Virtual Office Digital Tools Webinar

So the COVID-19 Coronavirus has created a new normal for a while (see DestroyObstacles.com for more posts about that). Workers that normally would have not utilized as many digital tools and resources are now asked to figure it all out in record time.

Seeing this as an opportunity to share the many digital tools and resources available, I created a FREE 30-min webinar on “Digital Tools for Your Virtual Office,” including an optional Q&A session afterwards. Register for our next event on Thu 4/30 at 4pm EDT & I’ll “see” you there!

What are some specific digital tools you want to know more about? Let us know in the comments

Grocery Delivery During COVID-19 Quarantine

So with many places closing during COVID-19 pandemic and cities going into quarantine (see DestroyObstacles.com for more), it has been hard to find many of our favorite grocery items (cue the plethora of TP memes). You can risk going to the store, but luckily there is a safer way.

I enjoy using grocery pickup at Walmart Grocery when I can, as well as delivery from WholeFoods in my area, but you may find difficulty for a few weeks stocking up that way.

Luckily I’ve found luck with another Amazon Prime offering Amazon Fresh.

If you don’t already have an Amazon Prime account to use Amazon Fresh, you can try it for 30 days at Amazon.com.

Stay tuned for more resources that we can leverage during all of this – online meeting tools, learning resources to teach our kids, and more.

How are you dealing with COVID-19? Let us know in the comments

How to Devour Books 25X

I met my goal of reading 25 books for the Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge! 

For many years I gave myself the excuse that I didn’t have the time to sit down and read, and barely read 1 book a year. So how did I do it? 

Well listening to audiobooks while driving or training for sports like American Ninja Warrior definitely help. Luckily books in Amazon Kindle format can also be read by Echo devices and even using the Alexa app. 

My Top 5 in 2019 were: 

Tools of Titans – audio / book 

Quit Like a Millionaire – audio / book 

Eight Dates – audio / book 

Open – audio / book 

Your Money or Your Life – audio / book 

You can see the full 2019 list & other books @GoodReads @DigitalBeyond https://www.goodreads.com/digitalbeyond  

This year should be 25 or more books easily, and you may find many of your favorites available at your local library. 

If you don’t already have devices to help check out the Kindle, and you can spread out multiple Echo Dots around the house to read to you when you are not using headphones. 

What books are you looking forward to reading this year? Let us know in the comments 

Alexa Car Review – Voice Command Life with Echo Auto

I love technology that makes life easier, but those of you that know me know that I can be prettyfrugal. I drive my 12 year old car with pride. The premium speaker package with CD-changer has an earlier version of Bluetooth that doesn’t let you play audio through it. I was using the auxiliary cable to plug in my phone until I “upgraded” to an iPhone 7 without a headphone jack. It did come with an adapter, but those eventually stopped working and I switched to new bluetooth earbuds. I did have an old Bluetooth adapter that played through the radio, but reception wasn’t the best.

In the past voice command technology was pretty terrible, but then the first decent virtual assistant landed on my iPhone 4s back in 2013. Then Amazon introduced the Echo and I was loving the Echo Dotand Echo Showin multiple rooms in our house. So when Amazon announced Echo Auto for my car I knew I had to try it.

The device initially scrolls an orange light that reminds me of KITT from Knight Rider. Initially I had trouble pairing my phone, but once that that was done I was able to connect services like Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, & more.

Voice command like playing songs worked great for the most part, although some songs play remix or other version, and since I sometimes drive in areas with bad cell reception it may not pick up voice-command, although you can still manually control things with your paired phone.

It definitely is better than what I had before, so it is a great product even with the few annoyances.

You can see a list of all the best selling Echo products here

What is your favorite voice-command device, and what do you like best about it? Let us know in the comments

Disasters Like Hurricanes – Save Time From Store Lines And Ship It Fast

So one thing for those of us on the east coast like Florida deals with is hurricanes. When they are announced, everyone lines up to the gas station & fighting over supplies like water bottles. Obviously I try to get those essentials early, but many times my friends and family forget that there are other options like last-minute shipping! One popular program is Amazon Prime, which now includes shipping essentials the next day. For those of you that don’t already have an account, you can click the following to try it for 30 days free http://www.amazon.com/tryprimefree?tag=digitalbeyond-20. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m getting ready for a 5K race for tomorrow morning before our beach trip 🙂

Fly high

Birds fly in every direction 

Don’t let limiting beliefs from others stop you from flying in your direction 

There are broke people spending all their money that are afraid you are saving and investing too high 

There are uneducated people who think we can’t learn topics like technology or money for ourselves and need to pay experts as the only way 

There are obese people that don’t want to think too much about the food that enters our bodies, and worry we’ll injure ourselves practicing sports like ninja obstacles 

Don’t be afraid to fly 

Fly high 

Imagine Dragons – Birds (Animated Video)