Periodically, I like to share resources that have made my life easier and more interesting. Here are my favorites for June:
- Good Measure Meals. I love to cook, but I have having to cook. Good Measure Meals is an Atlanta business the offers healthy meals for pick-up or delivery. It isn’t cheap, but when I ran their prices in comparison to the cost of take-out / delivery / fast food, plus the cost of spoiled groceries, plus the angst of having to figure out what’s for dinner again, I decided the cost was a no-brainer. Most metro cities have something similar (search on healthy meal delivery), or you might investigate hiring a personal chef to cook for you weekly. I think of this as an indulgence with major benefits.
- Soundview Executive Book Summaries. Let’s face it: no one has time to read all of the business books released every month. Soundview does a good job of culling the most noteworthy books each month and providing an in-depth summary of a few, plus short overviews of a handful more. If the summary intrigues you, you’ll want to read the whole book, but you’ll learn a lot from the summaries and you’ll likely avoid reader’s remorse.
- Springwise. “Your Essential Fix of Entrepreneurial Ideas,” Springwise will keep you on top of trends in new businesses. Through daily or weekly emails (so you don’t miss a thing), Springwise will give you brain candy for what’s hot now, and it may even send a tip your way that you can share with clients and prospective clients. I like Springwise because I learn about businesses worldwide, and about once a month, something triggers a new idea for my own business. You can even see how many Tweets and Likes a link has garnered, which offers additional evidence of “hot or not” status.
- They Rule. Designed for visual thinkers who want to explore who sits on the Boards of Directors of various companies and institutions, this site is also useful for finding connections between board members. They Rule is handy if you want to tease out the connections in an industry, for example. (It’s also a great way to pass the time of day, so use with care!)