Posts Tagged productivity

Ditch your dead tree planner

I used to cart a 12″ by 9″ binder whenever I had to go to work appointments. I got that binder thanks to a Priority Management course a former boss sent me to. (I owe him a thank-you for that.) (The instructor, Andy Sherwood – “Sherwood like

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Inbox Zero tip: prevent spam

When junk mail arrives in your mailbox, do you keep it? If you’re like most people, probably not. Into the recycling bin it goes, moments after you recognize it. For some reason I haven’t yet figured out, many people aren’t as ruthlessly efficient when they receive electronic junk

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Cheaper computers are often more expensive

Computer buyers are like drivers who need to put gas in the tank. Let me explain. There are a few “discount” gas stations near my place. They sell gas for about four cents per litre less than nearby stations. On a typical 30 litre fill-up, that works

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Out with wet ink, in with Acrobat DC

Hiding at the back of the room during an April seminar, I checked e-mail on my iPad. A prospective client had sent me an NDA to sign and date. I opened this Word document using Adobe’s recently released Acrobat Document Cloud (DC), converted it to a PDF,

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Review: Fluidstance Level

Decades ago, I was recovering from a sprained ankle, the second one sustained in as many years on the squash court. A colleague at the software development company where I worked as a technical writer at the time lent me his “wobble board” to speed up my rehabilitation.

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Designing business processes

Do you regularly repeat certain lengthy processes in your business? For instance, do you take the same steps to deliver a certain service to a customer? If you do, you probably know what steps to take when. You might, however, forget a step or two when the process

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Recording interviews using mobile devices

Just when I figured I’d tried every last interview recording technology I could use (and omitted ones I don’t care for anymore – goodbye cassettes), along comes a technology that improves on what I’ve used before. That’s why this series of blog posts on interview recording technology

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Hanging up on the traditional phone system

When Michael Berger and his partners started business law firm Aluvion Law, they deliberately made what might seem a strange omission: the firm has no phones.

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Recording interviews using a smartpen

I’ve used a bunch of technologies to record interviews during my career as a journalist. When I got to thinking about what I’ve tried, six blog posts poured out. This is number five in the series. To recap: I started this series with my seven habits for successfully recording

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Recording interviews via Skype

Journalists are not wanting for technology options when they need to record interviews. That’s why this is the fourth in a series of six posts on the topic. Several weeks ago, I published my seven habits for successfully recording interviews. Then I covered free recording and playback software that’s pre-installed on

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