Content Curation Tools 2: Alternatives to Scoop.it!

Back in May, we explored one of today’s most popular content curation tools: Scoop.it! Today I would like to broaden that discussion and look at a number of other alternatives to Scoop.it!.

There are different aspects of content curation that have to be considered when evaluating tools. Just like a crossroads with many different paths, your tool choice determines the direction of your content curation activities.

Some content curation tools have more advanced features with regards to the collection and alerting aspect of identifying new content.  For example, Feedly has become well known as the RSS aggregator successor to Google Reader.  It is a content curation tool that has specialized on the collection of content for the user to evaluate. As well as doing a good job of keeping track of RSS feeds you wish to follow, Feedly also offers a search engine which allows users to search for additional sources of information on a topic.  These new finds can then be added to your feed as well.

Some content curation tools have very attractive display and organization features.  For example, Tweeted Times is a specialized application that allows the user to created themed collections of tweets in an attractive newspaper format. Twitter lists or twitter searches determine the content which is refreshed every hour.

Another popular tool that utilizes a newpaper-like layout is paper.li.  It combines entries from Twitter hashtags, photos, blog and newsline articles and Facebook. For example, Michael Steeleworthy published a paper.li paper called The Academic Librarian Review.  I have found this particular tool to be a bit klunky in its skill of returning content that was on point for my interests, but it has remained a popular choice on tool lists for some time.

When considering photos and graphics, Pinterest offers both the ability to easily add to your topical boards, but also to search others’ boards for new items fitting your topics.

Other content curation tools have better defined functionality for the actual curation and annotation of curated content. A prime example of this type of tool is Storify.  Popular in K-12 arenas for several years, this is a tool that is often overlooked by academic users. This tool allows the aggregation of text, video and images from many platforms including Twitter, YouTube and Facebook along with user content which relates the items together into a story or timeline.  One example of an application of Storify with an academic bent is the story created by Jeff Sonderman on the 9/11 anniversary broadcasts.

Another popular tool in the K-12 arena is Flipboard.  This tool allows users to create their own personal magazine.   Articles, blog posts, photos and other media can be aggregated to create attractive, professional-looking layouts in a digital magazine style.  K-12 teachers actively use Flipboard to create resources guides on class topics or current event magazines for their students to read as a part of their civics lessons.  Teachers also create assignments where their students create flipboard magazines on their assigned topics instead of the traditional paper report.  I can see uses for academic professors, college student projects and librarians.  As well as the types of uses popular with K-12, there are interesting applications for academic librarians using flipboard in creating user tutorials.  For example, here is a short flipboard on the tool Evernote. While this is not strictly a content curation related use for the tool, it is still a potentially effective application of the tool for typical work activities.

Understanding what functionality is more important to us is key to making the best decisions about which tool to adopt for our use.  That being said, there are many very successful content curators who use multiple tools in order to reach different groups and to capitalize on the special features that different tools offer. Consider your goals, take a look at some of the tools mentioned here, or in other tool review articles on the web, choose a tool and then get your feet wet.  Whichever tool you choose, getting started with content curation is the most important  part of the process.  You will refine your skills and learn what does and does not work for you as you hone your new skills.

Have you started making content curation a part of your life?  Share with us; let us know your successes and lessons you have learned.

Links Roundup #23

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Note that this is an extra Links Roundup article. I have simply gathered too much stuff, and must publish another roundup in order to get “caught up”. Enjoy!

Design

Hackdesign is a web site that offers 44 lessons in design.  Either view all the lessons, or get one each week via email.  Lessons include design fundamentals, tools, typography, user experience, iconography, responsive design, and more. The Toolkit might be particularly useful.

Email

Notes for Gmail Gives You a Scratchpad for Emails and Threads is a Lifehacker post by Alan Henry that discusses a Gmail add-on that basically adds sticky notes to either an individual email or a whole thread.

Evernote/OneNote/Note-Taking Software

Once again there is a feature in one version of Evernote (Mac version, this time) that I can’t wait to have in my version (Windows/Android).  Catherine Pope of The Digital Researcher writes, in Find Your Stuff with Descriptive Searching in Evernote that you can now use natural language searching in Evernote.  She gives examples, such as “image from this month”, and Evernote will recognize the date and format parameters and return notes that match both.

