Workplace Productivity Hacks

1. May 2014 18:20 by Steve Leigh in Productivity  //  Tags: , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

With the warmer weather upon us, it gets even more difficult to stay focused on the tasks at hand during the workday. Earlier in the year we had a few tips for springtime productivity that you are hopefully following already! But we wanted to explore specific hacks that'll help you stay focused when you're in the office, preventing you from getting burnt out or dissatisfied, no matter where you might be working or what your position in the company is.

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Spring Cleaning Your Digital World

20. March 2014 20:41 by Calvin Yu in Productivity  //  Tags: , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Even if it might not feel like spring outside, today officially marked the start of the season. As we transition to warmer weather, we're also moving into a time when cleaning out clutter becomes a priority. Of course, managing your house or apartment is form of spring cleaning, but a digital spring cleaning might also be necessary! In order to help you out, we wanted to highlight some tools to help leave your online life in tip top shape.

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Get Productive For Springtime

20. February 2014 19:16 by Steve Leigh in Productivity  //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

As the temperatures are finally beginning to warm up, it means that spring will soon be here for most of us, both in the US and across the world. Rising temperatures means more time spent outside, and more time to get distracted from important work and other professional goals. But don't fret! We've got a new productivity tips, apps and gadgets to keep you focused in springtime (or any other season when distractions are at a maximum).

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DropTask: An Ultimate Productivity Tool For Business

30. January 2014 13:20 by Steve Leigh in Productivity  //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

While we've focused a lot on individual productivity solutions before, we wanted to shift the focus a little bit to the business world. Why? Because we know how different tools are marketed directly toward small businesses, without many of them being properly vetted. We wanted to spend some time exploring DropTask, which is suited for everyone in the smallest companies to mid-size businesses.

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Give the Gift of Productivity

When it comes to the holiday season, there's nothing quite like giving cool tech gifts for the loved ones in your lives. Sure, you can go out and splurge on a fancy new iPad or photo printer, but when you don't want to drop big bucks on an item, there's another route to take. We've kept no secrets about our love for all things productivity related. Better yet, there are a lot of inexpensive and mid-range gifts and gadgets that'll make anyone in your life just a little more efficient. More...

Getting Sales Done Using GTD Tactics

3. September 2013 08:52 by Calvin Yu in Productivity  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

When talking about GTD, most of us think of it as a general productivity system, but today I’m going to share with you how to use the same GTD principles to boost your sales results. This blog post will be especially useful for sales professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs who require a simple, methodical system for processing leads and closing more sales. More...

How To Become a Highly-Skilled GTD Widget Cranker

22. August 2013 08:00 by Calvin Yu in Productivity  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

GTD practitioners often refer to the act of completing tasks as "cranking widgets." Psychologically, it's gratifying to think of your work as a box full of unfinished widgets that you crank through a machine, toss into the finished pile, and afterwards, go home to enjoy the rest of your day. It’s psychologically gratifying because there’s no thinking involved when it comes to cranking widgets - the thinking part has already been done. You simply crank widgets, fill a box and then go home. The reality though is that the majority of people struggle to get a good grasp on their workload and how to measure their productivity because the work that they are expected to do requires a lot of thinking and doesn't involve the production of a physical widget, so their work product is also something intangible. In this blog post, we'll examine how to take all your complex office work and convert them into a box of un-finished widgets for you to crank. More...

Understanding GTD’s 6 Horizons of Focus

5. August 2013 08:00 by Calvin Yu in Productivity  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

Critics of David Allen’s Getting Things Done® (GTD) methodology often complain that his system adopts too much of a horizontal approach to time management; in other words, his system focuses on managing small day-to-day tasks without any sense of higher purpose or direction. While it's true that the horizontal workflow methodology of GTD has really taken most of the center stage in terms of popularity, the truth is that it's only half of the total GTD equation. The other half of GTD is very much a vertical planning system and David Allen even coined the phrase "horizons of focus" to describe this vertical process. Utilizing both horizontal and vertical time management will make your GTD system more productive.  In this blog post, I’ll explain this less-popular, but still critical component of the GTD methodology.

Horizontal Versus Vertical Planning

GTD can be broken into two distinct parts: 1) horizontal planning and 2) vertical planning. Horizontal planning is the more popular part of GTD, which involves collecting, processing, organizing, reviewing and doing next actions. Horizontal planning is focused with handling all those granular tasks and to-dos that make up our day-to-day lives. More...

When Evernote Benefits Your Business

It's no surprise that we love to use the productivity app Evernote to help organize our day-to-day lives at 247inktoner. While it's clear all of the personal features we talked about (in our previous blog) can be helpful for anyone, we wanted to take some time to highlight Evernote Business. At just 10 dollars per month, this all-in-one organizational tool can keep any small business organized and running more efficiently. Whether it's sharing contact information, important business documents, payment information, or log-in passwords, there are features that everyone can find useful. More...

8 Ways to Use Evernote Around the House

9. July 2013 06:00 by Calvin Yu in Productivity  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Most of us are familiar with Evernote's value in the office setting, but Evernote is also one of those pieces of software that performs equally as well at home as it does in the office. In this blog post, I'll share with you eight great ways that you can leverage Evernote to be more productive and stay organized at home. More...

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