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Umano App Reads to You On-The-Go

Posted by Paula Rizzo on July 24, 2014 in Apps, Fab Find, Radio, Technology

umanoI’ve recently gotten into listening to a lot of podcasts on my commute because it’s just easier than reading something and then getting bumped into by a rude passenger, losing your spot, remembering where you are, re-reading that section and so on.   A friend recommended I try Umano.

I downloaded the app earlier this week, and the first thing it lets you do is choose the kind of content you want to listen to. There’s a wide variety of channels including your typical news subjects sports, entertainment and technology, but there’s also some more unusual channels like facts and history. … continue reading.

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7 Foods to Eat Your Way to Productivity

Posted by Paula Rizzo on July 22, 2014 in Boost Memory, Food, Health, Reduce Stress

chocolateWhen we think about the different ways to get more out of our day, we don’t often think about changing our diet. If you’re not eating the right food you can feel sluggish, uninspired and apathetic. Want to give your brain a kick start to get more done? Put down the donut and try these yummy productivity boosters instead.

Blueberries – If there were such a thing as ultimate super fruit, it would be blueberries. They’re high in antioxidants, high in fiber and low on the glycemic index. Plus a recent study shows eating blueberries can help ward off degenerative diseases such as Alzhiemer’s disease. Which means there’s a good reason to indulge in blueberry pancakes for breakfast today! … continue reading.

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Grandma Knows Best (Productivity Tips That Stand The Test of Time)

grandma-3The grandparent-grandchild relationship is wonderful and yet simple, they give you life advice and chocolate, in exchange you teach them how to use their cell phone. There’s a lot you can learn from your grandparents including how to be more constructive with your time.

Here are few ways being more like your grandma could help you save time and money:

Check Email in Batches: My husband’s grandmother only checks her email a few times a week.  She doesn’t do it in between other activities, but sees it as a daily task, much like reading the mail. Grandparents I know also tend to respond to each email right away rather than saving it for later. The younger generation tends check emails constantly, often as a way of procrastination. Checking your email once a day like your grandma allows you to be more focused on your other tasks. … continue reading.

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Turn on the TV to Get More Done

Posted by Paula Rizzo on July 17, 2014 in Benefits of List Making, Increase Productivity, People, TV

redWatching too much television can be bad for your productivity. I’ve come up with a few ways to avoid the blackhole of Netflix, but I’ve been caught out a few times. Let’s face it we’ve all had that moment where you’ve sat down to watch one episode, and before you know it hours have past and you still haven’t started that thing you where going to do. It’s normal to feel guilty about your binge, but you don’t have to anymore.

Think of your time spent watching as ‘research’ – there are plenty of productive characters on television, and you can easily pick up a few tips.

Here are a few from some of my favorite shows:

Keep your eye out for new opportunities – When your incarcerated in a women’s penitentiary you always have to be on toes. Red from Orange is the New Black may run the prison, but that doesn’t stop her from always being on the lookout. Whether is a new inmate she can exploit or a run down greenhouse she can fix up – Red takes advantage of everything.

Real Life Use: When you think you’ve run out of options, look around you and you might find some opportunities that you’ve overlooked. … continue reading.

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