How people use a particular tool changes over time, as Jamie Todd Rubin acknowledges in a recent Going Paperless column on How I Simplified My Notebook Organization in Evernote.  The notebook structure he had during his early years using the product became too cumbersome and he came up with a simpler organization that works for him… and maybe for you.  Part Two describes how he simplified hist tag structure.  He also has a good column Add Reminders to Scanned Documents for Quick Action Items.  It discusses using the reminder feature of Evernote so that if you need to take an action on a particular document that you have scanned, Evernote will remind you if you set a reminder.  Yes, you should scan everything (I don’t yet, but will).

There have been a flurry of posts (such as this one) on Evernote‘s new ability to help one self-publish an ebook, via integration with the FastPencil platform.  Note that FastPencil sells a variety of services (at a variety of prices) such as professional editing, cover design, publishing distribution, and marketing.

Cindy Grigg, who does the About.com website on office software, has a truly EXCELLENT article with a 40-feature comparison chart of Microsoft OneNote, Evernote, and Google Keep.  She links at the bottom to her more complete reviews of the three (Evernote, OneNote, and Keep).

Microsoft  Updates OneNote for Android for ‘Full Tablet Experience’ is an article in Tab Times.  It indicates the update is aimed mostly at students returning to school, and that one of its major features is handwriting recognition – draw either with a finger or a stylus.  Another article on the same topic, Why OneNote for Android with Handwriting is Important, makes the point that styli (styluses?) are getting better and thinner, more like writing with a pen or pencil, so that handwriting is more natural.  This can be important because some studies have shown that retention is better with handwriting than typing.

Library Technology

The 2014 NMC Horizon Report is now available.  Description:

The report describes findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving library leaders and staff a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.

Mac OS

The Mac Power Users is a podcast by Katie Floyd and David Sparks. Their mission is “to turn listeners into Power Users. Each episode will look in-depth at one computing or technology related topic or talk to a luminary of the tech community about their workflow.”  Subscribe via RSS or iTunes.

Meetings

A lot of people have used Doodle to schedule meetings.  Timothy Lepczyk at EduHacker writes in Online Scheduling with Best Day about an alternative tool, Best Day, that has more features then Doodle, including allowing participants to vote on which location and time should be chosen for a meeting.

Microsoft

Cindy Grigg, has an in-depth review of Office 365 in her About.com guide to office software, .  My place of work has just moved to it so I found this particularly interesting.  The Office Software About.com page looks excellent and I have just signed up for the free email newsletter.

Mind Mapping

Catherine Pope of The Digital Researcher blog has a post on Scapple, which sounds like a combination of a mind-mapping tool and a note-taking tool.  More, it integrates with Scrivener, a writing tool that many academics use.  Scapple is available in both Mac and Windows versions.

PDFs

Fatima Wahab writes in the Addictive Tips article Notable PDF: Annotate and Save Changes Made to a PDF Online about the Chrome extension that allows highlighting and commenting on a PDF and saving those as text and PDF.

PKM

Bonnie Stachowiak of the blog Teaching in Higher Ed has a set of links on PKM topics in Delicious.  In our interactions with her I’ve been bowled over by her organizational and communication abilities.  She also has an excellent introductory presentation on PKM.  And don’t forget to listen to her podcast #9, where she interviewed Crystal and me!

Productivity

Maggie Zhang of Business Insider has a useful post 17 Web Resources that Will Improve Your Productivity.  A lot of our old friends are mentioned such as Evernote, IFTTT, and Feedly.  Most others I have heard of but not used.  Worth checking out.

Mihir Patkar of Lifehacker has a good post Use This Flowchart to Identify What Type of Procrastinator You Are.  The article discusses research done by Dr. Joseph Ferrari of DePaul University which identifed three types of procrastinators, the thrill seekers, the Avoider, and the Indecisive.  Listed are some hints for each type on how to deal with the problem.

Security

“Lifehacker’s Five Best Desktop Antivirus Applications discusses the pros and cons of the viewer-chosen favorite applications.  The five are a variety of free, premium, and freemium; and a mix of operating systems.  Programs mentioned are Avast, ESET NOD32Bitdefender, Kaspersky, and Avira.  If you aren’t protecting your computer, please do… you’ve heard enough about the risks!

Bob Rankin‘s Internet Explorer: the LEAST Secure Browser? is more nuanced than the title suggests, so read the whole thing.  Overall, IE, Firefox, and Chrome are all reasonably safe, with some security enhancements on the way.

Video

In case you haven’t already noticed, we just love Jill Duffy‘s Getting Organized weekly columns for PCMag.  A recent one has detailed ideas for how to organize video files.

