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How To Prep For A Presentation

When I started writing my book, I knew that authors generally make more money from speaking than they do from royalties, so I wanted my talks on the Information Diet to be great. Before I first started my speaking tour for the Information Diet, I watched a lot of great speakers give great talks and asked them how they gave such great talks. The universal answer is always: “I lock myself in my hotel room the night before and rehearse.”


Make More Time By Scheduling Your Media

Mum was speeding back home. It was 1991 and the season premier of Northern Exposure was on at 8pm. We had to hustle, I’d been at a friend’s house, and if we didn’t make it home in time, she’d miss it. So we sped down the streets of Atlanta, inches away from certain death so that we could see if Dr Fleishman and Maggie would finally get together. She had an appointment with them, and it could not be missed.


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Free Mac Tools That Make Writing Easier

The following free Mac programs have been making it easier for me to write lately, and I thought I’d share them with you. Over the course of the last three weeks, I’ve found them indispensable.


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Start Every Day As A Producer, Not A Consumer

What’s the first thing you do when you get to your computer in the morning? Check your favourite intertainment? Our pal Clay Johnson discusses why this is the last thing you should do.


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Notifications Are Evil

What’s your maximum NPH? How many notifications are you exposed to every hour? Let’s take a second to think critically about these constant requests for your attention: What do they mean? Who is making them? Why are they there? Before I wrote the Information Diet, I audited myself and found I was receiving upwards of 10 notifications per hour: one every six minutes.


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How To Start Your Information Diet

Author Clay Johnson believes that, much like junk food leads to obesity and health problems, junk information is killing our productivity and efficiency, and worse, feeding ignorance. His new book, The Information Diet, discusses this problem in depth. In this post, Johnson details how to kickstart your Information Diet for 2012.


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Is The Multiple-Monitor Productivity Boost A Myth?

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve always heard that multiple monitors were supposed to boost your productivity, but this post on rebuilding your attention span mentions, in passing, a second-monitor myth. So what’s the deal? Do multiple monitors boost productivity or not? Signed, Multiply Confused


How To Rebuild Your Attention Span And Focus

Most people who click on this article won’t finish reading it. So says Nick Carr. The New York Times will remind you that you’ll probably forget it in a few minutes. This idea’s so prevalent, even the Onion has started taking jabs.