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This post originated as a response to a Facebook request that is currently making the rounds entitled, “25 Random Things About Me” and the rules of engagement are stated in the next two paragraphs. Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. …View full post
Email notification webapp Crap, I Missed It! sends email notifications before a new episode of your favorite show comes back on TV, or when your favorite artist releases a new CD.
Using the web application is easy—just pick one of the topic areas and either drill down or use the search box until you get to the subscribe page, enter in your email address and click Subscribe. After confirming your subscriptions, you will receive emails each time there are updates (with all updates for a single day combined into a single email). The site has quite a few topics to choose from, including Amazon bestsellers, top YouTube videos, new music albums or concerts, movies, TV shows, and even sports scores—but the navigation could be improved if they had a site-wide search or RSS support.
Crap, I Missed It is a free service, and could come in handy whenever your favorite TV show comes back from the holiday hiatus.
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Windows only: Reader Kaelri, well-known for his killer Enigma desktop, has released a new version complete with an installer—making this amazing desktop customization easy enough for anybody to install.
The latest update includes features geared at beginners—the new welcome dialog in the middle of the screenshot adds widgets to your desktop which can be easily dragged around the screen—making customizations easier than ever. The full list of new features includes:
– EXE Installer
– GUI widget manager.
– Template configs – usable right out of the box.
– Black & white variants for every widget.
– Individual story links for the RSS Reader.
– Show/hide button for Sidebar.
– New mail indicator for Gmail Icon.
Getting started with Enigma is simplified down to just a couple of steps, detailed in the included instructions:
1. Download and install Rainmeter. (http://www.ipi.fi/~rainy/legacy.html)
2. Run EnigmaSetup2.0.exe to install the theme to Rainmeter. (Make sure Rainmeter isn’t running while you do this.)
3. OPTIONAL: Choose one of the files in “Templates.” Replace C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\Rainmeter.ini and replace it with your desired template. (Make sure Rainmeter isn’t running while you do this.)
4. Run Rainmeter.
The full package includes fonts, AutoHotkey scripts, and multiple templates to get you started. Kaelri recommends also installing either the NOOTO, CleanGlass, or SlanXP visual styles for Windows to match the Enigma look. Don’t know how? Follow our guide to installing custom themes. Great work, Kaelri!
Enigma is a free download for Windows users only. Linux users can check out the previously previously mentioned Enigma for Linux.
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Before you reach for the sleeping pills when you’re having trouble grabbing some shut-eye, Yahoo’s Healthy Living weblog suggests six effective all-natural herbal sleep inducers you may want to try. Photo by Joi.
A couple of the suggestions probably won’t surprise you (namely chamomile and lavender, which are always among the first recommendations of this kind), but there are several you may not have seen before. They are:
- Valerian root
- Chamomile Tea
- Lemon balm
Before you get too excited about hops, keep in mind that a pre-bedtime beer can actually disturb your sleep according to the FDA. Instead, the post suggests a bag of hops under the pillow can be a great sleep inducer, particularly for women. Be sure to check the Yahoo post for details on how to use each. (Hint: Apparently valerian root is the most potent of all.)
On a similar sleepy food note, we’ve also heard that a lettuce-filled sandwich can help you sleep like a log.
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Editor: Welcome guest author Jason Womack who’s got some advice on how to get back to work on a slow day.
You just don?t want to do it anymore. No more task folders, no more email labeling, no more index cards in your back pocket. You just don?t have the energy today; the power of your productivity is at a low ebb. What do you do now? How do you flip that switch to get going again? Photo by Stewf.
Here are five simple things you can do, not related to making lists or reworking your system (again), which will inspire you to get back on the right track.
- Walk around. Anywhere will do. You can walk around your office. Visit a floor you haven?t been to before. Or maybe you have time to go around the block or visit that park down the street. It?s all about looking for something positive you have never seen. Taking time is smell the roses may be just a clich?, but those roses could be anything. A restaurant you?ve never seen. A friend?s cubicle. Some kids playing ball. Life is going on in the world around you. You just need to notice.
- Set an alarm and work on just one thing for that period of time. Maybe it?s just 5, 10 or 20 minutes. Maybe it?s two minutes. But at the end of the time, you will notice what?s it?s like to experience real focus. And if you complete the task, you have something to anchor your day around. You?ve gotten at least one thing really done.
- Open up a best-selling business book to a random page and read for five minutes. Let you mind apply whatever your reading to whatever you are working on. There is bound to be inspiration for a great idea or a new way of doing things.
- Contact someone you admire. If the internet has done anything, it has flattened the world and enabled us to contact people we respect in many different areas—your business, entertainment, politics or writing. Like an author? Find their web site and drop them an email. Make a list of all the people you want to meet someday and see how many of them you can find on the web. You?d be surprised how many respond.
- Send postcards to two friends you know you live out-of-state. It will make you appreciate where you live more than ever.
In short, here are some things that will get you going again:
- Appreciation of your surroundings.
- The accomplishment of a job done well.
- Connection with others.
That formula may not take a long time to finish, but at the end, you?ll feel brand new and be able to tackle the toughest tasks you have around you with more energy.
What are the switches that flip your energy back on on an unproductive day? Let us know in the comments.
Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA shares productivity tips that make it possible to do more without the added stress of working harder. For more productivity ideas and up-to-date posts, visit www.JasonWomackBlog.com.
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