The Simplicity Post

Interruption 101: how not to teach someone to use Microsoft Outlook

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If you’re ever on the lookout for an example of good intentions gone bad, look no further than your nearest basic course in how to get the most out of Microsoft Outlook. Almost invariably, such courses are replete with productivity faux pas: here are a few gems I’ve collected.

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Show me your todo list, and I’ll tell you who you are

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From the moment we wake up, we start doing things – some of which we must, and some of which we want. Brush our teeth. Have breakfast. Go to work, or stay at home. Pave a road, or draft a presentation. There’s a seemingly endless number of things to do – but where do they all come from?

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

-Albert Einstein
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An infallible way to determine whether you are a creature of comfort

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Growth happen outside our comfort zone – or so it’s often said. Personally, I’d rather say it is vastly accelerated, but perhaps the distinction is moot. Regardless, few of us like to think of ourselves as creatures of comfort – because society now dictates that we must continuously challenge ourselves.

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Mind’s masochism: a brief history of why we insist on having too much on our minds

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According to science, the storage capacity of our brain remains a matter of some debate. Let’s ignore for a moment that the complexity of our brain negates a direct conversion from brains to bytes, and rather focus on how estimates still range from a terabyte (1,000 gigabytes) to the petabyte range (1,000 terabytes) – either of which seem to indicate that the brain offers storage space in abundance.

Simpleware: Dropcatch Headphone Holder does just that, looks good doing it

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I have a pair of headphones, and likely you do, too. I don’t like having them spread out across my desk in a tangled mess, and chances are you don’t either.

“New is easy. Right is hard.”

-Craig Federighi
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Don’t forget to capture your ideas

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You would think it goes without saying, but forgetting to capture ideas while they are fresh is a rather veritable productivity no-no.

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Your inbox: are you a filer, piler or searcher?

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Within the confines our e-mail inboxes, we all rule supreme. Multi-level hierarchies? At our beck and call. Mark as unread? A mere right-click away. Sort by person? A cold stare alone might achieve it. This, of course begs the question: which kind of ruler are you – and how efficient is your style?

Simpleware: One PlugBug to charge all your iGadgets

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia5gsiaL9Rk&vq=hd1080

Laptop: check. Tablet: check. Phone: check. For travelling, the PlugBug cuts at least one charger from the load – and there’s even a World edition with international snap-on plugs. Simply put, it’s a no-brainer.

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