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Downloads: A Digital Wasteland

When was the last time you looked in your Downloads folder? In the last six months, I’ve met with many clients whose Downloads folders were chock full of files that had accumulated over several years. Sometimes this resulted in system slowdowns and always frustration about not having enough space. Short on storage, Julie called me [...]

2016-03-25T09:51:46-08:00March 25th, 2016|Apps, Coaching, Tips|

Passwords: Securing Our Privacy

Passwords. How do we remember them? Where do we store them? And do we really have to change them so often? In this post, I share some wisdom on password security. I offer tips on how to keep track of your passwords and look them up when you forget. And, I suggest some alternative approaches [...]

2015-06-25T19:37:26-08:00June 25th, 2015|Apps, Tips|

2Do + Hours: A Solid GTD Pair, Part 1

Last July, I wrote about discovering 2Do. The developer previewed a significant redesign of the app during the summer and announced that 2Do version 3 would launch alongside iOS 8, set for release on September 17. Also in July, I reviewed time-tracking apps including Hours, which I said I might start using. Well, I did [...]

2014-11-24T08:00:44-08:00November 24th, 2014|Apps|

Dashboard: A Great Place for Simple Services

Dashboard is a feature of OS X that Apple launched in 2004 with version 10.4 (Tiger). Dashboard appears as an overlay or a separate space and contains widgets — little apps that provide information, status, and access to various services. For example, Apple provides widgets like calendar, calculator, weather, stocks, and dictionary. Some accept input, [...]

2019-06-23T23:48:40-08:00September 5th, 2014|Apps, Tips|

Hours: Elegant Time Tracking

A month ago, I wrote about tracking task time, various tools I have used, and my interest in a new app called Hours. I promised a follow up post about Hours based on my experience with it. This is that post. Shifting to Hours was easy and has made my work time much more productive. [...]

2014-08-22T08:30:44-08:00August 22nd, 2014|Apps|

Gadgets of Love: Productivity in the Physical

Are you a fan of gadgets? I have always loved kitchen gadgets, desk accessories, and other products that purport to ease my daily doings. A question on one of my forums this week asked about the physical products that make our lives easier. This got me thinking about gadgets that improve my productivity. The prompt [...]

2014-08-15T08:30:33-08:00August 15th, 2014|Apps, Personal|

Email: Productive Tool or Waste of Time

Do you feel like you live in your email?! How many messages do you have in your inbox today? How many hours do you spend trawling through it every day? What about the messages you file in those umpteen other folders? For me, email has become a time-wrenching beast that steals my focus from productive [...]

2014-08-08T08:50:28-08:00August 8th, 2014|Apps, Personal|

Group Email on iOS with MailShot

“How can I send email to a group—from my iPad?” This is one of the important workflow questions my new client Beth asked me when I first met with her last week. She needs to send announcements to a few small groups and she would prefer to use her iPad than her Mac. Apple makes [...]

2014-07-31T14:08:23-08:00July 31st, 2014|Apps, Coaching|

What to Do… Another Productivity Post?!

Actually, I had a really productive week! Four clients; seven billable hours; one client wants to see me more than once. I’m hoping the coming week fills in quickly. Surely there are more Mac users looking to learn new things about how to use their devices more effectively, more confidently, more happily. (Maybe I’ll hear [...]

2014-07-26T16:27:49-08:00July 26th, 2014|Apps, Coaching|

Remember That Time When…?

Many of us are required to complete some kind of timesheet. Even if filling out hours on a timesheet isn’t a necessity, we may still track our time on various projects. For freelancers, this may be useful for tracking time working for a client or just building an awareness of how long a particular task [...]

2014-07-17T13:26:34-08:00July 17th, 2014|Apps|