timeforcake: Website & productivity tips
Answer honestly: does your FAQ answer *real* questions? Or does it only provide information (sneakily presented as answers) that you want your site visitors to know?To make your FAQ really useful, try looking back through e-mails sent to your customer service to find common themes – even if the questions seem silly to you. Even better – ask your audience what their questions are in a blog post, on Twitter, or on Facebook. No better way to find out what questions to answer than from your customers, right? So ask (and answer) away! And remember: an engaging and useful FAQ page will save you time (so that your customers can have questions answered before e-mailing or calling you to ask).If you’re really stuck, here are some great tips for writing an effective FAQ page: http://tinyurl.com /24yb63r.
“Productivity” is quite the hot topic online right now, consistently stirring up a great deal of chatter – likely because we have access to so much information on a daily and hourly basis (and we have so many distractions… hello, Facebook and Twitter!). While different productivity techniques and tips suit different people, I’ve always found the good ol’ Pomodoro Technique to be quite useful.It’s simple: choose a task you want to tackle, set a timer for 25 minutes, and work on that task until the timer sounds. Then, take a short (5-minute) break. Rinse, repeat. Every four Pomodoros (approximately every 2 hours), take a longer break. It sounds simple, doesn’t it? It is – yet it’s a great time-management tool. You can check out the official website here: http://www.pomodorotechnique.com, where you can download a free digital book to learn more about the technique. If you would rather use a digital timer versus an actual timer, check out this app for Windows and Mac OS X: http://www.focusboosterapp.com (and if you don’t want to download the app, there’s an online version, too).
1. http://tinyurl.com/4clluxx – You, too, can be an art geek… from the comfort of your own home. The Google Art Project takes you inside museums all over the world for up-close-and-personal viewings of famous artwork.2. http://nurph.com – If your @-replies on Twitter with another user go on and on and on, consider taking the conversation to this “Twitter chat room.”3. http://www.strikeapp.com – Need a quick way to list a to-do item, and then knock it out? This is the app for you.4. http://tinyurl.com/y42vxpw – And you thought the last little car or house you built with Legos was cool. Here’s the world’s most advanced Lego build.5. http://blipsnips.com – One of the coolest ways to tag online videos. Skip to your favorite part(s) of a video, leave comments at those moments, and share with family or friends. (And yes, you can share the video on your Facebook wall very easily.)erin pheil is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a Web design/development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
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