Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge your Day

March 3, 2008 at 9:00 am | Posted in All in a Day's Work, Surfin the Web | Leave a comment
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Earlier this morning I was trying to find better ways to organize my day and optimize on time and I came across this new concept of Self Improvement book called “Lifehacker” by Gina Trapani.  The book is for sale as a hardback copy but the link provided gives a small summary of each chapter and the main punchline as well as followup links which I thought was sufficient to characterize this summary as a helpful read.

According to the author, “A ‘life hack’ is a clever shortcut or a lesser-known, faster way to complete a task. Lifehackers are redefining personal productivity by tweaking, modding, mashing up, and repurposing web apps, desktop software, and common everyday objects. This book presents 88 of the best life hacks from the web site archives.”

 Below are some examples of tricks in the book:

Install Your Personal Wikipedia

“The collaboratively edited Wikipedia is a vast, searchable repository of information, constantly written and re-written by its readers. Don’t you wish you or your group could have your own editable encyclopedia of brain dumps and documentation like Wikipedia? You can.”

Split Your Work Among Multiple Desktops

“The more space you have to lay out your materials, the easier it is to get a job done.”

Save Time with Text Substitution

“If you spend your day at a keyboard, chances are you type particular phrases several times throughout the day, like “Thanks for contacting us.” Maybe you’ve acquired a maddening habit of typing teh instead of the when your fingers are really flying over the keys. Perhaps you enter the current date into documents all the time, or you tend to use Internet acronyms like IMO for ‘in my opinion.’ These are all situations in which text substitution can save you time.”

Carry Your Life on a Flash Drive

“Instead of lugging around your laptop, or emailing yourself files, store your favorite software applications and important data on a thumb (flash) drive about the size of a car key.”


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