Archive for February, 2013
Posted on February 27, 2013 by LJ Earnest
It isn’t often I rave about software. But I found something that has taken my blog reading and made it so easy that I actually look forward to processing all my feeds!
I stumbled upon this after another round of Pocket/Pinboard left me frustrated with my blog reading. I looked in the App Store for “Google Reader” and “Pinboard” and Mr. Reader popped up. I figured it couldn’t be any worse than what I was using, so I plopped down my money and decided to give it a run.
It exceeded all of my expectations.
Posted on February 25, 2013 by LJ Earnest
Having one thing to track is fine. Having dozens at various stages in a process, and having to keep track of where each one is, can be a nightmare.
Today’s productivity tip is a simple thing I have been doing to not lose track of the threads of things moving through a process.
Posted on February 22, 2013 by LJ Earnest
On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings — my open loops — to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles on using guilt to get stuff done, being a Jedi Master of Time, spam from friends, cleaning dry-erase boards and goal setting.
Posted on February 20, 2013 by LJ Earnest
Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the best things you can do for personal productivity is to automate repetitive tasks. If you can do something in one keystroke that before would take you 10, you have just given yourself a 90% boost in efficiency. Text replacing programs, […]
Posted on February 18, 2013 by LJ Earnest
There are many articles out there about how to successfully start your day. Most of them assume that you are chipper and wide awake as soon as your feet hit the floor. In other words, they assume you are a morning person.
I am not a morning person. And I don’t believe that you can necessarily become one. However, that doesn’t mean that non-morning people can’t have successful starts to their days.
Here are ways that we can adapt the morning-person strategies and give us the same advantages for our days.
Posted on February 15, 2013 by LJ Earnest
On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings — my open loops — to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles on getting rid of your land line, washing things in the dishwasher (other than dishes), credit card fees that are being passed on to you, office bullies, opening a chip bag without a scissors, and some odd Valentine’s cards.
Posted on February 13, 2013 by LJ Earnest
As a consultant, how I bill my time is important. And in order to bill properly, I have know calculate properly.
Calculating time can be a pain in the neck. 60 minutes, plus all the increments therein…nothing goes nicely to base 10. In the past I have just resorted to working in quarter hour increments. But even that can get tricky, adding increments up on the calculator.
That’s where Calcloc steps in to fill the breach. Calcloc is a calculator that can handle native time calculations.
Posted on February 11, 2013 by LJ Earnest
These days, everyone seems to have multiple numbers. This can get out of hand, though, especially if you find yourself juggling multiple devices or missing calls.
Here are some suggestions for streamlining the phones: