Author: The Nimble Team

Are You Rego-Ready?

What do all Australian car owners have in common?

Well, that’s easy. It’s that pesky car rego bill that finds itself in our mailbox every six to twelve months.

Here at Nimble, we see a lot of our customers get caught short each time their rego payment rolls around. It seems like the last one was only just paid, right?

So, let’s talk about it. What are we actually paying all this money for and is there a way to make sure we’re not caught off guard when it’s rego time?

What does ‘rego’ even mean?

In Australia, every vehicle that drives on the roads is required by law to be registered. Getting your car registered proves it’s roadworthy, that it belongs to you and allows the car to be identified quickly.

Another requirement by law is that your vehicle must be covered by Compulsory Third Party (CTP) Insurance.

In most states and territories there is only one approved provider of CTP insurance, however NSW and QLD give car owners a choice in this department. Premiums depend on the type of vehicle and who will be driving it.

The exact fees that cover the above differ pretty substantially from state to state, but generally it is broken down into:

  • A standard registration fee (this is your contribution to helping keep the road maintenance underway),
  • A fee for your CTP insurance,
  • An admin fee.
  • Extra charges can depend on if you have a specialised number plate or if you have a heavy or specialised vehicle.

Check out the info provided by your State or Territory Government for more facts and figures.

Our Top Tips for being Rego-Time-Ready

1. Does your bank offer sub-accounts?money in a money box, notes and coins, Australian

Create a sub-account that is called “Rego Savings”. Or “Sneaky Rego Bill”. Or “Unexpected, annoying. pain-in-the-butt car rego”. (You probably can’t use that many words.)

Seriously though, most banks allow you to open a sub-account to your main account. It’s not a whole new account with a whole new set of fees – it’s just an area where you can set aside money for things like, you know, your rego.

Give your bank a call and organise that sub-account today.

2. A ‘Piggy Bank’ called Reg.

Now that you’ve opened a new sub-account, make it your virtual piggy bank. Aussies are increasingly going cashless so the good old fashioned jar in the cupboard is becoming trickier to fill.

It’s about time we took the piggy bank online. Log on to your internet banking once a day and transfer any “change” into your sub ‘piggy bank’ account rounding your balance to dollar figure. Do this everyday and watch those leftover cents turn into dollars, and in a years time most of your rego could be sorted.pizza_square

3. Rego due this month? Time to say no to eating out.

It’s OK to say ‘no’ sometimes. Especially when it’s saying ‘no’ to going out for dinner every night when your rego is due this month. Suggest that your friend cooks you dinner instead? And promise that you’ll do the same for them when it’s their rego month. What are friends for, anyway?

4.What costly things are you subscribed to?

Music subscription? TV? Magazines? Maybe you don’t really need that subscription? Maybe you’ve forgotten that you even had that $13.00 coming out of your account each month. Well, hate to point out the obvious – but there’s a good chunk of your rego right there.

5. Put your wheels to work!

For the many of us who commute to work on a daily basis, rego can be a right little pain especially since our car spends more time in the garage than on the road. Why not put your wheels to work and pay its rego for itself?

How on earth you might ask… well today thanks to the innovative startups in the sharing economy, you can rent your car out while you’re at work or away. Check out DriveMyCar where you can earn $800 per month or more. They calculate the amount you earn from renting your car according to its market value and estimate a return of 42% if rented for a year!

We’ve blogged about the sharing economy before and how you can make some extra money.

Check it out here for even more creative ways to save for your rego.

6. Do you even need a car??

Live in the city? Or work from home? Or close to public transport? Have you ever thought about ditching the car all together?

Imagine having no car and none of the costs that come with it ie. never worrying about the dreaded rego again! Just you, a bicycle and the wind in your hair.

 

Did you find this info about rego helpful? We’d love to hear your feedback –  just comment below.

 

Information current as at July 2015.
The information in this blog post is not intended to imply any recommendation, endorsement or opinion by Nimble about any financial or non-financial product. Nimble does not recommend or advise on the suitability of a product or suggest or imply a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a particular product. This blog post is for information purposes only.

Nimble’s Daily Habits: KeepCups over Disposable Cups Everyday

Did you know that it’s Plastic Free July?

