Emily Hoapili

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About Emily Hoapili

President & Owner @ Echo Blue Innovations. Efficiency expert. Political enthusiast. Wannabe artist. #INTJ. Boom.

Professionalism – NEW SERIES

By |2018-02-15T19:09:29+00:00February 15th, 2018|Professionalism|

When I was in the corporate sector, I lived in Charleston, SC. Charleston is a real gem of a city, full of history and “southern charm.” Most of my co-workers and I were transplants, but one male co-worker was from Charleston. At lunch one day, another colleague shared with me that our new associate had taught him so much about how to be a “southern gentleman.” For instance, he learned he was always to wear a blazer or sports coat outside, even when it was hot.  When walking with a “lady," he was to walk on the street side, [...]

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How to Use the Eisenhower Matrix to Prioritize Tasks

By |2018-02-07T14:58:59+00:00February 8th, 2018|Digital Organization|

Most of us know the name Eisenhower as President Eisenhower, but before he had that gig, he was a US Army General in World War II. As you can imagine, that job came with a pretty steep to do list, and Eisenhower had to figure out a way to figure out what needed his attention and what didn’t, and he came up with the Eisenhower principle/matrix. I’ve always been intrigued by the Eisenhower Matrix to prioritize tasks. I use Todoist, which offers four priority levels with tasks. Prior to fully adopting the Eisenhower Matrix for a week, I [...]

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How to Write a Style Guide

By |2018-02-07T14:47:38+00:00February 7th, 2018|Policy + Procedures|

Quick:  You’re traveling when you find yourself required to send information to a designer you haven’t worked with before.  She’s designing a graphic for an event sponsorship coming up, and the deadline is approaching.  Luckily, you can send her your logo, brand colors, and other information.  Unfortunately, you’ve got that information stored in multiple places, so sending to her will take longer than it should.  You’re rushed, and you end up sending incomplete information.  Since you’ll then have to request design updates, you get charged extra. If you have any sort of visual representation anywhere, you need a [...]

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The Value of a Routine

By |2018-02-07T15:08:24+00:00January 25th, 2018|Self-Care|

I am a creature of routine. Some of my friends tease me about this, and I can appreciate their point, to an extent.  Routines can trap us, and the word itself doesn’t spark much in the way of creative process.  But for me, and I suspect for many, routines can actually free us. When I wrote about Evernote and my own set-up using it, I shared that my system is drawn in no small part from David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) System.  One particular piece of the GTD system that appeals to me most is “your mind [...]

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Using iOS Shortcuts to Save Time

By |2018-02-07T14:59:33+00:00January 16th, 2018|Digital Organization|

If you poke around in your phone for a bit, you’ll find that keyboard options usually include a personal dictionary you can use to add words to avoid the dreaded “sorry autocorrect.”  You can use this same set-up to save time (and typo frustrations) for things you type often or don’t want to use internet slang (on a somewhat related note, if you find your phone cleans up your language, you can use this or a new contact to avoid.  Read more here). Here are some examples of shortcuts I have set-up: “haddress” and “waddress” – my addresses.  Now, [...]

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Emergency Preparedness – Stock Up, Gear Up, Gas Up, Plan Up

By |2018-02-07T15:03:31+00:00January 11th, 2018|Home Organization|

I’m writing this post a few hours before a major snowstorm hits.  I could write an entire blog post as to the many reasons why I’m not happy that it’s going to snow, but I’ll spare you all from having to read that.  Most of all, while I’m not happy it’s going to snow, I’m ready for it to snow. I have a few broad rules that I apply to everything in my life, one of them being “Be Ready for Any and Every Thing.” Does that mean I always avoid risk?  No.  Everything has risk.  You can’t prevent everything [...]

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One Step at a Time – Goals for 2k18

By |2018-02-07T15:03:42+00:00January 1st, 2018|Digital Organization, Self-Care|

Too many of us approach New Years with very unrealistic views of what the new year will hold for us.  We’re going to lose x number of pounds while we quit smoking and read 100 books, and while doing all of THAT, we’re going to have perfectly clean houses and balanced checkbooks and go to bed at the same time every night. This was best summed up by one of my all-time yet now defunct blog Hyperbole & a Half, here. I am one of those people.  I finally realized that a few years ago, and instead of just [...]

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NEW APP FRIDAY – Password Manager RememBear

By |2018-02-07T15:01:20+00:00December 29th, 2017|New App Fridays|

I’m starting this edition of New App Fridays with a lecture - you cannot use the same password for everything. If you do, you’re opening yourself up for EXTREME risk of being hacked across the board. Using strong, unique passwords is necessary, if not mandatory. But with everydamnthing requiring a password these days, keeping track of all those unique passwords can be a pain in the neck. Enter password managers. Once upon a time, I was unable to trust a password manager. The idea of storing my passwords in another person’s app made me uneasy. Truth be told, [...]

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Preparing to be Paper-Free: First Steps

By |2018-02-07T15:00:02+00:00December 28th, 2017|Digital Organization|

Confession:  if you had ever looked inside any office I had between 2006 to roughly mid 2014, you would refuse to believe I could ever declare myself to be “paperless.” Don’t get me wrong; I was organized, and tidy.  All that paper had homes in labeled folders, alphabetized and many times, color coded.  But it was paper, and it was A LOT. When I went to the corporate sector in mid-2014, I also had to move.  I had binders and binders of paper, a filing cabinet, etc.  During the packing process, I realized that the majority of [...]

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Outta Here – 5 Things You Forgot to Toss

By |2018-02-07T15:03:54+00:00December 27th, 2017|Home Organization|

Good news, gang. We’re only a few days away from 2018 and bidding 2017 ADIEU. 2017 was, in many ways, a great year, and in many ways, it sucked.  I approach every new year with child-like wonder and hope.  This is going to be MY year.  To be fair, sometimes MY years kick my butt and don’t go the way I expect (man plans, God laughs). Somehow, though, I don’t remember any of this at December’s end.  I write out my goals.  A new journal notebook is purchased.  I clean my house.  And do all my laundry and get [...]

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