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How Single-Tasking Boosts Your Productivity

How Single-Tasking Boosts Your Productivity | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Overwhelmed and in need of an attention-overhaul? Might be time to approach your workflow in a new way.
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Ken's Key Takeaway: there is a funny video tucked inside this great article which I originally found via Susan Cain and Adam Grant.
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Fifteen student apps to help you hack college

Fifteen student apps to help you hack college | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

"For college students, academic lives can be exhausting, expensive, and demanding. Today there are few assurances that they can even get a job once surviving this gauntlet. Bottom line: getting through college can be tough ..."


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20 Indispensable Gmail Calendar Hacks for 2015 - CPC Strategy

20 Indispensable Gmail Calendar Hacks for 2015 - CPC Strategy | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
I spend If you’re anything like me, you’ll quickly find your Gmail calendar full to the brim with appointments, meetings, conference calls and anything and everything in between. And as those build up, sorting through them and staying on track can get... > Read More
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Secrets From The CEO Who Achieves Inbox Zero Every Day

Secrets From The CEO Who Achieves Inbox Zero Every Day | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
What if Inbox Zero weren't a "someday" myth, but a daily reality? How this CEO manages to read every email and still get his work done.
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This busy CEO gets through all of his emails efficiently in one day without outsourcing and with less stress. You can too.  

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Asian Efficiency: Time Management and Productivity

Asian Efficiency: Time Management and Productivity | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Blog post at Asian Efficiency - Time Management and Productivity : Time management, efficiency and productivity are some of those things that aren't taught or really even considered in modern-day business an[..]
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How To Run The Best Day Possible

How To Run The Best Day Possible | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
How much of your business day is spent focused on the things that really matter? Almost a decade ago, I came across the thinking of Dan Sullivan (also known as The Strategic Coach). Those who know the infamous Strategic Coach...
Ken Morrison's insight:

I am sharing this for two reasons

1) Mitch Joel always makes me think and I want to share his website with you

2) This is a great framework for how to have your best day so far this week.

 

Good luck

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The Way I Work: David Karp of Tumblr

The Way I Work: David Karp of Tumblr | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
As a kid, David Karp, the founder of Tumblr, taught himself to code and dropped out of high school. Now 24 years old, Karp runs his company his way—and refuses to keep a schedule.
Ken Morrison's insight:

Some productivity tips and insight of How 25-year-old Tublr founder David Karp runs his day.  It won't work for everyone!!!

 

-He hates meetings and doesn't like schedules or meetings

-But he eats with his team most days

-He feels that appointments kill creativity flow.

-He takes advantage of a short commute to work

-He is a strong believer in email filters

-He prefers to not respond to most email to 'train' people to only send emails when really needed

-He is a big note-taker and has his own system

-With releasing updates in stages, he does it is small incriments at times when there is low traffitc.

-He isn't afraid of trying something and throwing it away if the users don't use it

-He prefers tea to coffee

-He works late until 8pm or 9pm and takes out other workers who are working late that night.

-He almost never works on weekends.

-He loves road trips to refresh

-He admits that he needs to expand his social circles

-Rule of the house:   NO TECH IN THE BEDROOM

 

 

KEN'S KEY TAKEAWAY:
Tale some of this advice and leave the rest.  This young guy has figured out how to do many things well.

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Sanebox Is Priority Inbox for Gmail Done Awesome | Charles Hudson's Weblog

Here is a salute to Sanebox for Gmail.  I am beginning to believe that it is insane to not have a system to control your inbox.  I personally use "OIB" (Other InBox).

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Top Tips To Keep Mac OS X Tidy

Top Tips To Keep Mac OS X Tidy | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

KEN'S KEY TAKEAWAY:

I learned several things in a few minutes. This new information should keep my mac and my mind flowing smoothly.

Ken

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How To Use Evernote: The Missing Manual

How To Use Evernote: The Missing Manual | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key Takeaway:

I knew about the OCR in photos.  I did not know about the OCR .pdf function.  Awesome!

Ken

 

 

Are you a digital packrat? Are you in need of a searchable repository for everything you want to recall later? Does the idea of automatic OCR (Optical Character Recognition) for all your scanned PDFs get you excited in a way only seriously organised people could ever understand? If so, Evernote is the tool you need right now – and we’ve got the perfect manual to get you started using it like a professional.

