33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity Heuristics are rules intended to help you solve problems. When a problem is large or complex, and the optimal solution is unclear, applying a heuristic allows you to begin making progress towards a solution even though you can’t visualize the entire path from your starting point. Suppose your goal is to climb to the peak of a mountain, but there’s no trail to follow. An example of a heuristic would be: Head directly towards the peak until you reach an obstacle you can’t cross. Heuristics don’t guarantee you’ll find the optimal solution, nor do they generally guarantee a solution at all. Heuristics have many practical applications, and one of my favorite areas of application is personal productivity. Nuke it! Read the next two parts of this series here: Volume 2 and Volume 3 Steve RecommendsHere are my recommendations for products and services I've reviewed that can improve your results. Site Build It!
Integrating Visio 2007: Introduction to Integrating Visio with O Summary: Microsoft Office Visio 2007 provides enhanced data integration capabilities and improved tools for users who want to link their data to their diagrams. (16 printed pages) Visimation, Inc. February 2007 Applies to: 2007 Microsoft Office Suites, Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Contents With Microsoft Office Visio 2007, you can more easily integrate diagrams and data from a variety of data sources by using the Visio Data Selector Wizard. You can take advantage of these new data-linking features in Visio if you store data in one of the forms accessible by using the Data Selector Wizard. For more information about integrating Visio with other Microsoft tools for developers, see the following resources. Visio 2007 and Excel 2007 Visio 2007 and Access 2007 Visio 2007 and Project 2007 Visio 2007 and SharePoint Products and Technologies Visio 2007 and Active Directory Visio 2007, MOM, Exchange, and Reporting Services Visio 2007 and Microsoft SQL Server Figure 1. Linking Data to Drawing Elements
73 Great Debt Elimination Tips | zen habits Post written by Leo Babauta. Last week, I asked you all to give me your best advice for getting out of debt. And boy, did you deliver. More than 70 of you chimed in with some amazing advice, and shared your success stories, and shared your failures. It was overwhelming, and I applaud you all. To take advantage of all the great advice you gave, I’ve compiled a list of the best tips below. It is not a step-by-step guide. There are also contradictory tips. I hope this serves as a valuable resource — let me know what you think in the comments, and feel free to add your tips! Don’t get into debt.
Freebase : Sign In Getting Finances Done » Applying GTD principles to your personal I’m a big fan of David Allen’s book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity . Enough so that I actually modeled the name of my site after his book. The reason I did so was that I found many of his principles for personal productivity had a very real application in personal finances. I found that I wanted to achieve the same “stress-free” environment with my personal finances as with my personal productivity. By applying David Allen’s personal productivity principles to personal finances I’ve been able to make some vital distinctions that have helped me manage my money more effectively. GTD principle: You must have a trusted system to achieve a “mind like water” To achieve stress-free productivity, you need to have a system you can trust 100%. Personal finance application: You need a financial system you can trust In order to achieve a “mind like water” in your personal finances, you must be able to totally trust your system. GTD principle: Collect everything in your system
John Goldsmith's visLog: Looping through Following on from my previous post, in which I covered some ShapeSheet and VBA basics, today I'm going to look at some simple looping programming methods that do something a little more practical. There are many situations where you'll need to run through all of the shapes on a page to carry out an operation. This might be in order to check each shape to see if it meets a particular criteria, (for example, only shapes based on a particular master) or perhaps to change a value in every single shape (maybe to change a base URL)... To help achieve this, VBA gives you a number of 'flow control' structures that enable you to carry out an iterative process. Of the main ones to know about, For Each...Next and For x=1 to n...Next enable you to carry out the process a finite number of times and Do...Loop, Do While...Loop and Do Until...Loop continuously repeat a process until a logical condition is met. So, let's look at a few examples and see how they work in practice:
Micro Persuasion: Turn Gmail Into Your Personal Nerve Center The Clip Report: An eBook on the Future of Media In the early 1990s when I began my career in PR there were clip reports. These were physical books that contained press clips. It seems downright archaic now but that’s how I learned about the press - by cutting, pasting up and photocopying clippings. My fascination with the media never abated. Today my role is to form insights into how the entire overlapped media landscape - the pros, social channels, and corporate content - is rapidly evolving and to help Edelman clients turn these learnings into actionable strategies. Today I am re-launching my Tumblr site with a new name, a new focus and a new format. It all kicks off today with a 15-page installment of The Clip Report.
The Good Drug Guide : new mood-brighteners and antidepressants How to Actually Execute Your To-Do List: or, Why Writing It Down Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter . Have you gotten good at organizing your tasks in a to-do list, but have trouble actually executing them? You’re not alone. Getting things on your to-do list actually done is difficult because it’s really a collection of habits that most people don’t think about. Today, we’ll look at addressing those issues that stop you from doing things, and the habits needed to overcome those issues. This post was prompted when reader BJ Thunderstone recently asked a great question: A lot of productivity systems such as Getting Things Done by David Allen or Do It Tomorrow by Mark Forster concern themselves with writing lists of things to do. B.J. went on to list some of the reasons he and others have a problem getting things done. “I feel resistance when starting work on something.” Having said that, there are a couple of suggestions that could help: Tiny chunk. “I am terrified of certain tasks, or of working on certain projects.” Small tasks. Overload.
The Mind Mapping Software Weblog InformationTamers.com, a web site created by the developers of Topicscape, a 3-D mind mapping software program, walks the reader through concise and engaging analysis of different information management solutions, and their strengths and weaknesses. Here are a few highlights: Indexing software: This genre of programs indexes the contents of your computer's hard drive and then enables you to conduct keyword searches it. This type of software was of limited use to the author because it was hard to come up with a precise search term that would deliver the results he was looking for. Like using a web search engine, these indexing programs often returned too many irrelevant results. Mind mapping/concept mapping software: These tools moved information management into the realm of a “visual road map,” which made it easier to “see” pieces of information and how they fit into the larger whole.