Productivity

Sometimes social media feels like the thing we’re trying to cope with, and sometimes it feels like the thing that can help us cope. This page offers resources to make social media work for you instead of against you.

The posts here focus on project management, contact management and time management tools and strategies. You’ll find that most of the posts in this category combine established web tools with my own recommended workflow or practices.

4 ways your computer can help you to protect your time

4 ways your computer can help you to protect your time

Feel like email and social media are stealing your time? Great news: your communications technologies can give time back, too.  I’m not talking about productivity boosters or clever ways of getting even more work done in even less time. I’m talking about...
Respecting the billable hour

Respecting the billable hour

Can I have $500? One of the interesting things about being a consultant or entrepreneur is that people ask you for that kind of money all the time. I was reminded of this recently while catching up with a friend who (unlike me) is still involved in the daily work of...
6 web technologies that don’t suck anymore

6 web technologies that don’t suck anymore

If you placed a Skype call in 2003, you might remember the joys of echo-filled connections and dropped calls. The service may not be bullet-proof today, but the improvement is remarkable. What was once a service you use in spite of the glitches is now a service you...
8 browser extensions that will make you more productive

8 browser extensions that will make you more productive

In 2002, Mozilla developed the first version of the code that would ultimately turn into the Firefox browser. There’s a lot to love about Firefox, but to my mind its greatest impact has been the introduction of browser extensibility. It’s now not only...
Search party: 10 tips for better searching on Google and beyond

Search party: 10 tips for better searching on Google and beyond

Once upon a time, before Google became a verb, people used to do this thing called “searching”. Searching was similar to googling, except that instead of getting a list of links to information you wanted, you would get a list of links to information that...
6 ways to beat time zones with technology

6 ways to beat time zones with technology

If you want to pinpoint the moment when the machine takeover officially began, look back to 1982. That’s when Time Magazine named The Computer as its “machine of the year”, the first time the magazine awarded that honor to an object rather than a...
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