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Video: The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure

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Introducing IFTTT’s New Data Access Project

Today’s eMail brings news of a new IFTTT.com feature: the Data Access Project. Public / government data, created by workers paid by our tax dollars, stands ready for our ultra convenient manipulation. Quick example: you’re planning a trip outside the U.S.; you can now arrange receipt of travel alerts via SMS.

We want to bring you closer to the institutions and agencies that impact your life. So we’re launching over thirty new services today. Learn the details, and why it’s just the beginning of our new project.


Exploring the new offerings cries out for a high spot on your ToDo list.

Source: Introducing the Data Access Project

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QuickNote: Alexa embraces reminders + named timers

And thus dies another app, as I move Pomodoro timing to Alexa, with related summaries populating part of my Bullet Journal tracker. Note: research confirms →  the reminder is tied to the device used to set the reminder.

One of Alexa’s more practical, everyday uses is setting timers – helpful when cooking, remembering to perform some task, or alerting kids it’s bedtime, among other things. Today, Amazon is improving its timers by allowing users to name their different ones. This will make it easier to use multiple timers simultaneously, Amazon says.

Plus, since many Alexa customers were already using the timer feature to set reminders, Amazon is now formalizing that use case by allowing you to ask Alexa to “remind me” instead of “set a timer.”

Source: TechCrunch

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QuickNote: Optimize Your Chrome Browsing Experience With These 13 Extensions

I’ve encountered many best-of-Chrome-extensions lists. This one from MakeUseOf rises above the rest.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Google’s list of search results told you which links you’ve clicked on before? And not only that but also when you last clicked on them? → Google When

Source: Optimize Your Chrome Browsing Experience With These 13 Extensions

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QuickNote: 10 Reasons Why You Need a Journal for Your Creative Projects

Having a dedicated journal lends itself perspective over time, revealing what you were thinking and planning at a specific time, including at present. There are a plethora of benefits to gain and you can make it your own. It will help you organize your thoughts, gain clarity, and pave the way to accomplish your focused goals.

Source: Fstoppers.com

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Reduce stress and anxiety with a pen and this simple neuroscience-backed trick 

The next time painful or stressful feelings threaten to overwhelm you, here is what you do: get something to write with. Get something to write on. Write down a word that describes the emotion you’re experiencing. It doesn’t have to be comprehensive. Just a word or two will do.

Source: Reduce stress and anxiety with a pen and this simple neuroscience-backed trick — Quartz

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Do vs. Done Lists: Jot Down Your Small Wins to Amplify Success

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When we reflect on progress, we practically metabolize it. Jot down completed tasks, and view them as “wins,” or progress towards your final goal(s), and you can externalize and recognize them. ” Writing, like speaking, requires translating thoughts into words, which externalizes those thoughts and allows us to see them for what they are so we can move forward. Clarity affords possibility.

Source: Do vs. Done Lists: Jot Down Your Small Wins to Amplify Success | Evernote Blog

BuJo How to: Make Your Blog’s Backbone with an Editorial Calendar

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My core bullet journal plays maestro to multiple components, conjuring harmony among all while precluding duplicates. One module, focused on writing activities, includes the Editorial Calendar for this blog. A detailed exploration of the contents of that specialized analog calendar follows.

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T-Mobile’s DIGITS number sharing service rolls out on May 31st

Business and personal number, ringing the same line for calls and SMS, among other handy configurations. Ahhh, competition can be sweet!

T-Mobile announced a bets test for its DIGITS service last year, and at long last the beta is over. DIGITS will roll out to all subscribers on May 31st, an… by Ryan Whitwam in Carriers, News, T-Mobile, Videos

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How to Feed Your WordPress.com Blog While Web Surfing: the Power of “Press This”

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WordPress.com includes an empowering yet unheralded power-packed feature: the free Press This bookmarklet. Once added to your browser, feeding your blog becomes kid’s play.

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