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Manage Lots of Browser Tabs With This Chrome Extension Manage Lots of Browser Tabs With This Chrome Extension

If you do all your work in a browser, you can end up with dozens of tabs in one window. You could open new windows for different projects and shove tabs around, or develop the monk-like discipline to stop opening tabs. Or you could manage them practically by treating your browser like an operating system. The Chrome…

The 2018 Lifehacker Pack for Windows: The Essential Windows Apps

There are so many Windows apps out there, that picking a list of the very best, most must-install software for your desktop or laptop feels daunting. We’ve pored over pages of recommendations, countless forum posts, and lots of comments to come up with this year’s Lifehacker Pack for Windows, a list of software…

Sync Your To-Do List Across Firefox Browsers and Android Devices with Mozilla's 'Notes' Sync Your To-Do List Across Firefox Browsers and Android Devices with Mozilla's 'Notes'

As I mentioned earlier this morning, Mozilla rolled out two new apps the other day as part of its Test Pilot program: One for syncing passwords between your Firefox browser and your iOS device (and soon, Android), and another app (and extension) for synchronizing notes between your Firefox browser and an Android…

Help Teens De-Stress With These 'Getting Things Done' Hacks  Help Teens De-Stress With These 'Getting Things Done' Hacks 

Being a teenager in 2018—I don’t know how it’s done. Imagine having the same list of pressures that you had as a high school kid—school, extracurriculars, chores, a social life often filled with angst—and then adding on the constant pull of social media, alerting you to all the things you’re not doing. (“Did you see…

The Essential Slack Hacks for Power Users The Essential Slack Hacks for Power Users

Is Slack making your life unruly? Is nonstop collaboration, conversation and over-communication keeping you from actually getting anything done? Us too.

The 2018 Lifehacker Pack for Mac: The Essential Mac Apps

There are a bunch of great apps you can install on your Mac—no question there. Separating amazing apps from must-have apps is the hard part, and we don’t want you to spend hours analyzing the Mac App Store (or scouring the web) to find the very best and most useful apps. We’ve made a list of champions across four…

I'm Morra Aarons-Mele, Author of Hiding in the Bathroom, and This Is How I Work I'm Morra Aarons-Mele, Author of Hiding in the Bathroom, and This Is How I Work

Success isn’t just for extroverts, according to author and “hermit entrepreneur” Morra Aarons-Mele. In an ambitious and stressful field of business, Aarons-Mele has built her expertise in finding excellence without breaking yourself. She talked to us about her “aha moment,” her work-at-home schedule, and the two lists…

How to Make Time to Write When You ‘Have No Time’ How to Make Time to Write When You ‘Have No Time’

This week we have a guy who desperately wants to escape his soulless career and become a writer, but he’s too busy to write. Should he leave his job so he can finally find the time to put pen to paper? Or will he realize that it’s possible to make time for his passion if he’s willing to dig deep?

Customize Your Mac's Touch Bar with BetterTouchTool Customize Your Mac's Touch Bar with BetterTouchTool

Mac: If you’re fancy enough to have a MacBook with a Touch Bar, and you don’t hate that Apple replaced your physical keys with virtual ones (perhaps a blessing, given the former’s quality), you may have already tried customizing it a little bit. Maybe you swapped out a virtual button or two on the Control Strip, or…

How to Customize Swipe Gestures on Mail, Gmail, and Inbox How to Customize Swipe Gestures on Mail, Gmail, and Inbox

To be honest, I’m not sure what different swipes do on your favorite email app, because every app is a little bit different. And it’s possible that you don’t like how your favorite email app handles swiping. Maybe you’d rather delete messages than archive them; maybe you just like swiping in one direction over…

Stop Procrastinating With This Mental Exercise Stop Procrastinating With This Mental Exercise

The hardest task on most to-do lists is the invisible one: getting motivated to do anything at all. And the more important your tasks are, the more you can scare yourself out of even starting. One trick to fight this, according to the producers of the YouTube channel How to ADHD, is a simple meditation-like technique.

How to Add Custom Buttons to the Touch Bar on a New MacBook Pro How to Add Custom Buttons to the Touch Bar on a New MacBook Pro

We’re back with another Apple-themed issue of Tech 911, where I give it my all to help you figure out the issues you’re having with your computer, smartphone, device, or life.

Overscheduling Your Days Can Wreck Your Productivity Overscheduling Your Days Can Wreck Your Productivity

It’s good to have a schedule planned out each week, but having too many appointments set for each day might be be more harmful than helpful. A recent study suggests the more self-imposed deadlines we have in a day, the less deep work we can get done.

The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Messy Chrome Bookmarks The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Messy Chrome Bookmarks

Woe is the Chrome user who has an overflowing Bookmark Bar—or worse, that single folder they use to store anything interesting they see online.

How to Time Your Caffeine Consumption and Maximize Alertness How to Time Your Caffeine Consumption and Maximize Alertness

Have you ever found yourself chugging coffee to stay up late studying, but then when it’s time for the exam, your mind is foggy with fatigue? Researchers from the U.S. Army have developed an algorithm that can predict the energy peaks and valleys that come from drinking caffeine, and in turn, created a web-based tool…

Summarize Long Emails at the Top to Communicate More Effectively Summarize Long Emails at the Top to Communicate More Effectively

Here’s a productivity tip managers and workers would do well to incorporate into their every day email routine, courtesy of comedian and author Franchesca Ramsey from her days working at Upworthy: summarize lengthy emails up top so your recipients know what they’re in for.

Divide Your To-Do List Into 'Easy' and 'Hard' Columns  Divide Your To-Do List Into 'Easy' and 'Hard' Columns 

Here is how many of us make our daily to-do lists: In the AM, fueled by coffee and morning delusion, we jot down all the tasks we hope to accomplish in the next eight (or, let’s be real, 11 or 12) hours. But these lists, while well-intentioned, are often written haphazardly. After crossing off a third of the…

Why It's Harder to Think in the Summer Heat  Why It's Harder to Think in the Summer Heat 

Look, it’s just hard to get work done in the summer. It’s bright and sunny on the other side of that window, you’ve always got a friend or two posting beach pics on Instagram, and unless the A/C is blowing right on you, all you can think about is where your next ice-cold beverage is coming from.

The Popodoro Technique Playlist The Popodoro Technique Playlist

In the Pomodoro Technique for productivity, you work for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break, and repeat. (After two hours, you take a longer break.) You can use a kitchen timer, your phone, or a specialized app. In the Popodoro technique, instead of a timer, you use music—like the new Spotify playlist from Popjustice.

Use an Index Card to Learn How to Speed Read Use an Index Card to Learn How to Speed Read

Speed reading is a skill that can be hard to master. There are a ton of books, talks, and articles dedicated to teaching people the “right” way to learn the skill. This week, Fast Company spoke to one of those experts who wrote a book on topic to get some quick and dirty tips on how to learn. One of her suggestions:…

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