If you are a knowledge worker who spends most of the day at a computer, you need be a computer ninja and develop a strategy for subduing your ever-increasing workload. Here are four tips and my current strategy:
- Use as few apps as possible. The more apps, the more that can go wrong.
- Related, opt for web-based apps like Google Docs. Your data is backed-up, accessible from anywhere (that there is Internet), sharing is a breeze, and you just need to use one app (your browser) to access them.
- Learn keyboard shortcuts. Mice and trackpads are for non-ninjas.
- Subscribe to your apps’ blogs. Good apps are always evolving. Stay current about time-saving enhancements by reading their blog.
My current strategy:
- Gmail for email [shortcuts, blog]
- Google Reader for blog reading [shortcuts, blog]
- Google Docs for document creation [shortcuts, blog]
- Evernote for knowledge management [shortcuts, blog]
- Rememberthemilk for task lists [shortcuts, blog]
- Accordance for Bible study [shortcuts, blog]
- Keynote for slides [shortcuts]
- Dropbox for storing and backing up “live” documents [blog]
- Quicksilver for application launching and sending tasks to RTM
- Firefox [shortcuts, blog]
- Safari [shortcuts] [Q: Why do I use 2 different browsers? Isn’t that violating tip #1? A: Safari would be my default choice, but FF works better with the Google products and has some nice add-ons (like the delicious bookmark extension).]