Posts Tagged productivity

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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Creating tasks using email

An email inbox isn’t the right place to keep track of your to-do list. Don’t believe me? Try it sometime and see if you don’t lose your list among the – what – hundreds? Thousands? of other emails sitting in there too. The consequences? Not doing the

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How to be the master and get the most from your BlackBerry

originally published in The Lawyers Weekly Quick! Before you read this article, go online and find the one-minute demonstration of the BlackBerry Helmet as shown on TV’s The Rick Mercer Report. Now that you’re back, complete this sentence: Rick Mercer is: a very wealthy man once he

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