Success with Telehealth and Online Binders

Esther Benons and Dana Yousef – our latest guests on the Organize Success Podcast. Click to listen.

In our latest Organize Success podcast, Linda Houle and I welcome LiveBinders’ curators Dana Yousef and Esther Benons from an innovative healthcare company called MEDZED.  

MEDZED works with high-need patients within the comfort of their own homes.  Dana and Esther talk about MEDZED’s innovative approach to in-person and virtual care. They also share the clever way they use LiveBinders to keep both their nursing staff and their patients connected and informed through their online binders.

I love their cutting edge approach to health care and think that you will find that aspect of their practice very inspiring!  Also, for those of you who are in the midst of trying to manage resources and empower your colleagues and trainees, I think you will find their creative approach to integrating LiveBinders with Microsoft Teams very insightful.

Please click on this link to access podcast and referenced resources including the podcast transcript.

LiveBinders Podcast: Success In Combatting Racism with Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr started using LiveBinders as a way to document what she calls “passion projects.” Genius Hour was her first passion project, which is the idea of allowing students to lead and explore their own learning interests for up to 20% of their class time.  She was excited to start implementing Genius Hour in her classroom, but met resistance from parents who didn’t understand the concept and weren’t sure they wanted to give up structured learning time in their child’s classroom. Joy soon realized that what parents really needed was access to those same resources that she had access to, resources that she was already vetting in her LiveBinder. So she started to share her binder and soon parents gained a better understanding of the value of Genius Hour. Her Genius Hour binder now has over a million views, and is the go-to place for the why and how of organizing Genius Hour class time.

Fast forward to 2018 and Joy is onto another passion project. This time she was so taken by the book Being the Change by Sara K. Ahmed that she embarked on a mission to confront her own biases; taking head-on the slippery topic of racial inequality. Once again her LiveBinder started out as a way to keep track of important resources for herself to review, and eventually became an open journey she decided to share with others. This time, though, she is getting a different kind of resistance. We invited Joy to talk with Linda Houle and me on what it means to be anti-racist and on the valuable resources she has collected for her binder. We bring honesty and vulnerability to the podcast, openly admitting that we’re bound to make mistakes, and that our biases are also a work-in-progress with the hopes of encouraging you to start your own conversations. Thank you for listening.

Click here to listen to the podcast on iTunes.
Click here to view the LiveBinders Podcast Binder with links to the binders and resources mentioned in the interview.

Sending Links to Customers Never Looked So Good

Thanks to some excellent feedback, we have a new release that includes several improvements to LiveBinders.

As you know, LiveBinders is like a 3-ring binder for the web – allowing you to capture a variety of web links into a tabbed format which we call LiveBinders.  Instead of bookmarking links – you can add them directly into livebinders.  Your LiveBinder icons can be embedded on your web pages or sent as links in email.  It’s a great way to share multiple links for yourself or with other people.

Here are some of the highlights in this release:

Upload Your PDF files to LiveBinders

Many of our users have been creatinglivebinders for customer documentation.  With our new upload feature you can upload your own PDFs and include them in a livebinder along with your website links.

screenshot of upload

Better Looking Binders

We’ve given the livebinders a more polished look.  At the top now is the LiveBinder logo and the username/ login line.  Underneath that is the contents of the binder including the name of the binder, the author’s name, date created, and the number of views for the binder.  If you are the author of the binder,  you will also be able to see the ‘edit menu’ button to the right which allows you to make changes to your binder’s contents and properties.

livebinder new look

Bookmark While You Browse
The LiveBinder It bookmark tool

Although many of you can still create a blank binder from scratch, new users will be asked to install in their browser the ‘LiveBinder It’ bookmark tool.  This allows them to create binders while they browse. It is a quicker and easier way to create binders on the fly.  You can find out more about the bookmark tool here: http://livebinders.com/create/bookmark?type=bookmark

LiveBinders was created to help people make their searches more useful.  Before Livebinders there was no easy way to combine multiple links into a document format that you can easily access online.  If you’ve found LiveBinders to be useful for you, let us know.  We have more improvements on the way.

Thank you for using LiveBinders!

Twitter for business uses

Twitter has been in the paper recently with talks about trying to find ways in which to monetize their popularity. (Doesn’t it seem like a common theme with many of our venture funded startups this quarter?)

In addition to advertising, one avenue they are looking at is to see how useful the twitter application can be for business.   How does a tool used for announcing your whereabouts and general attention grabbing convert to a serious business application?   Well there are some fans that have come up with initial suggestions that have been compiled here in this LiveBinder.

To view just click on the link below and go through each of the tabs in the binder.

Enjoy!

Getting Organized this Year

The new year is fast approaching and with it comes a bunch of new resolutions that you hope to keep going for the rest of the year if not for the rest of your life. One of my top priorities is to take control of my life – and that means getting organized, at work, home and in other areas of my personal life.

This binder has a few motivating links that should inspire you to get organized this year. Included are other websites which give useful tips on how to get organized in specific areas of your life.

If you’ve ever thought about how you can organize the clutter of digital documents and online web links that you collect everyday, consider trying out LiveBinders. It’s a free online application that lets you organize the information you collect online by combining them in one place. You can organize your documents in binders and build a collection of binder resources to easily grab at your fingertips.

To view, click on the link below. To browse through the different websites, just click on the tabs at the top.

