newest member of The Fetch team. Follow her on Twitter or her blog

How Going To Coachella Became My Annual Self-Reflection — April 18, 2013

How Going To Coachella Became My Annual Self-Reflection

When I first began making the mid-April pilgrimage to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival back in 2010, I had no idea that the festival would come to have a major impact on my life. As a lover of live music, I had dreamed about going to Coachella ever since first coming across my dream line-up of bands as a wee sixteen-year-old.  So when my freshman year of college rolled around and I finally had the opportunity to go, I jumped at the chance, and never looked back.

Each year that I’ve returned to Coachella I’ve learned new things about myself. I’ve experienced lessons in life, love and friendship, not to mention extreme heat, unexpected rainstorms, group dynamics, channeling creativity, managing expectations, being prepared, and most of all, having fun.

Every time I go to Coachella, the three days of the festival seem to be concurrently the longest and shortest days of the year. I try to take a moment, each time I wait in line to enter the campsite on the Thursday evening before the festivities begin, to appreciate where I am, and the joyful rumpus that I know is about to take place. I know that before I have the chance to blink I will be strapped into an airplane seat, dirty and tired, with six to eight hours of travel ahead of me. It is during this time that I am best able to reflect on the year that has led up to this moment, and think back through my years of previous Coachellas.

I’ll leave you with a few nuggets of wisdom that I have collected over the last four years. 

When it comes to getting out of your comfort zone, don’t let yourself make excuses. Go on adventures with the people that you love. You will never regret getting to know them better, and you will learn more about yourself in the process. It may come as a surprise, but you can always learn new things about yourself, if you take the time to do so. You can never be too prepared, and you will never regret time spent appreciating art and nature.

I may go back to Coachella next year, I may not, but I will be heading to Burning Man for the first time this August so I know one thing for sure: many more adventures await me.

Eliza is the newest member of The Fetch team. Find out more about her on Twitter or her blog

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