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Linktip: Strategy for the day

Coming from: bilbea

“In my hunt for productivity I discovered this handy little blog about strategies that you could take for the day, and realised I use a fair number of these.

Project touching

Touching base and doing actions in as many project as you can in one day. Nothing actually gets completely finished, but the majority of projects take that one step forwards. Perhaps keeping a project tally for the day would be motivating.

Pushing the big project rock

When one project needs launching, finishing or is generally behind, dedicating a nice 2 hr+ block will kick it in the right direction. When times get stuck or boring, a re-evaluation or trying another strategy is called for. (more…)”


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January 7, 2007 Posted by | Productivity | Leave a comment

Linktip: How to always be on-time

Coming from: slackermanager

“Contributed by Rob Crawford, who writes on effectiveness, happiness, and impact at Crawdaddy Cove.

How can you transform yourself from an “always late” goof to an “always on-time” hero?

Expect delays en route. There WILL be an 18-wheeler overturned on the other side of the highway that will cause everyone on your side to slow down and gawk. Give yourself much more time than you need to get there.
Aim to arrive five to fifteen minutes early. Bring a book to read, hand-held video game to play, or toenail clippers to use in case you arrive early enough that you have a chunk of valuable time.

Give yourself permission to end phone calls, random conversations, or dragging-on meetings that threaten your chances of being on-time for another commitment. Practice saying, “Being on time for my next meeting is more important to me than communicating with you anymore today. Goodbye.” This is not rude. (But being late is rude.) … read more”


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January 7, 2007 Posted by | Time Management | Leave a comment

Interview with some guy

Coming from: Working It Out


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January 4, 2007 Posted by | Fun | Leave a comment

Linktip: Ultimate List of Free Windows Software from Microsoft

Coming from: The Road to Know Where

“Microsoft has over 150 FREE Windows & Office Programs available for download — finding them all is extremely difficult . . . until now.”


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January 3, 2007 Posted by | Freeware | Leave a comment

Linktip: Getting Things Done (GTD): Just Say No to Urgent Unimportant Tasks

Coming from: How to Save the World

“You’re probably familiar with Covey’s urgent/important quadrants, shown in the graphic at right. Covey’s thesis is that we spend so much time on quadrant 3 matters (urgent but unimportant) that some quadrant 1 matters (urgent and important) may get neglected (since often they’re onerous and time-consuming), and most quadrant 2 matters (important but not urgent) get pushed down the priority list and never get done at all (until/unless they become urgent quadrant 1 matters, which quite often happens too late, like on our deathbeds).

One of the things I’ve done with my GTD list (see model below) to try to address this tendency, is to flag urgent items on my list in italics, and important items in bold (and quadrant 1 items in bold italics), and pledge to do at least one important (quadrant 1 or 2) ‘next action step’ every day. … Since my stress-induced disease hit me and woke me up, I’m not doing that any more. In fact, I’ve declared war on quadrant 3 (and 4) tasks: They don’t get put on the list at all. Every action on my (much shorter) GTD list is now bold quadrant 1 or 2 tasks. Most of the quadrant 3 tasks, it turned out, fell into one of these categories:

E-mails and voice-mails
Paperwork (including electronic administrivia like backups, site maintenance etc.)
Meetings (regularly-scheduled ones, and those you were foolish enough to agree to when you shouldn’t have)
Chores (stuff you hate doing, but have accepted as your responsibility, like committee activities)
Routines (stuff you do on a regular schedule, like exercising)
Impossible not to do these things, you say? I thought so too, until I realized the stress of dealing with ‘urgent’ tasks, and the disappointment of not getting to important (to me) ones, were making me miserable, and ultimately ill. How did I get rid of the urgent unimportant tasks? It was a three-step process:”


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January 3, 2007 Posted by | Time Management | Leave a comment

Linktip: 7 Secrets of a Time Revolutionary

Coming from: Crawdaddy Cove

“I am married and have four small children. My wife works full-time during the week, and so do I. My job keeps me busy from Monday through Friday, from about 8am to 6pm (which is not enough time to accomplish all I want to accomplish at work), and my weekends are devoted entirely to my kids. Taking a cue from Richard Koch’s book, The 80/20 Principle, I have become a “time revolutionary” in order to fit into my life everything I want to fit in, while remaining a visible and involved parent and a visible and involved manager at the office. Here are seven of the unconventional and eccentric uses of time I have found useful (I’ll publish seven more later this week):
1. Wake up early
2. Work at home
3. Cram all of your meetings with others (your boss, your staff, etc.) into two days.
Announce to your staff – and your colleagues – that your door will be closed …
5. Go for a run or head to the gym during your lunch break.
6. Get creative in your use of weekends.
7. Schedule your weekend time. “

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January 3, 2007 Posted by | Time Management | Leave a comment

Folder Guide 1.1

Coming from: freeware365

“Folder Guide is a free handy utility that provides fast access to your frequently used and favorite folders. It can operate as the part of your context menu in your Windows Explorer.

