09.07
2018

Natural Wonders: 5 Perfect Places for Hiking

The ability to track your drivers’ behaviors is tantamount to money in your pocket. When you make sure that the people responsible for taking your fleet on the road are practicing stellar driving habits — like minimizing unnecessary vehicle idling times, keeping a steady pace instead of burning fuel by speeding, and curbing that tendency to slam on the brakes needlessly — you drastically cut back on fuel consumption.

Studies have shown that just cutting down on aggressive driving alone can save you anywhere from 10 to 40 percent on fuel. Whether fuel prices are sky high or at record lows, any amount back into your pocket is money you can then invest into your business.

And let’s not make light of the safety benefits that also come from having safe drivers behind the wheel. Knowing that you have a team on the road following the rules gives you peace of mind that their risk of costly accidents is also diminished.

At Actsoft, we help give you that peace of mind and help put extra money back in your pockets. Tracking your fleet through our software means that you know exactly where your drivers are, their routes, whether they’ve been idling excessively, if they’ve been speeding, and if they have a habit of hard braking or quick starting, among other habits.

It’s all a part of helping you do your part to go green, while simultaneously being able to cut costs. So, in a continuation of our Natural Wonders series, to celebrate the cost-saving that also benefits the environment, this week we’re going to explore the best places to get outside and take a hike.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

With roughly 200,000 acres of protected land, hiking abounds in this treasured parkland. Here, you’ll find more than 500 miles of trails, along which you may spot any number of wild animals, including more than 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, plus countless insects and spiders. Don’t miss a chance to hike a part of the Appalachian Trail; 105 miles of the famed 2,180-mile-long path is located right here.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina

Spanning the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, the sprawling park stretches an astounding 522,000 acres. As one of the largest protected parcels of land in the country, myriad animal species call the grounds home, including the American Black Bear, the park’s unofficial mascot. There are some 1,500 of these bears in the park, making it the largest protected bear habitat in the East. Choose from more than 150 official trails, and be sure to take part in the “Hike the Smokies” challenge; just log your excursions and earn pins incrementally as you surpass 100 miles of hiking.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

Just 15 miles from the glitz and glam of always-awake Las Vegas are nearly 200,000 protected desert acres itching to be explored. There are 26 official hiking trails that allow you to take a look at all the desert world has to offer. Keep an eye out for wild burros, desert bighorn sheep, and even red-spotted toads (after a rare rainstorm). Plus, depending on the time of year, it’s actually possible to spot waterfalls, even in the desert. (Lost Creek, Ice Box Canyon, and First Creek Canyon are three trails where you may find one.)

Acadia National Park, Maine

The oldest national park in the eastern U.S., Acadia’s 49,000 acres span most of Maine’s Mount Desert Island, as well as some of the smaller surrounding islands. The coastal park is home to a plethora of wildlife, including gray seals, snowshoe hares, minks, coyotes, and golden eagles. Hiking trails abound, but you’re in Maine, arguably one of the most picturesque coastal states, so stick to one of the six official coastal trails. The Gorham Mountain Loop is 3.5 miles and features a 525-foot mountain that’s the perfect spot to catch a stunning sunrise.

Central Park, New York City

Yes, really! Who’s to say great hiking has to be completely immersed in acre upon acre of unadulterated wilderness? Smack dab in the center of the concrete jungle that is New York City, Central Park is a green oasis that spans nearly 850 acres and is jam-packed with trails that are manageable for just about anyone. Trails wend through all sections of the park; while it’s easy to forget for a moment that you’re in the middle of a major metropolis, one glance up at the towering skyscrapers that surround the park will snap you back to reality.

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05.06
2018

Three Essential Tips for Improving Time Management

Time is the one of the few resources that can’t ever be gained back once it’s been spent.

This statement particularly resonates in the workplace setting, where optimized productivity and the acquisition of true efficiency are essential to success. Because abundant surpluses of wasted time can be detrimental to high motivation, ensuring that your company’s time management skills are adept is vital.

Every single second that passes by is a moment that’s filled with opportunity, and by making the most out of the time you spend in the workplace, you can even gain more out of your leisure time away from the office. It’s a reciprocal relationship, as coming back to work from a vacation recharged and refocused also can assist you with sustaining long-term productivity at work. Here’s three tips that may help you enhance the effectiveness of your time management skills.

Work smarter, not harder.

There’s a fine line between cutting corners and working efficiently. When completing daily tasks during the workday, finding ways to consolidate and multi-task, while also ensuring that each job is being done to a satisfactory level is key. Accessing the right resources from the get-go before completing a project is a surefire way to make sure that your productivity won’t suffer later on, and that your workforce will remain firing on all cylinders. If there’s a way to simplify a task without compromising on the quality of work being done, it’s usually a smart idea to do so.

