Automation is anything where you can make something happen without your intervention. If you actively go check the weather on your phone every morning a simple form of automation to improve this process might be to setup a notification at the time you would like to receive it (like if you are going to work and would like to know if it will rain on the way there or on the way back).
The Gadget Lab is a podcast that goes directly into discussions about prevalent topics of the week like launch events from companies such as Amazon and Apple and the effect they may have.
Last week I highlighted The Pitch podcast. I really enjoy hearing about a variety of companies, but this week I thought I would highlight the Hello Code podcast which is all about the company Hello Code and the products they develop (Exist, Larder, and Changemap).
Freakonmics is a podcast that talks about ideas in ways you might not have thought about before. Different ideas about how automation will affect the world around us, how should you build a team that works well together, how medical information isn't as empirical as we might think, the cost of wearing shoes and much more.
With almost any process, I enjoy listening to the behind the scenes work. What was the thinking behind the idea, what did they have to do in the project that was unique to get it off the ground and how do other people perceive the idea? There are always so many directions you can head. Selling coffee? You might consider selling directly to the consumer, business to business, or to wholesale suppliers. Once you have decided on how you want to sell, it makes a big difference to how you are going to market yourself.
An easy example of a macro you can execute is CTTL+SHIFT+TAB and CTRL+TAB in your Google Chrome browser. This will allow you to switch between tabs without having to remember the commands or reach for the key combinations themselves.
This week we published an overview of Divvy, a windows management program for Mac and Windows which will help you spend less time working with the OS itself so you can get more done. We also released a video on an application that may help you improve your time management.
Staying up to date might seem impossible when it comes to technology advancements, but an excellent podcast to get half hour updates from the days news, along with a deeper discussion on pertinent topics is aptly called the Daily Tech News Show.
This past week we made some pretty big updates! We released a small series on creating a basic website using the Squarespace platform, added some small notes with resources that we curated and made a video on an excellent windows management tool in our productivity course.
RSS feeds are just another way of curating information from the sources you want without having to go to each individual website.