Productivity Lessons from the Facebook Outage

When Facebook crashed last week, millions of people around the world were sent into a tizzy. In addition to the Facebook outage, Instagram and WhatsApp (both owned by Facebook) also went down. All three platforms were offline for six hours. Here are some takeaways from the Facebook outage. Do you have a back-up communications plan?…

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What is Time Blocking or Time Boxing?

Whether you call it time blocking or time boxing, the overall concept boils down to this: You make appointments with yourself to focus on certain subjects or tasks. Here are a few keys to time blocking or time boxing: Know your professional and personal priorities. This should drive your decisions. Determine how much time you…

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The Tool Every Home Office Needs

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“What is the single most important tool every home office needs?” A journalist recently posed this question to organizing and productivity experts. This was my response: The single most important tool every home office needs is a battery backup. APC is a popular brand, but they’re not the only ones:  If there is any kind…

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How to Smoke a Boston Butt Roast

Whether it’s Labor Day weekend or an ordinary Saturday, it’s always a great time to barbecue pork! If you don’t have a lot of time to study how to smoke a Boston Butt (aka pork shoulder), here’s a quick tips list: *Fire up your grill It will take anywhere from 30-45 minutes for your grill…

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How Can Time Tracking Help You?

As I was archiving some of my writing from ten years ago, I was reminded how strategic best practices stand the test of time, unlike fad hacks that are popular today but fade over time. Case in point. The following is an excerpt from a written interview with a journalist in which she asked me…

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