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Language Technology

Technology is a Second Language

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Do you realise you’re already bilingual?

Featured in Medium - Technology

Unless you’ve stepped out of an underground bunker in your retro 70’s flared dungarees and Mork & Mindy backpack whistling a BeeGees hit, you’ve been surrounded by an increasing level of technology like the rest of us.

From your first VCR, to the communications and entertainment device in your pocket, technology has changed the way we experience the world at large. But each new advancement in technology brings its own set of unique aspects, features, and challenges that we need to navigate.

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Productivity Workflow Writing

How to Easily Nail Email Subject Lines

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These days subject lines standout more than content

A Simple Strategy for Improving Email Interaction

Featured in The Startup

Writing persuasive and informative email content is a skill that everyone who communicates to others on a regular basis needs to develop, but having a strong approach to email subject lines Is an even more critical skill to possess.

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Technology Workflow

Apple Needs to Bring Siri Shortcuts to macOS

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Photo by Juan Gomez on Unsplash

In the quest for simple to use platform automation Apple has a golden opportunity

Our devices store our most important and personal information often acting as neural prosthesis, help coordinate our social activities with friends and family , and to some even act as pseudo-surrogate partner. But in the background our devices have super powers we never see. They tick away diligently checking our email, managing our safety, and reacting to our needs before we know we need them.

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Life Psychology

How to Identify and Avoid Protectionist Thinking

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Photo by Darkness on Unsplash
Featured in The Startup

We are all familiar with protectionist thinking, whether we recognise it or not. As humans, it’s almost unavoidable. We all think this way at the very least a few times in our lives.

Protectionist Thinking is the thought process where a person aims to minimise risks to their perceived state or condition by actively or passively seeking an alternate negative stance to avoid displacement.

That’s quite a lot to take in so let’s break down what that means.

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Productivity Workflow Writing

Welcome to the Note Taking Apocalypse

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In a sea of apps, what matters most when taking notes?

Featured in The Startup

If you’re like me then you’ll have found yourself often standing at the front door of your app store staring at the sheer wall of note taking applications that are available at the moment. Variety and diversity of any type of application is usually a good thing, it allows you to try out different combinations that suit your needs and style, you can find what works for you and what doesn’t.

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Life Psychology

How an Act of Idiocy and a Moment of Pure Tranquillity Changed Me Forever

Featured in The Ascent

This is an easy tale for me to tell, I’ve told it hundreds of times to many people. Mostly I recount this story for my own amusement as I watch the faces of those listening contort while I describe the details, but recently I’ve come to appreciate how it affected me and continues to do so.

So here goes.

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Productivity Tips & Tricks Workflow Writing

PAGES — A Simple Productivity Enhancement

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Featured in Writers on Writing

If you’ve been navigating writing circles in the last few years it would be difficult to avoid the mention of Julia Cameron’s “Morning Pages” Technique.

Put basically, the practice of “Morning Pages” is where every morning, you take out a journal and write out three pages in longhand. On these pages you can put anything you want, anything at all.