Effective Solutions That Kill Inefficiency and Poor Productivity


This is a guest post from Kevin McCourt.

We’re human, not robots. We’re susceptible to work-efficiency weaknesses and vulnerable to productivity pitfalls. But we can also improve. Use the following resources to stay on track and enhance work performance:

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Take a Social Media Vacation With Relaxed Auto-Replies

Relaxed auto reply

The auto-reply email has helped many professionals vacation without having to worry about the state of their inboxes. These auto-replies are an easy and simple way to let people know that you aren’t available. Now you can do the same with your social media accounts with the help of Relaxed.

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Keep Track of Your Time With Toggl

Toggl time tracker

Time is a funny thing. One minute you’re working on blog post and the next thing you know you’re on YouTube watching videos of adorable puppies. The smallest of distractions can send us into a vortex of wasted time, all while we somehow think we’re still working. Toggl is a new way to help you track your time and can easily be used to figure out how you really spend your day.

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Post-it Notes Teams Up With Evernote To Combine the Old and New School

post it notes

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Post-it has teamed up with Evernote to bridge the gap between the old-school sticky notes and the new school Evernote. The two companies are now offering co-branded products that allow users to digitize their hand-written Post-it Notes by simply taking a picture with your smartphone.

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Freelancer.com: Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap

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© Jorgophotography – Fotolia.com

I enthusiastically recommend outsourcing or delegating tasks you’re not passionate about doing yourself — the pain-in-the-butt tasks that are necessary yet don’t fall into your areas of interest (or skill) — and I have to share a pleasant case study I just experienced firsthand with Freelancer.com. [Read more...]

What is Your Google Reader Replacement Recommendation?

Screenshot of my Google Reader

A screenshot of my Trends tab of Google Reader

Count me among the many avid Google Reader users who were bummed by yesterday’s news that Google is shutting down the RSS reader service. If you’re in the same boat, what RSS readers would you recommend I replace Reader with? On iOS, I’ve been using Feeddler and enjoy it, so this would be mostly for my browser or a MacBook Air app. [Read more...]