Are you one of the millions of Americans traveling to see family or friends this Thanksgiving? If you’ve been on a commercial flight in the last three years, you’ll have noticed that the in-seat screens are the norm. But how do actually get to enjoy the entertainment with the paltry earphones usually provided? Whether you’re traveling alone or with a companion, this hack is sure to improve your next flight, where ever you may be heading.
Do you know how much time you spend at your computer? If you’re anything like me, then you spend about 4 hours per day on average staring at your computer. While it might not sound that high, think about it in terms of your life.: 4 hours is 1/6 of the day — that’s basically saying you spend 1/6 of your life with a computer. That’s a lot of time. This scared me a bit, so I decided to try to optimize that time. By making my interactions with my computer more efficient, saving a few seconds here and there, and extrapolated over long periods, my time savings becomes significant — save hours each week. Here are a few tips you can implement immediately: Read more
Whether you type or handwrite notes, a speaker can usually convey information quicker than it can be captured. For the serious notetaker, this is a problem. Even if you’re using a DVORAK keyboard (more on that in a later post), your speed can still be improved by using a shorthand system. Dutton Speedwords, created by Reginald Dutton in 1922, is just such a system. The Dutton Speedwords system (technically, an ‘international auxiliary language”) uses Roman characters (e.i, those you’re reading now) to represent the semantic qualities of words rather than replacing them with symbols – a key detractor from other forms of shorthand (e.g., Gregg or Pitman shorthand). What’s more, since the characters are all present on a standard Western keyboard, you can use this equally on your phone or laptop as you can while handwriting. If you want to quickly capture information, this is going to rank up there with the most efficient practices.