The irony isn’t lost on me that in scouring my Evernote for a particular article that I saved, I came across a gem of an article that a client sent to me in 2013 that I had never shared on how when we save too much, what’s truly save-worthy gets shadowed by what’s not.Read More
You may have gathered by now that I keep absolutely every piece of information in Evernote. That is true for all but one category: books to read. My Pinterest account slightly predates my Evernote account.Read More
It seems the norm these days to have an inbox that is weighed down with thousands of emails. With that also comes the expectation that it will always be that way, barring any impulse to blindly delete it all. In my line of work, I’ve come to believe that drastic change is possible, but was still floored when a few weeks ago I received this comment on one of my old videos, Fast Tip for Email Inbox Clean-Up:Read More
The folks at Gmail have put quite a bit of effort into corralling data on email styles and replies.Their findings cover everything from subject lines, questions, send times, email length, and even emotion in emails - all to teach us how to receive quicker and better replies.Read More
Keeping tabs on my newsletter subscribers list is pretty uneventful, though this past week something jumped out at me in a sea of email lists. One smart subscriber had entered their Evernote email address instead of their personal email address! Brilliant!Read More
When I teach time management and productivity to groups I always poll the room to see when throughout the day people think they operate at their peak. On average, 9 out of 10 say morning. I’d choose morning, too, but have always wondered a few things about this: - Do I think my magic hours are in the morning because this is what the studies show?Read More
This week my digital organizing advice appeared in a very comprehensive post on MarthaStewart.com: 10 Housekeeping Tips to Declutter Your Digital Life. As I was compiling all of my ideas for the article, I wondered why I had never written a post like this for my own blog! Here you’ll learn how to:Read More
Digital Organizer friend Lilli Weisz of www.simplified.life recently reminded me of the effectiveness of using DMAChoice.org to eliminate junk mail! I had completely forgotten that I entered my information on their site years ago and absolutely noticed a decrease in junk mail in the weeks to follow and even to this day.Read More
I’m a real stickler for recycling electronics. Even if it’s just a single cord, into the trunk it goes for the next time I’m driving by Best Buy - they take accept electronics at their customer service desk for free recycling. A client recently sent me this comprehensive New York Times article, giving an exhaustive list of electronics recycling resources. It was news to me that Amazon accepts many broken gadgets and gives you Amazon credit in return. It couldn’t have been easier to print their prepaid shipping label and get $5 credit in return! Read The New York Times' How to Sell or Recycle Old Electronics.
You’re not going to like this. Read New York Times article Where Do Old Cell Phones Go To Die. As of now, seems like the only power we have over the harmful fate of our cell phones is to resist the next upgrade for as long as possible.
By now the original Story of Stuff video has been circling the internet for eight years. This brilliant, graphically clear, easy to watch manifesto against clutter and consumerism has a cousin video, The Story of Electronics. This eye-opening 7 minute watch reveals the dark and harmful destiny of our gadgets. Though disheartening, we should still recycle every little thing we can, but the best way to create a different ending to our gadgets’ stories is simply to buy less & upgrade less.
Texture (formerly Next Issue) is the Netflix and Kindle of magazines. If you like the smell and touch of a glossy magazine in your hands, it’s not for you. If you don’t like the coffee table clutter and waste of magazines, it is for you. Here’s how it’s like Netflix though: for a monthly subscription of $9.99 you get unlimited access to a full buffet monthly magazines such as Bon Appétit, Vogue and Dwell on 5 devices. Learn more about Texture at www.texture.com. Is a clear coffee table and and newsstand of magazines in your pocket worth it to you? Please share in the comments below!
Speaking of Chrome extensions, the same client who used the Jot app also shared with me the Pomodone App, also a productivity Chrome extension. Subscribers and clients know that the Pomodoro Technique is my lifesaver productivity technique, focusing your work into 25 minute spurts. Pomodone works in any browser, but the Chrome extension allows you to create tasks directly from your browser.
I noticed my client’s productivity inspired home page, and had to ask. She was using Jot, a Chrome extension that keeps your to dos front and center, creating a simple default home page with a short to do list atop a calm image. She admits that the to dos aren’t exactly getting done any quicker, but hey, any amount of effort is a step in the right direction! Knowing that this would be the case with my clients (and me), I think Jot would work well for listing daily chores, rituals, and good habit reminders! Learn more about Jot here.
Do you also proclaim yourself to be the world’s slowest reader? If so, we need to have a slow-reading-off, then get friendly with the Sprint speed reading app. Access articles and pdfs via the app, and it flashes words on the screen at a pre-set words per minute rate, helping you to up your rate. You have to take it for a quick test run on their site to see how well it works. Raise your hand and share in the comments below if you’re going to try this, or if you have any other tips for speed reading.
I use 1Password to keep all of my passwords safe and accessible. In addition to that, it would be a good idea to take the advice in this Pure Wow article to concoct easily rememberable, secure passwords. No longer will you have to use the same password for all of your sites, or create complicated or utterly forgettable passwords.
Do you keep magazines just because they have one good article? If not, do you tear out articles or design pages only to have an "articles to read" or "design articles" folder? Or worse, do these articles pile up in all corners of your bag, office, and home? I avoid this with Evernote. Last week I saw a stunning home in Architectural Digest that I just had to share with a friend. I pdf'd it with my phone via Genius Scan (though I could have just as easily jpeg'd it with the Evernote app), saved it to Evernote, sent it to my friend, and ditched the magazine. Next time my friend and I need (and I don't use the word "need" lightly) I can just look it up in Evernote, rending the colorful page much more useful than if they were stuffed in a bag. View the very colorful note here.