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Entries from December 2007

Dec 21, 2007

Happy Holidays from LifeClever

We are closing shop for the holidays from now until January 2nd, 2008. We wish everyone a safe, restful, and clever holiday. Thank you for sticking with us, and see you in new year!

Dec 20, 2007

A Modest Proposal: Learn a New Skill This Holiday

I don’t look back on classes or homework or tests with misty-eyed nostalgia. (Actually, I try not to think about school at all, if possible.) But some of my fondest memories are of learning. The perfect mental engagement of figuring out how something works or how to do something new comes more and more infrequently […]

Dec 18, 2007

Unstuck Your Writing With an Email

Dear Reader, I have friends who write effortlessly like superheroes. Crank 500 words in 2 seconds? No problem. Others sweat uncontrollably, hyperventilate, and tremble at the mere thought of writing. If writing stirs a panic attack in you, try this: start with an email. Instead of launching an imposing behemoth like Microsoft Word, call up […]

Dec 13, 2007

How to Achieve Laser Focus and Sustained Flow

Productivity bloggers place a lot of emphasis on granularity. According to accepted wisdom, if a task squats on your list for a while, you probably haven’t sliced and diced it enough. Solution: Start carving until you’re left with a “next action” that you can effortlessly knock off in 10 minutes flat. But some tasks simply […]

Dec 12, 2007

What’s Your Morning Ritual?

In the movies, people wake up to happy birds chirping and the sweet smells of coffee brewing. In fantasyland, everyone is a perky morning person. I’m not. Far from the picturesque cereal commercial, my mornings are a blur. Get up, feed the kitties, bathroom, shower, dress, get to the bus. All in 30 minutes. No […]

Dec 10, 2007

How to See the Future with Netvibes

Let’s review the basics: Events go on your calendar. Tasks go on your to-do list. These two tools are the Batman and Boy Wonder of nitty-gritty productivity, but what about the long view? Visualizing the Big Picture In the world of publishing, we divide each year into three seasons: Winter (January through April), Spring/Summer (May […]

Dec 5, 2007

Cull Your Task List Ruthlessly

I came to a realization yesterday. It’s something I’d understood on one level or another for a long time, but this was the first time I’d articulated in a way that really sank in: I create new tasks faster than I could ever accomplish them. Coming to this realization gave me a tremendous sense of […]

Dec 5, 2007

Why Rejection is Good for You (and Me)

For the past year, I’ve been anxiously anticipating the relaunch of Macworld’s website. I had completed the design in 2006, but after a year, the site curiously had not changed… Until this week. On Monday, Macworld launched a beta version of their spanking new site. For readers, it was an early holiday present. For me, […]

Dec 4, 2007

Forge Ten Great Habits for the New Year (But Start Today, and Stop Calling Them Habits!)

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be inundated with TV news segments, magazine articles, and (yes) blog posts about New Year’s Resolutions. Usually, these resolutions take a negative approach: break your smoking habit, stop eating sweets, quit being so lazy and unmotivated and get to the gym already. Ugh. Usually, “resolutions” are just an excuse […]