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One of my favorite things about Ignite events is that anyone, anywhere can organize one. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Ignite, it’s an event with a unique format: Presenters each get five minutes to present 20 slides; their slides auto-advance every 15 seconds. Read more »


Multitasking is a bit of a misnomer, since our brains really aren’t capable of doing more than one thing at a time. We think we’re doing multiple things at once, but we are really just switching between several activities quickly. Read more »

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More efficient use of our RSS readers can have a big impact on our overall productivity. As Google Reader is one of the more widely-used RSS readers, I thought it would be a good idea to share some tips for getting the most out of it. Read more »

Reduce Reuse Recycle

Think about how many times you’ve answered a similar question over the past year. Those 15 minutes minutes start to add up really quickly when you multiply them out across dozens of requests. That’s where reducing, reusing and recycling your work can have huge productivity benefits. Read more »


Online community management careers are particularly well-suited to web working, since it’s possible to manage an online community from any location with a stable Internet connection. I thought it would be fun to take a look at a day in my life as a community manager. Read more »

While everyone experiences job-related stress at one time or another, those of us who work online have a different type of stress. We trade stressful office environments for the stress that results from spending too many hours in front of the computer with little human interaction. Read more »

The biggest problem with information overload for most people is that it is cumulative and it comes in from a variety of sources. The source that people think about when you mention information overload is the huge amount of content that we consume online. Read more »

Last week, I gave some tips for managing information overload, primarily with a focus on dealing with email overload. I wanted to follow up this week with a few more suggestions for dealing with the information overload that results from participation in social media. Read more »

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The reality for anyone who does most of their work online is that information is endless, and keeping up with the most important information without becoming overwhelmed can be quite a challenge. Read more »

It is fascinating to watch how people behave during conferences in ways that either help or hinder their productivity. It is important to find ways to make the most out of our time at the event, while still getting other work done and remaining productive. Read more »

Working from home has many advantages. I have an office with a door and a window, a fully stocked kitchen with all of my favorite foods and a much shorter commute involving a few stairs and no traffic. However, I don’t have co-workers hanging around where […] Read more »

The weather here in Portland is just starting to turn from cloudy and chilly springtime into our beautiful, warm summer days. I plan to take full advantage of it while still kicking butt at work. There are plenty of ways that we can enjoy the summer: Read more »

I should admit to a dirty little secret: I’m a productivity junkie. I get an enormous amount of pleasure out of finding faster and more efficient ways to accomplish everyday tasks; I love to find better ways to gather and process information more quickly. Read more »

Great companies make it easy for employees to do their jobs, whether they have a cubicle in the corporate headquarters, work out of a remote office or work from their home. By giving everyone remote participation options, you make everyone more productive. Read more »

I’m one of those people who takes advantage of telecommuting and flexible work hours to make sure that I am as productive as possible. I’ve managed to find a pretty good balance between work and life by making adjustments to the typical 9-to-5 day. Read more »

While corporations can learn from web workers, I think that the reverse is also true. As someone who has worked recently on both sides of the fence, I thought it would be interesting to think about what web workers can learn from corporations. Read more »

Not everyone that we need to work with wants to have to learn a new tool in order to collaborate with us online. Sometimes simple “old school” tools, like IRC and mailing lists, can work just as well as, if not better than, the new tools. Read more »

Since my post last week talked about how to manage your boss while working remotely, I thought that it was only fair to provide managers with some tips for managing those employees in other locations — something that I’m about to start doing again. Read more »

One of the biggest challenges of corporate web working is being able to demonstrate that you are at least as productive while working at home or in a remote office as you would be sitting in a cubicle where everyone can see you at work. Read more »

I love SXSW it because I always get a chance to have interesting conversations and hang out with really smart people. However, SXSW can be a little overwhelming, so I thought that I would share a few of my tips for enjoying your experience at SXSW. Read more »

There are a number of downsides associated with freelancing, which is why I’ve made the decision to go back to a full-time corporate job as a community manager. I’ll still be a web worker, but I’ll be doing it as a full-time employee. Read more »

When was the last time you backed up all of that precious data you carry around on your laptop or have stored away on the desktop? What if your house or office burned down — would your backups go up in flames, too? Read more »

Watching Google Buzz roll out was like watching a train wreck. It was terrible, but I couldn’t quite look away either. Anyone watching my Twitter stream when Google Buzz was first announced knows that I was really unhappy with the initial implementation: Read more »

Lately, I’ve been hearing too many people talk about what people must do. If you start a blog, you must post three or four times every week. Your company must engage in conversations on . Everyone must have a newsletter. Read more »

Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but I have a little problem with my task list. About a week ago, I noticed that my task list had this distribution for prioritization: 90 percent “highest,” 4 percent “high,” 1 percent” normal,” and no tasks at all at the “low” and “lowest” priorities. Read more »

Today is the first annual Community Manager Appreciation Day, and it’s about time! Community management is one of those web worker roles that can be done from almost anywhere, and many of you are community managers in some form. Read more »

Very few things in life come without any risk, and most of the really interesting things have a proportionally high risk associated with them. Being a web worker, for example, comes with significant risk, whether you are on your own as a freelancer, or working in a corporate […] Read more »

We’ve all experienced times of boredom in our work. Maybe you’ve been doing the same work for too long, whether it’s a corporate job or just the same types of client projects over a long period of time. Whether you are a freelancer working on client […] Read more »

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about the personal, professional and private information we share online, especially in light of all of the recent discussions about the changes to Facebook’s privacy policy. I actually believe that online privacy is more of an illusion than […] Read more »

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