Posts Tagged productivity

Recording interviews using a digital voice recorder

A couple of weeks ago, I published my seven habits for successfully recording interviews. Last week, I covered free recording and playback software that’s pre-installed on most computers, or that can be downloaded for free. This week I’ll review my digital voice recorder. This pocket-sized gadget is what many journalists think to

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Recording interviews using QuickTime

Last week I went over my seven habits of recording interviews. Other journalists thanked me for this, and a few want to know what technology I use. I’m going to explain what I have used multiple times in a series of blog posts. Today, I’ll go over options that many journalists don’t even

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Seven habits for recording interviews

As a journalist, I regularly record my interviews (with the interviewee’s knowledge and permission, of course). I’ve used several audio recording technologies over the years. Thinking through them all, I’ve come up with five that have proven dependable, if not always outstanding. They range from free to mid-range

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My favourite productivity tips, tools and strategies

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, fellow freelancer Jane Langille and I will deliver a panel discussion on Enhancing Productivity: Tips, Tools, and Strategies to the Toronto chapter of the Editors Association of Canada. To prepare for my portion of this event, I drew up a quick mind map to

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Effectively filtering junk mail

Many people mark messages as junk in their email software (Outlook, Mac Mail, Thunderbird and so forth), then wonder why messages from addresses marked as “spam” continue to land in their computers.

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The best web browser home screen, bar none

Web browsing can be the bane of my productivity. There. I wrote it. Actually, I did write it once before, in this blog post about RescueTime. I recently figured out another way to use RescueTime to boost my productivity, and it’s so simple I can’t believe I

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Rescuing my time

I won’t say I get distracted too much during the workday, but I’d like to know how productive I am without having to manually track my time. So for the past few months, I’ve been using RescueTime. In essence, RescueTime tallies the time you spend using specific

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Keep time with a tomato

Decades ago, an Italian fellow decided he needed to better focus on his studies. So he started setting a tomato-shaped kitchen timer for 25-minute intervals and promised himself he would not let himself get distracted until the timer rang.

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Creating address book entries using email

An email inbox isn’t the right place to keep track of your contact information. Don’t believe me? Try it sometime and see if you don’t lose people’s phone numbers and email addresses among the – what – hundreds? Thousands? of other emails sitting in there too. The

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Creating calendar entries using email

An email inbox isn’t the right place to keep track of your meetings, events and social gatherings. Don’t believe me? Try it sometime and see if you don’t lose your calendar invitations among the – what – hundreds? Thousands? of other emails sitting in there too. The

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