Schedule accordingly.

While too much rigidity in scheduling can actually become a deterrent to improved time management, crafting a flexible outline of weekly tasks, deadlines, and meetings can help you sharpen your punctuality. This extends beyond the scope of the workplace as well. When planning a vacation, it’s wise to have some concrete, scheduled events on the itinerary, but make sure you don’t overbook. The whole point of a getaway is to relax, and stressing over getting to certain events at every hour of every day can wear thin quick. In short, plan as much as you can ahead of time, but leave some room for the unexpected.

Use tools to help you manage time and improvise better.

Technology has always been centered on making life easier, and as time progresses, our reliance on it continues to increase. With Actsoft’s solutions, your company can truly optimize its productivity, helping you save time, money, and resources. Some of our digital tools like Mobile Timekeeping and Job Dispatching can help you ensure that your mobile employees are maximizing their time while in the field. This tandem of features allows them to clock-in directly from mobile devices and receive updates about new work orders in near real-time. GPS Tracking from Actsoft also provides the ability to monitor remote employees, so you can verify your workers’ respective locations while they’re dispersed at different job sites.

Improved time management is key to optimized margins, a healthy bottom line, and ultimate customer satisfaction. With Actsoft, your workforce can enhance its productivity on an hourly basis, helping you gain the most out of each and every minute that your business is operating.

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19.03
2018

3 Must-See National Parks in North America

North America is home to some of the most breathtaking national parks in the entire world. Sculpted mountains, idyllic lakes, and diverse flora span as far as the eye can see, drawing in travelers craving a taste of serenity from all around the globe. At locations such as these, feeling awestruck is a routine occurrence, and becoming truly in touch with nature’s sheer tranquility alters perspectives forever. Here are three of our favorite national parks in the entire continent.

1. Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Rising from the misty, snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is one of Canada’s most valued natural treasures. The park lies west of Calgary, Alberta, and contains bodies of water such as Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, whose crystal blue shades resemble those of a tropical Caribbean shoreline. Complementing these shimmering pools with a backdrop of mountainous, snowy cliffs and lush alpine foliage, Banff truly is one of the most beautiful destinations to visit in the northern hemisphere.

2. Yosemite National Park, California, United States

Yosemite National Park is nestled within California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Here, massive slabs of rock and cascading waterfalls dot the horizon, which is home to a diverse range of wildlife such as coyotes, American black bears, Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, and mountain lions. Nearly 90 different mammal species inhabit Yosemite National Park, and some of the park’s premier landmarks include Mount Dana and Cathedral Rocks. Yosemite’s encompassment of a glacier pairing also allows for its rivers and lakes to constantly be fed with fresh water. Respectively named the Lyell Glacier and the Maclure Glacier, they’re the only two that are still left at Yosemite, and both play an essential role in keeping the surrounding ecosystems healthy.

3. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States

Grand Canyon National Park is situated in northern Arizona, but the entirety of the canyon technically stretches across six states: California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. This massive geological phenomenon is visited by millions of people every year, with each visitor hoping to get a premier glimpse at some of nature’s finest handiwork. The Colorado River slices through the Grand Canyon’s rust red–colored gorge, crafting spectacular views that leave guests speechless from nearly 8,000 feet up. Being one of the most iconic national parks in the world, Grand Canyon National Park is a must-see destination for seasoned travelers and novice voyagers alike.

Resource Conservation Meets 21st Century Efficiency

As some of the most beautiful places on Earth, it’s crucial that our civilization does everything it can to protect these national parks for future generations to enjoy. At Actsoft, we take pride in doing our part to keep habitats clean by equipping companies with practical solutions designed to help them conserve time, money, and natural resources all at once.

Features of our digital solutions such as Wireless Forms eliminate any hassles associated with traditional documents like high annual paper costs, risks in losing vital paperwork, and rising amounts of material waste. The average pine tree produces around 80,500 sheets of paper, and if a business has 250 employees who each individually use around five pieces of paper per business day, that can result in the loss of just over four trees on a yearly basis. After multiplying this number of annually used trees by every single 250-person company in the U.S. alone, it’s easy to see how going wireless can slash costs and natural resource consumption drastically. By transitioning your company’s data onto a single electronic system, simplify your information flows, gain enhanced efficiency, and stand as an industry leader in making our planet a cleaner place to live.

GPS Tracking from Actsoft also allows you to better plan your business vehicles’ routes to and from job sites in the field. Strategically routing company vehicles for the most fuel-efficient and money-saving paths to work locations reduces your fleet’s carbon footprint, while also lessening gasoline expenses.

In next Monday’s blog post, we’ll take a more detailed look at how positively contributing to a cleaner world can save your business time and money. In turn, we’ll demonstrate how specific features of Actsoft solutions can greatly assist companies who are looking to achieve all of these things.

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