Harvard Business Review: Why Email Is So Stressful, Even Though It’s Not Actually That Time-Consuming. “It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the crush of email. In fact, one study showed the average professional spends 4.1 hours per day responding to work messages. During a recent time tracking exercise, I discovered I’m actually at the low end of the spectrum, spending about 1.35 hours per day on email. But psychologically, it carried a disproportionate weight: regardless of how much time I spent, it seemed like I was always stressed about the unanswered messages in my inbox.”
MakeUseOf: How to Use Google Sheets to Keep Every Part of Your Life Organized. “You don’t need shiny new apps and websites if you’re looking to get your life organized. All you need is the trusty spreadsheet. With Google Sheet’s sharing capabilities and some solid, easy-to-use templates, you can stay on top of your budget, schedule, to-do list, and more.”
Lifehacker: How to Clean Up Your Overwhelmed Gmail Inbox (by Hand). “There comes a time when enough is, quite simply, enough. I had been putting off the task of organizing my sprawling Gmail inbox for months, if not years. But when Lifehacker told me that we were going to have a Spring Cleaning week, I knew it was time. And I wasn’t going to waste precious hours trying to find apps or tools to do the task for me. I needed to Ron Swanson my inbox—roll up my sleeves, jump in, and manage the mess manually.” Wow.
Gizmodo: 10 Hidden URLs to Help You Rule the Web. “You’re probably used to bookmarking your favorite sites for easy access, but the web goes much deeper than the top domains you’re familiar with—from your social networks to your email box, having the right URL to hand can enable you to jump right into the page, feature, setting, or search you need. Here are 10 of the most useful ones.” Interesting roundup!
MakeUseOf: 5 New Desktop Productivity Apps for Pomodoro, Kanban, and Other Techniques. “Not everyone has found the perfect software to boost their productivity. One of these new desktop apps might be just what you have been looking for. The good part is that they are based on sound productivity principles, whether it’s techniques like Pomodoro or the need for a single dashboard of all pending tasks. If there is some way you like to get things done, chances are that one of these apps will fit those needs.”
MakeUseOf: How to Work Offline From Any Device: The Essential Tools You’ll Need. “Do you need an effective way to help keep your focus on your work? Unplug from the internet. You know it works. But first, you’ll need to set up your computer with a few essential tools that will help you get a big chunk of your work done offline. Let’s round up 10 potential ones for you.” Nice roundup!
Make Tech Easier: Software Roundup: 9 Google Docs Add-ons to Extend Its Functionalities . “As if the built-in features of Google Docs weren’t enough, there are now a number of add-ons that you can use with the Docs to add more features while creating your documents. In the following roundup we cover nine add-ons from our Software Discovery section that will help you do more with your documents created in Google Docs.”