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Here are the 20 (+1) tips ...
- Use the spelling chequer!
- If you receive high volumes of email then turn off automatic email checking.
- Don't use e-mail for urgent notification.
- Don't use your in-box as your To Do list.
- Use the Read It Later plug-in for Firefox.
- Find RSS feeds wherever possible.
- Get Google's toolbar.
- Use tabbed browsing, in particular, Google's search preferences provide a non-default option to open links in separate tabs.
- Use auto-completion features in Google and your browser.
Participating in communities
- Position your Facebook "Status Updates" above "News Feed".
- If it doesn't add value, don't do it.
- Get extra value after participating by cutting-and-pasting into your blog.
- Use TweetDeck ("like air traffic controller for your Twitter feed") or the like.
- Separate your reading time from your writing time.
- Be ruthless - unfollow prolific tweeple whose mundane tweets push more interesting stuff out of view.
- Alternatively, use Twitter Lists to group together, say, high-value interesting tweeple vs. your boring friends.
- You can listen to audio while multi-tasking, so choose audio over video if possible.
- Fast forward (e.g. Gihan's iPhone has an option to play podcasts at 2x normal speed)
- However, don't overdo multitasking (e.g. It's difficult to listen to podcasts whilst reading/writing/coding).
- Subscribe to the Focal Point podcast!
Bonus tip: Use the Cloud: Contacts, bookmarks/favourites, web feeds, appointments, email, documents and much more can be stored on-line, allowing these resources to be accessed from any location or device, and shared with others.
Do you have a favourite personal productivity tip when using the Internet? Share it in the comments below.