Thoughts on productivity,
communication and tech.

July 18, 2012  

If you use  an iPhone and have a lot of different apps installed, it can sometimes take some time to find a specific app on the phone. The more applications one has, the easier it is to forget where an individual app is located.

There is an easy way to fix this problem. Like the Mac, the iPhone has a built-in search feature called Spotlight. By using the Spotlight search feature, it is not necessary to swipe back and forth in order to find an app.

Here is how to use it:

  • Open Spotlight by going to the far left Home screen. You can get there by either swiping right enough times when you’re on one of the Home screens, or by pressing the Home button one or two times from one of the Home screens.
  • Type the name of the app in the search field.
  • The app’s name and icon will show up underneath the search box (it will probably show up even before the entire app name has been written in the search field).
  • Open the app by selecting it in the list.

Spotlight search can also be used to find other stuff on the phone, such as contacts, e-mails and calendar items. In the Settings app, it is possible to decide which things that should be included in the Spotlight search.

The iPad and the iPod Touch also include the Spotlight search feature.


June 13, 2012  

If you write a lot, you’re probably going to like this.

There’s a Mac app called TextExpander that makes it possible to write dramatically faster — even if you’re already fast on the keyboard.

The app allows you to create keyboard shortcuts for text.

In a nutshell, it works like this:

  • Put a text snippet (such as “My name is David”) in the app.
  • Select a shortcut for the snippet (such as “MD”).
  • Write “MD” and the text “My name is David” automatically appears.

This app makes it possible to write more by typing less. It can save a lot of time and effort for someone who writes regularly.


June 10, 2012  

Compartments from LittleFin is a useful home inventory app for the Mac.

It has a simple interface and lets you create a list of your stuff. Items can be added based on where they are located and it is possible to assign a specific type (such as “Tools” or “Clothing”) to each item. An image can be added to an item as well as different kinds of information (such as the date when the item was acquired). Also, it’s easy to create reports with the app.

You can find more information about the app at LittleFin’s web site.


June 9, 2012  

I am very interested in the topic of productivity – I like learning about and testing new ways of getting stuff done faster.

But why is it worth spending time trying to get more productive?

Is it because high productivity can lead to wealth and professional success? Well, it can, but that’s not the main reason.

Is it because society as a whole benefits if its citizens are productive? Well, it does, but that’s not the main reason either.

In my opinion, the main reason why productivity matters has to do with the fact that we have a limited amount of time to spend in our lives.

Waiting is risky

Because our time is limited, it is important to act fast — to do stuff sooner rather than later.

The opposite — putting stuff off, waiting and procrastinating — is risky. A person may have a golden opportunity today only to become sick tomorrow and see the opportunity vanish.

It’s also important to remember that opportunities often are temporary in nature. Often, an opportunity is present for a certain amount of time and then it disappears. Sales leads become cold over time. Job openings become closed. Personal relationships can easily wither if they are not maintained over time. As the years go by, certain career paths become harder to take.

Seizing the opportunities

Since many opportunities disappear over time, the best response to an interesting opportunity is often to act on it fast.

Since it is important to act fast, it is also important to be as productive as possible, given one’s circumstances. By increasing our productivity, we can do more things in a given amount of time.

A person who is committed to being as productive as possible increases his/her chances of seizing the opportunities that present themselves.

That is, in my opinion, the main reason why productivity matters.