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Productivity 501

By Mark Shead

A simplified morning routine

Sit.Read.Write: Zen Habit's Leo Babauta's enviable mourning routine.

How Analog Rituals Can Amp Your Productivity

As a society, we are engaged in a constant pursuit to be more productive. For the most part, this is a good thing. We want to work smarter. We crave efficiency. Time is our most precious commodity, and productivity tools help us spend it more wisely. Over the past few years, I have observed all sorts of methods for productivity.

How Analog Rituals Can Amp Your Productivity

More efficient doesn't always mean more productive. The advantages of slowing down and prioritizing the old-fashioned way—by hand.

Best New Tech for the Modern Handyman

My Life Scoop is a website that invites bloggers from various blogs to contribute different articles on tech-related themes. They asked me to do a series of articles for the site.

Buying with Confidence: Reviews, Trust, and Accountability

A few weeks ago, in the July 2010 issue of Bon Appétit, Andrew Knowlton succinctly summed up the way I feel about trusted and untrusted reviews: If I’m curious as to whether a restaurant is worth trying out or not, I don’t consult sites like Yelp – I ask a friend. That way, I can hold the person accountable. Accountable is the key word here.

SwitchTip: 5 Apps for Freelancing on an iPad

Photo credit: karola@flickr Can you work effectively on an iPad? I’m about to find out. I recently joined the ranks of the Apple fanbois.  Well, maybe not completely.  I got my iPhone before it was available here in Canada (the Apple genius kept telling me “It won’t work in Canada”), but I haven’t been able to fully switch from PC to Mac.

Lighting change ups!

Materials: All Ikea parts changed to make more interesting Description: Red Vases from the Valentines section I turned upside down and glued to the base of the plastic Ikea Lampan in red. These can't come apart so use new bulbs as they have to last until the bulb burns. LOVED them hung them over my tub.

Lilliberg Futon

Futon ready! Sofa again! Materials: Lilliberg 3 person sofa Description: I bought a Lilliberg 3 seater sofa frame by itself because it was on sale. I had an old metal futon that was falling apart so I used the hinges on the futon to turn the Lilliberg sofa into a Lilliberg futon.

Video: Acknowledge the Reality of Other People's Feelings. Harder Than It Sounds.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- this month's theme is Family. Last week’s focus was Be a treasure house of happy memories. Specifically, use a file box. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

For a Beginning Investor, the Costs of Investing Can Be Painful

I’m going to make a little illustration about investments using the stock of Verizon (VZ) as an example. On September 18, 2009, a share of stock in Verizon closed at 29.59. In the following months, Verizon issued four dividends of $0.475 per share.

A Literary Map of Manhattan

Visualize the stomping grounds of The Invisible Man or Harriet the Spy with this interactive map.

The Paris Review: Interviews

Creative Process Jackpot! Paris Review cracks its archives to provide 50 years of interviews.

Phys Ed: Can Exercise Make Kids Smarter?

Even a 20 minute walk before a test improved scores.

Bring It On Home

Eastbound & Down returns. In-depth VICE mag behind-the-scenes and profile of the cast.

Backup Your Computer: SpiderOak Review

I’ll be honest, when I first heard about SpiderOak, I wasn’t sure what to think. I certainly do not like spiders, and I’m terrified of oaks, so I was a little worried about what I had gotten myself in to. Luckily, SpiderOak has nothing to do with either spiders or oaks.