25+ apps that the TED staff swears make their everyday lives easier At our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs — and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, writing/designing and running a full-scale conference twice a year. We asked the TED staff what apps they can’t live without. And beyond the classics—Instagram, Google Maps, Spotify, Uber, Seamless—we found some great apps that might help you too. (A star denotes that the app is free, or at least has a free version.)
Productivity Hacks – Making Time by Shaving Time If there’s one thing I learned in 2011, it was how to be ultra-productive. I’ve discussed productivity in detail before here on SPI, namely in podcast session #12: Mind Hacks, Physical Hacks and Work Hacks for Better Productivity and Getting Things Done (which was actually posted almost exactly 1 year ago) however, during this past year there was one major factor that contributed to my going beyond just being productive, and becoming ultra-productive: My son. With a kid, especially one who was in his 2nd year of life (from age 1 to 2), the time I had available to work dramatically decreased, as did the time I wanted to spend on work. My son has become the center of my life – in more ways than you can imagine unless you have a child of your own.
The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time - Tony Schwartz by Tony Schwartz | 8:53 AM March 14, 2012 Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work? It’s not just the number of hours we’re working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time. What we’ve lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries. The Daily Routines of Great Writers by Maria Popova “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.” UPDATE: These daily routines have now been adapted into a labor-of-love visualization of writers’ sleep habits vs. literary productivity. Kurt Vonnegut’s recently published daily routine made we wonder how other beloved writers organized their days.
Christopher Donohue: Information in a multi dimensional and empowered way By Christopher DonohueIt is such an exhilarating time in which a significant number of the global collective now have access to an abundance of information via the web and social platforms. However, some suffer from information overload. Many also think that information can only reside in books, online text or in documents (Word, Excel, presentations, and databases). But imagine information graphically represented, to help you break through the information flood and enable you and your team to focus on what information and tools are truly needed. Using the web and social media as an example and with this abundance of codified information and knowledge there has become a need to filter the noise. One newer application to help with noise reduction is Bottlenose.
3 Ways to Keep Meetings Short (Every Time) You know the feeling. You're in a meeting, and your eyes hurt because you've been rolling them at people who keep talking about nothing. You wonder if they have any consideration for other people's time. Infographic: See The Daily Routines Of The World's Most Famous Creative People We tend to imagine writers, painters, and composers burning the midnight oil, skipping meals, and working feverishly when true inspiration strikes. In fact, Tchaikovsky and Charles Dickens got plenty of Zs each night. Immanuel Kant made a point of visiting the pub every day. And Auden, Milton, and Beethoven kept precise work schedules.
Workers, Put Those Headphones On - Scott Berinato - Our Editors by Scott Berinato | 9:00 AM September 24, 2012 Data makes me nervous. In school, I was always more comfortable taking a college course like Physics for Poets than I was taking any class with real math. Even today, I’m uneasy at the thought of a something as simple as an accurate look at my diet. I like to go by feel. I’m sure this is in part because I fear what I’ll learn. Download and install Google Chrome - Google Chrome Help Use the same software that installs programs on your computer to install Chrome. Make sure you have administrative access first. Download the installer file.