These days, we are constantly exposed to information. In addition to all the regular human interactions that our brains must process, we now deal with the added layer of emails, news updates, phone calls, and other modern interruptions. As news gets faster and the amount of content we consume increases, the idea of content overload is becoming a familiar problem for many of us. With so many sites, networks, and…

I use FlowReader every day at work to help me with content curation and keep up with news in the industry. Using our own product encourages the team to honestly evaluate FlowReader, and it’s one of the best ways for us to learn how to do better. In other words, we eat our own dog food. When I first started working on FlowReader, I’d never used an RSS reader regularly.…

How to Optimize Your Daily Routine

I recently came across a great post on Brain Pickings about the creative routine of Henry Miller, which started out with the following quote: It got me thinking about daily routines and how important they are to our overall health, happiness, and productivity. One of the coolest things about working in the FlowReader office is that we have flexible schedules and the option for partial home office, so we’re always…

Feeling overwhelmed by your RSS feeds?  If you’re a fan of news readers, chances are you’ve been there. A morning coffee (not yet finished) in one hand and an overstuffed reader with too many folders, hundreds of feeds, and a scary stream of new items waiting to be read. You’re not alone. RSS overload is a common problem. It’s nice to get all those updates in one place, but let’s…

Do you suffer from computer hunchback? I do.  I spend roughly 8-10 hours a day in front of my computer reading and writing. Considering I didn’t have great posture to begin with, this has not helped me to keep the kinks at bay. We’re living in the age of desk potatoes, which means many of us are no strangers to neck and back pain. At the Wikidi office, project teams…

How to Remember What You Read Online

Most of us read a considerable amount of information online on a daily basis, whether it’s for pleasure or for work. Organizing and reading all the content you come across every day, in itself, can be an overwhelming task. But what about the being able to remember what we read?  We recently explored why scanning is replacing word-by-word reading, so I thought it would be cool to investigate how well you remember…

9 Tips For Working From Home

Great tips for staying productive and motivated when working from home.  As part of the FlowReader team, we’re lucky to have the option to work remotely part of the time. Working from home is an awesome perk on so many levels and something that I believe makes us happier as a team. But it’s not without its challenges. How do you stay focused and get things done when you’re surrounded…

Are you a creature of comfort? You might be standing in the way of your productivity.  I’m writing this while sitting on my kitchen floor. If you want proof, here it is: What has brought about this strange choice of workspace today? I’m experimenting with my workflow and being uncomfortable. As you know, here at FlowReader we’re always interested in personal productivity and what techniques can improve our lives (and…

Creative Blocks and How to Beat Them

A creative block can be frustrating and for some – career damaging. People often say to me when I tell them what I do, “That’s so nice that you get to do something creative every day!” Sure, some days are great, but coming up with fresh ideas regularly isn’t easy. It’s plain hard work. No matter what line of work you’re in, they all require a little creative thinking, and…