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Google Apps + Chrome Efficiency Pro Tips

Anyone who knows me knows I really stress being able to play a computer like an instrument (and if you think you can, then prove it).  Us geeky types are in front of our computers for 12+ (often 16+) hours per day, so every loss of efficiency translates into a huge cost in time -- and time is the most precious asset of any hardcore entrepreneur.

One thing I've done is to really customize my Google Apps email pane, with functionality from Rapportive (THANK YOU for the Highrise raplet, guys!), Boomerang, TwitterGadget, Gmail Auto BCC, Labs custom keyboard shortcuts, Send & Archive, etc.  I've also found some great Chrome extensions, including 1Password, Bit.ly, Awesome Screenshot, and by far my favorite -- a Basecamp text auto save extension that saves what I've written in Basecamp when the page is closed.

You might also like my blogs on playing a computer like an instrument, cloud app + vanity URL, and switching to Gmail from Mail.app.

Here's what my email pane looks like, with a detailed video below that walking you through how I use everything.

My favorite feature?  The awesome picture of my wife, of course!  If I'm going to be looking at email for hours each day, I might as well make it enjoyable!  I just replaced the standard Gmail logo with a custom image.

Anyone who knows me knows I really stress being able to play a computer like an instrument (and if you think you can, then prove it).  Us geeky types are in front of our computers for 12+ (often 16+) hours per day, so every loss of efficiency translates into a huge cost in time -- and time is the most precious asset of any hardcore entrepreneur. One thing I've done is to really customize my Google Apps email pane, with functionality from Rapportive (THANK YOU for the Highrise raplet, guys!), Boomerang, TwitterGadget, Gmail Auto BCC, Labs custom keyboard shortcuts, Send & Archive, etc.  I've also found some great Chrome extensions, including 1Password, Bit.ly, Awesome Screenshot, and by far my favorite -- a Basecamp text auto save extension that saves what I've written in Basecamp when the page is closed. You might also like my blogs on playing a computer like an instrument, cloud app + vanity URL, and switching to Gmail from Mail.app. Here's what my email pane looks like, with a detailed video below that walking you through how I use everything. My favorite feature?  The awesome picture of my wife, of course!  If I'm going to be looking at email for hours each day, I might as well make it enjoyable!  I just replaced the standard Gmail logo with a custom image. >

Using Evernote's Linking Feature

On Mike Dariano

When reading or writing, I like the view to be a simple one. If I'm reading a Kindle book, I turn the popular highlights off. When I'm writing a blog post, I open a new window almost no tabs. When I'm creating notes in Evernote, I want to see just the note I'm working on. This desire for simplicity led me to use and enjoy WorkFlowy. Evernote has a feature that mimics this, links.* Links in Evernote can take you to notes within Evernote, or pages on the web, here's how I use each.

I recently did this with my 2014 goals. I started with a list of four main areas to work from and then wanted to include more details below those. I didn't want to do this all in one note though.

First I needed to grab the Note Link from from the note I was linking to. This was right clicking on my ideas note and select Copy Note Link. Then I went to the relevant text (Start new site), highlighted it, and selected Hyperlink Add. I pasted in the code and viola, the link appears.

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