 

 


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Charles Myers 's comment, May 15, 2013 8:09 AM
Agree totally!! We're using now as a digital portfolio for kids... (well.. starting next school year) :)
Charles Myers 's comment, May 15, 2013 8:09 AM
Agree totally!! We're using now as a digital portfolio for kids... (well.. starting next school year) :)
Louise Robinson-Lay's comment, May 15, 2013 5:02 PM
Hanks everyone, it really is a fantastic tool and I am still finding ways to use it better. It certainly helps to stay better organized.
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The 'Busy' Trap

The 'Busy' Trap | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The "crazy busy" existence so many of us complain about is almost entirely self-imposed.

 

Ken's Key Take-away:

We make outselves busy with tasks that are not always needed.  We say we are too busy as a disguised self-compliment.  The author also discusses how we add social pressure to our friends regarding this.  

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The Only 2 Tricks You Need for Maximum Productivity

The Only 2 Tricks You Need for Maximum Productivity | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

#1 Plot your day

#2 Carve out time each week to reflect and calibrate.  Schedule it

 

Ken's Key takeaway:  Jason Connell calls himself a student of productivity.  He may be worth following.  

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181 GOOGLE TRICKS THAT WILL SAVE YOU TIME IN SCHOOL

181 GOOGLE TRICKS THAT WILL SAVE YOU TIME IN SCHOOL | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

Below are some very good tips.  You will know many of them, but you will surely learn some new ones as Google is always making adjustments

http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2012/06/25/181-google-tricks-that-will-save-you-time-in-school-updated/


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Skip Zalneraitis's curator insight, August 17, 2013 6:07 AM

thx dougpete

Wendy Cotta's curator insight, August 18, 2013 5:53 PM

Great timesavers!

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Dropbox Founder's 3-Point Cheat Sheet for Young Professionals

Dropbox Founder's 3-Point Cheat Sheet for Young Professionals | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The billionaire entrepreneur boils down his wisdom to these dead simple points.
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Break Your Smartphone Addiction - The Complete Guide | The Art of Manliness

Break Your Smartphone Addiction - The Complete Guide | The Art of Manliness | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Like any magical implement, the smartphone’s power can be so consuming that all you want to do is stare into its comforting, glowing, little screen.
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Supercharge Google Calendar: 30 Tips, Tricks, Hacks and Add-Ons

Supercharge Google Calendar: 30 Tips, Tricks, Hacks and Add-Ons | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
A blog about productivity, workflow automation, company building and how to get things done with less work.
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Create a Lab / Room Scheduler in Google Sheets

Create a Lab / Room Scheduler in Google Sheets | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Dan Kirsch
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Writing Wednesdays: Managing Your Day

Writing Wednesdays: Managing Your Day | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Website of author and historian, Steven Pressfield.
Ken Morrison's insight:

I am sharing this post for three reasons

1) Most of the people who I love listening to love Steven Pressfield's Book "War of Art"

2) I did not know that he had this active blog

3)  He talks about FOMO and Running your own day.

 

I love his idea of treating every day as a scene from your big movie/story. It may be dramatic, but his intent is to make you think about how at the end, every scene/day will be either cut or included in the final story that people tell of your career, your personality, etc.  Are  we living each day so that it isn't lost on the cutting room floor (thrown in the Mac Trashcan)?

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Chaperone: Track Time Spent On Tasks & The Apps Used To Do Them [Mac]

Chaperone: Track Time Spent On Tasks & The Apps Used To Do Them [Mac] | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Getting things done on a computer is tricky business; your productive apps sit right next to the ones that make you unproductive, and occasionally, the one

 

TimeSync does a similar task but simply measures it and creates a graph at the end of a session:

http://www.scoop.it/t/unification-of-the-korean-peninsula

 

Finch is an alternative:

http://www.touchstudios.net/finch

 

Here are my other Scoop.it links for productivity:

http://www.scoop.it/t/new-media-technology/?tag=Productivity

 

Ken Morrison's insight:

This free app for Macs looks like an interesting way to keep you focused and accountable to yourself. You can make a plan for how long you should be able to use each program and then it monitors your actions and only allows you to use each program for that amount of time.

Ken

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AMEN!  Just in time for the new semester, the best curation tool on the planet just improved it's iPhone App!  I'm downloading now.

