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Keep Your Family Organized with Google Family

May 22, 2018

Google has finally introduced the concept of a “Family,” where you can still keep your own personal accounts but also have a way to link all of your family members’ Google accounts so that sharing calendar events, notes, and photos is extremely straightforward. Google Family Calendar Before the introduction of Google Families, my husband and I would have to create calendar invites on our personal accounts and invite each other. With this…

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Make the Most of the New Gmail Snooze Feature on iOS

May 9, 2018

Gmail on iOS has an awesome new feature that allows you to snooze emails! You click a button and the email will be hidden until your selected date and time, at which point it pops back into your inbox. This fits perfectly into the Getting Things Done (GTD) model if you’re using that, as it allows you to defer action items to a later point. Even if you’re not using GTD, the…

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Why You Should Turn Off Your Phone Notifications

July 21, 2016

In keeping with my minimalist principles, I’m a big proponent of keeping phone notifications to a minimum. I currently only allow notifications from Messages, Mail, and Things for iPhone. I recently turned on Facebook Messenger notifications because I started using that app a lot more, but if that starts getting annoying I’ll probably turn them off. Whenever I install a new app and it asks me to turn on Notifications, I quickly…

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How I Saved Over $300 On Books Completely Legally

June 23, 2016

  I surpassed my yearly goal of reading 30 books and it’s only June. I definitely sandbagged that challenge. I started realizing how expensive this hobby would be if it hadn’t been for my “secret” to saving hundreds of dollars on ebooks: the public library. Most people know that they can borrow eBooks from their local library, but they don’t actually do it because they think it’s inconvenient. In this post I’ll…

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Track Your Daily Habits With This Productive App

March 8, 2016

Since the start of the year, I’ve been using my Hobinichi Techo Cousin journal to keep track of things I wanted to turn into daily habits. I really liked the idea of being able to quickly see how I’ve been doing month to month, all on one page. I also liked the idea of still having a little bit of analog in my productivity system, since almost everything else I use is…

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The Hunt for the Best Free iOS Calendar App

March 4, 2016

Image from Tempo So the other day something horrible happened. My work calendar stopped being pulled in by my iPhone calendar app, Tempo. So I deleted it, thinking I could just reinstall. When I went into the App Store to re-download Tempo, it was nowhere to be found. I Googled a bit and found out that the app got bought by Salesforce last summer. Tempo was the best free iOS calendar app…

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Best Calendar for Your Desktop

February 16, 2016

Today, I’m revealing another one of my must-have tech tools. Blotter is the nicest-looking and possibly only full-sized calendar app that stays on your desktop. It costs $9.99 and is only available for the Mac. Blotter works simply by pulling in your iCal Calendar (I think Apple is now just calling this “Calendar”) and displaying it in front of your desktop wallpaper. Image from alternativeTo Blotter runs in the background and stays…

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Google Chrome Custom Search Engines: Use them!

February 13, 2016

One productivity trick that saves me a ton of time is using Google Chrome Custom Search Engines. It may sound complicated and time-consuming to set up, but it literally takes a minute, and it will save you so much time in the long run. These custom search engines allow you to search almost any site straight from your browser URL bar, so you don’t need to open up the website first and…

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool

February 9, 2016

I take a lot of screenshots on my Mac both for work and for my personal use. For my job as a software program manager, for example, I take a lot of screenshots of bugs I find on our web apps so that I can easily show our engineers exactly what I’m referring to when I report the bug. The tool that I highly recommend for taking screenshots is called Jing. Jing…