Category Archives: Productivity

8 Ways to Work Less and Earn More→

Christina Gillick for Bidsketch writes:

I wanted to double my hourly rate – for the primary purpose of having more leisure time. Throughout the year I tested different techniques and strategies so I could work less and earn more.

Some worked. Some didn’t.

But, at the end of the year, I more than doubled my hourly rate and I worked less than part time (or 20 hours per week).

If you too want to work fewer hours – or increase your hourly rate – here are 8 ways to maximize your working hours

Nifty Tool for Gmail Users: Rapportive

I started using a nifty tool around a year ago call Rapportive. It works with Gmail.

Rapportive shows you information about your contacts — collected from social networking sites like and — adjacent to the body of their email message. If gives you at-a-glance visibility into their professional and social networking details, without requiring you to collect and/or look it up. Continue reading Nifty Tool for Gmail Users: Rapportive

The Time Management Matrix That Changed My Life

One of the biggest shifts in my productivity was finding a way to sort out what is important, not merely what is urgent. The funny thing is that once I started to get a handle on identifying the important items, I was able to spend more time on being pro-active, preventative projects, and the like (and not feel guilty about it either). This created a feedback loop which further reduces the urgent items that come up on any given day. I can’t completely eliminate urgent items, but I can do a far better job at reducing how often they occur in my work and life.

So how do you do this?  And what exactly do I mean by Important versus Urgent?

You start by putting your tasks into four quadrants: Continue reading The Time Management Matrix That Changed My Life