10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

9. The Three Most Effective Tips Are Also the Most Boring

I think that behind every cliché is a truth that’s so powerful that people feel compelled to repeat the phrase over and over and over. This holds true for productivity advice, as well.

Over the last year I experimented with integrating countless habits and productivity techniques into my life, but at the end of the day, the three productivity techniques that worked the best for me were:

Eating well
Getting enough sleep



Do more with your smartphone without paying more for data –

You may think you need unlimited, and for some people, the extra expense and waste is a worthwhile trade-off. That said, what the major carriers don’t want you to know, is that the more you know about your phone, the more control you take back. We’re fans of and advocates for people taking control.

While some may think you have to shut off mobile data entirely and therefore severely hamstring your mobile experience, it’s not like that at all. You don’t have to sacrifice the connected smartphone experience to save money on mobile data.

With a little early effort and a little ongoing maintenance (ensuring new apps aren’t eating up mobile data, for example) you take control of your mobile data use and, with a carrier like, oh, I don’t know, Ting, you can save a lot of money every month.

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Goals Technology

Buying a SIM card in the Colombian Mountains | The G: Files

But, what SIM card or company should you use before heading abroad.

First, if you have T-Mobile, there is free data and texting through their partner MoviStar. No LTE in the countryside where we are, but there is strong 3G-HSPA.
With WhatsApp and Hangouts over data, there isn’t a big need for actual phone calls, as they are $0.20 a minute.

If you have Verizon or AT&T you normally have to buy an extra plan to use your phone internationally.

However we are here for 6 weeks and want to be able to call the local friends as well without incurring International rates as not everyone has smartphones and/or WhatsApp, Skype, etc.

via Buying a SIM card in the Colombian Mountains | The G: Files.

Goals Technology

The Skills You Should Have to Be a Successful Remote Worker

Great remote workers have a few traits that make them successful:

Propensity towards action: This is the type of person that devoid of a task list given to them, they’ll find something meaningful to do.

Able to prioritize: Often times, important tasks can be unclear when working remotely (especially at a startup). An individual who can focus on the right tasks and know to ignore others will do well.

Proficient written communicator: Most communication in a remote team happens via text—email, team chat, or one-on-one private messages. If someone struggles to write clearly and concisely, they’ll struggle in a remote team. Equally as important is being able to show tact in written communication, too. It’s all-to-easy to come off as curt via text. Liberal use of emoticons can go a long way.

via The Skills You Should Have to Be a Successful Remote Worker.

Goals Technology

7 Important Reasons to Unplug and Find Space

Powering-down combats the fear of missing out. Scientifically speaking, the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) has been recognized as a recently emerging psychological disorder brought on by the advance of technology. The premise is simple. Our social media streams are ever-filled with everything happening all around us. Nowadays, we even see the plates of food our friends are enjoying. And within this constant stream of notification, our fear of being left out continues to grow. Turning off social media and finding contentment in our present space is a welcome skill.

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17 Tech Related Travel Questions (and Answers!) | Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site

I get asked a lot about travel technology every day, especially since I started writing on this website. So this month, rather than devoting an article to a single topic, I decided to answer many of your travel tech questions. We cover a wide range of topics – gear, security, apps, staying connected and many more. Without further ado, here are your questions and best answers!

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iOS vs Android: The 2015 Edition

Nearly a couple of thousand words later, and in some ways we’ve barely started to scratch the surface of iOS vs Android—that’s an indication of how these smartphone OSes have expanded in scope and influence, and how versatile the modern-day mobile phone actually is.

Read through some of the iOS vs Android thought pieces on the web and you’ll find that a lot of the time it’s the small differences that count: The positioning of a button, or the way a specific feature is handled, or a reliance on one particular app or another.

Yet get above that minutiae and you find that Apple and Google have fundamentally different ideas about the way that software, hardware, the web, user data and privacy should be handled. On one level, iOS and Android have never been more similar; on many others, they’ve never been further apart.

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Android Finances Technology

An Intermediate’s Guide to Getting More Out of Mint

I use heavily to track and audit our budget.  The article below has some wonderful ways to use some slightly more advanced features.

Mint is a great tool for basic budgeting, and you can really optimize it by making the most out of some of its features. With a little tagging, categorizing, and organizing, you can easily customize your Mint experience to your liking.

via An Intermediate’s Guide to Getting More Out of Mint.

Motivation Technology

Replacing Twitter with Phone Calls: An Adventure in Unplugging – 99U

Each time we check a Twitter feed or Facebook update, we encounter something novel and feel more connected socially… and get another dollop of reward hormones. But remember, it is the dumb, novelty-seeking portion of the brain driving the limbic system that induces this feeling of pleasure, not the planning, scheduling, higher-level thought centers in the prefrontal cortex. Make no mistake: email-, Facebook- and Twitter-checking constitute a neural addiction.

via Replacing Twitter with Phone Calls: An Adventure in Unplugging – 99U.


Oakland Police license plate reader data set handed to journalist | Naked Security

Such privacy is crucial for a number of reasons. For one thing, it shields us from persecution, whether it concerns our race, religion, gender, political orientation, or any other of a vast number of personal attributes.

Can our geolocation reveal such things about us?

Absolutely. Catherine Crump, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, made this point when talking to Ars:

via Oakland Police license plate reader data set handed to journalist | Naked Security.