Writing

Hemingway is an app that helps with proofreading a document, and now is available on the desktop for Windows and Mac.  It works with Markdown, a mark up language for plain text beloved by many academic writers.

Jamie Todd Rubin, who I often mention for his Going Paperless columns on Evernote, is a programmer by day and a fiction writer at other times.  In “Open Beta of My Google Docs Writing Tracker Version 2” he shares the application he created to organize and track his progress on all his many writing projects.  He automated a lot of this process with a program which sends the data to a Google spreadsheet, and has now shared that program on GitHub.  This could be very useful for graduate students and faculty, as well as other writers.

 

Links Roundup #22

saddle and ropeApps for Academics

Crystal pointed me to the site Smallwow Best Apps for Academics.  Created by Nicole Hennig, it is a companion for the 2014 book Best Apps for Academics by Hennig and Pam Nicholas.  Smallwow gets a big wow – excellently organized LibGuide with pages for apps for productivity, reading, library research, taking notes, writing, collaborating, presenting, and a page for resources.  It is pretty iOS-centric, one of the few downsides from my Android point of view, but iPads are very popular.

Catherine Pope of The Digital Researcher blog has an article that points to a Chrome  and Firefox extension that opens up a LOT of functionality for handling your tabs, such as grouping tabs and making a web page of tabs that can be shared with others.

TabTimes has an article on Parallels, an app for iOS and Android that allows one to control a PC or Mac from a smartphone or tablet.  It requires a subscription, but the annual cost has come down to $20.

The American Association for School Librarians (AASL) puts out an annual list of the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning which features websites (often apps or software).  Their description:  “The 2013 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.”  The categories are Media Sharing, Digital Storytelling, Manage and Organize, Social Networking and CommunicationsContent Resources, and Curriculum Collaboration.   Looks like a useful set of tools.

Citation/Research Management

Colwiz is a research management tool that includes reference management, calendars, to-do lists/project management, PDF managment, collaboration options, and more.  They have just upgraded their reference and PDF options through a Chrome extension that allows you to, while on a journal website, identify references, make it and the PDF available for import, allow annotating PDFs while still on the web, then add the annotated PDFs into your Colwiz library which can be viewed on the web, in the desktop software, or with mobile apps.  The information on the updates was in an email, so I can’t offer a URL other than the top level site.

Catherine Pope of The Digital Researcher has added two posts on how to integrate Zotero with Scrivener, a writing software popular with academic researchers.  The first one is How to Use Zotero with Scrivener – Pt. 1, and the next one is (wait for it…) How to Use Zotero with Scrivener – Pt. 2.

Another useful post from Catherine Pope of The Digital Researcher is Adding Citations to Google Docs using Zotero and Paperpile. I had not heard of Paperpile before, and sounds to me like once having imported a Zotero library one can then use Paperpile to manage references.  Paperpile is a Chrome app, does have a small monthly subscription, and is in the process of adding features, of which it already has an impressive number.

Cloud Storage

Jason Heppler’s recent Profhacker post Use Copy for Cloud Storage Backup and File Sharing discusses Copy, a product similar to Dropbox but with a better pricing structure (including 15 GB free).

The storage wars continue, as the CNET article Microsoft OneDrive Jumps to 15 MB Free details.  This makes it equal to Google Drive.

Evernote/OneNote/Notebook Software

Jamie Todd Rubin, Evernote’s Going Paperless Ambassador, generally writes clear well-organized columns about using Evernote.  In a recent post he describes how his use of Evernote has evolved over his years of using it, and it is interesting to see how a workflow of a busy professional has evolved.

Microsoft OneNote has added a feature in which you can email your OneNote account and put a URL in the subject or message body and it will send a screenshot of that web page into your default notebook.  It is nice, but doesn’t quite have the functionality of Evernote’s Web Clipper.

Catherine Pope continues to have really terrific posts on technologies of use to academic researchers in her blog The Digital Researcher.  Try out this post How to Annotate Images in Evernote.

Melanie Pinola on Lifehacker Australia has a post Send Your Kindle Book Notes and Highlighted Passages to Evernote.  Since Evernote searches the contents of all your notes, this could be a really useful.

A Microsoft OneNote developer has created an add-on called Onetastic that adds some cool options, such as various ways of sorting, adding a calendar or table of contents to a note, and more. The video included in the article is short but informative.  The site for the add-on is here.

IFTTT

Alex Campbell on PCWorld has a useful article on using Feed Rinse to set up RSS feeds and add filters to them to get only the the information you want, and then use IFTTT to send the feeds as SMS texts.  You could, of course, change that to your email or however else you want to see them.

