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Introducing Philtro

Written by Paul on March 13th, 2009

UPDATE: Philtro was acquired by CityVoice in late 2009.

A few weeks ago, I opened up my RSS reader of choice (NetNewsWire, actually) to quickly scan the titles of the new posts available and mark the rest as “read” immediately. Total time spent: 5 minutes. Total value gained: 0. I needed to find a better way to filter my feeds or risk contuining this daily charade.

There’s no doubt that RSS (and Twitter) have become essential to the online …

Vacation scheduling and the little white lies that you need to tell

Written by Paul on August 22nd, 2008

I have a secret: I tell people that I’m on vacation at least twice a month and it’s usually a lie because I’m actually just working from somewhere different to avoid distractions.

Yep, now my secret’s out but I’m not worried. I’ll continue using it because most people don’t want to be known as the person that bothers people on vacation.

Learn to take advantage of a distraction-free day and work like your hair is on fire.

Do nothing except finish the

The art of screwing off effectively

Written by Paul on August 15th, 2008

Whether you’re working for someone else or running your own gig, you’re probably going to slack off at some point. I should know, I do it and so do most of the people I know. Unfortunately, efficiently wasting time remains a complex, underestimated and often misunderstood task.

In my experience, some of my most productive moments occur when I take a break and waste a little time.

Just remember that there’s a fine line between using your downtime effectively and stealing time …

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

Written by Paul on July 30th, 2008

I wake up at 6am every day. Seriously.

So, a typical day for me starts at 6am and ends around 11-1130pm. Spare me your excuses, people; you don’t get ahead in life by laying in bed all day.

The Secret

It’s no surprise that you’re probably most productive during non-interrupted work periods. I know I am.

I picked the 6am wake-up

How I stopped being technology's bitch

Written by Paul on July 16th, 2008

This is the twelfth in a series of posts about the lessons I wish I’d learned earlier in life.

There was a point in time when I absolutely had to have the latest gadget and try out the coolest new productivity hacks in my quest to get ahead. Looking back though, I can’t help but laugh at myself a little bit. I actually wonder how much time I spent reorganizing my personal “system” each time I tried something new …

Don't Waste Your Time On Books (Plus: Get A Free Book)

Written by Paul on May 23rd, 2008

Now that you’ve followed my advice to buy some books. (You did get the books, right?) Here are two awesome tips on how to read a business book:

1. Decide, before you start, that you’re going to change three things about what you do all day at work. Then, as you’re reading, find the three things and do it. The goal of the reading, then, isn’t

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