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Work in 48-minute increments

The Success Begins Today blog suggests working in 48-minute increments with a 12 minute break each hour. Set a timer for 48 minutes. Close out all distractions and work continuously for 48 minutes. When the timer goes off, get up and stretch, get coffee, use the restroom etc, in the following 12 minutes. Repeat as necessary. Don reports that this technique repeated four times a day allowed him to write a 200 page book in just two weeks.

Timer-based work blocks is the only way I get through big projects; however, having just finished writing a book, I can say that even this effective technique won’t help most mere mortals (at least this one) produce 200 pages in two weeks. But over the course of a few months? Absolutely. — Gina Trapani

The Power of 48 Minutes [Success Begins Today] found in LifeHacker

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Vyew (http://www.vyew.com) is “a browser-based conferencing and always-on collaboration platform that provides instant visual communication without the need for client downloads or installations.” More interestingly, it’s also free. I’ve been seeing more free teleconferencing systems and now increasingly web conferencing systems over the last year. It used to be that compared to their for-fee bretheren, the free systems had very limited functionality. Vyew is an interesting case in point for a new model.

On the one hand, it lacks many of the features that applicaitons like Live Meeting and Webex have, such as integration with Outlook or VOIP. On the other, it leverages Web 2.0 to integrate with newer applications like Flickr, MySpace, and Yahoo Maps.

The pricing models for major players such as LiveMeeting and WebEx seems to put them out of the reach of smaller companies and non-profits, and makes integrating them into collaboration platforms such as our eCommunity only helpful to enterprise customers. How will it change the collaboration platform landscape as we start integrating these free services into our platforms? Anyone want to see such a prototype?

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