June 26, 2017: An Invisible Change

 

You may have noticed that I took a little break from sending my bi-weekly thoughts along with release notes. 

But why?

I'm human, life is as jam-packed as a can of sardines, and I needed a break.

It was really that simple.

The creative juices and motivation weren't flowing at the levels I demand of myself. And I needed a little re-charge.

This ever happen to you? (I imagine you're nodding your head at least a little, because I'm pretty sure we all feel like this from time to time).

So I thought I'd share some things that I've found help me "find myself" again and get re-invigorated when the batteries are running a little low. I'm going to call them the three "B's" and hope I don't get in any kind of copyright infringement trouble for reasons you're about to see...

#1) Bed = Glorious, wonderful, restorative sleep. And lounging. I always underestimate the effects of a lack of sufficient good sleep have. With businesses to tend to and a young family to care for, I'm even more prone to deny myself the sleep I need in favor of getting more done or spending time with loved ones.  That's ok, because I genuinely love what I do with both work and family. But it comes at a price.  Honoring my sleep times and allowing myself to lollygag in bed some days ensures I have the positive energy needed to try and make a positive dent in our world.

#2) Bath = When I don't get enough alone time, things tend to go downhill. I need time to assimilate, think and process in a place where I won't be interrupted or distracted. Used to be a long bath provided this. With kids rocketing around the house now, that isn't a guaranteed quiet place anymore. What I've found to take its place is even better though: a float tank.  Lying weightlessly supported by super-salty water in a closed, pitch-black chamber is exactly the kind of sensory deprived environment needed for me to sort through things without interruption. It's seriously like a brain bath - I feel refreshed and cleansed afterwards. (There are float tank centers in most cities now, just do a Google search for "float tank near me" to find one.)

#3) Beyond = Another effective way to push myself out of a rut is a change of scenery. Traveling "beyond" my normal environment forces me to see my world differently and provides the perspective needed to see problems in a new light.  Without fail, traveling shifts my idea generator into the "on" position.  I've learned to always take a notebook with me to record my fresh insights and ideas. Some of my best decisions have been made when an incredibly obvious insight has struck me during vacation that was just buried beneath a pile of little busy stuff that tends to overwhelm each day.

Being an MT, reflexologist or bodyworker can be incredibly rewarding and meaningful. But even the most meaningful work can get stale unless you make the effort to take care of yourself and keep things fresh.

Make sure you take the time and make the effort to take care of your body, mind and spirit. Life becomes better not just for you, but the people you interact with as well. 

In shared happiness,

Mark

 
What's new this release
  • Breaking news: Make your massage chair a cash machine :-)
  • Save time with service searches while booking appointments
  • Client photo wizard repaired
  • It's now ok to have multiple clients using the same email address
  • Several minor fixes and improvements
 

What we're working on:
  • The new Promotions feature
  • Building a better, more effective Autopilot feature
  • Improved appointment creation design
  • Couples massage support
  • A number of other smaller enhancements and improvements
  • Vote for your most desired feature or improvement in the Feedback section of Community!
 
What's new this release:
 
 
Someone has figured it out...
I was in Austin, TX recently.  As I was taking a little walk through the airport to stretch my legs before my flight, I happened across this banner. 

This is what I've been trying to tell folks for years!

Now I'm not saying that this is how I'd go about advertising my chair practice, but the fact remains that having a massage chair (especially early in one's career when building a clientele is a priority) offers a variety of great options.

Too funny... :-0
 
Long service list?  Here's a new shortcut when booking.

One of the things we've learned is that some folks offer a lot of services. Having to scroll down through that long list to select the desired service when you're booking a client was a little cumbersome.

Now you have a shortcut to find the service - simply start typing the first few letters of a service and Massagebook will filter down the list of services until your service is shown. Click and done.

We're always looking for ways to make things easier and better for you. If you have ideas for improvement, we encourage you to head over to the "Community" tab in MassageBook and either vote on existing ideas or add your own suggestions for improvements.

MassageBook is here to help you - the massage and bodywork professional. We're committed to continuing to improve our software, and you play a big part in deciding what we work on. So don't be shy about sharing your ideas!

a HUGE invisible change

Software development is a funny thing. Many times the biggest efforts aren't immediately evident. 

This was one of those times. 

We've been working diligently on a major behind the scenes change for over 6 months and we finally released it earlier this week.

Ta-da!  But there's not much to see...

It's a big deal because the fundamental shift we made now allows more than one client to use the same email address at the same time. This also creates the opportunity to develop family memberships and other useful things where multiple individuals can be "grouped" as we move forward.

As you can see in the screen shot above, when an existing client of yours books online and they share the same email address as another of your clients, they'll be asked which name they'd like to book under.
 
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