I’ve glanced at the web page Lifehacker.com before. It has some interesting tips on a wide range of things, from how to tweak your PC to how to get stains out of things.
It was not until I got the book Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tips To Turbocharge YourDay for Christmas that I realised how powerful some of these tweaks could be. The book excellently compiles and organises the tips that are most useful to someone who uses a computer a lot, either for business or just for personal productivity.
What’s really neat is that since the book is only a collection of things that are posted for free on here, chapter by chapter.anyway, you can get most of the book’s content (albeit without most of Gina Trapani’s gentle humour)
I found that I already employed some of the tips, such as:
- Emailing your future self
- Splitting your work among multiple desktops
- Clearing your desktop
- Automatically backing up your files
- Google like a pro
But there’s tons of new stuff that I’ve implemented in the last few weeks that honestly is making a difference in my productivity at work. The most important for me have been:
- Limit access to time-wasting websites
- Highlighting messages sent directly to me
- Emptying my inbox (and keeping it empty)
- Instantly retrieving files from my hard drive
- Setting up a morning dash
- Capturing web clippings with Google Notebook
Obviously I don’t care for (or need) all 88 tips. Different things work for different people. The book’s got everything from how to setup your own web server to access your own Wiki on your home PC when you’re on the road, to keyboard shortcuts like Windows-D to show your desktop or Ctrl-L to go to your Firefox address bar. So it’s guaranteed that there’s something in here you’ll find useful.
Take a look through the link, and see what might help you out. Or wait for the next edition of the book, which I think comes out soon.