Get Productive – Start Your Day Off Right

A good friend of mine (that is organized) sent me this link today and I couldn’t think of a better way to file it somewhere I can find it than blogging aboutit, so here we go. A good way to have a productive day start it the right way.  Although the orignal author’s post is written for freelancers,much of it could as easily apply to students, cab drivers or work-at-home freelancers!

Below are Mason Hipp’s 5 Easy Ways to Start  a Productive Day along with my own comments. If you want to read Mike’s original tips along with details added, you’ll need to visit his website by clicking the link above.

  1. Get a good night’s sleep
    George adds… brain boost
  2. Spend 20 minutes being disciplined
    George adds… a productive day will doubtless include discipline
  3. Eat Breakfast
    George adds… obvious – fuel your mind and body
  4. Clarify EXACTLY what tasks are productive
    George adds… planning makesa difference, so priorities are a must
  5. Get into work mode
    George adds… work mode, study mode, whatever applies to your life


  • get ready the night before as much as possible such as…
    • what you will be wearing
    • preparing your breakfast and/or lunch
    • make sure you have gassed up your car/truck
  • check the weather – do you need raingear, get up early to shovel snow?
  • stay focused on one task at a time

Stardock Fences Invisible Fix

I saw some people in Google talking about their Stardock Fences being invisible as mine were. I could see

Stardock Fences - monitor 1

Stardock Fences - monitor 1

everything okay after installation, but after rebooting the Fences, and labels became invisible. No border, just windows icons inside of totally invisible fences.

The fix for me was to change my theme back to Windows XP and selecting a wallpaper. I don’t know if it works without a wallpaper, but it looks so good with one I’m going to keep it.

Here is the link to read about and download Stardock Fences.

Check out a video and read “Organize your Windows Desktop” on this Organize Gmail and your desktop post.

Organize Your Note with MindRaider

Often I seek out better ways to organize my life and the information in it. LifeHacker had an article I found today that was of particular interest to me – MindRaider is a free download, works wherever Java does. Their article “MindRaider Organizes and Visualizes Any Note Style” matched a need I’ve been trying to fill lately, more organization.

MindRaider is a free download, works wherever Java does.

Windows/Mac/Linux: MindRaider wants to be the place you stash all your sudden thoughts, organizational notes, and inter-connected ideas.

As with many organization/productivity improvements/methods/tips using MindRaider has a learning curve, so be ready to invest some quality time in this information managaement tool to see if it fits your needs.

Download MindRaider Semantic Web Outliner and give it a try.