While there's something to be said for multitasking, a serial workflow—completing one task after another in order of priority—can be much more conducive to getting your work done. Splitting your attention between several tasks at once can slow you down compared to knocking off one focused task after another on an… »
Get your favorite site feeds via FeedCrier, a service that delivers updates to your instant messenger client. No download is required; just type in the username for AIM, MSN, Jabber, or Google Talk, along with the website you're interested in getting updates from, and you're done. This would be a good way to get the… »
Generate ideas—potentially a LOT of ideas—with a all-in-one-session "list of 100": a list of creative ideas, solutions, etc. about any topic you've been wanting to tackle. Self-improvement site Litemind has more: »The main tip to remember with this is you've got to do it all in one sitting; otherwise, your creative mind…
Publish your Flickr photos (or any other Flickr photos that catch your fancy) on your site or blog with Bookr, a fun little Flickr toy that turns your images into a flippable book. Just add the pictures, add a caption, and you're through. Want more Flickr goodness? Try the ten most useful Flickr Greasemonkey…»
If you've been using Yahoo! for all your calendar needs and want to switch over to Google Calendar, tech tutorial site Tech-Recipes has written up a step by step how-to for this process—which can be a bit overwhelming for those folks new to this whole online calendar/importing business. If you're the designated tech… »
If you're on the brink of being burned out creatively, the simplest solution could just be to change your environment in some way. Tech blogger Scott Berkun has more: »What is your coping mechanism for getting through burnout? Let's hear in the comments.
Productivity blog Lifehack.org has come up with an intriguing way to get rid of those awkward um's and ah's we are all susceptible to when speaking in public: punctuation codes. »This is a super easy idea to implement, and could really up the quality of your presentation.
Torrent how-to site TorrentFreak has a simple tutorial on how to create your own torrent for a variety of BitTorrent clients. The process differs slightly from client to client, but overall, it's pretty simple— and especially convenient when you're looking to send something big to more than one person. Have you created … »
Productivity blog Zen Habits has a good article on how to make your day better, including this little gem: no matter how stressed you are, if you can get just one important thing done, you'll have had a successful day. »What's your "important thing"? Thoughts in the comments.
Flickr is not the only place to find really good photographs. You can also use PicURLs, a site that aggregates the most popular (or buzzworthy) pictures from a variety of social networking/bookmarking sites (Digg, Reddit, del.icio.us, etc.). Each picture is thumbnailed with a quick link to the originating site and… »
Work productivity site Web Worker Daily has an interesting article on the bare bones of tracking your business expenses (especially timely as tax season—believe it or not— is right around the corner). Here's the bottom line: »I must confess that I'm not as organized as I'd like to be with this, but that's where you…
Keep the clutter to a minimum with financial blog Wise Bread's principle of "like in, like out": »You could also try the or follow the to get rid of your clutter. What's your best declutter strategy? Please share in the comments.
Use Twitter Timer, a simple bot program to send yourself reminders through Google Talk. Technology blogger Amit Agarwal has written up a very simple how-to that takes you through exactly what you need to do to accomplish this; for instance, I just set up a reminder to take my youngest to ballet today. For even more… »
Make your technology habits more ecologically friendly with technology blogger Steve Rubel's simple writeup on how to go "media green." For instance: instead of buying printed books, try listening to audiobooks. Subscribe to RSS feeds rather than paper-heavy newspapers and magazines. Download movies (via a variety of… »
If you've got gigabytes of music you want to play from a central server in your living room—without keeping a big ugly PC there—the Squeezebox network music player's for you. A Squeezebox is a shiny black box that plays the digital music saved in virtually any format on your computer over your home wireless network,… »