Create a New Email With the Title, Content, and a Link to a Webpage Using a Gmail Bookmarklet

24 March 2009 Categories: self efficiency

Ever read a post or article and wanted to email it to others? Use The following bookmarklet to ease things up.

How to use it

To use the bookmarklet (which is a piece of code saved as a bookmark), simply add it to your bookmarks bar. Right click the button below and choose “Bookmark This Link” or just drag and drop it to the bookmarks bar:

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Right click the button and choose “Bookmark This Link”

What it does

Whenever you click the bookmarklet, it’ll do the following actions:

  1. Create a new email message (in a new window).

  2. Set the title of the webpage as the subject.

  3. Add a link to the webpage in the body of the message.

  4. Copy all the text that was selected when you clicked the bookmarklet into the body of the message (see images below).

gmail bookmarklet - creat a new email with selected text in thee body of the message

While you’re at it, you might also want to configure an new-email keyboard shortcut.

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4 Steps to Optimize Your RSS Subscription List in Google Reader

10 February 2009 Categories: information overload

in this post you will learn how to save time and get the most out of your RSS subscription list in Google reader. the method presented here include 4 steps and is easy to implement right away. it is based on finding the sources that fit you best and unsubscribing to those that do not.  just to get some  perspective, take a look at my Google Reader stats. I stay on top of 1,043 subscriptions using that method.

My google reader stats

My google reader stats

1. Star worth-reading items

the first thing you should do is to star items you like.

Do it whenever you find something that you would define as worth reading; thing you would like to see more of (Star an item by clicking the star next to it in the reading list or by pressing ‘S’ in the keyboard). […]

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Reuse Your Emails to Get Whole New Deliverables

27 January 2009 Categories: Knowledge Management

reusing-emailsEvery day we send and receive tens of emails (some of us less, some of us a lot more…). Have you ever thought of reusing some of them? I’m talking about the ones you spend more than a couple of minutes writing, those elaborated answers that take time to think of and write. Instead of sending and forgetting about them, here are some suggestions of how to leverage the time and effort you spend writing emails by transforming them into a whole new deliverables.

Additional uses for emails

Source for F&Q

Let’s say you’re a product manager. You frequently get question regarding the product (from external and internal customers). Collect these emails and display them on you company’s website in an F&Q format. It will improve the service your customers get (since they will spend less time searching for answers) and will also save you the need to answer repeatedly the same questions.

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Software Recommendation – MySpeed Lets You Control the Speed of Online Videos (YouTube Too)

07 January 2009 Categories: self efficiency

MySpeed screenshot

MySpeed, a tiny free software, allows you to control the speed of online videos. That means that you can watch a YouTube video in twice the default speed, or slow down the video to half of it. The speed-control window automatically appears whenever a video is played, and disappears when the page is closed or the video is paused (see screenshot).

As you may imagine, there are various situations where it is more efficient to speed up a video (or a part of it) or more effective to play it slower . I find it useful, for example, when I watch lectures and want to speed them up, even 10 or 20 percent faster, if the lecturer speaks slow or when I just want to get the hang of it quickly.

 

 

Download MySpeed

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Before Google – Use Your RSS Reader as a Search Engine

06 January 2009 Categories: information overload

your_private_search_engineThe idea is simple – your RSS reader (hopefully) contains hundreds of your favorite sites. Why not use its search capability before turning to Google or other search alternatives?

The rational

The search option in your RSS reader searches through all your subscription. Put differently, you have a private search engine to search the best sites on the net (why else would you subscribe to them?). Admittedly, it won’t always be the best solution, but I would keep it in mind when searching for something. After all, a recommendation on a software or a site from Lifehacker‎ , MakeUseOf, Mashable or ReadWriteWeb could be better than just finding a site through Google.
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How to Use Checklists to Deliver High Quality Outputs

30 December 2008 Categories: Effectiveness

checklist Checklists help to deliver high quality outputs by recognizing routine procedures and must-have attributes of these outputs. Checklists have several more benefits and they are easy to create and use. Here is how to get going:

What is a checklist

Checklist is a list of items (names, characteristics, tasks etc.) you check or consult when performing a task. It is used to make sure that the output is complete and consist, that no mandatory attributes has been forgotten. For example, you can use a checklist of activities you must take before publishing new content in your website. This might include spellchecking, review by others, adding tags, adding picture, writing an extract and so on.

Some Benefits

Using a checklist provides these benefits:

  • Standardization – it helps keep outputs standard when more than one person is involved or when one person produces many items over time (for example, blog posts).
  • Prevent cognitive overload – it frees your mind from the the routines so that you could think about the main activities and process innovations.
  • Continues improvement – as new insights, activities, and attributes are added to the checklist, your outputs will improves.
  • Collective learning – people who are new to the process can use the checklist to learn it and to avoid reinventing the wheel. […]
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