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Use e.ggtimer.com to count down and alert you when times up. It’s like a kitchen timer for your computer.  Simple, free, and nothing to download.

Why use E.ggTimer?

  • Start a phone call and want to keep it under 10 minutes:  set the E.ggTimer
  • Need to leave for an appointment in 25 minutes:  set the E.ggTimer
  • Put the chicken in the oven and go back to “wasting time” on the Internet:  set the E.ggTimer

Getting Started:

Visit e.ggtimer.com and type in your desired time.  For example, “25 minutes” or “2 hours 15 minutes”.  Hit enter and wait.   Be sure to turn your speakers up.   When times up, a popup will alert you with a loud sound.

Another unique way to use E.ggTimer is to type in the address exactly what you want: e.ggtimer.com/10minutes.  Add a bookmark with that address on your links bar for quick access.  Need a break or want to be more aware of your time on the phone?  Click the link.  You’ll know when your 10 minutes are up.

Try it now:  http://e.ggtimer.com/6


Add Today’s Date to Your Tray

November 11th, 2008

Here’s an easy way to include the date in your system tray on your task bar.  Download this small, free utility:  http://www.rcis.co.za/dale/tclockex/.

Windows only shows the time in the tray.  Although you can hover your mouse over the time to get the date, some might prefer it permanently attached.

This application requires little resources, so your system still runs fast.  You can customize it to display a simple date + time, or change the font and go wild with colors.  Very configurable.  Very easy.

For example:



Do More with Google

May 29th, 2008

I sure talk about Google a lot.  Honestly, Google does a lot for me.  I am extremely happy with their services.  However, Google does a lot more than just provide great search results.  Here are some other useful things you can put in the search box:

• “What time is it in Chicago” – returns local time in Chicago
• “1Z9999W99999999999” – returns the UPS tracking information for that package. Also try FedEx, and USPS.
• “Delta flight 123” – returns the flight details and status
• “100 dollars in euro” – returns (not very much!) the euros you would receive for $100 USD
• “movies 29649” – returns showtimes in Greenwood, SC
• “expialidostious” – offers a link for you to click the correct spelling: expialidosious. I use Google as a spell checker all the time! 😉

You can mix and match these with the TXT service options from my last tip as well.  Here are many more examples from Google:  http://www.google.com/help/features.html


Time Management

April 9th, 2008

Time management has always been important to me.  I’m always trying to increase in knowledge and practice in this capacity of my own life.

I just learned of Randy Pausch from his speech on time management.  His story and life are inspirational. ABC News has a special tonight about him. Here is the synopsis:

The video I watched on time management is here:

More information about Randy can be found at:


If you’re anything like me, your inbox may actually be your todo list. Sadly enough, this isn’t an efficient way of processing your tasks. If you’re overwhelmed with emails, read on.

Merlin Mann gave a presentation for Google employees concerning getting things done (GTD) with email. I highly recommend this video for organizing your electronic life. At least see the first 15-20 minutes and you’ll get the gist. If you want to maximize your time, please watch this invaluable video:

His main site is at http://www.inboxzero.com/