9 Effective Habits of People Who Get Things Done

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
9 Effective Habits of People Who Get Things Done

No matter what you throw at them, some people seem to have the super-human ability to get things done. Not only that, they get it done fast! How do they do that when you’re struggling to find your energy from day to day? The good news is – there is no super human powers involved. Instead, just some simple habits that you too can cultivate quickly. 1. Eat Well You are already aware that getting things done requires energy. Thankfully, you can be in complete control of this. Cut out sugar laden food. Learn to choose and enjoy healthful, balanced meals. And get plenty of water. You’ll feel a big difference immediately, helps you be more alert, focused and able to get through your to-do list faster and precisely. 2. Shut The Door If your home office is in a room, make liberal use of the door. Make it clear to your family, when the door is closed, you are not to be disturbed – at all. Unplug the phone, silence your cell phone. Consider a do-not-disturb sign. If you don’t have the luxury of a home office, consider a noise reduction earmuff and tell your family when these headphones

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NoiseHush Clip-on Bluetooth

My learning library is overflowing with videos, audios, audiobooks and more. The need to consume knowledge is real but who has time to sit around to watch and listen? It’s no secret. I leverage my workout time to gain back hours of my day. I’m still doing it. This is how I consume Coach Glue’s Sticky Passive Income course. It’s worked very well. What has not worked out well, is the hardware. You see, I have wired headsets. If you’ve ever done this yourself, you know it’s super easy to catch your hand on the cord while you’re walking or running. Thankfully I have not broken the iPad nor hurt myself all this time. I’ve been looking for the perfect wireless headset for a long time but they are either too expensive or just not very good. The answer came to me one day not in the form of a headset (surprise!) but a dongle, by NoiseHush. This device is a tiny thing – see picture below. It is bluetooth. That means, I first have to set it up to connect to the iPad. You can also connect to the iPhone, or Android device. Once connected, plug in your favorite headset into

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9 Facebook Productivity Hacks You Don’t Know About

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
9 Facebook Hacks You Don't Know About

Doesn’t Facebook and productivity sound like an oxymoron? Most people don’t go to Facebook to be productive. As us who are in business, the mere mention of Facebook sometimes mean hours of time suck with little or no rewards. Ah, but I beg to differ! Like the in real life, Facebook is about the company you keep. I’m in a few high quality groups where excellent resources are shared on a daily basis. Some help me hone my coding skills and others have information I would like to return to for a later project. There’s certainly some good stuff on Facebook and it can also be a time suck. Here are some things I’ve discovered to help me do, get in and out quickly until I’m ready to unwind. Bookmarking Posts Facebook doesn’t have a favorite or bookmark feature but guess what? Each post has its own URL. That means you can bookmark it. On the post you’d like to save, look for the date it was posted or how many hours ago the post was published. This is usually on the top right next to the photo. Click that and it’ll be taken to a page displaying this post and its

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How Location-based Notes Make You Efficient

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Location Based Notes in Evernote

Ever seen a store you want to go back to but never remember where it is? Quick tip: Next time you are at that location, make a note of it in Evernote. In my case, it wasn’t a store. Like most people, there are things around the office and home we no longer use. Since they are in good condition, donating these items would be a good thing overall. There are donation drop boxes all over our area. You see them all the time when you’re out and about. That’s why it never occurred to me, I’d not be able to find one when I needed to. Murphy’s Law always proves me wrong. One day, I had packed my truck full with items to donate but could not find one where I thought it was. I rode around town looking too, without luck. That’s when it struck me. Next time I see one of those boxes, just take a snapshot and save its location into Evernote. This way, I can also write a note about the item and tag them to be easily found. When you create location based notes, Evernote can show you where those notes are made on a

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Evernote For Remembering Key Web Design Details

Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Photo by missyredboots@morguefile

Years ago, I worked for a paint company as marketing exec. In my office is a huge blue binder packed with nothing but corporate representation design details. It had a page detailing how the logo should be drawn, the height to width ratio and how it should be represented in black and white and color. On another page, there were Pantone and CMYK color codes for print. The web wasn’t big yet then or I’m sure they’d include that. Following that page, there were also more pages with perforated cards with color on one side and color codes on the other. You were supposed to tear these out to give to anyone you work with – printers, ad agencies, gift item people, t-shirt printers. And of course, being a paint company we even had pieces of metal painted in corporate colors with the exact mix to enter in the color mixing machine. I. LOVED. THIS. BINDER! It was my to go for everything and made my job so much easier. When I started designing websites, I quickly discovered key things that are always needed when working on a site such as… General opt-in form code Logo color codes Key website