This made our choice for this month’s Daily Habit change a bit of a no brainer…

On the 1st of July, every staff member at Nimble got a KeepCup. This means there will be no more disposable cups filling up our Nimble bins, and that’s a lot of cups – as we do love our coffee!

Here are our top reasons for becoming KeepCup reusers:

  • Every minute, over one million disposable cups are discarded into landfill
  • When compared to the disposable cups, using KeepCups reduces landfill by at least 99% every year
  • Half of the plastic used in the world today is for single use disposable items

If that’s not enough to get you to make the change too, head to the KeepCup website – you’ll never look back. You can even design your own KeepCups here.

Here’s how the transition went down at Nimble:

How to Earn Extra Cash with the Sharing Economy

Ever feel like your 9-5 job isn’t bringing home enough bacon?

Good news is that today, thanks to the rise of the sharing economy, the tools to make some extra cash are already at your fingertips.

Collaborative consumption, the trust economy or peer-to-peer economy – whatever you decide to call it, the sharing economy is all about community, trust and using the resources right under our noses.

Whether it be our cars, clothes, spare rooms, backyards or our brains, people around the world are sharing their stuff to pocket a few extra pennies.

And there are loads of cool startups springing up to help you make it happen.

Here are 5 ways you can start tapping into the sharing economy today:

 

AirbnbAirBnB

Planning a trip somewhere? Airbnb is a trusted online community built by two guys in San Francisco to give you an alternative to the standard hotel that you would usually seek out in your travels. Through the Airbnb marketplace, you can book accommodation in other people’s homes – the whole place or even just a room. It’s like having a home away from home.

To earn some extra cash, why not list your spare room? Or even your whole home while your away?

Currently, there are over 35 million people using Airbnb around the world. They’re staying in over 34,000 cities in over 190 countries and have the option of staying in over 600 castles. Jump on board now.

 

PetHomeStayPetHomeStay

Do you love puppies but can’t commit to a full time dog? Why not sign up to be a pet sitter in your local area? Get the best of both worlds – the fun, cuddles and love of a pet, but you still get to go on holidays without a worry. All this while earning a few extra bucks at the same time.

 

AirtaskerAirTasker

Fancy yourself a handyman? Bit more tech savvy than the average Joe? Or have you got a vehicle that doubles as a delivery van? Well, it’s your lucky day. With Airtasker, you can earn extra cash just by helping others with things you’re already doing.

 

DriveMyCarDriveMyCar

Do you have a car that spends more time in the garage than on the road? DriveMyCar is a marketplace for those just like you! Keep the dust off your wheels while putting some extra cash in your pocket by renting your car through DriveMyCar.

You can earn $800 per month or more. They calculate the amount you earn from renting your car according to its market value. They estimate a return of 42% if rented for a year! Head here to check out their awesome Rental Calculator tool and find out how much you could earn today.

 

Expert360Expert360

Consider yourself an expert at something? Ever hoped for the opportunity to rent those skills of yours out? Well, look no further. It’s real easy, just create a profile and apply for projects in your own time, then get paid and get credit. Head over to sign up as one of Expert360’s consultants.

 

Nimble’s Daily Habits: Organic and Fair Trade Coffee Anyone?

This week Nimble launched an internal initiative called, Daily Habits. Through Daily Habits, the Nimble team will be working together to make more sustainable and environmentally friendly choices in our day-to-day work.

 

Our first change that we made this week was making the swap from supermarket purchased, brown-water-esque coffee to deliciously ethical coffee beans from Toby’s Estate. It’s Organic, it’s Fair Trade and it tastes good in the mouth as well as the heart.

 

Why choose Fair Trade?
Did you know that 90% of the world’s coffee production takes place in developing countries with the top three producers being Brazil, Vietnam and Cambodia? Working conditions in the coffee industry have often been described as ‘sweatshops in the fields’.
By choosing Fair Trade, we help the change by providing the growers in these developing countries better working conditions and a higher cut of the profit. 

 

 Why choose Organic?
Organic coffee means that it is grown without using any synthetic fertilisers or pesticides and without the aid of any genetically modified organisms. It also benefits the environment. With no chemicals being used in production, processing or packaging – it does not pollute the environment.
By choosing Organic, we are making positive changes to our own health as well as preserving the environment.

