Next Web: My team experimented with ‘no screen mornings’ — it worked wonders. “Want to feel stressed, anxious, and/or completely exhausted before you even have breakfast? I highly recommend looking at your phone right when you wake up. I tend to look at Slack, email, and (*sigh*) Twitter right after I wake up. But sometimes I wonder if my head would be clearer if I just… didn’t. So I tried it out — and asked my coworkers at Zapier to join me.”
Make Tech Easier: 9 of the Best Chrome Extensions for Students. “Most students today rely on information available online to complete their projects and assignments. Those who are using the Chrome browser by Google have a variety of Chrome extensions available for them that will help with research and completing schoolwork. This article looks at the best Chrome extensions that every student should install and use.”
Wired: Smartphone Camera Tricks That Will Make Your Life Easier. “YOUR PHONE’S CAMERA is more than just a lens for capturing memories. You probably know that already—it can deposit checks, import business cards, and look for constellations in the night sky. But with some clever thinking or the right tools, it can do so much more.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Free Email Tools to Clean Your Inbox and Make Gmail Better. “The internet has hundreds of social networks, thousands of chat apps, and millions of ways to connect with people, but good old email isn’t going anywhere. Your email inbox still rules your personal and professional life, so it’s in your best interest to learn all the tips and tricks to get the most out of email. The good news is that all you need are a few free apps and browser extensions.”
Mashable: 10 best Google Chrome extensions for productivity. “We’re taking a look at the best Google Chrome extensions for productivity. Extra bonus: All of these are completely free to use. You probably don’t need every one of them, but activate a carefully selected few, and people might start to wonder how you manage to be quite so productive…”
BBC: The video call apps linking home workers with strangers. “When Subrato Sarker had to start working from home due to the pandemic, he found himself struggling to stay productive while being on his own. Help has come from a host of strangers across the world who – at the other end of a one-on-one video call – sit and silently do their work while Mr Sarker does his.”
Mashable: 6 savvy time management extensions for Chrome. “Unfortunately, time management isn’t the easiest skill to acquire, especially if you’re busy stressing about how bad your time management is. There are tools that can help, however. And if you work online, there are extensions for Google’s popular Chrome browser that can help you more effectively manage your time. Struggling to make the minutes meet? Consider one of these extensions to help you get better at time management.”
Lifehacker: How to Set Up Google Calendar’s ‘Offline Mode’. “Google is bringing back ‘offline mode’ to its web-based version of Google Calendar—at least, for Workspace users. Most of you shouldn’t need this, assuming you’ve previously connected your Google Calendar to one of the many smartphone or desktop apps available, but it never hurts to have a backup just in case something happens and you need to know your itinerary.”
Hongkiat: 10 Best Free Mind Mapping Tools. “Here is a list of some of the best mind mapping apps for individual or collaborating brainstorming. Most of these tools are available cross platform and offer different features and functionalities.”
CNET: How to start bullet journaling for an organized 2021. “Although it seems the productivity craze of the 2010s has calmed down (thank goodness, because we all need to stop glamorizing hustle culture), some ‘life hacks’ really can help. Bullet journaling, for example, can turn even the most frenzied person into a productivity deity. This planning method involves organizing notes, events, tasks and plans into neat collections and logs — and it might be exactly what you need in 2021 after a turbulent year that squashed everyone’s plans and goals.”
MakeTechEasier: 4 of the Best Productivity Apps for iOS . “This year is very challenging for many people due to the pandemic, but setting goals when setbacks occur can be a great way of traveling the road to recovery. Also, for many people who by and large continue living a relatively normal life, the change in lifestyle due to social distancing and other restrictions globally means it’s an ideal time to define a new goal or start a new hobby – but you’ll need the right toolkit. Here are some of the best productivity apps for iOS.” If you’re overwhelmed and can’t even think about productivity, you have my permission to cuss right out loud at this article.
The Conversation: Five ways to manage your screen time in a lockdown, according to tech experts. “In our recent research, we explored how to empower people to have healthier and more productive relationships with digital technology. Our findings can be applied to those suffering from digital addiction as well as those who may feel their digital diet has ballooned unhealthily in the solitude and eventlessness of lockdown.”
Poynter: 38+ tools and resources to improve Zoom, follow the election and to make your autumn a bit easier
Poynter: 38+ tools and resources to improve Zoom, follow the election and to make your autumn a bit easier. “Welcome! I’m Jeremy Caplan, with some new tools and resources. I’m a former Time Magazine reporter, now director of teaching and learning for CUNY’s Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. I write about the most useful tools I find in a free newsletter called Wonder Tools.” STUFFED with resources.