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How To Make Youtube Faster

Monday, August 12th, 2013

During our productivity hangout, and an earlier post about health, I talked about how listening to podcasts at 1.5x to 2x speeds made me skinnier, healthier and a whole lot smarter. Personally, I enjoy the benefits of the acquired knowledge much more than the weight loss but the latter certainly helps boost confidence. Enough of that and let’s get on to the meat. Usually, playing Youtube videos are never an issue because I have a nifty app on the iPad it is called Swift Player. I can easily download or bookmark any video (or audio) on the Internet, even those purchased and locked behind membership sites into the app then play them at double speeds. However, once in a blue moon, I find myself on the computer and need to watch these videos quickly. It seems to me like the old Youtube used to have the option to have an option but it isn’t there anymore. With HTML5 all the rage, there has got to be a way. Then I found the secret link to turn it on. Here are the steps you need to make Youtube faster: 1. Visit the Youtube HTML5 Trial page. 2. Click the Join HTML5

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Tiny Steps

We all have humongous projects that make us cringe and prefer to shove aside. “It’s just too large to think about now.” We keep saying that everyday and before you know it, months or years have passed. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. Ask any doer and they will tell you, all you need to do is chunk it down. That’s how you eat an elephant, one bite at a time. Break the project up into small steps. That is perfectly sound advice but I think it needs to go deeper. It needs to be broken down – ironically. Here’s what I mean. My coach advised me to create videos for each product on a site. My immediate reaction was OK! I can do that. However, when I sat down to do it, I realized I had 12 of them to do and if you’ve ever created videos you know it’s not something you can whip up in 5 minutes. You need to script it, get your copy down pat if you are selling something, then you rehearse. You prepare your materials – slides if you are going that route. Even if you do a talking head video, you have

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wallpaper-demo

Does it ever feel like each time you sit down at your computer, to get some serious work done, you can’t figure out where you saved a file that you need? When you find it – after too much time searching – your mind goes blank and you have to start psyching yourself up again. Ugh! So frustrating. My husband unfortunately, suffers from this very dilemma. Lest someone think I’m picking on him, It was him who asked for help so we’re good. In observing his computing style, I realized he’s the type who organizes (or tries to) from the desktop. Naturally, he’s looking at the desktop pretty regularly but doesn’t have a good system. After a little bit of brainstorming, I figured out the perfect tool. A desktop wallpaper. Yes, seriously. While there are many productivity geared wallpapers all over the Internet, I thought he needed something more specific. After spending a few minutes in Photoshop, the result is this wallpaper. We’re not quite done tweaking it, which is one reason why there is ample room to add other points of organization as we go. For now, it is a good start and a huge improvement over the previous

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ScreenSteps

When you first begin outsourcing, one of the most intimidating things to do is showing people to do what you want to do your way. To achieve that, there’s nothing better than documenting your process. Having documented a lot of things for helpers, students and even as blog content, I know full well creating textual documentation with screen shots has its challenges. It takes many, many steps, tediously switching between the browser, the screen capture tool and the word processor to get it done. I’ve often wanted to give up documenting a process because it’s just too painful until I came across ScreenSteps desktop. What made me want to download it was its ability to connect and publish to websites like WordPress. This is perfect because much of the documentation I write is put up on this blog or in a closed private area powered by WordPress. How ScreenSteps Work You can create lessons or manuals. Manuals are a collection of lessons. You start by creating a step in the lesson or by capturing the screenshot. Where it saves you a ton of time is this – captured screenshots are immediately added to the step. From there, you can add annotations all

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5 Things To Work On Without The Internet

Monday, September 17th, 2012
Cut Internet cable

When your business is all done online, sometimes it seems like you can’t hardly progress when you experience an Internet outage, but if you think about it, there’s plenty of work left to do. Here are five areas you can work on. Write! I often hear people say, they don’t have trouble coming up with blog ideas, they just don’t have the time to write it. No time better than when the Internet (or power) is out. Nobody says you have to write on your blog. Blog posts aren’t the only thing you could write. Emails, autoresponders, re-print articles, articles for affiliates and tweets can all be done offline. If you need to research a point, put a note there and work on the other points. Come back to them later when you do have access. Plan Have a new project in view or a new goal to hit? Now’s a good time to work out all the details of your project and make a plan to work it. Identify who can help you, and who you can work with. Brain Dump Maybe you aren’t the most organized and are rather overwhelmed with the day to day, simply going through

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