 

If you’d like to make the same change, we highly recommend the Fair Trade and Organic range at Toby’s Estate found here.fto_blend_1_1

 

How to Build a Startup with a Cool Culture

Our founders, Greg and Sean, started out as two mates with an idea to create something cool and solve problems.

Nearly ten years later they’ve done just that.

This week we officially became a team of 200. That’s 200 people across two floors all focused on our mission to shake things up in how people borrow money using technology driven and customer centred products – like never seen before.

So, we were pretty chuffed that our co-founder Greg was invited to speak at Daze of Disruption – an event bringing together some of the most innovative and disruptive minds who are shaking up industries with better ways of doing things.

Alongside fellow Aussie entrepreneurs, Greg shared valuable lessons learnt from building Nimble into one of Australia’s most successful fintech startups.

He spoke about anchoring steadfastly to the problem you’re trying to solve at every stage and how surrounding your startup with good people who share the same cultural values will work wonders.


Here are some takeouts of Greg’s talk on how to build a disruptive company with a cool culture:

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Hire people based on what they know. Not who they know.

We just want to hear about how people think and how they solve

problems.

Measure everything. Eliminate politics with Data based decisions.

We just want the best outcomes. We don’t really care whose idea it is.

We like guys who aren’t afraid to try things.

Hire people who love change.

Things are changing fast and if you don’t love learning and adapting, you’ll fall behind.

Hire people who get it done.

They’re effective. They’re not signalling getting it done and talking in sound bites. Execution is actually harder than coming up with ideas.

Good guys care a lot about the mission.

There’s no substitute for people caring and buying in. They can fall a little short technically, but we’ll take a good cultural fit over a genius dickhead any day.

Check out the top quotes from Daze of Disruption here

Sound like a great place to work? Head to our LinkedIn page for current employment opportunities.

A Furry Happy Ending

We love a feel good story. Oh and we love animals. And we especially love a story about animals with a coincidental twist that gives you one of those ‘everything happens for a reason’ moments. So it’s no wonder our hearts melted when we heard this tale of a furry feline friend, who in a surprising turn of events and a little luck, went from one sick cat to happily on the mend with an equally happy owner. This particular story was loved by everyone here at Nimble – so, we thought you all might get a smile out of it too!

Here’s the story:
“It’s funny how things work out. After finding out I won the $100 Coles Myer card yesterday, I arrived home to find my cat had a huge swollen face. I took her to the vet this morning for treatment costing exactly $100. The really funny thing is, I named Sophie the cat after a friend of mine recently past. His cat was named Sophie. He always used to talk about his cat. He died from lung cancer a month ago. I think he was looking out for me and knew this was going to happen. So basically the Coles Myer card has kind of covered the cost of the vets today.”

Here’s Sophie:

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25 Ultimate Cheap Eats in Sydney

We recently teamed up with The Urban List to bring you a mouth watering list of the ultimate cheap eats around the city. You’re welcome!


Some may call it thrifty, others may call it tight-assery, but there’s something to be said about a Sydney restaurant that leaves you full, satisfied, and with some dollars in your pocket.

Whether you’re scrambling for change before payday (found a gold coin? Good on you!) or simply don’t want to spend more than $20 on a meal, we’ve found some of the best cheap eats in Sydney.

