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9 Google Apps Tips: Productivity Boosters

Check out these little-known Google Apps features that can make you more efficient and less irritated.
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1. Shuffle Your Cards
Pick a card, any card. Google Now cards are an excellent way to simplify your apps and widgets, especially on Android. If you're a sports fan, you probably have an app that gives you scores. And you probably have another one that gives you weather. And you might have note or calendar apps that remind you of appointments or flights. Most of those apps have widgets or otherwise take up home-screen space. Google Now cards allow you to replace all of those with a single widget that can keep track of your scores, weather, and everything else, all in a clean interface. You set up the cards (alerts) you want and a single app enables them to rotate for easy display on your screen. One of my favorites is the 'how far am I from home?' card. It tells me how long it will take me to get home with current traffic. I can add cards for work or other locations. This allows me to save time as I always know exactly when I can leave one place for another with the right amount of cushion in case of traffic.
(Source: citymaus)

1. Shuffle Your Cards
Pick a card, any card. Google Now cards are an excellent way to simplify your apps and widgets, especially on Android. If you're a sports fan, you probably have an app that gives you scores. And you probably have another one that gives you weather. And you might have note or calendar apps that remind you of appointments or flights. Most of those apps have widgets or otherwise take up home-screen space. Google Now cards allow you to replace all of those with a single widget that can keep track of your scores, weather, and everything else, all in a clean interface. You set up the cards (alerts) you want and a single app enables them to rotate for easy display on your screen. One of my favorites is the "how far am I from home?" card. It tells me how long it will take me to get home with current traffic. I can add cards for work or other locations. This allows me to save time as I always know exactly when I can leave one place for another with the right amount of cushion in case of traffic.

(Source: citymaus)

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David Wagner,
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12/3/2014 | 1:55:52 PM
Re: Good tips
@li tan- Glad I could help. I think you're right. We often accept the staus quo as the only option. And sometimes taking a little energy to do something different or learn something different can free us up.
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Li Tan,
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12/3/2014 | 8:48:35 AM
Good tips
Thanks a lot for the poster - these are very useful tips. In most of the cases we got used to what we struggle with on daily basis. If we just deep dive and think a little bit further, we may find silverbullet to kill the vampire. I do like the efficient mail assistant such as slience mail list - it saves my valuable time when handling big work mail boxes.
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