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The eisenhower box: save your time by prioritizing your tasks

The eisenhower box: save your time by prioritizing your tasks | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key Takeaway:

This is a good reminder of a simple way to manage your time and tasks.  As the computer eats away more of our time, it is crucial to have a system and a way of meausring if you are following your system.

 

How do you define which task to start with and which one to put aside? The eisenhower box gives you a very easy trick to define the way to treat your various tasks.

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What Will You Click On Next? Focusing Our Attention Online

What Will You Click On Next? Focusing Our Attention Online | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key Takeaways:
1)  Always be aware that most clicks will lead to 'x' more minutes before you leave your computer. This helps you be more thoughtful before aimless clicking

 

2) Closely related....Write down two or three  things that you want to do on line.  Keep that list in your view at all times when online.  Keep it by the computer.  Petter yet, tape it where you see it in your sight at all times.  This will keep you focused.

 

Ken

 

An article about my appearance on the KQED Forum radio program, focusing on my remarks about infotention. -- Howard

 

"The onslaught of information from the wired world can be overwhelming to anyone — even the savviest online audiences. But rather than completely shut out the digital world, the smarter solution is to learn how to manage it, says author Howard Rheingold."


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Betty Hancock's curator insight, November 3, 2014 8:55 PM

This is a great summary of Rheingold's ideas on focused attention in "Net Smart." If you're thinking about checking out the book (see other Scoop link), this is a great teaser.

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OtherInBox handles e-mail overload; knows too much?

OtherInBox handles e-mail overload; knows too much? | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

PRODUCTIVITY vs. PRIVACY ?

 

OK, this may seem to be a bit off topic.  Yet, in the same way that Facebook is aggregating our online social behaviors and making a killing by selling that information to marketers, Other Inbox (OIB) is aggregating our email behaviors and selling that information to marketers.  

 

The Pros = It adds to my productivity by sorting my email for me before I see it.  I know that you can do this with well-planned-out filters, but I like how these smart folders learn from my behavior and automize updates

 

The Trade-off = Yes, they are going through my email and tayloring ads for me.  This is on the agregate level and the CEO says in this linked interview that he understands that if there is a security breach, this promising business is finished.

 

Ken's Key Takeaway:

Big Brother has your email password and monitors your behavior.  But Big Brother does a GREAT job of cleaning your inbox 'house' while you are busy being productive at other things.  I have used it for about three months and I am very satisfied and not very scared.

 

This will be an interesting business to watch!

Ken

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Joshua Baer, founder of OtherInbox's comment, August 30, 2012 9:03 AM
Hi Ken, thanks for the shout-out to OtherInbox. I'm glad you think the service is worth it and that it's helping to protect your Inbox!
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35 Quick and Simple Tips for Better Productivity

35 Quick and Simple Tips for Better Productivity | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

This is a very good article.  My quick list does not do it justice.

Ken

 

Ken's Key Takeaways:

-Email should not be a taskmaster!

-Capture your thoughts

-Rituals are helpful

-Keep pen/paper w/ you at all time

-multitasking is a myth

-Open the window - fresh air is crucial

-Go for walks or exercise

-Take breaks

-Never eat at your workstation - you need the break

-Drink water

-Focus on tasks not time.  Big difference between task management and time mangement (deadline debt)

-Use a meaningful object that keeps you on task

-Be nimble 

-Don't fight your body clock

-Get plenty of rest

-Be social -regularly

-Exercise and eat right

-laugh laughter can boost energy...he shows resource

Explore

-Read often

-Write often

-Use a system

-Spend time alone - good for focus

-Get away for a vacation for recharginge

-Visualize where you want to be

-Plan ahead

-Curate your notifications

-Check email less often  postman only comes once a day

-Set things up rather than setting things aside Don't set aside the setup process

-Use podcasts

-embrace downtime

-Develop a budget

-Stick with it  specificially task management

-Keep track

 

 

 

 

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Jacqui Mackway-Wilson's comment, August 27, 2012 7:09 AM
Hi Ken, a little gem here! Thanks for sharing.. :)
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Organize your tasks efficiently: i-list.it, management tool

Organize your tasks efficiently: i-list.it, management tool | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

I think I will give this a try this semester for organizing my extra projects at school.

Ken

 

Organizing your tasks efficiently is the first step toward an efficient management. The post-it era is over: enter the 21st century successfully.


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Moreen Torpy's curator insight, December 22, 2012 1:37 PM

Osrganizing tasks help create an organized life.