 Mind Mapping

Jacob O’Gara has a nice roundup of the 15 best mind mapping tools on the Digital Trends website.  It has a nice mix of paid, free, and freemium; various operating systems, web based, and apps; lists some features of each and includes screenshots.

Operating Systems

Eric Ligman, a manager at Microsoft, has a post offering 300 or so free ebooks on Microsoft products, including various version of Windows, Office 365, Sharepoint, Moodle-Office 365 Plugin, the various Office products, lots of keyboard shortcuts for various products, various guides for developers and system administrators, and more.

Lifehacker does an annual roundup of their favorite essential applications for different platforms.  For example, Lifehacker Pack for Windows: Our List of the Essential Windows Apps, has apps in many categories, including Productivity, Internet and Communication, Utilities, and more.  The one for Macs is also available, as is the one for Android, Android tablets, Chrome, Firefox, as well as the one for iPhone, the iPad, and the Linux one.

Presentations

Found Slides through the Scout Report.  It looks like a great option for creating presentation slides.  It is in the cloud, syncs to a variety of devices, has a lot of customization options, and its free version allows 250 Mb of storage for publicly available slide decks.  Let us know in the comments if you have used it and your experiences with it.

Productivity Techniques

Alan Henry‘s post on Lifehacker Productivity 101: A Primer to the Pomodoro Technique is an excellent introduction to Francesco Cirillo‘s popular tomato-based productivity tool.  It discusses what Pomodoro is, the steps for getting started, apps that help you work with Pomodoro, who it works best for, integrating it with other productivity techniques, and additional reading.

To-do Lists

Alan Henry‘s Lifehacker post Make a 1-3-5 List for a Faster, Instantly-Prioritized To-Do List advocates having a daily to-do list of one big thing to get done that day, three medium-priority tasks you’d like to do, and five items it would be nice to do.

Writing

John Mello’s recent post in ComputerWorld  Review: 3 Note-Taking Gadgets Keep You Scribbling discusses that some studies show handwriting notes improve recall over typing them.  It then reviews Boogie Board, Adonit Jotscript Evernote Edition stylus, and the Livescribe 3 pen.

 

Evernote Casserole

Casserole Dish Sometimes in cooking one throws together a casserole dish from whatever is in the refrigerator.  So, now, I have thrown together a review of a number of smaller e-books I’ve gathered on Evernote when the cost was from free to $2.99 or so.  Some of them have been useful, some less so.  As usual with most collections of written material, almost all of them have some feature(s) that makes them valuable and some that aren’t so helpful.

Of course, there are reasons why ebooks are not the best choice for any software, especially ones that have versions for so many browsers, operating systems, and mobile apps.  Evernote in particular changes constantly, and not in an even pattern across versions.  A great new feature may appear first in the iPhone app, then cross over into the others.  So, since books are not updated often, it would seem a book is not a good choice for discussing software.  On the other hand, Evernote has a metric ton of features, and thus a book can be needed to give a more complete picture.

I have tried, therefore, to mention books that are recent (within the last couple of years, for the most part).  Given these considerations, here are the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Warning:  A lot of these are self-published, and the bibliographic information can be sketchy.

The Good

Evernote:  Wow!  I Didn’t Know It Could Do That. Author: G. Scaysbrook,  July, 2014, sold by Amazon Digital Services, and listed by them as 175 pages, but seems much shorter (Kindle books don’t show page numbers as such, but rather the percentage of the book read).

It offers a good selection of tips, decent writing, and easy-to-read graphics (I use the Kindle app on my Nook HD, which includes color, so not sure how well the screenshots on any of these books look on a black and white or paperwhite device).  Example tips that were well done including emailing notes to your Evernote account, including the syntax for doing so.  Also well done were searching notes and the extensive syntax Evernote has for searching.

I will highlight new tips and features; since I consider myself advanced in literacy about Evernote, I am assuming that things I don’t know are things the average user won’t know either.  So in this case, things I didn’t know included how to unmerge notes and how to create shortcuts to your computer’s folders and files.

Evernote for Windows: The Most Comprehensive Guidebook, by M. Yilmaz.  July 2013, 122 pages.

Table of Contents clearly labels which topics are about actions to take, with the rest being discussions, and features are ranked as basic, intermediate, or advanced level.  It is already out-of-date since it lacks any mention of reminders, for example.