  1. Hong Ha, Mascot – Sure, you may have to wait in line but it’ll be worth it when you get your hands on one of Sydney’s best banh mis.
  2. Paul’s Famous Hamburgers, Sylvania – This is Sydney’s iconic burger joint. For under $10 you can get stuck into a burger with the works – It’s messy, so stock up on serviettes.
  3. Gyradiko, Bexley – Put fries in anything and we’re happy campers. The gyros here will give you change for a tenner, leaving you enough money for a soft drink. Win!
  4. Duy Linh, Cabramatta – This vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant has over 100 delicious menu items, most of which are under $13.
  5. Soda Factory, Surry Hills – Head into this Sydney bar on Tuesdays for $1 hot dogs. Yes, one dollar! This is Sydney cheap eats at its almost cheapest.
  6. Chubby Girl’s Bunz Shop, Ultimo – Yes, yes, it has a funny name, but it also has tasty, tasty $1.50 beef, pork and vego bunz.
  7. Sea Bay, CBD – A go-to dinner option when you want to catch up for dinner and drinks (BYO is free) but don’t want to spend a fortune. Our tip: order the fried dumplings.
  8. Lucky Pickle, Surry Hills – $10 will get you a wonderfully fresh roll filled with all manner of tasty ingredients.
  9. Old Mate, Surry Hills – A new Sydney café offering up $9 sourdough sandwiches. For $2 extra, you can get a coffee too!
  10. The Gretz, Enmore – This inner west bar serves a mean shrimp roll. Coming with a side of potato chips, this bad boy will only set you back $15.
  11. Bake Bar, Alexandria – Newly opened and already popular with the locals, grab a sandwich and a little potato and mushroom pastry for fun (only $2).
  12. Ramen Ikkyu, Haymarket – Slurp your way through one of Sydney’s best bowls of ramen in this nondescript food court.
  13. The Yeeros Shop, Marrickville – The lamb yeeros is juicy and tender and will set you back less than $10. Pro-tip: save some room for the fries!
  14. An Restaurant, Bankstown – There’s nothing like a comforting bowl of pho to make you forget you’re low on cash.
  15. Don Don, Darlinghurst – This classic cheap and cheerful Sydney Japanese restaurant serves up simple rice and noodle dishes, and their fresh made hand rolls are some of the best (and cheapest) we’ve had!
  16. Suzie Q, Surry Hills – For lunch on the go, pick up a take away sandwich from Suzie Q. They change regularly, so you won’t be stuck with the same old sambo every day.
  17. Sushi Rio, Haymarket – A favourite sushi train of The Urban List crew, most plates are a wallet friendly $3 meaning you can stuff your face with as much grilled salmon nigiri as you can afford.
  18. Out of the Blue, Clovelly – This Sydney burger joint brings you big, big burgers. You will end up messy, but that’s okay – you can just jump in the ocean afterward to wash off all that burger residue.
  19. Mr Bao’s Buns, Bondi Farmers Markets and Glebe Markets – Ohh Mr Bao, your pillowy soft buns are the kinds of things we dream of at night (get your minds out of the gutters, people).
  20. Ito’s Malaysian, CBD – For your fix of authentic Malaysian food in the city, Ito’s Malaysian do a mean laksa and Hainanese chicken rice (yes, we know it’s more Singaporean, but it’s still good).
  21. Beach Burrito, Bondi – A big, delicious burrito is always a good idea. If you’re feeling a little more cashed up, splash out and add guac – it’s always worth it.
  22. Sushi Suma, Surry Hills – Known for their big serves, this Japanese restaurant in Surry Hills is always full. Order a massive combination set for less than $20, BYO wine, and call it a night.
  23. Baker Bros, CBD – Smashed avo that costs more than $10 should be outlawed. Fortunately, the smashed avo with tomato and Danish feta at Baker Bros costs only $9 and tastes damn good, too.
  24. Bay Ten Espresso, North Sydney – A small menu with small prices. Pick up a sandwich for lunch for an even ten – we love the salami sandwich made with their special onion relish.
  25. Tim Ho Wan, Chatswood – Michelin starred food on a budget. Load up on dumplings and still have money for the train ride home.

25 Ultimate Cheap Eats in Brisbane

We recently teamed up with the team at The Urban List to bring the great people of Brisbane a list of Ultimate Cheap Eats. Eating cheap doesn’t mean eating nasty!


By now you’ve probably noticed our dedication to sourcing Brisbane’s cheapest eats is bordering on unhealthy, but there’s a good reason. Every week (following our usual bender of Beluga caviar and Kobe beef) we find our appetites whetted for splendid repasts but with barely enough loose change to hit up Maccas. Not willing to drop the palatable standards to which we’ve grown accustomed, us valiant few have braved the menus of every reputable (and non-reputable) thicket of Brisbane’s foodie wilderness to forage for sustenance that is both wallet and tooth friendly.

The struggle is real.

Fortunately Brisbane’s jazziest restaurateurs have rewarded our tenacity and kindly dotted their menus with utterly delicious and satisfying meals that save us from burrowing into our shoe budgets.

