Help: LifeChanger Overview
In this Help topic, we’ll give a brief overview of LifeChanger and how you can best use it to get more inspired, more organized and more in control. Look for links throughout the text that take you to detailed information about particular features.
LifeChanger was created using leading edge technologies and practices. It’s:
- ‘mobile first’. It works as well on your phone and tablet as it does on your computer
- ‘off-line first’. It doesn’t rely on you being on-line; data is saved directly to your device so it’s always available. Sync-ing to your other devices occurs in the background when you’re on-line, so you have the best of all worlds.
It’s designed from the ground up to be lightning fast. If you wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea, you want to get it entered and saved so you can get back to sleep. If your phone supports it, you can talk to LifeChanger and your Task will be transcribed into text without you having to fully wake up at all.
The Desktop is the first thing you’ll see after logging in and is the feature of LifeChanger you’ll probably use the most. It houses your To Do list, Day Plan, Goals and any other lists you create. Here, you can add Tasks, Images and Contacts. Schedule tasks by drag-and-dropping them into time-slots on your Day Planner or into Productivity Zones for those that aren’t time-dependent. Assign tags to items to categorize them (e.g. personal, work-related, soccer, grocers, important, urgent, etc.) and so you can filter and share.
Mark tasks as In Progress, Done or still To Do.
Create as many lists as you like on the Desktop and embed lists in other lists to help categorize related items. If your main Desktop is getting busy with too many lists, create new desktop(s) and move some of your lists to them. e.g. one desktop could hold your Shopping lists(s) and another your Project list(s). Changing to a different desktop is as simple as a tap/click on the main menu button at the bottom right of the app.
Tasks, Images, Contacts (and more…)
Tasks: Of those items you can add to Lists, you’ll probably use Tasks the most. Tasks can be things you need to do, buy, take, find, etc. Tasks can be as simple as one word on a shopping list – “Milk” – or as complex as a project task containing a title, extended description, due date, comments made by multiple people, linked clones, attachments, history of changes, etc.
Images: Upload from your phone’s Image library or computer’s file system, or take a picture straight into LifeChanger from your phone. Alternatively, copy-and-paste a screenshot or other image (Not Yet Implemented).
Contacts: If you’re like us, you’ll want to keep all sorts of information together in one place. e.g. when you’re on vacation, you need a place to keep all your photos, videos and important contacts – the name of hotels, restaurants, friends you made, etc. Since LifeChanger supports sub-lists, you can keep lists of Contacts where you need them – e.g. a sub-list of invitees in your Kid’s Party list or of team members in your Project X list, etc.
…and more: You can define your own custom types. For example, frequent flyers could create a Flight type and use it to keep track of each flight they take, including the airport, flight number, etc. Or, people with an expense account could create a type called Receipt with fields for meeting topic, location and Image. They could then use their phone’s camera to take a picture of the restaurant receipt straight into a LifeChanger Receipt. At the end of the expense period they could download a PDF of all their receipts along with the location, topic notes, image, etc.
Use the main Menu to navigate to different parts of LifeChanger. Open it by clicking the button at the bottom right of the app. It’ll appear on the right hand side. Blue buttons take you to key elements of the app such as Desktop, Begin My Day, etc. Underneath the blue buttons are gray buttons that take you to Settings pages where you can personalize LifeChanger so it works best for you.
At the top left of the menu is a placeholder where your profile picture appears. Click it to open your Profile page where you can change account settings, change password, etc.
At the top right of the menu is a Logout link. You could use that e.g. on your work computer when you step away from your desk.
If you open the Menu by mistake you can close it again by tapping/clicking anywhere on the main app to the left of the menu or by pressing Esc if you’re on a computer.
Begin my Day
You’ll want to use LifeChanger‘s Begin my Day presentation every morning when you wake up to get your day off to an inspired start. Open it by clicking the blue Begin my Day button on the Menu or by clicking the yellow Begin my Day button at the top of your Day Planner on the Desktop.
Use one of our standard presentations or create your own personalized one by clicking the gray Begin my Day button in the Settings section of the Menu. There, you can add text, pictures and music that are meaningful to you.
Goals, Projects, (Good) Habits
LifeChanger is all about helping you to install good Habits and accomplish your Goals rather than spending your days on those meaningless and dreary tasks that take over your life if you’re not careful.
Enter your Goals and log against each one those Projects that will take you towards them. Break each Project down into achievable Actions and assign Tasks to each. LifeChanger will remind you of your Goals in your Begin my Day presentation so they remain at the forefront of your mind.
Habits too, once entered, will appear in Begin my Day so you won’t forget to do them! And they’ll be right there at the top of your Day Planner on the Desktop. Make sure you double-tap/click them when you’ve done them each day so you can track your habit high-score and get the gratification of seeing no gaps in Don’t Break the Chain.
End my Day
LifeChanger‘s End my Day process is the perfect way to ensure your day ends right, freeing up your mind for a good night’s sleep. Here, you can review the day’s Tasks and mark them as complete, reschedule them, move them back to the To Do List, delegate or delete them, as appropriate.
One of the many cool features of LifeChanger is its ability to share information with your family, friends and work colleagues – completely under your control, of course. Sharing is done at the List level. Share your To Do list, Day Planner, Vacation list, Shopping List or Project list, etc. with Friends. Request Friends and, once they Accept, you can choose which Lists to share with them and which items on those Lists to share. Share all items or just those that have (or don’t have) specific Tags. e.g. share items tagged as Personal with your spouse and those tagged as Work with your team at work. Indicate whether each Friend should have full control over your list or read-only.
You can setup notifications (by email, or alert) for almost anything. Some require your opt-in – e.g. maybe you do or maybe you don’t want to receive an email notification whenever someone adds a comment to one of your project Tasks. (Not Yet Implemented)
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