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5 Productive Habits to Start Your Day. Part of being organized is creating habits that help us get the most out of every day.

5 Productive Habits to Start Your Day

When we rely on habits rather than deliberate actions that require conscious effort, we free up our brains for more important stuff. Morning is an ideal time for the habits that can lead to a high productivity day. Dictater Adds Controls to Your Mac's Text To Speech Function. Your Mac can read any text, but there are a few notable shortcomings.

Dictater Adds Controls to Your Mac's Text To Speech Function

You can’t pause or fast-forward what’s being read, for example – stopping is basically your only option. You also can’t follow along, or get an idea of how much longer the text is. In this state, Apple’s built-in text to speech engine is a feature without an interface. Dictater is a simple Mac program that fixes that. This app uses the built-in text-to-speech functionality but offers additional controls. For non-Mac users, there are websites that offer text to speech functionality, and Windows and Linux users should also check out eSpeak.

Text To Speech in Just Two Clicks Once you’ve downloaded the app, starting Dictater is simple: just highlight the text you’d like to hear, then bring up the context menu. 7 Time Management Lessons I Learned from Mountain Climbing. William Blake once wrote, “Great things are done when men and mountains meet.”

7 Time Management Lessons I Learned from Mountain Climbing

Climbing mountains can teach you a lot about life, but no area more so than time management. Time is precious. Everyone’s day has 24 hours. No more and no less. How to Use Evernote as a Bullet Journal. There is no shortage of calendar and to-do apps out there.

How to Use Evernote as a Bullet Journal

All of them are competing for your attention on every platform imaginable. More likely than not, no one app or service is ever going to be perfect for you, unless you design your own productivity system. With the use of a digital notebook like Evernote, a journaling system called the Bullet Journal, and no coding experience whatsoever, you can create a completely tailored organization system for yourself. What is the Bullet Journal? Described as an “analog system for the digital age,” the Bullet Journal is all about taking your organization system out of your phone or computer, and putting it in a completely customizable, handwritten notebook.

How to Use Excel: 12 Techniques for Power Users. Excel is great, but trying to figure it out how to use Excel on your own can get you only so far because it isn’t intuitive.

How to Use Excel: 12 Techniques for Power Users

But if you use the techniques and tips in this tutorial, you’ll be able to get your work done faster and without a lot of stress. Learn how to apply Excel formulas, calculations, filtering, data manipulation, workflow efficiencies, and more. Here are a dozen Excel techniques and features you need to know. Before you begin, go ahead and download the free Excel file worksheet. There are multiple sheets included in the file, one to practice each of the twelve Excel techniques.

Every formula must start with an equal sign. And where do you write a formula? Example: add the values of B2, B3 and B4 and put the total in B6. How to Use Optical Illusions to Be a Better Digital Artist. Reality can't be painted; it's impossible.

How to Use Optical Illusions to Be a Better Digital Artist

However, our brains are easy to fool—if something shows certain features of the real thing, we see it as the real thing. We aren't usually aware of this, until we come across pictures presenting optical illusions. Only then do we feel fooled, but the truth is we are being fooled all the time. This isn't a cube. Arno's Tech Tools. An overview of the tech tools I use for teaching and research in philosophy.

Arno's Tech Tools

Disclaimer: I do not think that the tech tools I use are the best for the job, nor that the way I use them is best for everyone (not even that it is best for me). It is not my job to study software use, and, like most people, I often stick to old ways of doing or to the first way of doing I stumbled upon, just because I lack the motivation, time, energy, or money to try other ways. I occasionally drop random notes about the tech tools I use on Arno's tech blog.

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For productive and enjoyable scholarship. Optimizing Your Workflow. How to Create Your Own Productivity System. So far in this series on productivity, we've looked at a diverse range of productivity systems and techniques.

How to Create Your Own Productivity System

Here's a quick recap: The Eisenhower Matrix helps you prioritize tasks on your to-do list based on their urgency and importance.The Pomodoro Technique teaches you to focus on the task at hand by chunking your day in 5 to 25 minute sections.Getting into a state of flow allows you to find your best energy, so you're naturally productive. Our aim in introducing you to all these productivity methods wasn't that you should use all of them.

Implementing all of them would be a full-time job in itself! Also, it would probably drive you crazy.

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Areas of focus.