Your Computer Is a Tool. Here's How to Actually Use It Like One.

Justin Pot / Published September 9, 2019

When's the last time you "surfed the web" or "went online"? I haven't really heard those phrases used unironically since the early 2000s, which makes sense. The internet isn't a place we visit anymore—it's where we all live.

I couldn't help but think about this when I read a beautiful...


No Email Should Take More than Five Minutes to Write

Deborah Tennen / Published September 2, 2019

We're all drowning in email. And if you're spending 15 minutes on every reply, no productivity system is ever going to save you. Not inbox zero, not batching, not turning off notifications—nothing. Your only hope is retirement.

My rule: I never spend more than five minutes writing a work email....


Why Social Listening Matters for Growing Your Business

Aleh Barysevich / Published August 26, 2019

You track mentions of your brand on social media and respond within a few minutes each time. Whether someone poses a question, files a complaint, or shouts out a feature they like so much that they tell you about it right there on Twitter, you're always sure to connect with...


Use These 33 Google Search Tricks to Find Exactly What You're Looking For

Melanie Pinola / Published August 20, 2019

Google knows everything. Want the weather forecast? Ask Google. Need directions to a restaurant? Search Google. Have a weird rash or wonder why your dog won't stop eating grass? Google it. At your own risk.

In a fraction of a second, Google gives you links to hundreds of millions of...


5 Ways Teachers Can Save Time Using Free Google Apps

Jessica Greene / Published August 14, 2019

For most K-12 teachers, a standard teaching day is roughly 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.—but that's just time spent inside the classroom. Add in all the additional work—grading, lesson planning, scheduling, conferences, and so on—and teachers end up looking at 12-16 hours of work per day.

Google's suite of...


How to Build an Email List: 6 Ways to Get New Subscribers

Matt Ellis / Published August 6, 2019

Google email marketing statistics and you'll be met with confetti-laden numbers about the power of email marketing. But all of these statistics fail to account for one glaring oversight: Email marketing only works if you have people to email. And a lot of companies—small businesses in particular—never reach the tipping...


When Perfect Is (and Isn't) the Enemy of Good

Jessica Greene / Published August 6, 2019

Perfect is the enemy of good. Done is better than perfect. The best is the enemy of the good.

You've heard some version of this, whether it was in your college philosophy class or, more likely, from your Silicon Valley boss. The idea, of course, is that striving for good—or...


How to Prioritize When Everything Feels Important

Jessica Greene / Published July 30, 2019

There's never enough time to do everything you want to do. It's a universal problem. And we all accept that fact and live with its reality until the worst-case scenario rears its ugly head: There's not enough time to do everything you have to do.

When everything on your to-do...


Your Commute Is Bad for You, Here's How to Make It Better

Jessica Greene / Published July 23, 2019

We've all been there: You tell people your commute is 45 minutes each way, but every day, there's a delay. An accident. A broken down train. Inclement weather. A barge hitting the bridge you have to cross to get to work and causing a four-hour traffic backup (true story).

To...


Eat That Frog: A Practical Approach to Reaching Your Goals

Jessica Greene / Published July 16, 2019

Eat That Frog is a productivity method developed by Brian Tracy and described in his book Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. Both the book and the method get their names from a quote usually attributed to Mark Twain...