Learn how to “Work Smarter” with Gina Trapani

ginatrapaniThough David Allen deserves many kudos for his “Getting Things Done” productivity program, it’s Gina Trapani I turn to more often than not for advice on how to work smarter. Gina was the founding editor of Lifehacker.com, a must read daily blog on software and personal productivity.  Her first book, Lifehacker: 88 Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day (Wiley, 2006) was an invaluable read. Her second, Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better (Wiley, 2008) is equally good and highly recommended.

Gina stepped down as editor of Lifehacker and started the “Smarterware” blog where she testifies “to the tech I love, admire the folks who are doing something right, describe how I use my favorite digital tools, and figure out ways to get work done more efficiently and creatively.”

Unlike Lifehacker, Smarterware tends to be more personal blog, with updates on Gina’s work as well as tech and productivity tips. Nevertheless, her experiences are shared by many of us with posts like “How to Save Your Keyboard after a Spill“, ” Separating Your Data and Operating System“, “Fun with Knowledge Computation at Wolfram Alpha

Gina recently announced a new blog “Work Smarter” hosted at HarvardBusiness.org. As Gina says “Expect to find less nerd and more business in the posts I publish there …”. Her first, “Organize Your Workspace for Maximum Productivity” is a must read if you’re try to come to grips with your work flow. She suggests:

  • Clear the deck.
  • Keep only frequently-used items within reach.
  • Set up a landing strip.
  • Store related items together.
  • Make yourself comfortable.
  • Pay attention to the way you work and adjust as needed.

Knowing what most academic’s offices look like, you should head over there right now.

About Michael Ritter PhD
Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, science textbook author, educational technology blogger, podcaster, and freelance media consultant.

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