Tech tips are what we’re about here at The Time Finder. And today I’d like to share 3 tools and tweaks to help you use your time more efficiently when you are on line.
As always, with tech tips, the key is to find the ones that work for YOU! It doesn’t save you time if you’re always chasing after the newest, best, or most popular gadget or app. In fact, that will cut down on your efficiency, because you will always be working with unfamiliar tools.
But, that being said, if one of these strikes your fancy, it may turn into a helpful addition to your toolbox. So, without further adieu, here are 3 tips for your consideration today:
Tech Tips #1: Twipster
Twipster is a browser extension (for Safari and/or Chrome) created by Brent Jackson. What it does is to strip everything out of your Twitter feed except the tweets. If you like things clean and simple, Twipster will appeal to you. It’s easy to install – and can be a real breath of fresh air in our ‘noisy’ and info-saturated world.
You can access your lists – everything you’re used to on Twitter – just with a simpler look. We’re still practicing with Twipster here at The Time Finder – but as tech tips go, this is one that looks like it holds promise. And what you see to the left is a screen print of a portion of my Twitter feed – brought to you via Twipster.
Tech Tips #2: Tabman
Tabman is a Google Chrome extension that helps you manage multiple open tabs, making them easily accessible, even when you have LOTS of them open (a not-unusual state when things get busy on-line).
When you install Tabman, a button is added to the address bar, which opens a menu showing all of your open tabs. From there you can go to a particular tab, rearrange your tabs, etc. You can also create a keyboard shortcut to open Tabman. And if you’d prefer to have Tabman always visible and available, you can detach it and place it to the side of your browser, for easy access. The popup window allows you to select a certain tab, to change the tab order and to search for similar tabs.
Tech Tips #3: Event Noted
Event Noted is the last of our tech tips- and if you’re an Evernote user, I think you will love this.
Event Noted is an application (free) that allows you to connect Evernote with a number of on-line calendars (iCal, Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook and some others). Linking Evernote to an on-line calendar means that you can remind yourself to read notes, or even have Evernote function as a To Do List. Here are the (very) simple directions from the Event Noted site – for making this connection work for you:
Create a note or choose an existing one. Put date and time of the event you want to create in the title. Use your natural language to describe the event, like “this friday” or “in 2 weeks”. Tag the note with “event” and Event Noted will add it to your calendar.
That’s it – once you’ve followed the steps above, this new event will appear in your calendar – just as you’ve entered it.
I hope these tech tips are helpful as you work to streamline your on-line work and enhance your productivity!