Category Archives: Productivity

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Why I’m loving …. Momentum app

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I was tipped off about the Momentum app thanks to the weekly email from Tim Ferris. It's works of a very basic principle - guilt. Install and when you open a new tab in Chrome (presumably to waste time noodling around on Facebook) a full page picture appears asking for your name, email and "What is your main focus for today?". Complete these simple requests and each time you open a new tab you will see a full screen version of this.   Nice huh? it's a different background Read more [...]

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Hitting walls with a project? Going in circles? Try the Stuck Wheel

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There are times in projects when you get completely stuck. Here's how I sort myself out Read more [...]

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10 Ways I Stay Productive

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As a freelancer it's very easy to fall into bad habits - working from home, lots of different projects and being my own boss means long days of low productivity, and no clear division between work time and free time.   Since I left my "proper" job in 2009 I've been trying a host of ways to get things done - these are the things I've learnt work for me. Read more [...]

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Moseley Exchange – a new way (for me) to work

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  Since I started working for myself, I've been on a hunt for that *perfect* place to work. I tried the various coffee shops around Birmingham (read my findings here) but working in a coffee shop 5 days a week is not financially viable. (In order to stay in a coffee shop guilt-free all day you'd need to buy at least 3 drinks and some food  - totting up a daily spend of around £10.) Plus all that coffee isn't good for you. I experimented with a bunch of other locations and blogged Read more [...]

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The Oldest Intern In Town

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Recently I took the decision to become an intern. I spotted brand agency Orb were on the hunt for a creative copywriter intern, and thought it was too good an opportunity to miss. Now, I'm not your run-of-the-mill intern. I'm 37 years old, for starters. I've been working as a journalist since 2000 and now specialise in information design and social media/online content. So, why be an intern? - I hear you ask. Good question. Despite my experience in journalism, I have no formal experience Read more [...]

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IPad App Review: Sticky Notes

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  Sticky Notes on the App Store here Cost: Free An app that seems silly and gimmicky - but is actually VERY useful! Great if you use your iPad as a second screen / organiser And these post-its won't fall off your monitor!! Possible Uses Daily todo lists - different notes/colours for different groups (ie email, phone calls, errands) Presentation notes - one for each slide, then email or share on Twitter afterwards Organisation planning      Good Points Easy Read more [...]

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7 work locations for the home working freelancer

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As a stay-at-home freelancer, I'm always looking for different places to work. It's a perk of the job that you can take your laptop anywhere, so here are my favourite places to get stuff done INSIDE THE HOUSE 1. Bed Good for blogging, social networking and social sharing/bookmarking This is a surprisingly productive place to work. It's comfy - so why would you get up an wander off somewhere else? Any attempt to move will result in a cable-duvet tangling scenario it's relaxed Read more [...]

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Wifi jockeying around Birmingham’s coffee shops UPDATED

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It was a distinct lack of breakfast in my cupboard that prompted my decision to have a coffee-shop working day. Co-working and coffee shop working are obvious choices for the stay-at-home freelancer, where the temptation of Jeremy Kyle or a mid-afternoon siesta is too great, but how feasible is it? And to to push it, Hunter S Thompson style  - could I do it ALL DAY? Breakfast - Brewsmiths The day started at Brewsmiths - located on the edge of the Jewellery Quarter and home to a dizzying Read more [...]

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My adventures with Evernote Hello

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In this post I explain how I got on with Evernote Hello  - not for you? Try these other posts on Evernote Or have a free months trial of Evernote Premium here   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recently Evernote launched a series of new apps  - Evernote Clearly (a plugin for viewing the text from web pages  - great for cluttered sites) Evernote Food (for Read more [...]

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Using Evernote for Email > tried, tested and failed

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I wondered - could I use Evernote to manage my emails? (this post requires a basic working knowledge of Evernote - have a free months trial of Evernote Premium here) It is no secret that I am an Evernote fangirl. I love the fact I can send pretty much everything I find online, into one huge vat of stuff. Recently I decided to take this one step further and use Evernote Read more [...]


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Become Master of your Email Inbox

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Is your email inbox bursting at the seams? Overrun with nonsense,? Drowning in newsletters? Here are a few easy tips to get your wayward email inbox whipped into shape. The idea here is to reduce the number of emails in your inbox, so the important ones aren't forgotten about. Before you clear out your inbox (we'll do that later), LOOK at the emails in there – they should fall into one of four categories: EASY TO DEAL WITH EMAILS  Deal with them … right now. Sounds silly, but the Read more [...]

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6 Tips for Using Evernote

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Here are 6 ways I use the productivity tool, Evernote Feel free to add yours in the comments below Or have a free months trial of Evernote Premium here

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Evernote is the equivalent to an external hard drive, on the cloud - so you can archive important / interesting information - read more here (http://www.evernote.com/) There are hundreds of different ways you can use Evernote - here are my top 6 tips: 1. A DESKTOP FOLDER In Evernote open Tools > Import Folders Here you Read more [...]


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