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How To Simplify Your Life with Powerful Gmail Filters and Labels

Do you get overwhlemed by a large number of emails in your inbox? Do you find yourself deleting many emails without even opening them because they are junk mail and/or you don’t have time to read them? I LOVE the feeling of “Zero Inbox!” I feel a sense of calm when I have nothing in my inbox, or at least only one or two messages that I have already read. I have 3 email accounts, all of which are hosted with Google/Gmail. Earlier this year I ditched my mail client on my desktop and laptop computer and now only read my email in the browser. This took an adjustment, but the benefits are : My computer is much faster …. I don’t have to store thousands of emails that take up a lot of space on my hard drive I can view each mailbox separately, minimizing distraction while I am working, as I can keep my personal email account closed during working hours. Gmail has a filter that detects “Social” and “Promotions” messages, keeping your “Primary” inbox all about “real” email that needs your attention. On my phone, I use Outlook instead of the the iOS Mail App or Gmail. I…

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Tips for Working Remotely

I have been traveling more than usual lately and working remotely. A wonderful thing about working for myself and the ease of staying connected these days, is that my business keeps running smoothly and unless I want them to, my clients don’t even know I am out of town (and it doesn’t matter anyway). I am very attached to my connected tools, and take pride in being very responsive. So when traveling, I have found some awesome tools to make my time away as productive (and sometimes more productive!) than I am when I am in my office. Working Remotely with Cordless Phone Chargers The hardest thing about traveling is the potential to run out of power on your laptop and phone. Having a USB cord and plug for your phone, as well as your laptop or tablet cord handy is important. I am attentive to plugging in wherever possible, keeping my devices at 100% as often as I can. At most airports, it is easy to find an outlet or power station. Plug in your computer and then use a USB cord to charge your phone from your computer. Carry a fully charged portable cordless phone charger like one…

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The Blogging Challenge: Blogging For One Month

I met the sister team from @sumydesigns, Susan Sullivan and Amy Masson at WordCamp US. They impressed me with their commitment to blogging about website and WordPress design and development. As a result, I have set myself a goal of blogging every day (or almost every day!) for the month of March. The Design TLC Blogging Challenge begins today! If you are interested in expanding your website and WordPress skills, learning about great tools for website design and development and other general productivity tips, please sign up to follow my challenge. If I know you are reading, I am more likely to meet this Challenge and blog every day!   I am trying out CoSchedule as a tool to help me plan my month of blog posts, and also to help me select compelling headlines and content. Combined with Google Docs, the process looks like it will go smoothly!  

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Being Productive

Technology and our constant connection to digital devices can certainly lead to many distractions and “time suck.” Overcoming the urge to check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email frequently is one step toward becoming more productive. I love technology, and am as guilty as anyone of being overly connected. However, instead of disdaining this activity and beating myself up over it, I choose to embrace the many ways in which technology helps me be more productive. As a compulsive list maker and Type A person, I rely on a few fabulous apps and websites to help me stay organized and on top of my schedule and tasks. Here are a few of my favorite digital resources. I have used Last Pass for several years. I like that I can have the app on my phone, so I can access all my website logins/passwords wherever I am. The password/url list can be organized into folders to keep it manageable and there is an easy search bar at the top. I use the premium version ($12 per year) so everything is synced across all devices. I couldn’t live without Dropbox! I keep all my files in dropbox, which means if my computer crashes…

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