Here are our picks of Brisbane’s ultimate cheap eats: delicious feasting that costs less than the cab fare home:

  1. $1 oysters from Iceworks.
  2. Heya Bar‘s Cheeseburger Spring Rolls, $4 each.
  3. La Vosh’s Breakfast Bagel with bacon and egg, $6
  4. Chur Burger’s Baja Fish Tacos with jalapeño mayonnaise and cucumber salsa, $7
  5. Pork Xiao Long Bao from the Fat Dumpling, $8
  6. Four Cheese Jaffle from Spring’s tuckshop with cheddar, mozzarella, Jahlsberg and brie, $7
  7. The Bun Mobile‘s Wagyu Bun with pickled shitake mushrooms and Red Dragon sauce, $8
  8. Kiss the Berry’s original Açai Blend Bowl, $9
  9. Gelato-Filled Brioche from La Macelleria, $9
  10. Mrs. Luu’s Roast Pork Bahn Mi, $9
  11. Red Hook’s NYC Dog: cheese Kransky, BBQ onion, American pickle and crispy fried shallot, $9
  12. Bread and Meat Co.‘s Beef Brisket Dip Sandwich, with horseradish aioli and jus, $9.50
  13. NYA Curry with pork or chicken from Motto Motto, $9.50
  14. $10 Peking Duck Pancakes at Sichuan Bang Bang
  15. Miss Kay’s Cheeseburger, $10
  16. Trang’s Rare Beef Pho, $11.90
  17. PJ’s Steaks‘ Chilli Cheesesteak Hoagie: American-style chilli with beans, Wagyu beef, jalapenos, and fried onions, $13
  18. Lamb Souvlaki and Salad from the Little Greek Taverna, $15
  19. Lock ‘n Load‘s Green Eggs and Ham with pancetta and poached eggs, $16
  20. 2-for-1 Parmys at The Flying Cock on Wednesdays, $19.99 for two.
  21. All Day Big Breakfast at the Regatta’s Street Café, $18.90
  22. Pork Banh Mi with apple chilli sauce at Wham Bam Banh Mi, $9
  23. Tippler’s Tap: 5 sliders for $20
  24. Half a Jamaican chicken from Jahh Tiger, $22
  25. Kinkawooka Mussels steamed with chorizo, chilli, and cherry tomatoes from the Fox Hotel’s Fish Lane Bistro, $25

25 Top Breakfast Spots in Melbourne

We recently teamed up with the crew at The Urban List to bring the awesome people in Melbourne a list of the city’s ultimate cheap breakfast spots. Keep scrolling and prepare to drool:


We love a bargain breakfast here at The Urban List HQ, and word travels fast when one of our team has discovered a top brekkie spot that does a delicious meal for under $10. To help you stay smart with your cashola, we’ve compiled 25 of the city’s top breakfast cheap eats from some of the best restaurants and cafes in Melbourne—go forth and save, people!

1. Breakfast deal, $10, George St Café | East Melbourne

This cute corner café does a great weekday deal before 10am. You earlybirds can get scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and a kickass coffee for only $9.90.

2. $10 Takeaway Menu, St Edmonds Café | Prahran

The entire St Edmonds $10 takeaway menu is great, but we especially love the smashed avocado on toast with tomato, feta, radishes and chives—one of the best cafes in Melbourne for a healthy start to the day!

3. Yoghurt Jar, $8, Grace café | Fitzroy

One of our favourite hidden gems, Grace café in Fitzroy serves a delicious yoghurt jar with home made coulis, toasted muesli, goji berries & cacao nibs for $8. Bargain!

4. Raison Bagel with the works, $7, Manchester Press | Melbourne CBD

Calling all bagel fans! At $7, the raison bagel with mascarpone and jam at Manchester Press comes with our stamp of approval, and the coffee ain’t bad either.

5. Bircher Muesli, $10.50, Pavlov’s Duck | Fitzroy

It’s worth shelling out that extra fifty cents above the $10 mark for Fitroy café Pavlov’s Duck’s bircher muesli with natural yoghurt, poached plums, toasted coconut and mint, which is $10.50 a pop.

6. Banana Bread, $6.50, The Joinery | Elwood

This toasted banana bread is perfect with some butter, plus their Supreme coffee is only $3.30 a cup!