Purify your air with Plants

This binder is about the green way you can clean the air in your home. Some plants are excellent at cleaning pollution from indoor air. Dr. Bill Wolverton published his research at NASA to find plants that clean the air. These plants absorb toxic chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene which are commonly used in the production of clothing, furniture, mattresses, carpets, plastics and printing. One healthy plant can clean a 100 sq.ft. room of 87% of these contaminants in 24 hours. (try the Rubbert plant or Peace Lily).

Check out his inexpensive, well-illustrated, and extremely practical book – “How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Hofme of Office.”

To open the binder, click on the link below. Once the binder is launched, click through the tabs and subtabs in the binder below to view all the different websites that talk about plants and their purification value. Some sites will list plants that you can buy for your home.

Keeping Track of Authors

Have you ever gone to the library and stared blankly at the shelves while trying to remember the name of an author that you like?  It happens to me more than it should – but not any more.  I now track my favorite novel authors in a binder.  When I get to the library, I just log into LiveBinders and there they all are!

But even better, I check the binder before heading to the bookstore.  I can quickly check to see who has just released a book or who just had one come out in paperback. Click below to see my “book binder”.

LiveBinder It update!

We are happy to announce that the LiveBinder It bookmarklet tool has been updated.

Here are some of the changes in this release:

Auto-open:

Now when you add a link to a binder through the LiveBinder It bookmarklet tool, the binder will automatically open so that you can see where the link was added in your binder.

Non-conforming Links:

Some users have come across links that override the binder trying to open the link in its own browser window.  LiveBinder has now corrected that problem by adding the URL link to the tab page and launching a separate window for the web page.  Everytime you click on the tab of that particular link, the browser window will come to the front of the binder.

Error messages:

Any error messages caused by odd characters typed into a binder title has now been fixed.

To benefit from these new updates, replace your bookmarklet by going to livebinders.com/tool.

Let us know how it goes and if you encountered any problems.

Enjoy collecting!

Learning to compost

Living in San Francisco, we have the advantage of Sunset Scavenger, the company that removes our trash and recycling, taking care of the composting in our neighborhoods.  They provide the cans and pick up of the compost and all we have to do is put it out on the curb to get taken away.

However, if we wanted to keep the compost for our own use, we’d be out of luck.  This binder below has found several different websites that can give you guidelines on how to start your own compost.

Just click on the link below to view the different websites.  Enjoy!

Long Term Nexium Use

I started taking Nexium for my acid reflex a couple of years ago and just recently I noticed stiffness in my right knee and left elbow. I thought that the elbow pain I felt might have been caused by push ups and carrying a heavy hand bag, but my knees had never given me trouble before.

I decided to take a look on the web to see if other Nexium users had similar side effects and found that joint pain was on the list.

My doctor had suggested that I think about getting off of the Nexium in the near future, but I didn’t want to think about it since it was working so well.

However, since discovering this joint pain, I’ve gotten off of the medication. It’s only been a few days and I don’t expect the pain to go away that quickly, but I will keep this binder updated on my results.

I also haven’t had any real problems with my acid reflex since I stopped taking the medication, but I think it is because in the course of two years I have changed my diet and eating habits so that I know how to keep the acid from bothering me.

In the meantime, if you are taking Nexium, you might want to take a look at these websites to see what other people have experienced. Just click on the link below and click through the tabs on the binder page to got to the websites.

The best sunscreens on the market

I’ve found some interesting articles regarding the best sunscreens on the market today. ‘Parade’ magazine published a list of these products, which is in this binder. I also found another list from ‘Town and Country’ magazine.

Neutragena seems to be the best, but it is interesting to compare prices and products.

I also included an article from ‘Parade’ that talks about the importance of skin care and the right skin care products.

To open the binder just click on the link or binder icon below and click through the tabs to view the articles.

Enjoy!

Fresh produce delivered right to your door

Wouldn’t you love to have fresh, seasonal produce picked from your garden every week?   When I read this article by the SF Chronicle about fresh and seasonal produce delivered to your door, I realized that the trend might finally coming to the Bay area.

Looks like more people are shopping for organic produce, but they want even fresher produce than what their local markets can provide.  Bay Area residents are signing up with local farms to have fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables delivered directly to their homes.

To find one that will deliver in the San Francisco Bay Area, click on the binder link below to view 10 local farms that deliver.  Click on the different tabs in the binder to view the different farm websites, and the article from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Enjoy!

 

 

Eyelash Growth products

I walked into a cosmetic store the other day killing time before picking up the kids from school and couldn’t believe the eyelashes this young lady had.  I asked her if they were real and she said yes and began to tell me about this product called ‘Revitalash.’ 

First, I must tell you that her eyelashes were the most beautiful I’d ever seen – soft, long and lush both the top and the bottom lashes.  She told me that she applied a thin layer of this stuff right at the base of the hairline.  I asked if there were any side effects, she told me she hadn’t experienced any in the two years she’s used it.   She said that it was created by a opthamologist who’s wife had under gone chemotherapy and who had lost all of her beautiful lashes as a result.  He created this product for her.   She told me that a key ingredient is used for glaucoma patients.  I thought that was pretty interesting.

So I went online to find out more about this product and some others that also work to re-grow your lashes.  Click on the sub-tabs above to hear people’s testimony (from Amazon) and also other ‘blogs’ about the product.  Enjoy!