My Two Favorite New Productivity Tools

first_imgIt’s very rare that I write about software, apps, or tools. Tools and technologies are Miles Austin‘s domains. But there are two software programs that I am using now that are worth your time and attention because they may help you increase your personal productivity. One productivity tool is for writing, and one is for quantifying.UlyssesUlysses is a writing application for Apple products that allows you to write and organize your text files. The serious tech nerds do all of their writing in text files.The primary reason techies love text files is that they are universal, meaning you can open them in any application. The fact that text files are universal means that they are future proof; you are always going to be able to open your files in the future, no matter what happens to Evernote, Word, Google Docs, or whatever app it is that you like now.But there are other reasons to love text files. Writing in plain text eliminates distractions so you can focus on the writing. Because there is no formatting, text files are tiny and easy to sync, which is excellent since Ulysses stores all of your files in iCloud. The lack of formatting makes it very easy to drop the text into other software programs when you need to make them your beautiful words look beautiful, and Ulysses allows styles that export already formatted based on presets.My Ulysses application and librariesUlysses enables you to organize your files however you like. You can put them in groups, or you can filter on keywords and tags, among other things. You can search for your files from anywhere within Ulysses.I have moved most of my archives from this blog into Ulysses. In the Archive folder, I have 2,326 sheets (what you might call documents) amounting to just over 1,250,000 words. This archive lets me search quickly and pull text from my past writings.I like having all of my writing in one place, as well as the simplicity of the plain text.AirtableAirtable (affiliate link) would be like a spreadsheet if a spreadsheet were also a database.I am using Airtable to quantify myself. I am tracking everything I do, every day. I have main categories set up so that I can generate reports on where and how I spend my time, allowing me to make adjustments. If you have never tracked your time, you are going to learn a lot about yourself. I spend way more time with my family than you might imagine (and I can prove it).I am tracking eight or nine data points around my health, like weight, hours slept, and time in meditation. I set up one spreadsheet-like-database to keep track the books I am reading and listening to using Audible. Because Airtable is a database, I can export my notes from my Amazon.com Kindle page and upload the PDF to the record for each book.I also have a little contact database for my most significant relationships, one for all my travel membership and rewards numbers, and one for a record of all my writing.My Airtable screenBecause Airtable has a nice iPhone app, tracking is quick and painless, which means it’s easy to keep up with in real-time. There is no iPad app yet, but it is in the works.These two tools are always open on my computer. Ulysses has even become my notebook and capture tool. If they interest you, check them out. If you do try them, send me a note and let me know what you think. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

‘SHE Team’ on the patrol in Odisha

first_img‘SHE Team’, the innovative pilot project launched by Odisha’s Gajapati district police in Paralakhemundi started functioning from Friday to ensure safety and security of young girls and women.Justice K.R.Mohapatra of the Orissa High Court formally flagged off the ‘SHE Team’ at a colourful function held at Biju Patnaik Kalyan Mandap of Paralakhemundi. Since June 24, a massive awareness drive about the project had been taken up in Gajapati’s district headquarter town, Paralakhemundi.The theme song of ‘SHE Team’ sung by Gajapati Superintendent of Police Sarah Sharma has already drawn much attention. The young IPS officer used her Hindustani classical skills learnt during her student days in Cuttack. Its lyric was written by female inspector Mamata Nayak. This theme song was launched on June 25 and logo of the project was released the previous day. There were competitions among students and rallies to popularise concept of ‘SHE Team’ in Paralakhemundi.SHE stands for ‘Safety, Health and Environment’. This project is modelled on the lines of Hyderabad ‘SHE Team’, said Ms. Sharma. The ‘SHE Team’ of Paralakhemundi is headed by a lady sub-inspector and includes mobile patrolling teams. Four female and three male police personnel will assist her. They will patrol schools, colleges, other local institutions and public places, where young girls and women are allegedly subjected to eve teasing, stalking and harassment.Website launchedThe website of ‘SHE Team’ has been launched and a mobile app is under construction. At the time of distress, women of Paralakhemundi can contact ‘SHE Team’ through its website ‘sheteamgajapati.com’, landline number 06815-222388 or by WhatsApp number 9438916707. The website and phone numbers are being publicised through social media and other means.‘SHE Team’ will also try to prevent harassment of working women at workplaces and public places where they move for their job. It will teach self defence and cyber space safety to young girls and children.It will visit child care institutions and make children aware about sexual abuse.last_img read more