PCMag Australia: 35 Google Drive Tips You Can’t Afford To Miss. “Drive—our Editors’ Choice for office productivity—is a serious set of tools for serious (or fun) work, all entirely free. Consumers only pay for extra storage. But it pays to know more than just the basics. Here’s how to get the most out of Google Drive.”
Newswise: Need a Mental Break? Avoid Your Cellphone, Researchers Say . “Using a cellphone to take a break during mentally challenging tasks does not allow the brain to recharge effectively and may result in poorer performance, Rutgers researchers found. The experiment, published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, assigned college undergraduates to solve challenging sets of word puzzles. Halfway through, some were allowed to take breaks using their cellphones. Others took breaks using paper or a computer while some took no break at all.”
Digital Inspiration: Want to Read Faster? Change your Default Font In Google Docs. “Google has added a new font family – Lexend – that will help you read faster and better. The font is available inside Google Docs, Sheets and Google Slides or you can download it directly from the Google Fonts website and use it in offline apps like Microsoft Word.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Time Trackers to Stop Wasting Time and Improve Time Management . “It can be difficult to estimate time wastage if you aren’t religiously tracking your minutes and hours. But if you start looking at your day as 10-minute time blocks instead of 24 full hours, then you might be able to pinpoint the time leakage. Or instead of writing off 10 wasted minutes every day, a smart calculator can show how that adds up to days or weeks of missed vacation time.”
Make Tech Easier: 7 Free Alternatives to Microsoft OneNote. “Microsoft OneNote is an easy go-to for those looking to bring some organization into their lives. It’s a recognizable brand, it’s free, and it’s integrated into the world’s most popular operating system. But maybe you want to break out of Microsoft’s watchful ecosystem and try something a little different?”
Lifehacker: Calculate How Many Books You Could Read If You Quit Social Media. “A new calculator from Omni Calculator shows you how many books you could read in one year, if you checked them instead of checking social media. Enter how often you check social media (or any time-wasting sites that you’re willing to give up), and how long you spend there each time you visit. Omni Calculator will turn that into a count of books, based on a typical page count and reading speed.” I don’t know if this should go into Useful or maybe I need a new category called Argh.
Lifehacker: Make ‘New Twitter’ Less Distracting With This Extension. “Just like how it sounds, the Chrome extension and Firefox add-on takes Twitter’s traditional desktop interface and simplifies it, making it easier to focus on the actual tweets and less on everything else.”