This is a post for the Carnival of Journalism, a group of journalism bloggers who write each month about a topic (I’ve skipped a few, obviously). This month’s topic:
What are your life hacks, workflows, tips, tools, apps, websites, skills and techniques that allow you to work smarter and more effectively?
Love this topic, and looking forward to learning from everyone else this month. Here are my contributions:
Google Reader (down to less than 400 subscriptions!)
Diigo (instead of Delicious, similar features to Evernote, SpringPad, etc.)
activeCollab for project management
MegaMail for stupid simple file sharing
WebFaction awesome web hosting
Coda my favorite IDE
SecondBar second menu bar for my dual monitor setup
Exercise: I find it very difficult to motivate myself to exercise. It’s almost impossible to get home from work, change, and go do something active. As soon as my ass hits the couch, I’m done moving for the night. So I started walking home from work. Well, not all the way, because I work in Manhattan and live near Yankee Stadium and walking across the bridge is scary. But I walk from 69th St. to 125th St. every day that there isn’t a Yankees game.
Lunch: Getting up 30 mins early to make lunch sucks. So does spending $50 a week on lunch. New tactic (haven’t been doing this steadily, so not sure it’s a successful hack yet) Make huge dinners, take leftovers for lunch.
I don’t know, but I’ll find out: For some reason, people tend to be uncomfortable admitting that they don’t know things, particularly when it’s related to a job. Bullshitting an answer never does me any good, so I have a strict policy of saying “I don’t know, but I’ll find out,” when I don’t know something. Then I go learn stuff. It’s fun!
GOOGLE: I think one of the most important skills one can have is knowing how to find stuff. You can’t know everything, but if you know enough to be able to find the answers, you are way ahead. This doesn’t just apply to searching the Web, of course.