Time management: optimized feeds, mail, twitter and phone.

Source: Learning by Experience

I spend a lot of time behind my PC, during my workday but also in the evening. My new years resolution this year was to “optimize” and remove some clutter, saving time in the end.

This is what I did:

Organized Google Reader

A read a lot of blogs. Started with pure Java centric, it has become an important central part of all my knowledge gather. Blogs such as LifeHacker, PM Hut, 5whys, and many more resulted in a large aggregation.

Since March 26, 2007 you have read a total of 171,897 items.

From your 157 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 5,232 itemsclicked 94 itemsstarred 5 items,and emailed 0 items.

LifeHacker has an excellent blog about organizing your RSS feeds: which resulted into following:

Organized Reader

Organized by Priority

Cleaned up Twitter

I was following some funny, but totally useless spammers which cluttered my tweetwall, such as @mbaeten .
Got rid of those and used the Find Friends tool and started following some new. Let’s see if they make the cut next year.

Cleaned up phone

Removed all games which I ended up playing in bed while being insomniac.

Flashed my HTC Desire with Cyangenmod, for a better exchange calender integration, auto-update everything while on wifi only and created a priority call filter which only allows incoming calls from very few people while sleeping…

Cleaned up GMail

Unsubscribed from every newsletter who mailed me in last 6 months. Subscribed to their RSS feeds instead, if they had any. I got about 50 mails a day I needed to archive on my personal mail.

With the saved time, I wrote this blog.

So it has payed off already

Andries Inzé, one of our experts, regularly blogs at Learning by Experience.

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2 Responses to Time management: optimized feeds, mail, twitter and phone.

  1. Stijn Vanpoucke says:

    If you use google reader, you might want to check out feedly. I”m using the chrome plugin.


  2. JR says:

    One way to stay productive and manage time effectively is to avoid distractions. Airplane mode is one of the great ways, which can help you avoid distractions. With this mode you need to turn off you gadget like mobile phone to avoid getting distracted by text messages, phone calls, email and etc. This will help you stay focus on tasks and get more things done. Take a look at this tool http://reorg.co/timedoctor-review-2012-04/ that tracks time accurately where time is spent, which allows you to improve productivity, limit wasted time and stay focus on tasks.

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