After quick install it will appear in context menus of Windows Explorer and Open/Save dialogs as “Folder Guide” item. With Folder Guide, you no longer need dozens of mouse clicks to navigate to your desired folder. Now reach your favorite folders in just 2 mouse clicks. Select from right click menu “Folder Guide” then click on your desired folder. Folder Guide runs automatically as part of the Windows Explorer context menu, so you will never need to start the program otherwise you want to edit the list of folders. It also works from the desktop, the Start button. Why do you need Folder Guide?

Navigating hard drives and folder structures can be difficult. You have to move through all the drives and folders and sub-folders to go where you want. With Folder Guide, you no longer need dozens of mouse clicks to navigate to your desired folder! This program has the potential to take hours off your work time.

Want to save your time while browse directories?

Key Features:
• Quick access folders in Open/Save As/Browse dialogs.
• Quick access folders in Windows Explorer and the desktop and the Star button.
• Easy to add folder to the list of “Folder Guide”.
• Easy to edit or reorder folders in the list of “Folder Guide”.
• Runs automatically as part of the context menu.”


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January 2, 2007 Posted by | Freeware | Leave a comment

Sharp Focus

Coming from: Dilbert


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January 2, 2007 Posted by | Fun | Leave a comment

StartClock v1.5

Coming from: StartClock

“StartClock v1.5

Shows the current time in the start button,.

Features:
- Hover the mouse over the Start button or the tray icon to show the current date and more.
- Doubleclick the tray icon to show Windows’ calendar.
- Blinking colon.”


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January 2, 2007 Posted by | Freeware | Leave a comment

Vista Start Menu v 2.02 SE

Coming from: vistastartmenu

“Vista Start Menu has been in development as an attractive and efficient alternative to the Start Menu in Windows XP and Windows Vista for one year

I have always found the Start Menu in Windows to be inconvenient to use. In the new Windows Vista it’s been made more attractive but more inconvenient than even before!

Now there is an alternative!”


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January 2, 2007 Posted by | Freeware | Leave a comment

Increase employee morale

Coming from: Working Daze


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January 2, 2007 Posted by | Fun | Leave a comment

Insourcing

Coming from: andertoons


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January 1, 2007 Posted by | Fun | Leave a comment

SmartTab – a better, improved alt-tab dialog

Coming from: SmartTab.org

“One day Tyberius was annoyed at the standard windows alt-tab dialog,
because it required him to tab to at least 5 different explorer windows just to select the right one,
for it did only display a window’s name when you had already tabbed to it.
So he set out to create a replacement:
SmartTab – a better, improved alt-tab dialog.

Features:

* All windows with small icons & full title at a glance.
* Activate a window either by using the regular alt-tab dance, or hit a key between 0 and 9 and a-z (choosing the window you want), or by clicking it’s title (usefull when you’ve got your right hand at the mouse already), or by scrolling with your mousewheel.
* Less resource hungry than the windows XP power toy alt-tab replacement.
* Configurable Colors (via a command line parameter)
* Highlighting of windows flashing in task bar (handy in combination with the XP task bar grouping)
* Works on Windows 2000 and XP.
* No installation required

You can download SmartTab for free.

Just start it – if you don’t like it, either kill its process, or restart your machine – you’ll need to put it into your startup folder if you like to use it all the time.”

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December 31, 2006 Posted by | Freeware | Leave a comment

ScreenHunter 5.0 Free

Coming from: wisdom-soft

“ScreenHunter 5.0 Free is a completely free screen capture software for you to easily take screenshots. ScreenHunter 5 Free is free for unlimited personal and business use. It has no expiration date and can be distributed with free of charge.”

This is the perfect free screen capture software, I use it daily!
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December 31, 2006 Posted by | Freeware | Leave a comment

Audit is such an ugly word …

Coming from: andertoons


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December 31, 2006 Posted by | Fun | Leave a comment

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