Bracket Labs delivers incredibly useful enterprise apps through the Salesforce AppExchange.  Our products help thousands of users plan & manage their work, share it with their teams, and get more done. Best of all, our apps are designed to be simple to use! Learn more about each product below.

Apps we <3

At Bracket Labs, we really love apps. We live, breathe and drink apps, oh and of course we develop them for Salesforce too! We don't just love our own apps though, that would be self centered. Here are some other apps that we absolutely love too!

30/30 Task Manager

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30/30 is a Task Manager app for mobile devices. Not only is it just a great tool from a productivity standpoint, the design is beautiful. 30/30 is more of a small tasks or personal tasks organizer than TaskRay. So for the little stuff that isn't related to Salesforce or work, this is a great little app to have on your phone. If you have trouble keeping focused over an afternoon, or need to develop a better routine in the morning this app is great for making sure you stay on a routine. The app reminds you when you should be moving on to the next task, and is very easy to customize. Now if only we could get this app talking to TaskRay!

Ring My Bell

On the topic of fun apps, Ring My Bell is a Salesforce app that announces sales to coworkers with a playful tone. Great for creating competition but not in an unfriendly way. Ring My Bell is available on the AppExchange for a very reasonable price. 

World Chat Clock

This tool is not quite an app, but is extremely powerful and useful. This time zone calculator by Dark Horse Analytics helps you negotiate meeting times for people over multiple time zone, in and extremely pretty interface. The world chat clock lets you know how long you can chat for, within office hours or within stretch hours (slightly outside of office hours) and when you can chat next if the current time does not work.

Upcoming Webinars

July is the month for webinars! For the new TaskRay Release we will be having webinars for both new users and previous customers to introduce the new TaskRay. The webinars will be recorded, and the best ones will be emailed to all the participants, so you can show the rest of your team even if everyone couldn't make it! We have a range of times and dates available. As always, if you have any other questions about the new release feel free to contact us or take a peek at the brand new User Guide.

New User Webinar

New to TaskRay?
Join our overview webinar to see an introduction to TaskRay

Date: Wednesday, July 9th  Time: 4 pm PT / 7 pm ET   REGISTER HERE
Date: Thursday, July 10th  Time: 9 am PT / 12 pm ET   REGISTER HERE

New Release Webinar

TaskRay Veteran?
Join us for our deep-dive webinar to see the latest features.

Date: Wednesday, July 23rd  Time: 4 pm PT / 7 pm ET   REGISTER HERE
Date: Thursday, July 24th  Time: 9 am PT / 12 pm ET   REGISTER HERE

Still have questions? You can always mention us on twitter, post on our facebook wall, or send us an email at team@bracketlabs.com.  

4 Easy Ways to Stay Focused on Your Work

With long days and a huge pile of tasks to get done, it can be hard to stay focused on your work. Here are a few tips to help you stay on task.

1. Make your work station comfortable

New fads for ways to work always are popping up, whether it is standing desks or sitting on a workout ball. Apartment Therapy even highlights some alternatives to workspaces, from sitting on the floor to working at your kitchen table. With all these options, it can be hard to sift through what actually works and what does not. There's mounting evidence that sitting all day is bad for you, but there are ways that you can stay sitting and not kill yourself in the process. Overall, balancing movement with sitting is very important. If you can work standing all day then go for it, but I have found that alternating between sitting and standing is the most comfortable for me.

2. Separate your work and home computer

Depending on your work environment, this option isn't possible for everyone. Even if you are using the same computer for home and work, there are some ways that you can make them very separate. If you are using a Mac, separate your work into different desktops and folders. Reduce the temptation to open non-work related things when you are on your 'work desktop'. 

3. Ditch the social media

Make a strict rule to not let yourself drift away to Facebook or Twitter while at work. These extremely tempting distractions may tingle the rewards center of your brain when you are looking at them, but they pull you away from what you should be working on. Close Facebook and log out, and only let yourself go on at the end of the work day. Making a big distinction between work time and play time is very important, especially if most of your work is done on a computer. 

4. Choose the Right Noise Level

Knowing what sort of soundscape you need to work takes some experimenting. Some people need total quiet, or a reduction in ambient noise. If you really need that quiet, or want your music completely un-interrupted, noise canceling headphones are a good option. If you are blasting your music just so you can't hear your coworker on the phone, you can be doing serious damage to your hearing. With noise canceling headphones you can listen at a lower volume without distractions. Other people find that music is a great driving force. Studies are inconclusive to whether music can really help you focus better, and some studies have even been debunked (like the Mozart effect). Music can't make you smarter, but it might help you relax and focus. A study found the most relaxing song ever, and a list of other songs that also made the cut. I personally am a fan of 8tracks, where you can search by a genre or a tag. This motivation mix is one of my favorites. Focus@Will is also a useful service that will play music designed to help your mind focus on work.