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Just because Google does it, it isn’t necessarily better

I often rant that Google’s “search only” view of the world doesn’t work for most people, and that folks need visible structure to understand where things go. We want folders and to know where stuff is. Techies tend to object and say, “Just search — it’s all there. Why put it in a folder?” The […]

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This cute, little guy will ruin your day

The computer started getting weird. All sorts of tech support problems happened. Webcams stopped working, things wouldn’t print, the mouse got quirky. We spent hours on tech support, installing drivers, replacing parts. Turns out that someone bought this adorable USB hub. Looks great. Works like crap. No one thought to check it as the source […]

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Reduce stress on your team with one simple step

Have everyone turn email offline during the weekend. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t work on email, just don’t actually send your messages. Wait until Monday morning. Every single message you send instantly slams your colleagues back into work mode — taking away their much-needed time to reflect, recharge, or work on their own weekend projects. […]

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It’s not you — the system is designed to distract you

The latest iTunes update automatically alerts you at every new song. So does your email, Skype, Twitter, IM, and everything else. It’s no wonder we feel distracted, overloaded, and unable to get anything done. Software is designed to be selfish: Software needs to get used to be successful. So software is designed to steal your attention in order […]

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One of the most important productivity tips you’ll ever get

“If you’re working from your inbox, you’re working on other people’s priorities.” (From Donald Rumsfeld’s new book. Not a source I usually turn to, but important advice.) Whatever you decided to prioritize today — you should do that. If you stop doing what you chose to do because somebody just decided to email you, you’re […]

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Focus Time!

We have an important tradition in our company: Every Tuesday and Thursday morning at our company is Focus Time. Focus Time is for all that work you’ve planned, to cross the things off your list, and have an extended-concentration/get into the zone period. Here are the rules: Your goal is to avoid interrupting (and interruptions […]

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No candy for you! (But there’s candy in your pocket.)

In the “just plain stupid” category: Companies that still block access to Facebook and other social media sites — when every employee has a smart phone that gives them full access to the same stuff. Blocking social media is a waste of IT, HR, and management time and money. And completely futile. The only real […]

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I can’t believe we’re still doing that

This blog has a thingy where you can display posts by month written. So do lots of other blogs. Who the hell needs that? Has anyone used that, ever, on any blog? Why would you need to see my old posts from any particular month? It’s there because the first blog software had it. So […]

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There is a very fine line between swimming, treading water, and drowning

And they all feel pretty much the same when you start doing them. Entrepreneurs — remember Benjamin Franklin’s advice: Never confuse motion with action. (If you’re having trouble with this, read Rework by Jason Fried, with amazing illustrations by Mike Rohde.)

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