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In my 6 month check-in documenting my move to Mac, I mentioned some of the general usability issues that I was still experiencing. My last post garnered a lot of comments in response, with some great tips from readers I thought I would share with you. Read more »

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I’ve been working on site one day a week, and I’ve noticed something that differentiates the way I operate compared to my “in-office” colleagues: I see my time differently than they do. And, to be honest, I think it makes me more productive than they are. Read more »

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We’re right in the middle of the holiday season, when the stress starts to accumulate until it reaches a breaking point. Start taking steps today to make some positive changes that will help you manage our stress over the next two or three weeks. Read more »

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The convergence of cloud computing, more empowered employees and on-demand infrastructure is driving adoption of technologies — from workspaces like Box.net, Huddle and Cetnral Desktop to customer-powered support communities like Get Satisfaction — that foster high-impact collaboration and with that, innovation. Read more »

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My favorite Mac clipboard management tool is Jumpcut, an open-source app that makes it easy to rapidly select previously copied items via the keyboard, but if you prefer a more visual, drag ‘n’ drop approach, you should check out Ayluro’s Corkboard. Read more »

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I’ve been using a smartphone for around four years now, and I have a confession to make: I’m fairly sure that during that time, my cellphone usage has, if anything, become far less productive. But with apps, email and Internet access, how could that possibly be? Read more »

Forest

As things get busier and busier, it’s important to work on what counts within your business. If we’re smart, we do this early on, even before things get busy, but if you’re like me, you prefer learning things the hard way. Read more »

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37signals co-founder Jason Fried recently published REWORK, a collection of essays on topics as diverse as progress, productivity, culture, evolution and hiring in modern business. Last month, Fried spoke at TEDxMidwest in Chicago, exploring some of the themes of REWORK in an intriguing fifteen minute talk: Read more »

Mailbox

I hate spending time on email. But for those of us who do most of our work online, we can’t escape it. When was the last time you took a hard look at the emails you send to other people? Are your emails helping or hindering? Read more »

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The folks at Evernote have rolled out version 2.0 of the Android mobile client, a major update that lets premium users keep notebooks on the phone for access without network connectivity. Premium account holders can now download notebooks to the phone for access without the web. Read more »

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The past few months have been filled with dilemmas; I’ve found myself struggling to find solutions to them on occasion. While figuring out how to move forward with something can be frustrating, there are a few strategies I’ve stumbled on to help me get unstuck. Read more »

Robot Man

Last week, I posted some tips for automating boring everyday tasks. However, I feel I should point out that automation’s like a nice wine: you can have too much of a good thing. Here’s a look at some of the things that I don’t automate. Read more »

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You probably find it hard to motivate yourself when you’re feeling under the weather. But even if you’re not sick, low levels of motivation may still be related to health. It turns out that how fit you are can have an effect on your productivity levels. Read more »

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Lately, I’ve been taking a look at many of the tasks that I do on a regular basis and thinking about ways that I can automate them. There are many things that you can do to eliminate routine tasks that don’t require specialist knowledge. Read more »

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At the end of the day, we look at our to-do list list, but there’s one item that didn’t get completed, so we move it to tomorrow’s list, but tomorrow, the same thing happens, and it keeps happening. I call these items a “moving to-do list” Read more »

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A good program launching application is something I’ll use constantly so having it available with a keystroke is critical. When I made the move to Mac, I immediately started looking for a good launcher, and eventually stumbled across Alfred, a free launcher that’s simple yet powerful. Read more »

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If you leave a lot of comments on other people’s blogs, having to fill out your details each time can feel like a chore. easyComment is a Firefox extension that can save time by automatically filling out the required fields in the click of a button. Read more »

Multitasking

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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Recently, I was talking with a client about how to manage multiple, large-scale projects simultaneously, and still make progress on each of them. While it’s not an easy task, I’ve stumbled on a compartmentalization strategy strategy that is helping me do just that. Read more »

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In the past, I’d largely avoided the school of thought that sees the remote freelancer download every new task management/productivity/invoicing app that’s launched. However, my decision this year to leave my Luddite inclinations behind and embrace helpful tools really paid off. Read more »

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Firefox-using “taboholics” may have been enjoying Tab Panorama, a feature introduced in Firefox 4b4 that enables users to arrange their tabs into groups. Chrome-using tab addicts may have been a little envious, but they now have Tab Sugar, an extension that replicates Tab Panorama in Chrome. Read more »

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