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Life Hack: Tech Meets Filing

(I’ve been asked to write this up several times over the years, so here goes.) Background Almost a decade ago, I thought it’d be neat to order a document scanner. Because, organization. I found out that the IRS would accept printed copies of scanned original documents and realized that I was lugging around a filing cabinet for no reason. A few years later, something magical came to be, and it’s turned into one of my favorite life hacks.

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Using 'Circles' for 'read later' and 'draft post' ideas

Google+ is all about building your social graph of friends and acquaintances. The biggest separating factor on the platform versus other platforms who have later followed suit, is the ability to group your friends, family, colleagues, into separate “circles”, allowing you to very easily share posts and photos with certain groups of people. On Twitter, I used to ‘like’ things that I wanted to read later, and would call up my page of liked activities as a list of bookmarks.

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Done is better than Perfect

A colleague sent me a link to a bunch of photos from Facebook offices around the world. In one of the photos, you can read a sign on the wall which says “done is better than perfect” and I’ve decided that this will be my motto for 2011. (Update 2016: it’s become more of a permanent goal for my work now) A part of me is a struggling perfectionist, perhaps with a hint of OCD.

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