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Trying to manage large projects with your team can sometimes feel like juggling while defusing a bomb. It’s tough to keep everyone on the same page while getting actual work done. So when Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein were helping to build Facebook and needed a tool that fostered effective collaboration, they decided to build their own. That tool became Asana. We caught up with Dustin and Justin to learn about their process, challenges and advice for aspiring developers.
I first connected with Jamie Todd Rubin last year while researching Evernote Ambassadors. (Jamie is Evernote’s paperless living ambassador, meaning he’s passionate about using Evernote and other programs to live digitally and clutter-free.) He’s also a prolific science fiction writer, blogger, software developer and dad. I caught up with Jamie to find out his tips for writing every day, going paperless and so much more.
You might say Charles Duhigg is a man of habit, and he’d probably say that we all are. His book, The Power of Habit, examines why we’re prone to forming patterns of behaviour — both good and bad — and how we can use that process to take the reins on life and work. We caught up with the New York Times journalist to discuss some habits of his own.
What does it take to become India’s leading technology blogger? For almost a decade now, Amit Agarwal has been writing at Digital Inspiration, coming up with guides and hacks to make life easier with the right tech. He’s developed plenty of cool scripts and apps, and even managed to find the time to author a book. We caught up with the one-man blogging and hacking force to find out the tools and tricks he can’t live without.
The world of personal finance is hard to navigate, but Alexa von Tobel is making it a lot easier. Her company, LearnVest, pairs users with financial planners who make custom plans for saving, getting out of debt and investing. LearnVest also offers a suite of online and mobile tools to help users stay organised. Now, Alexa is taking her expertise to print — her first book, Financially Fearless, came out last month. We caught up with the fearless Ms von Tobel to talk about time-saving tricks, sleep habits, workspaces and more.
Managing your time can be a tricky task when you don’t pay attention to the clock and find yourself working well past quitting time. Luckily, there’s RescueTime, which monitors how much time you spend browsing certain websites and using certain programs, and once you see how inefficiently you might have used your time, you can use that data to reclaim your day. We chatted with Robby Macdonell, the creator of RescueTime, to learn how it came to be.
In the past week, Ryan Holiday read seven books, flew from Austin to Atlanta to Miami to Atlanta to LA to Maui, and juggled two demanding jobs: director of marketing at the controversial clothing retailer American Apparel, and partner at creative marketing company StoryArk. (Just writing that sentence made me tired.) Ryan is also a best-selling author. I caught up with the 26-year-old media whiz to find out how he juggles it all.
We’ve long been fans of Pocket, the bookmarking service that allows you to save stuff to read or watch later. Now, Pocket has added Highlights, an update that scans your saves and highlights the content most likely to interest you. We chatted with Pocket’s founder Nate Weiner about the app’s newest feature.
“I go through to-do list programs like they’re shampoo.” It’s no surprise that someone as busy as Christina Xu has yet to find the perfect manager for her insane schedule. As global coordinator for The Awesome Foundation (which gives monthly grants to projects around the world) and core team member at Breadpig (which sells a bunch of cool stuff and donates the profits), it’s a wonder she ever finds time to sleep. We caught up with Christina to find out how she does it all.
Adam “Atomic” Saltsman has wise words for anyone trying to break into game design: “Be your own first critic, all the time. That sounds negative, but it’s not about pessimism at all; it’s about seeing your work clearly through the eyes of others, and being dedicated to making your game what it deserves to be.”