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October 28, 2009

Apple’s Productivity Shortcomings (And How to Get Around Them)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Maura Thomas @ 10:56 am
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So by the title, you might think I’m not a fan of Macs. You’d be wrong. I converted from a PC over two years ago and have been glad every day that I did so. Macs do *almost* everything better, and without the headaches of PCs. And the fact that you can go into an Apple retail store and get all kinds of help, most of it free, just seems to make using a Mac a no-brainer. But notice I did say that Macs do almost everything better. The one thing that is harder using Mac-native tools is personal productivity. And being that this is my profession, that’s a bit of a big deal for me.  Please read the rest of this post at the new home of this blog, here.  Thanks for visiting!

 

October 24, 2009

More iPhone & Other Technology Conveniences

Filed under: Uncategorized — Maura Thomas @ 1:55 pm

I was hired to give a keynote presentation in San Antonio this weekend, where I stayed overnight, and on the drive home I was marveling over the technology that made the trip so enjoyable and convenient for me.  Since it was a Friday, I suggested my husband take the day off and join me for a short getaway.

Please read the rest of this post at the new home of this blog.  Thanks for visiting!

October 7, 2009

Confessions of a (Highly Productive) iPhone Addict: UPDATE

Filed under: Uncategorized — Maura Thomas @ 11:57 am

Since I wrote this post, I’ve gotten an overwhelming response from people who said they found it helpful.  And now that I’ve had my iPhone for even longer, and upgraded to the 3G, I use it even more than I did before.  And if you read that post, you know it was a lot then.  I thought I’d share some of the new things I’ve learned.

Please read the rest of this post at the new home of this blog.  Thanks for visiting!

September 11, 2009

Social Media Efficiency for Newbies, Part 2 of 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Maura Thomas @ 9:00 am
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Yesterday I gave some information about differences in social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and MySpace, and gave a couple of analogies to help you to keep your use of them in perspective.

Something else to consider when evaluating social media is WHY are you thinking about it?  Please read the rest of this post at the new home of this blog.  Thanks for visiting!

September 10, 2009

Social Media Efficiency for Newbies, Part 1 of 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Maura Thomas @ 6:32 pm

Everyone is giving advice about social media, and it’s a topic I get asked about a lot.  I’ve shared some information before, in this post and this post.  Certainly you can ask 10 different people questions about social media, and get 10 different answers.  I don’t think the rules have become entirely apparent yet.  But here are some thoughts on participating in social media without it becoming a complete time sink.

Please read the rest of this post at the new home of this blog.  Thanks for visiting!

August 30, 2009

Keeping Up with Communication: Convenience vs. Control

Filed under: Uncategorized — Maura Thomas @ 1:41 pm
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How do you keep up with social media?  How do you find the time?  I get asked some version of this question every day, and in fact I deliver trainings on the topic.  The tools you choose to use have a huge impact on how well you can keep up with the flood of communication caused by engaging in social media.

Please read the rest of this post at the new home of this blog.  Thanks for reading!

August 10, 2009

Using Technology to Bring More Control into Your Life

Filed under: Uncategorized — Maura Thomas @ 3:39 pm
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In some ways, we are more connected than ever:  Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, YouTube…these tools give us unprecedented opportunity to connect with and attract the attention of people who in the past seemed much farther removed: celebrities, politicians, corporate executives….

Please read the rest of this post at the new home of this blog, here.  Thanks for visiting!

 

August 3, 2009

Is “Effective Meetings” an OxyMoron?

It doesn’t have to be, although that seems to be status quo in larger companies these days, and sometimes even in smaller ones.  Here are some things to consider to make meetings at your organization more effective….

Please read the rest of this post at the new home of this blog, here.  Thanks for visiting!

July 22, 2009

Productivity and Company Culture

Earlier in my career, and now again, I find myself working with either small companies (less than 50 employees) or divisions within larger companies, which often operate as small companies within a larger framework.  And I’ve discovered that individual productivity (workload management) has a significant impact on the culture in the company or department….

Please read the rest of this post at the new home of this blog, here.  Thanks for visiting!

July 8, 2009

Guest Post: Breakfast Fairies by Steve Harper

Filed under: Uncategorized — Maura Thomas @ 4:08 pm
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My dear friend and fabulous “Ripple Guy” Steve Harper put up a post on his blog yesterday that was just so touching, I wanted to share it. I’ve had the honor of meeting Steve’s dad several times on his trips to Austin, and yes, he is as sweet and special as he sounds.  Please read this post on the new home of this blog, here.  Thanks for visiting!

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