7. Cashew chocolate bagels, $7.50, Union St Brewers | Brunswick

This hidden gem does a cracking line of bagels, and you get TWO per serving!

8. Breakfast BLT, $9, The Banff | St Kilda

This St Kilda Breakfast BLT is legendary—smoked bacon, rocket, tomato and aioli on Turkish bread, all for only $9.

9. Fruit toast with lemon and vanilla ricotta, $8, Kinfolk | Melbourne CBD

Kinfolk is one of the best cafes in Melbourne for a CBD snack. Their fruit toast comes from Dench Bakery in North Fitzroy, and their strawberry compote is only a dollar more. Delish.

10. Ricotta hotcakes with rhubarb and poached strawberries, $10, Cornershop | Yarraville

The title says it all.

11. Bacon and egg brioche roll, $7.50, Piccolo | Prahran

This comes packed with cheese, bacon, egg and chutney—such a great flavour combo, we could eat these for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

12. Toasted pide, $9, Small Block | East Brunswick

Enjoy a vego breakfast of roast pumpkin, pesto, feta and fresh spinach—a healthy start to any day.

13. Peanut butter cookie sandwich, $4.50, North Carlton Canteen | North Carlton

Alright, so this isn’t the most nutritious breakfast, but the peanut butter cookie sandwiches at North Carlton Canteen are PERFECT if you need a sugar hit to chomp on with a coffee.

14. Fruit salad with honey and yoghurt, $10, Yellow Bird café | Windsor

Fresh, tasty and natural…A good option for you clean eating folk.

15. House Crumpets, $7, Hortus | Docklands

These Dr Marty’s crumpets come served with espresso butter and espresso infused caramel sauce, all made with Seven Seeds coffee. Yum.

16. Banana bread with yogurt and strawberries, $8.50, Sourdough Kitchen | Seddon

The yoghurt that tops this toasted banana bread is lemon-infused, giving its sweetness a perfect citrus kick!

17. Home-made Bircher, $9, Roller Door Café | West Melbourne

Nothing beats home-made bircher with natural yoghurt, honey and cinnamon nuts. Extra almonds, please!

18. Brown rice porridge, $9, 1000£ Bend | Melbourne CBD

If you need something to keep you going all day, the brown rice porridge with toasted sesame seeds, cinnamon sugar and doris plums at CBD favourite 1000£ Bend is a winner.

19. Steamed egg with Vegemite soldiers, $9.50, Mr Tulk | Melbourne CBD

A nostalgic classic. Need we say more?

20. Breakfast Quesidilla, $9, Brighton Soul Espresso | Brighton

Start your day with this tasty ham and cheddar quesadilla, which comes with spicy relish. If you’re really scrimping or aren’t in need of a big feed, you can get a half-slice for $5 too. Easy!

21. Vanilla Porridge, $8.70, Finn | St Kilda

Tuck into Finn’s deliciously creamy vanilla porridge with honey, sultanas, banana and pepita seeds—the perfect clean-eating fuel for your day.

22. Breakfast Roll, $9.50, The St Kilda Dispensary | St Kilda

If you’re a hollandaise sauce fan, you need to get your hands on this tasty roll, which comes stuffed full of bacon, egg, rocket and a hefty portion of that buttery sauce of dreams.

23. Mushroom Bagel, $8, Pocket Café | North Melbourne

A whole baked mushroom comes on this bagel, which is served with a fried egg, feta cheese and rocket, making it one of the best vegetarian breakfasts in Melbourne for less than a tenner.

24. Fresh pastries, various prices, Boundary Espresso | Preston

Sometimes we simply can’t resist starting the day with a cherry-filled Danish, no matter how good we’re trying to be! Boundary Espresso (one of the best cafes in Melbourne if you’re in the more northernly northern suburbs) keeps a range that are all worth trying.

25. Anywhere in Centre Place | Melbourne CBD

Situated adjacent to Degraves Street, Centre Place is home to many a cheap brekky find. Have a wander and see what takes your fancy—we’re sure you’ll find something delicious that’ll only cost pocket change!

