Automation

No More Robocalls

The struggle to avoid telemarketers is real. For many years, I have been screening my incoming calls by not picking up the phone until I hear the caller speak on my answering machine. Since I’ve gotten caller ID, I can sometimes short-circuit the process if I recognize the caller’s phone number. Nevertheless, taking these precautions saps my time and attention. I was intrigued to recently learn of a service called Nomorobo. In 2012, the FTC issued a Robocall Challenge, offering $50,000 in prize money to innovators who created solutions…

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Where’s the Bus?

This tip is only for New Yorkers.  Everyone else, go back to enjoying your summer! Okay, New Yorkers.  Do you ride public transportation?  If so, then you should know about MTA Bus Time. I’m sure you’ll recognize this scenario.  You’re standing at a bus stop waiting for a bus.  You keep walking out into traffic to peer down the street to see if there’s a bus in the distance.   You can’t see anything because there are trucks in the way.  You’re…

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In Love With Evernote

I consider myself pretty tech savvy for a Digital Immigrant (i.e., someone who grew up when the world was still primarily analog).  However, I am not one to jump on the tech bandwagon every time the next big thing comes out.  I prefer to wait until it has more stability and until I perceive a personal need for it. That’s why I did not immediately start using Evernote even though many of my organizing colleagues swore by it.  When I first heard…

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Save Time With Labels

I love return address labels.  I’m guessing that I’m not the only one, since charities send out return address labels to get on your good side and guilt you into sending them money. Some of my clients hold on to every return address label that was ever sent to them, even though they have so many that the labels will most likely outlast them.  Personally, I play favorites, keeping only the ones that I really like or that reflect the charities…

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