Tag Archive: Productivity

Oct 06

At the Speed of Thought

The Competitive Mind

Wouldn’t it be great if we had a mechanism to capture every significant idea that we have throughout the course of the day? Ideas or thoughts that we deem as either sharable or collectible for future use, that we don’t want to forget, are what I have in mind. At my age, or perhaps it’s …

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May 06

Think You’re Too Old for School? Think Again

Typing on a computer keyboard

This morning during my start of the day e-mail scan, an article caught my eye regarding continuing education, something I’m always interested in reading about. In my opinion, it is never too late to learn something new or gain deeper understanding of subjects you may already know. With the economy in decline and job listings …

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Jan 09

What Matters Now

What Matters Now?

A few days ago I happened across a document that piqued my interest. It is concept from the mind of Seth Godin, a famous author, blogger, and public speaker regarding all manner of marketing topics. This document is entitled, “What Matters Now” and contains eighty-two pages of insights from many other famous folks from all …

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Jan 04

Track Your Computer Usage

Windows only: Productivity Meter is a time tracking tool from Fruitful Time, makers of the task manager we reviewed earlier this year.

Once installed the software sits in the background and keeps tabs on your activity. Productivity Meter tracks the active versus idle time, how your active time is split among applications, which applications were used the most, and which websites you browsed and for how long. You can review the stats for the last day, week, month or a user defined block of time. One of the most useful features is the ability to tag programs, windows, and domains. It would be entirely useless to many users—myself included— if the program simply told you when you’d been using a web browser and time spent on certain domains. I use a web browser for nearly all the work I do on my computer. By using the tag function I can tell Productivity Meter which domains I access for certain tasks and jobs. It’s tracking for how much time I spend doing Lifehacker related work became significantly more accurate when I tagged all the domains I use. Another concern was that with a triple monitor setup and a huge number of windows open at any given time it wouldn’t accurately track what I was really focusing my time and attention on. After testing it for the better part of a day it does a fantastic job tracking what I’m actually working on. The program is free for personal use, with the small caveat that after 30 days the ability to generate time cards is removed. If you don’t need to generate time cards to show a boss or client how your time was spent on a give project it shouldn’t matter much. All the graphs and information in the main dashboard is available even after the 30 days window. Productivity Meter is freeware, Windows only.

Jan 02

Controlling Your Attention is the New Work Ethic

Tech writer Mike Elgan brilliantly argues that while our parents taught us hard work and long hours will lead to success, in the internet age the ability to control what you pay attention to is the key.

A person who works six hours a day but with total focus has an enormous advantage over a 12-hour-per-day workaholic who’s “multi-tasking” all day, answering every phone call, constantly checking Facebook and Twitter, and indulging every interruption. It’s time we upgraded our work ethic for the age we’re living in, not our grandparents’ age. Hard work is still a virtue, but now takes a distant second place to the new determinant of success or failure in the age of Internet distractions: Control of attention. Hard work is dead. Are you paying attention?

His points about the merging of work and play onto our computers—which we are on all day, which can make play look like work—are well-outlined and spot-on. Read this whole article; it’s a great kick in the pants for getting focused in the New Year.

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