Someone noticed that I was now on Twitter and said: "How can you be productive on Twitter?" My simple answer: "If I want to have Twittered, then it’s productive!" I wasn’t trying to be facetious. The truth is, if you’re taking a vacation to relax and you don’t relax, then it’s an unproductive vacation.
Productive capacity is different than what you’re actually producing. The way I think about it is that it’s the amount of productivity that you’re capable of in a given amount of time. Of course, many different things affect you’re ability to be productive, so there’s often time a bit of difference between productive capacity and productivity.
If you live in the US and haven’t owned a house in the last 3 years, the government will give you up to $8,000 if you buy one in 2009. The money is a refundable tax credit, which means you get it even if you owe no taxes in 2009. This shouldn’t be your only reason to buy, but it is worth keeping in mind.
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For the paper lovers out there, here’s a nice resource for gridded paper. Free downloads abound.
The four hour work week is a myth and a lie. Not only is it highly implausible, but if you ever do achieve a four hour work week, you’ll probably want to get rid of it.
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Tudumo is pretty flexible as a to-do list manager: it doesn’t constrain you to the GTD model. Indeed, in the documentation you’ll see that Tudumo’s goal “is not to exhaustively represent all areas of GTD, but rather to create an enjoyable and effective day-to-day experience that includes some GTD concepts.” This suits me perfectly as my own system is based around GTD, but doesn’t follow it too religiously.
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I’ve been a GrandCentral user for well over a year now, but Google Voice adds two key components that complete the must-have feature puzzle: voicemail transcription and SMS. Now that I can read (read!!) my voicemail and you can text message my Google Voice number, I’m making it my primary phone number. Alongside its awesome filters, Google Voice is essentially the Gmail of voicemail and phonecalls.
Think 50% friend-finder, 30% social cityguide, 20% nightlife game. Wanted to build something that not only helps you keep up with your friends, but exposes you to new things in and challenges you to explore cities in different ways.
Foursquare is essentially a re-envisioning of Dodgeball, Twitter’s precursor and a cult phenomenon until GoogleGoogle reviews left it for dead, and actually hails from one of the guys that worked to build that app. Foursquare, which offers an iPhone app or mobile browser experience, works by letting you tell the app where you are and then lets your friends know where to find you. All you need to do is check-in via SMS (text to 50500) or mobile app.
As a long time Gmail user I fell into the trap of trying to make it jump through hoops (with lame grease monkey scripts, etc.) and meet all my needs…but in the end I found out that for me it’s most productive use was just as a web based email client.
While my search for the perfect Windows Getting Things Done (GTD) app continues, I’m resorting to using Gmail Tasks as an interim measure. While it’s not perfect — it’s nowhere near fully-featured enough for me — Google’s addition, last week, of the ability to move tasks between lists was definitely a step in the right direction for GTDers. You could use Tasks for GTD before, but moving actions between lists was painful, as you had to manually copy and paste the tasks
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The whole trying to make square pegs fit into round round holes side of the productivity cult isn’t really working for me at the moment.
Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.
This succinct set of workday guidelines is a nice blueprint for getting productive on the important stuff and ruthless about cutting the c**p
Google Voice is led by GrandCentral’s co-founder Craig Walker and the newly packaged service provides an upgraded version of the original concept. Subscribers will receive a new ten-digit phone number that will link all your phone various numbers which will then ring simultaneously, home, cell and work, you name it.The idea being that from now on you will avoid the irritating voicemail phone tag game. Google Voice will also allow you to make calls for free to anywhere in the US and it will offer far cheaper rates for international calls, which is likely to threaten Skype’s VoIP domination.
I set uTodo up with a few projects and some actions. One of the first things that I noticed was that while uTodo is very keyboard-friendly, unfortunately it doesn’t have a global hotkey, like Things and ThinkingRock do. I like being able to add tasks to my task inbox whenever a thought strikes with one key press, without having to open up or switch to my GTD app and enter it. Having to switch apps does tend to break up your flow.
Staction’s interface is very Twitter-ish. It’s comprised of two columns: the main one is your stream of user generated updates (on the left) and the other is data you’ve created such as projects, tasks, users etc. (on the right).
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Evernote has updated its Mac version, adding support for Growl, Safari, note merging, and gobs of performance and usability improvements.
Interesting concept…using shame to get your work done.
TrackDailyGoals is a site that hooks into Twitter to allow users to track their daily goals. The theory behind the service is rooted in accountability, that “publicly” committing to complete your tasks will be incentive enough to complete them in time.
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Don’t know because I haven’t tried it yet…but it sure sounds cool.
Yugma SE is a plug-in for Windows- or Mac-based Skype users, and is available for free here. Like the standard Yugma application, it allows Skype users to share their desktops with each other during Skype sessions. Users can sign into the plug-in with their Skype names, and up to 20 participants can collaborate at one time for free. (Yugma itself went from a maximum of 10 to 20 participants recently.)
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