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WorkAwesome Podcast: Episode 13 – Gina Trapani

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WorkAwesome editor Mike Vardy had the pleasure to interview Lifehacker founding editor and highly-regarded developer Gina Trapani on this week’s episode of the podcast. Gina’s got a ton of projects on the go on the web, all of which are awesome in scope and in nature. She’s regarded as one of the top productivity experts on the web today (one could go as for to say that her reach expands well beyond the Internet realm as well), and it was truly a privilege to have her on as a guest.

Show Notes

  • Gina discusses the reason behind starting started Lifehacker and the reason for eventually leaving the site.
  • Why Gina believes that productivity has had (and still does have) such an appeal to so many on the Internet.
  • Todo.txt app, Gina’s self-developed task list application, is discussed.
  • Gina gives a rundown of her daily workflow, including IRC, email and other tools she uses.
  • What is ThinkUp? Gina spills the beans.
  • Mike and Gina offer a requiem for the late, lamented Google Wave.
  • The status of Gina’s standing desk experiment.
  • Apparently, Gina occasionally dances while she works. So what’s on her playlist?
  • Gina digs Gmail…she explains her reasons, what aspects of Gmail’s features she uses and some of the other apps she has to keep tabs on things.

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WorkAwesome Podcast: Episode 12 – Patrick Rhone

This week’s episode of the WorkAwesome podcast features a “less than minimal” interview with renowned minimalist and talented writer Patrick Rhone. Patrick’s writing covers the landscape of productivity, technology analysis and practical tips, all with a tremendous amount of articulation, thoughtfulness and flair.

Patrick is the writer and curator at Minimal Mac, a website that promotes subjective simplicity to Mac users everywhere. However, Patrick’s philosophy goes beyond the Mac platform alone (although admittedly, it is his platform of choice) and he has taken it to the next level with his new podcast, entitled Enough – The Minimal Mac Podcast.

Patrick and WorkAwesome editor Mike Vardy discuss the nature of minimalism (what it is and, more importantly, what it really is), workflow and the crux of the term “enough” as he sees it. Since Patrick is a busy guy, we delve into how he achieves balance in all that he does — both in work and life — and the shift that has been happening for him with the rising success of his writing career. He also mentions some of those that he thinks are doing awesome work with their writing these days. We even talk about email strategies.
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WorkAwesome Podcast: Episode 11 – Stephen Smith

This week’s episode of the WorkAwesome podcast features an interview with productivity consultant Stephen Smith. Stephen has been involved in the productivity realm for many years, and his most recent endeavour is the work.life.creativity site, which is described as:

…an open community and are looking forward to hearing new ideas and perspectives. We are not tied to any one system, methodology or answer. We are simply interested in finding solutions that help us get the most out of life. We wish to spend less time “doing” and more time “living”. In our minds, the goal of life is not about doing, it is about being done.

Stephen has also been involved with SOBCon, an annual event “where some of the best minds in the Internet space gather to present models, discuss insights, and determine best practices.” It has been growing every year — in both size and number of occurrences.

WorkAwesome editor Mike Vardy discusses with Stephen the various projects he has on the go and how he manages to keep all of these projects alive — and thriving — with a full time job on his plate as well.
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WorkAwesome Podcast: Episode 10 – Ben Brooks

This week’s episode of the podcast feaures an interview with Ben Brooks of The Brooks Review.

The Brooks Review has quickly become a “must read” by productivity and technology fans alike. Brooks’ insightul and informed writing has garnered the attention of well-known web personalities such as Merlin Mann and John Gruber, and the site delivers its content in a very reader-friendly design.

During this interview with podcast host Mike Vardy, Brooks discusses the various productivity methods and tools he uses and why he started The Brooks Review, among other things. Ah, yes…they also talk about Things and his “review” of the Playbook.
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WorkAwesome Podcast: Episode 9 – Dan Benjamin

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This week’s episode features an interview with Dan Benjamin of the Internet broadcasting network 5by5. This relatively new network features shows that involve not only Dan himself, but other well known “Internetians” such as John Gruber (Daring Fireball), Marco Arment (Instapaper), Jeffrey Zeldman (A List Apart) and Merlin Mann (43 Folders).
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WorkAwesome Podcast: Episode 8 – Shawn Blanc

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On this week’s episode of the WorkAwesome podcast, Mike Vardy had the pleasure to speak with Shawn Blanc, known for his elegant posts at his own site, shawnblanc.net.
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WorkAwesome Podcast: Episode 7 – Michael Sliwinski

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After a two week break, the WorkAwesome podcast returns featuring an interview with Michael Sliwinski, creator of Nozbe and founder of Productive Firm.

Nozbe is a cloud-based tool that Sliwinski designed for his own personal use at first, but released it to the public a few years back and has been growing steadily ever since. It was one of the first well-known productivity web apps, and has since been incorporated into mobile apps for the iPhone and iPad to allow you to keep getting things done even when you’re on the move.
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WorkAwesome Podcast: Episode 6 – Karen Brelsford

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This week’s podcast features tips on simple ways to get through the holidays and an interview with theatrical artistic director Karen Brelsford.

Karen has been working in theatre for years and WorkAwesome editor Mike Vardy discusses with her how she is able to balance her work as well as handle the rigors of working in such a demanding field. Karen shares her insights on how she manages her time in order to deal with multiple productions and how she went from studying tree rings for a living to the world of theatre.
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WorkAwesome Podcast: Episode 5 – David Allen

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On this week’s podcast, WorkAwesome editor Mike Vardy speaks with someone who many consider to be the preeminent productivity expert on the planet: David Allen.

David is the author of Getting Things Done (and creator of the methodology with the same name — or GTD for short) and is the “go to guy” for all things productivity-related. We talk about New Year’s resolutions, the common misconceptions about GTD and even get into the real secret behind the methodology. This is an exclusive interview on the WorkAwesome podcast with the creator of GTD — and shouldn’t be missed.

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WorkAwesome Podcast: Episode 4 – Brett Kelly

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This week’s podcast features an interview with Brett Kelly of Bridging the Nerd Gap and author of the popular ebook, Evernote Essentials. Brett has been a part of the productivity scene on the web for years now, with a myriad of blogs and projects to his credit. Brett and WorkAwesome editor Mike Vardy discuss the use of Evernote in terms of a productive workflow, what features of Evernote often go under-utilized and what he feels is the best coffee maker there is.

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WorkAwesome Podcast: Episode 3

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This week’s episode of the WorkAwesome Podcast features an interview with Nathan Hangen and Oleg Mokhov. These two gentlemen who not only have their own ventures that they foster on a daily basis, such as Nathan’s Building Digital Empires site and Oleg’s own site Mokhov.com, but they have forged a partnership with two projects: SoundTrackster (a site that offers “royalty-free music that doesn’t suck”) and BlueRize, which offers electronic music and podcasts that are a serve to energize entrepreneurs.
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WorkAwesome Podcast: Episode 2

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This week’s episode of the WorkAwesome podcast features an interview with ZURB’s Chief Instigator, Bryan Zmijewski that was conducted just after the release of their new web service, Verify. Host Mike Vardy also delves into the world of iPad and iPhone productivity including what’s now possible with the recent updates in the iOS — as well as the endless discussion about paper vs. digital task management.

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