Examples of good discussions include the benefits of synchronized and unsynchronized notebooks; search syntax; why notes are in only one notebook unless copied (similar to folder/file structure in your computer); advanced search syntax such as searching for attribute,  file type,  dates created,  etc.  This book, along with several others, mentions using special characters to place a note or tag at top of the list,  such as !Urgent. Good discussion of customizing the layout to create look that works best for you,  including the favorites toolbar.

Things I didn’t know: can create hierarchy of tags.   To do so,  drag one tag on top of another,  and dragged tag becomes child node. Also that notes deleted are not deleted immediately,  can go into trash and undelete them.

Master Evernote: The Unofficial Guide to Organizing Your Life with Evernote (Plus 75 Ideas to Get You Started).  by S.  J.  Scott, July 5, 2014.  Archangel Ink. 127 pages.

The author does a lot of self-published productivity books, and the Evernote Scott YouTube videos.

Does explicitly discuss GTD in the book. Includes a good discussion of adding notebooks and tags for a GTD system in Evernote,  including nested tags.

The 75 Ideas for getting started with Evernote section is variable in quality or application for a specific individual,  but a great idea for person who might be having trouble visualizing how they might use Evernote – and even habitual users might find some good new ideas.

For example,  #7 –  everything you speak to Siri or Google Now can be archived in Evernote.  There is a link to an IFTTT recipe for appending to a reminder note. Ideas #14 through 19 are for college students,  such as saving various documents such as syllabi,  creating notes for useful for specific classes,  creating a digital school filing cabinet  (perhaps a better idea to use it as a digital portfolio for college work).

Things I  didn’t know:  Did know that that in searching quote marks could be used for a phrase,  did not know one can use an asterisk as truncation symbol; besides creating shortcuts to folders and files,  you can,  in Windows,  set up a folder to import into Evernote (everything you add to that folder becomes an item in Evernote); with Skitch, besides doing some  markups of files, one can save the files as PDFs.

Master Getting Things Done the David Allen Way with Evernote.   By Dominic Wolff.   Organized Living Press.  August 2013 edition.   79 pages.

This book is designed to get you up and running with GTD using Evernote in 7 days.   Nicely set out to introduce both,  though not comprehensive on either,  and not meant to be.

The Bad

How to Use Evernote: The Unofficial Manual. by Mark O’Neil.   August 31, 2012, 61 pages.

This is one of the free MakeUseOf ebooks.   The layout is good. Includes very basic information,  but lots of visuals.

Things I hadn’t thought of or know – send favorite tweets to Evernote via IFTTT.  Mentions Evernote Trunk.

Ranked among the bad because the information is so basic, and because it was “published” in 2012 and therefore quite out of date.

Evernote: The Unofficial Guide to Capturing Everything and Getting Things Done.   by D.  E.  Gold.   2011.   69 pages.

Some use in organizing Evernote for accomplishing GTD.  Big idea is to have  master note with links to other notes (every note in Evernote has its own URL) for such things as planning travel,  meeting agendas, next actions,  and client notes.  Not as good as the Wolff book listed above.

65 Ways to Use Evernote to Supercharge Your Life.   By T.  McNally.   35 pages,  Amazon Digital Services.   Jan.  4, 2014.

Items 36-48 on education, most of which are applicable to college study.   Items 49-54 are about research,  also mostly applicable to college.   Most of the rest about personal life (travel, finance, etc), with the last few about Evernote features useful to anyone.  The fact that most of it is focused on personal life and so little on professional life is the only reason it is in the bad category, otherwise it is a nice little book.

The Ugly

Practical Guide to Evernote (Windows)  by Prof.  Jeffery Owens.  Fountainhead Publications,  June 2013.  40 pages.

Poor layout,  poor visuals.   Not a great deal new.

Does have interesting bit on sorting notes in chapter 7.  Usually reverse chronological order, but can order them by almost any attribute.  Includes an extensive and categorized list of keyboard shortcuts. Also how to use the Wine environment to install Evernote on Ubuntu (various consumer versions of Unix such as Linux and Ubuntu are the last operating systems on which Evernote does not work), and how to add a player to open audio files directly in Evernote.

Evernote Essentials Guide Boxed Set – includes Evernote: What You Should Learn or Know About Evernote by David Blaine,  and Evenote: How to Master Evernote in 1 Hour and Getting Things Done Without Forgetting by Jason Scotts.   Date for boxed set is June 2014, doesn’t mean the books are, and there are no dates on each book.  Both mention reminders,  so they must be fairly recent.  Moreover, the title may be meant to confuse this book with Brett Kelly’s often mentioned Evernote Essentials, written by a man who worked for a time for Evernote and knows it inside out (no, I haven’t read it, so it is not reviewed here – the copy I had was corrupted).

