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7 Reasons Freelancers Should Use Kanban Boards and Pomodoro Timers

by Michael Kwan - on Apr 20th 2016 - No Comments
Kanban Tool with Kanban boards

As a freelancer and solopreneur, you are the proud founder and CEO of your own small business. If you’re anything like me, then chances are that you have a total employee count of one: just you. What this means is that you are responsible for everything from office management to accounting, marketing to social media management....

5 Writing Apps for Clearer Communication

by Chris Cairns - on Apr 7th 2016 - No Comments
Writing on a computer

It’s not too hard to find a word processing program these days that comes with a built-in spell checking utility. In fact, many of them will check your spelling in real time as you type out those words on the screen. That’s very handy, but spelling all your words correctly is only one small part of what makes for good writing....

The Best iPhone Calendar Apps Not By Apple

by Michael Kwan - on Feb 19th 2016 - No Comments
Finding the best iPhone calendar app

By far, one of the most important and most used apps you’re going to have on your smartphone is your calendar. It’s how you keep track of all your important meetings and appointments. You might also use it for reminders, like remembering to pick up the birthday cake on the way home from work. However, the default iPhone calendar...

5 Big Tips to Improve Your Desk Ergonomics (and Boost Your Productivity)

by Chris Cairns - on Feb 4th 2016 - No Comments
Home office desk ergonomics

In trying to figure out how best to utilize our time in the office, we oftentimes get caught up in systems and technology. While it is absolutely true that you may find yourself being far more productive when you adhere to the pomodoro technique for your work sessions, there’s one area that frequently goes neglected: desk ergonomics....

New Year’s Resolutions You Need to Make to Work Smarter in 2016 (And How to Achieve Them)

by Michael Kwan - on Dec 17th 2015 - No Comments
New Year's Resolutions

As surprising as it may sound, another twelve months has come and gone. Now is the time to look back and reflect on the year that was, reviewing some of the promises you may have made for yourself this year. Did you quit smoking? Did you lose weight? What other new year’s resolutions did you make? Peering into the professional sphere...

Apps to Block Distractions and Improve Focus

by Chris Cairns - on Dec 3rd 2015 - No Comments
Block distractions and get back to work

There is a very important difference between being busy and being productive. Just because you are “at work” at your desk doesn’t mean that you are actually “working” on something that matters. Far too often, we get pulled down the rabbit hole of YouTube or we become engulfed in Facebook status updates, forgetting...

How to Maximize Your iPad Pro Productivity

by Michael Kwan - on Nov 19th 2015 - No Comments
Productivity on the Apple iPad Pro

The world of computing is changing. No longer are you bound to a traditional desktop PC with one or more big monitors in order to actually get any real work done, because you can accomplish so much on the go with suitably equipped mobile devices. And we’re not just talking about regular old laptops either, because convertible tablets...

WordPress Workflow Plugins for Better Content Management

by Chris Cairns - on Nov 5th 2015 - No Comments
WordPress content management

Known best as a world class blogging platform that can be freely used by just about anyone, WordPress can be used to power a variety of different website types. You can use it for an e-commerce store just as easily as you can use it for your company website or as a online forum. But blogging and “content management” is at...

Time Management Apps for the iPhone

by Chris Cairns - on Oct 8th 2015 - No Comments
Time Management Apps

The smartphone in your pocket can be your best friend or it can be your worst enemy. You can waste countless hours away at crushing candies or flapping birds or you can use that device as a functional tool to help you get more done and get it done more effectively. And the single most important resource in your hands is time. That’s...

Google Calendar Add-Ons for More Effective Workflows

by Chris Cairns - on Sep 10th 2015 - No Comments
Calendar Planning

Many of us have come to rely on Google for so much of our digital lives. We back up all of our contacts to Google, for example, so that they can be automatically restored and synchronized whenever we get a new smartphone. But as great as the mighty Google may be, its solutions are still missing some useful features. That’s where...