A recent poll of some of the hardest-working, tech-savviest bloggers revealed the tools they use to stay on track. Here’s the list from Harvard Business Review—which you can also find in our upcoming November issue:
“Some people use this app to monitor progress toward fitness goals, but I use it as a tool to boost my job performance. For instance, the app tells me that my heart rate begins to rise an hour before a high-stakes presentation. As a result, I’ve been looking for ways to calm down, such as chatting with a tranquil colleague or going on a short walk before the big talk. The app data shows that these steps do calm me.”—James Wilson, senior researcher at Babson Executive Education
“Each year, I select five areas I want to focus most of my time on and write them on a piece of paper. Each morning, I transfer the most important items to accomplish for the day into time slots in my calendar. That forces me to make strategic choices about fitting the most pressing items into the limited space of my day.”—Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done.
“This app is a social media “dashboard” that lets me monitor and post to all my networks simultaneously. When I’ve written
a new blog or read something I want to share, I can let everyone know with a single entry rather than having to log on to each network separately. I use it to manage my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ accounts, and you can also use it with Tumblr, WordPress, and Foursquare.”—Heidi Grant Halvorson, PhD, whose blog, “The Science of Success,” is at heidigranthalvorson.com
Some people like to travel by train because it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of an airplane.
I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”
“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” —Everyone following you on Instagram
A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.
Comedian Greg Davies
Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.
Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.
My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me everything you know.”
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” —Alcohol
@yoyoha (Josh Hara)
My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?
A: A mechanic.