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LifeHacker: Set up a healthy, usable workspace

We spend a lot of time at Lifehacker helping you make the most of your computer, including how to make the most of the workspace surrounding your computer. After all, you don’t work in a computer – you work at one. That’s why today, in the spirit of our ongoing Coolest Workspace Contest, we’re taking a step back to examine your physical workspace.
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What I need is healthy, usable workspace(s). I just can’t stand to be confined to one space for such a long time, plus being a consultant, well, I’m all over the place. So I’m working on: what needs to be in a permanent place because it’s too large, too hard to move, more trouble than it’s work to move, etc? What can be moved and what’s the best way to make it portable and easily available?

I’m still working on it. Since, you know, you need to add in “and what does it cost to do that?”

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Geek to Live: Getting Things Done with Google Notebook

Fans and followers of the Getting Things Done personal productivity system have hacked all sorts of ways to GTD in different applications, from Microsoft Outlook to plain text to Gmail. But one of Google Labs’ less-hyped applications, Notebook, is very well-suited to instant capture and easy processing of your GTD lists.

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Sync your Firefox extensions and profiles across computers

Since the dawn of time, humanity has longed for a simple way to sync Firefox extensions, themes, bookmarks, and saved passwords between computers so that no matter where you’re working, your browser is customized in the exact same way. The solution comes in the form of the Microsoft-owned folder syncing and sharing tool, FolderShare.

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Are you sure that you are using the best word processor?

14 word processors reviewed including 3 online alternatives

Need to try a few of these, but after all these years, I’m still partial to WordPerfect. Shame they never got their act together when the war between words (WordPerfect vs. Word) first started.

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Connected productivity

Good article on Web Worker Daily about multitasking – good, or not?

What is multitasking, exactly? Doing a lot of things in a short period of time? Not a new concept – talk to any parent, and the more kids, the more multitasking. But nothing beats the one-on-one to really stay in synch.

You need to have both.

If you’ve got so many things on your list that you find yourself jumping from one thing to the other all day long…well, you’ve got too many things on your list. Period. Too delicate a balance to keep up. Sometimes the world is going to demand that you stop, just stop, and focus on one thing and one thing only. And if you can’t do that without making a mess of all the rest, you need to take a good look at just what you’re trying to accomplish. Is it quality, or quantity?

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