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[watch “Better Yogurt Through Post-It Notes” on YouTube; 3:03 minutes] Like last week’s video, this crazy little how-to is more about systems thinking, viewing things though the lens of friction reduction, than it is a nutty one-off hack about closing browser tabs or sticking Post-Its on things. Actually, when you really think about it, most […]

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[watch “iPhone addy hack for introverts” on YouTube; 1:35 minutes] This is so dirt-simple and so effective it will blow your mind. And you don’t even have to watch the video, although it’s kind of a cute one, complete with A SURPRISE PLOT TWIST, so maybe you might want to. Here’s the deal: many, many […]

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[Watch “Helpful Networking Thingy” on YouTube; 03:12 minutes] We had a great time at last week’s Biznik event at Jerry’s Deli. We pretty much always do, but this time, we introduced a new, fun, sharing-kinda thing that really reinvigorated everyone, provided interesting things to talk about and gave each of us insight not only into […]

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[watch “Corralling Unruly Receipts on YouTube; 1:54 of your life] This week’s video installment features a verrrrry old trick I use to keep all of my credit card receipts in one spot, but as I mention in the video, hey, it occurred to me once out of nowhere; maybe it hasn’t occurred to everyone yet. […]

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[Watch “Entertainment Book Hack” on YouTube; 1:45, I’m gettin’ there!] One of the most baffling (but flattering) bits of feedback I kept getting last year was that I should post more videos. WHATEVER. I mean, who watches videos when they can read? Only, well, I get it. There’s a je ne sais quoi about seeing […]

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This is Day 12 of a 21-day series. More scoop on the who/what/why here. I know, I know, you’re thinking, “She’s selling a stupid jump rope? Double-u Tee Eff?” But I’m not selling a stupid jump rope; I’m selling a piece of history. The Maginot Line of my fight against advancing old age. NOW are you […]

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I’ve been reading a lot about goat paths and entrenched ways of thinking in Randy Frost’s latest book (which is awesome when it’s not scaring the bejeezus outta me), and also doing a ton of walking and the regular quantity of Nei Kung. So basically, I’ve been thinking a lot about habituation and ruts and […]

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(on an iPhone/iPad/non-Flash-friendly device? Click here to watch on Vimeo, I think.) In an effort to wrangle my ever-growing list of books I’d like to read, I’ve played with everything from hard-copy lists in pocket notebooks to Evernote, with a thousand .txt files in between. My ideal list is: easiest to use on my computer […]

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I did it! Earlier this week, I finished reading my 52nd book for the year. As I confess in the video above, as well as on the goal-tracking page itself, I started several of these books before 2010, some well before, which is one of the reasons I decided to take on this reading thing […]

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Show me yer rig! (Gmail labels edition) from communicatrix on Vimeo. This week’s edition is a followup to the screencast on using filters in Gmail: showing a bit of where I’m filtering those tags to, in other words, taxonomy. Because I didn’t want to make the video overly long, I’m including screencaps of the bulk […]

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