This past weekend I was in London, ON for an academic conference. It was great to experience a room full of incredibly smart and talented people and gain a better appreciation for the academic marketing community. Not to mention, there were great presentations on cool topics people are working on. It was a nice interlude to the ongoing academic semester.
Speaking of academics, I’ve been using three (FREE) new tools to help work smarter, and I thought I’d share them with you so you can work smarter, too! And, to round out the list, a new Google tool and a good post of tips for winter cycling. (Yes, I’m still cycling, kind of. It’s a bit weather dependent.)
1. Flux. We are all looking at screens way too much, and there is plenty of research that shows we should all be putting the laptops down much earlier than we really do. I know that brining my laptop to bed so I can cuddle up with Netflix isn’t a great habit, but what’s a gal to do? Install Flux on your laptop and it will adjust the screen brightness to match sunset so that you’re screen isn’t bright “blue” at night, but mimics a natural warm light.
2. Jumpcut. Ever copy something off a web page or document but forget to paste right away? Jumpcut is the coolest tool to help at times like that: it stores up to 40 cut or copy actions so that you can insert those items ages after you meant to insert them. It might sound silly, but I guarantee the next time you are doing some writing or clipping a bunch of different quotes from a page, this will make life much easier.
3. RescueTime. This simple (note: there is a more high quality paid version if you want) tracker will keep a running log of all the apps, programs, webpages etc that you use so that you can categorize activities and discover what things suck away your time. Weekly email summaries help you determine overall productivity levels.
4. Google Flights. Google now has a way for you to search flights across destinations, dates and prices. It’s the coolest way to hunt for a vacation (especially when you have no money for said vacation…). Anyway, check it out when you are planning your next trip.
5. Biking in the winter. This post is a good reminder of the extra steps any cyclist willing to battle the elements should take to stay warm and safe. I’ve been wearing a new thermal headband under my helmet and some heavy-duty gloves in addition to thermal long johns (Joe Fresh makes an affordable set) to stay warm. I personally refuse to cycle in snow, so I limit myself to dry roads and temps above -10 Celsius. Stay safe!
Have a great week!