Next week we are going to spend the whole week looking at personal productivity technology. I spend a lot of time writing about gadgets ranging from mobile phones to PDAs and laptops to media players. I´m interested in the technology by itself, but I am more interested in the impact it has on our personal productivity. Almost all of the tools are touted to make us more productive and make our lives so much better to live. Some do, but so many don´t. In fact, I firmly believe that some of these "time saving tools´ do more to make us miserable and unproductive than anything since before the light bulb was invented.
We´ll discuss much more about all that as part of the series next week, but in the mean time, here is an interesting list of the 10 hi-tech tips to improve your productivity. Some of it is pretty basic and some of it may not be relevant to you, but it is a good overview and it will help you get in the mindset of technology and productivity.
There are a couple of items on the list that really stick out in my mind. First is broadband internet. If you use the internet for even a couple of minutes every day, you live somewhere where broadband internet is available, and you don´t have it then you need to go out right now and get it. The costs are very reasonable now and it is almost unbelievable how much time and frustration broadband saves over dial-up. Every single thing you do online will take much less time, which is obviously a friend to your productivity.
Another interesting point is internet banking. I was a very early adopter of internet banking, and now I hardly even remember what a bank looks like. It´s an incredible boon to productivity because it is so fast and simple, and it can fit into my schedule whenever I want it to be.
After reading the list over, are there any tips you have that aren´t on the list but should be?