MakeUseOf: 6 Free Printables and Ebooks to Track or Change Habits. “As the year draws to a close, we often succumb to the pressure of setting resolutions. But if you’re serious about changing habits, you need the right advice and tools to get you going. You can use habit apps to reach your goals or go old-school with a pen and paper. There is just something more satisfying about the tactile feel of crossing or ticking a box.”
Lifehacker: These Viral Excel Shortcuts Are Actually Useful. “‘How fast can you work in Excel?’ asks a viral video that’s been bouncing around the internet for over a year. The animation demonstrates some quality Excel shortcuts.”
New York Times: Ready. Set. Write a Book.. “This year marks the 20th anniversary of the National Novel Writing Month project, which challenges people to write a 50,000-word novel in November. NaNoWriMo, as it is known, is a nonprofit that supports creative writing and education. Those who sign up for the group’s free annual event get community support, progress tracking and motivational advice to complete a book draft. If you think you have a novel in you, here is a quick guide to digital tools to help you along your way.” Every year I try NaNoWriMo, and every year I fail past all conception of failing.
MakeUseOf: The Trello Cheat Sheet: Search, Navigation, and Markdown Essentials. “Once you start using Trello to track all the bits and pieces of your life, it’s a great idea to become familiar with Trello shortcuts to save yourself time. But given that there are so many shortcuts, it’s easy to miss quite a few of them, even crucial ones, or forget about them altogether.”
TechCrunch: Todoist releases major update to simplify task management. “Bootstrapped tech company Doist, the company behind popular task management Todoist, is releasing a major update called Todoist Foundations — the update should be rolled out over the next 24 hours. As the name suggests, it lays foundations for many new features down the road.”
MakeUseOf: 7 Tips to Help You Waste Less Time on Social Media . “This guide is aimed at those who still wish to keep social media in their lives while managing their time and energy better. From apps that help direct your time to following healthier social media content, we have a few tricks to keep you positive and ready for every day.”
Lifehacker: The Best RSS Readers and News Aggregation Apps. “A few days ago, I asked you for your favorite news aggregator apps. We got tons of responses, but it was pretty clear which apps were going to be our top recommendations within the first batch of comments. Without further ado, here are the best RSS readers/news aggregators, plus a few alternatives for good measure.” NewsBlur didn’t get a mention! It’s at http://www.newsblur.com and I think it’s excellent. I pay full freight for my subscription and I’m a satisfied customer.