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Speed up your browsing with “Custom Search Engines” in Google Chrome

We’re always looking for ways to get things done more efficiently. Very simply, if we can save time throughout the day we can get more…

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My favorite mobile apps right now

Our buddy Joe Turner just picked up a Nexus 10 tablet and was asking what my favorite apps were, so I thought it’d be a…

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Best apps for your new phone or tablet

If you just received a new phone or tablet as a gift, you’ve probably been digging in and downloading lots of great apps for it….

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How we use Evernote to manage our business (and our lives)

I’ve been using Evernote for more than four years and it’s becoming more and and more valuable to me every day.  Evernote is a tool…

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Are unscheduled phone calls rude?

I’m not a big fan of phone calls.  I certainly use it as needed, but it’s gradually becoming less and less often.  Google Voice helps…

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Why don’t you have an iPad?

I enjoy tech gadgets, and I tend to have quite a few of them.  I have a variety of computers, a Flip video camera, a…

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Don’t let the meta drag you down; the two minute rule

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, keeping my inbox at zero is a huge part of my organizational process, and I attribute much of…

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Stop trying to remember things

One of the basic ideas behind GTD is what David Allen calls “mind like water” — keep your mind clear by keeping your tasks in…

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Get more productive by trying new things

I was working with a client recently that declared that they didn’t want to use Google Apps because Gmail is too “weird”.  While I agree…

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Being productive on the road

I’ve worked hard for the last few years to be productive while away from the office, but a recent trip to Michigan showed me what…

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Organize Your Digital Life 10 – Capture everything else in one place

This is the tenth in a series of posts in the Organize Your Digital Life series. We’ve been at this for 10 days now, and…

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