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Entries about productivity

Mar 18, 2008

How to Reclaim Your Productivity Mojo in 3 Days

This is a guest post by Mike St. Pierre of The Daily Saint There are plenty of suggestions for the average Joe who is stuck in a rut but wants to get back into shape. In fact, the “diet wars” as proclaimed by PBS and a myriad of other media outlets constitute a multi-billion dollar […]

Mar 13, 2008

You Eat Too Much!, or How to Stop Worrying and Love Your Job

For most of the people who read this blog, saying yes is easy. The bright, driven folk who read Lifeclever do so in part because they feel overwhelmed by their workload. No slackers in this bunch”at least, few normal people would call one of us a slacker, although I’m sure we sometimes think of ourselves […]

Feb 4, 2008

The Task Tarot

Divination is the art of foretelling the future through the interpretation of seemingly random signs. For instance, hieromancy is the art of divination using animal entrails. (I’ll leave it up to you to figure out what kind of entrails are involved in anthropomancy.) Clearly, ancient peoples had even more anxiety about how they were going […]

Jan 16, 2008

The Grain of Salt

If you read productivity blogs and self-help books regularly, you’ve probably gotten something useful out of them. Maybe you’ve gotten rid of some bad habits, or organized your desk (and kept it that way). Maybe you lost weight, or quit smoking, or developed a better relationship with your spouse. On the other hand, you’ve almost […]

Nov 6, 2007

A hopeful Quicksilver alternative for Windows

Windows users who are jealous of Quicksilver’s might on the Mac now have a glimmer of hope in Skylight. Like Quicksilver, Skylight is an automation utility that lets you launch applications, find files, and execute actions with a quick series of keystrokes.

Oct 16, 2007

How to divorce your laptop

I’ve recently had two posts published on Merlin Mann’s 43 Folders. The first is a confession and plea about my own laptop addiction. The second is a follow-up post and presents my five favorite tips for divorcing your laptop. Check them out: **Laptops: A blessing or a curse?** “When I got my first laptop, I […]

Oct 4, 2007

How to Unschedule your work and enjoy guilt-free play

I’m a very very bad person. Why? Because I procrastinate. I put things off, leave them to the last minute, or simply never finish them. To beat these lazy habits, I’m reluctantly reading Neil Fiore’s The Now Habit. I still haven’t finished it after three months, but I have hope. (I have 40 pages left.) […]

Aug 31, 2007

7 great benefits of taking a vacation, and how to do it

Summer’s almost over. Have you taken a vacation yet? If you haven’t, will you? Acccording to a 2006 survey by Harris Interaction and Expedia, 36 percent of workers don’t plan to use all their paid vacation days, and 37 percent never take more than a week off at a time. So to convince you to […]

Aug 28, 2007

Jason Fried: Working closely together ain’t productive

In a recent interview, Jason Fried from 37 Signals tells us why working closely together destroys productivity. Proximity is an invitation to interrupt somebody. And interruption is the biggest enemy of productivity that there is. When everyone is sitting together, everyone’s at the same desk or nearby. It’s really easy to shout something over to […]

Aug 20, 2007

5 simple steps to greater productivity

Editor’s Note: I’ve been a fan of Glenn Wolsey, a young up-and-coming blogger for quite some time. I’m still amazed he’s 15 years old! I’ve asked Glenn to contribute a guest post to this fine blog. And here he is with his five favorite productivity tips. Get even more juicy tips & tricks via our […]

Aug 16, 2007

How to quickly rename a zillion files

Ever had to rename a bunch of files one by one? It’s tedious, time-draining, and soul-sucking. Next time, use Renamer4Mac. This powerful utility lets you rename any number of files or folders at once. Features include all sorts of naming voodoo: search & replace, insert & overwrite, enumeration, and capitalization. Advanced geeks can rejoice, because […]

Jul 18, 2007

10 virtually painless ways to kill distractions

Are you spending more time dealing with emails, IMs, phone calls, and random stray files than actually working? You might think those things are just a fact of working in a fast-paced world. But it’s not. Reducing and eliminating pesky distractions isn’t a feat, and you don’t need a 12-step program. Here are ten actions […]

Jun 27, 2007

Two new interviews with yours truly

Two blogs recently interviewed me about my own productivity and money management habits. These are my very first interviews as a blogger, so I thought I’d share them with you: The first interview is with Noah Kagan on Mint, a soon-to-launch personal finance tool. Find out about my current financial strategy, what tools I use […]

Jun 26, 2007

15 ways to maximize your lunch hour

In our obsession with productivity, you might think this article is about how to multi-task and use your lunch hour to work more efficiently. It’s not. In fact, your lunch hour should be the least “productive” moment in your day. Lunch is a micro-vacation from work. It should be relaxed, pleasurable, and enjoyable. If your […]

Jun 20, 2007

10 tips for beating blogger's block

You’ve been there. You sit down, ready to write the next killer blog post, only to have your mind go totally blank. Then, your brain clutters up with fluffy thoughts of melted chocolate, lust-inducing iPhones, and unicorns. (Or is that just me?) Even if you don’t blog, you know the agony and frustration of losing […]

May 11, 2007

A better way to tame your buddy list

Is your buddy list still out of control? In our debut post, we recommended grouping your buddies by how often you chat with them. Just split your buddies into three groups: Frequent, Occasional, and Rare. Interaction designer Joshua Kaufman liked our idea but favors a better way. Instead of frequency, Joshua divides his buddies by […]