Blaine –  Bad organization,  mostly useless details few if any screenshots,  no bibliographic information (several of the books reviewed suffer from this).   Suddenly starts talking about a mind mapping software near the end without a segue.

Scotts –  p.  29 to 62.  Very basic intro to both Evernote and GTD, not particularly valuable or well laid out.

The Rest

I have also read two well-done, professionally published and book length books on Evernote, Evernote for Dummies (there is a 2014 edition which I don’t have) by David Sarna and My Evernote by Katherine Murray.  I recommend both of them, but the twin problems with them are price and currency.  The Murray book is excellently organized and laid out, and is a great book for beginners, while the Sarna book is also well done and includes more advanced features than Murray does.

Has this been a comprehensive review of all books published on Evernote?  No.  These are books that I have run across, acquired, and spent the time to look at.  Hopefully, though, they will give you an idea of how popular books on Evernote are, and a helpful guide to some that might be affordable AND useful.

 Works Mentioned

Again, the bibliographic information on these books is sketchy, so a professional quality citation is difficult.  I have tried to form something that vaguely resembles APA style.  ;-).

Blaine, D. and Scotts, J.  Evernote Essentials Guide (Boxed Set). Tech Tron, June 13, 2014, 68 pages.

Gold, D. E.  The Unofficial Guide to Capturing Everything and Getting Things Done, 2nd Edition. Publisher: Daniel E. Gold, 2011, 73 pages.

Mcnally, T. Evernote (65 Ways to Use Evernote to Supercharge Your Life).  Amazon Digital Services, January 4, 2014, 35 pages.

Murray, Katherine.  My Evernote.  Que Publishing, Febuary 27, 2012, 256 pages.

O’Neill, Mark. How to Use Evernote: The Unofficial Manual.  Make Use Of, August 31, 2012.

Owens, Jeffrey.  Practical Guide to Evernote (Windows).  Fountainhead Publications, June 8, 2013, 40 pages.

Sarna, D. E. Y. and Richie, V.  Evernote for Dummies. For Dummies, March 16, 2012, 384 pages.

Scaysbrook, G.  Evernote: Wow!  I Didn’t Know It Could Do That. No publisher, sold by Amazon Digital Services. Page numbers unknown.  Published July 16, 2014.

Scott, S. J. Master Evernote: The Unofficial Guide to Organizing Your Life with Evernote.  Archangel Ink, July 5, 2014.

Wolff, D. Master Getting Things Done the David Allen Way with Evernote.  Organized Living Press, August, 2013.

Yilmaz, M.  Evernote for Windows: The Most Comprehensive Guidebook.  Publisher: Murat Yilmaz.  July 17, 2013.

 

Productivity by the Numbers

As summer reaches to the end of July, thoughts begin to turn toward a new fall semester of classes, activities and students for many of us. Now is a great time to spend a few moments and take a look at some other ideas for productivity.  Let’s consider productivity by the numbers…

Only 2 Rules: How to Manage Your Projects with Personal Kaban:   http://facilethings.com/blog/en/personal-kanban

3 reasons why blogging helps research productivity:  http://www.scilogs.com/expiscor/three-reasons-why-blogging-helps-research-productivity/

4 Ways You’re Lying to Yourself About Being Productive: http://www.themuse.com/advice/4-ways-youre-lying-to-yourself-about-being-productive

5 Things You can learn about Productivity from Olympic Athletes: http://lightarrow.com/5-things-can-learn-productivity-olympic-athletes

6 Amazing Social Media Productivity Tools:  http://www.jeffbullas.com/2013/10/04/6-amazing-social-media-productivity-tools/

7 things Star Wars Taught Me about Productivity: http://99u.com/articles/21815/8-things-star-wars-taught-me-about-productivity

8 Ways the Librarian of the Future will keep Themselves Busy http://www.teachthought.com/literacy-2/8-ways-the-librarian-of-the-future-will-keep-themselves-busy/

9 Ways to Use Evernote To Increase Productivity: http://www.smallbiztechnology.com/archive/2014/03/9-ways-to-use-evernote-to-increase-productivity.html/#.UyGpeIWTQyE

10 of the most controversial productivity tips that actually work:  http://blog.bufferapp.com/10-of-the-most-controversial-productivity-tips-you-will-read-today