Archive for the ‘Productivity’ Category

Beer in your phone?

August 15, 2014

Victory BeersBuy milk, pick up the framed picture, drop off the used ink cartridges. What was that book I wanted to read? Where should I go this weekend? Oh, and I want to buy more of that tasty Victory beer!  And Russian River Pliny the Elder.

What’s your method for tracking bits of information?

Most people jot it on post its or paper at home and then when they’re out, they forget what was on the list.  Or the lists have lists and the post its have post its. Or the info is buried in the texts and emails ‘sent to self’.

Use the notes function in your phone instead. Or get an app. iPhone’s Siri will  add to your notes on the go for those random thoughts that pop up when you can’t type them in.

Categorize your notes by context: Groceries, General Shopping, Reading List, Movies, Errands, Window Measurements, I Have a Day Off!, Buy Beers, or whatever will jog your memory. Usually the best title is the one you say under your breath when trying to find it.

Speaking of jogging your memory, even if you initially forget to look at your phone for your list, you will train your brain pretty quickly and learn to associate store with phone.  Think of the money you’ll save in post its, not to mention the tasty beers and movies you’ll enjoy.





Doing everything but….

January 18, 2010

Why is it that when we have to do something we really really don’t want to do that the jobs we previously put off become more interesting?

Some of the tasks we procrastinate about are boring, seem too huge to think about, have negative feelings associated with them.  Yet at some point a task that’s ‘bigger and ‘badder’ comes along to change our perception.

Hmmm, does this mean the next time all we have to do is think of a worse activity to make the one in front of us palatable?

Take a break already!

December 21, 2009

“But I’m too busy to take 10!” 

 You’re kidding, right?  Of course you have time. 

There are days when split-second timing is required. However, many times the feeling of having to operate at full tilt is just that, a feeling.

 Taking a break isn’t a wasteful indulgence. It increases your ability to remain in control by giving your creative side a chance to contribute to what you’re doing.  It reduces the errors that inevitably come from working too quickly. Taking a moment to enjoy the sensations of a cup of your favorite drink can boost your sense of well-being and optimism. Use a break to reward yourself for completing something.

Need permission?  Present the coupon below to yourself or anyone who questions how the cup in your hands is helping you accomplish.

 We’d love to take a break with you, but the best we can do is offer is a a virtual  cup of hot chocolate.  

Outlook Tip
In Outlook you can easily configure an email for a ‘delayed send’. In Outlook 2007, open a new email, click on Options and choose ‘Delay Delivery’ to set when the email will be sent. 

Some reasons might be to wait until someone has returned from vacation, send a birthday greeting, or that last month’s book giveaway was for response on a specific day. 

End of Year Tip
What’s your plan to move information files pertaining to 2009 away from ‘active’ areas? 

Did you know Goodwill provides shredding services? The same terrific folks that create jobs by redistributing your unneeded items to others also provide shredding and janitorial services.  



 This coupon entitles the bearer to take 15 minutes of Creative Time, which may look suspiciously like goofing off.  Must be used away from the computer screen and phone.   May be shared. Best used with a cup of something tasty.
Offer Expires: Always valid.