It has been a while since I wrote about my productivity tools. The last time I wrote about them was in 2010. Things have changed since then, so I think it’s a good time to write about them again. One major change I have made since 2010 is that now I use Mac while at that time I used Windows. Accordingly, some of the apps below are only available on the Mac. I’m sure there is a Windows equivalent for each though. I also use other apps in addition to the ones below, but these are the apps that I consider essential. Without further ado, here are my essential productivity tools (in no particular order):
Note: This post is written by Jane Dizon Waking up is the hardest task of the day. The thought of work, school, or chores, sucks out all your energy. You’re already exhausted just by the thought of it. The idea of procrastinating is likely, and when at home, that’s a formula for those days-when-nothings-gets-done. Fortunately, procrastinating is not a disease. It’s merely a bad habit that can be changed, well, with a good one. To help you start, here are five simple hacks to be productive at home.
Email is essential for most of us. While there are other means of communication (such as instant messaging), email still plays an important role. That’s why you should learn to manage your emails well if you want to be effective. Here I’d like to share with you how I manage my emails. I don’t claim it to be the best way, but I hope it can give you some ideas to improve yours. I will use Gmail as the example (since that’s what I use), but the principles apply to other email services as well. Without further ado, here are my five email management tips:
Note: This is a guest post from Rachael of KitchenCourses.com Eating is a necessity, but cooking doesn’t have to be these days. It’s simple to swing by a drive thru after work to pick up dinner and never really think much about what you’re putting in your body. The truth is that this lifestyle choice isn’t really great for us, and most of us know that. We know we need to make meals that are good for us, but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen when we have a million other things to do each day. Even as someone who loves to cook, I still don’t like to spend hours in the kitchen if I don’t have to. Putting meals together each day doesn’t have to take a ton of time. With a little bit of planning, thoughtful stocking and arrangement of items in your kitchen, a few key ingredients, and some go-to methods, you’ll be able to make meals to be proud of in no time flat. In the spirit of taking baby steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle, here are just a few ways that you can make the most of the time you dedicate to […]
Do you have tasks that you need to do again and again? If you do, how do you make sure that you do them correctly every time? One good solution, as it has been proven in many fields, is to use checklists. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande is full of stories that show how useful checklists are. In fields like building construction, aviation, and medical, the usage of checklists has saved many lives. And in many other fields, it has helped people do things more efficiently and avoid costly mistakes. The reason why checklists are good is simple: it’s easy for us to forget things. When you do something that involve multiple steps, it’s likely that you would forget one or two of them. Using checklists ensures that you won’t forget anything.
Note: This is a guest post from Noah Arobo of Noprobo.com. As a child I was both a bookworm and a TV junkie. I remember the last thing my fourth grade teacher said to me, “Try to leave some books in the library for the other kids.” I had earned my reputation by reading more than any other student in class. Oddly, I spent most of that summer watching TV. Six hours per day in some instances. As an adult I choose to flip pages, not channels. After four years of not watching the tube and two years of not owning one, the empirical evidence is in: My life is better without a TV. Here’s why: 1. TV consumes an enormous amount of time Let’s do the math. According to a 2009 Nielson study, the average amount of time an American spends watching TV is around five hours per day! Five hours!