 

We Walked 4 Water

To follow up on our recent delivery of amazing toilet paper from Who Gives A Crap who donate 50% of their profits to WaterAid, it seemed fitting to get involved with WaterAid’s annual fundraising event – Walk 4 Water.

This week, 24 members of the Nimble team have participated in Walk 4 Water. This means each person has taken more than 10,000 steps a day to raise money to help WaterAid create a world where everyone has access to safe and clean water.

It’s been an awesome week watching everyone rally together to raise funds, continuously comparing their steps for the day, whilst accidentally resetting them now and then.

We even threw a Pie Throwing contest to help raise funds. This gave the staff the opportunity to show their managers how awesome they think they are by throwing a pie in their face!

Overall we raised $1700.00 and are even feeling that bit fitter because of it.

(Quick heads up: the above links belong to a variety of websites and not Nimble, so clicking on, and using them, will take you away from Nimble’s website meaning we’ve got no control or responsibility over the content.)

Wiping Your Butt Never Felt So Good

This week, the Nimble poo-crew wheeled around their trolley and handed out a roll of loo-paper to each staff member courtesy of the wonderful, world-changing folk at Who Gives A Crap. And well, if you didn’t think someone’s face could light up over something they wipe their bum with – think again.

Who Gives A Crap are an awesome Australian organisation producing toilet paper that does more than just keep your bottom clean. 50% of their profits are donated to WaterAid to help build toilets in the developing world and better still, it’s all done with environmentally friendly materials.

So, we’ve got ours and are on the waiting list for the office-friendly, jumbo rolls – you can order yours right here and get it delivered straight to your door.

It’s small, but who said changing the world doesn’t start with wiping your bum?

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5 Ah-Mazing Productivity Boosting Mobile Device Apps

What exactly does it mean to be productive?

The dictionary defines “productivity” as “the rate at which goods and services having exchange value are brought forth or produced”.

In human speak, that means ‘doing useful things quickly’.

In an age where hours, days, and even years are zooming by, it’s more important than ever to be productive.

If we get our daily to dos out of the way efficiently, we free up valuable time to focus on the things that make life exciting.

And let’s be honest – most of us are pretty dependent on our mobile devices. So we thought we’d look into which mobile apps can help us make productivity a breeze.

Oh, and we’re not talking apps that bust the bank.

We’re talking about the good ol’ “I-paid-nothing-for-this-but-it’s-soooo-good” productivity-boosting apps.

Any.do – Getting things done like a pro.

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This app featured in our blog post about rad to do list apps.

In fact, it was number one on the list.

And almost two years down the track, it’s made it into our list once more – again in top position.

Why?

Because this app is just that good. It is still the most useful, clean, and intuitive app on my phone.

It decreases unnecessary clutter, helps me prioritise tasks and things I really need to focus on, and actually makes me feel pumped when I cross things off.

Any.do also works beautifully with it’s sister app Cal to help me stay on top of projects in a timely way.

A bonus perk is that integrates amazingly with email, too – it even knows how to crack jokes in the most appropriate of times.

And no wonder this app is so intuitive – it was built by an ex-Israeli-military entrepreneur on an algorithm where the user’s intent is extracted from his/her tasks and enables him/her to actually execute those tasks across devices.

It’s the kind of smart technology that definitely gets us buzzing with excitement.

Mailbox – Fly through your email.

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Speaking of clever apps, let’s have a chat about Mailbox.

We all know getting through emails takes up a lot of our work time.

In fact, this report from the McKinsey Global Institute states that the average person spends 13 hours (a total of 28% of our workweek) dedicated towards reading, deleting, sorting and sending emails.

That’s a heck of a lot of time. Time that could be devoted to successfully crossing things off the to do list we talked about earlier.

And that’s where Mailbox takes ‘email productivity’ to the next level.

It’s light, fast, and mobile-friendly.

It works like a messaging system where I can swipe emails to archive or trash, and scan entire conversations in chat-like view.

What I love about it the most, though, is that it helps me solve my age old problem of not knowing what to do with certain emails.

If you’re anything like me, there have been times (read: at least once a day) when you sit there staring at emails you just can’t deal with right there and then.

Well not with Mailbox!

Instead of leaving these types of emails to clutter my inbox, I put them off until tomorrow or next week (or even someday) so I can focus on what’s important now.

And when the time is right, Mailbox returns them to my inbox automagically.

Oh, and speaking of Mailbox’s automagical powers, it gets smarter as I use it. It automates common actions, by learning from my swipes and snoozes.

Evernote – The workspace for your life’s work.

EVERNOTE

If I had to spit out one word off the top of my head to explain Evernote, it would be “Hub”.

This app is definitely the epicentre of all my stuff.

It’s where I keep my work, notes, thoughts, ideas, scribbles, pictures, receipts, tickets, plans, and pretty much anything else that can be digitised.

I list everything I need to do there, too – in a lot more detail than in my Any.do lists.

One of the highlights is how easily it lets me collect anything. I can clip web articles, record my voice, capture handwritten notes, snap pics of my receipts, and import info directly from my email.

And then I can search everything with the ‘search and discovery’ feature that can pretty much even read my handwritting to pull up the things that I’m after.

Boom! Helps me get things done quickly and efficiently.

It’s available on everything I use, every day, so I can take my work with me (or pop down personal project ideas when I’m at work – shhh, don’t tell my manager).

Just in case the brimful basin of Evernote features is not enough to do absolutely everything you need it to, there is a myriad of extensions you can employ.

Before I wrap up my Evernote ambassador-ness (yes, I did just invent a word) let me tell you about one of my fav Evernote hacks: Evernote templates.

In particular, I’d like to mention this awesome free template that lets business travelers sort out expense reports in a jiffy. It’s certainly saved me time and effort in the past!

Inkflow – The visual thinking app.

INKFLOW

I’m a writer.

That’s my day job.

But you know what? I love sketching things.

In fact, for a writer, I’m a hardcore visual thinker.

My thoughts have more impact if I see them in my handwriting and doodles on a page, as opposed to “Arial/Helvetica/Times New Roman” letters on a screen.

I sort my information with boxes. And circles. And dot points and arrows. And little icons that range from stick men to life-like, shaded mountains.

My visual note-taking is the most effective way for me to plug the information at hand into my internal frame of reference.

Perhaps this TED video by Rachel Smith, Digital Facilitation Services for The Grove Consultants Int., will better explain why visual thinking is so important.

It’s no wonder, then, that Inkflow plays a big part in my day.

It’s one of the best doodads in a visual thinker’s arsenal.

The reason I prefer it over alternatives is that: 1) it offers a free version with loads of functionality, and 2) it’s a crazy intuitive artistic program that takes advantage of things you can do on mobile devices that you can’t do on plain paper.

But where it truly beats out the competition is with it’s amazing Inkport tool.

For example, check out how easy it is to play around with your doodles thanks to the Inkport. It turns all your written notes and sketches into a vector, so you can edit them a billion ways.

No redrawing, no multiple pieces of paper, no wasting time.

Inkport is available through the paid version of Inkflow (called “Inkflow Plus”), but for $9.99 it’s a darn good investment.

WhereAreYou App – Locate people via text message.

WHERE ARE YOU

Imagine this…

You’ve got a huge project to do for work.

You’re plugging away at it for days.

Your best friend says she wants to catch up for lunch one day and you’re stoked because you really need to get out of the office.

So you organise when to meet. You rock up right on time and your friend sends you a message saying she’s 3 minutes away.

You know your friend is notorious for running (very) late and suddenly you’ve got a brainwave about your big project which you just need to jot down.

You don’t want to seem like work is more important than your lunch date, but this is a chance to be productive.

So you pull out your phone and send your friend an SMS via WhereAreYou App. She accepts, the app replies, and you know exactly how far off she is (not 3min like she’s said, she’s actually more like 15min away).

So you’ve got plenty of time.

You jot down your ideas, they help you kick butt at your project, you get promoted, and you go on to become CEO of the company in a few years.

Ok, so the CEO thing is a bit farfetched (although I’m all for dreaming big!). But the rest is completely realistic.

WhereAreYou App won’t commonly be found on a “productivity boosting apps” list.

But if you’re time-poor and your friends/colleagues/clients are known for running late – this little app might come in very handy.

What are some apps you find extremely useful in helping you stay productive? And why?

I’d love to discover some new ones, so leave me a note in the comments below.

 

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