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According to Meeker, more than 1.8 billion photos are uploaded and shared daily across these platforms. These photos are not findable: more and more people are choosing to share one-to-one, creating richer, more personal connections.

How Messaging Apps Are Changing the Way Businesses Connect With Customers” via @huffposttech 

Mapping this consumer trend to the enterprise world makes it clear that companies will need to focus on small team collaboration scenarios to drive adoption of new productivity tools.

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I believe the change in attitude came from truly connecting and tuning in at home. This required disconnecting from work (e.g. turning off the computer and phone), and completely focusing all of my attention on the details of the home. Cooking a great meal. Helping with a science project. Discussing the future with my partner.

Scott Weiss, “Success at Work, Failure at Home”.

Great article by Scott on the challenges of balancing work/life when you’re the CEO of a growing startup. I think the insights are broadly applicable outside of just the CEO role; for me, joining a startup after working at big company for 10 years has forced me to rethink several key parts of my own personal work/life balance.

I can be a workaholic, so a while back Amy and I worked on a few simple “strategies” for ensuring we stay connected regardless of how intensely I through myself into my job. My favorite, Friday Date Night, is something we loved doing in Seattle and have picked up with gusto here in NYC. We need to work on “leaving our phones in our pockets”, but making sure we have one or two dedicated nights per week of just cooking dinner, binge-watching Netflix, and drinking good wine are what keeps me sane.

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I’m a sucker for learning and improving my personal productivity habits. This is a good article in that it doesn’t necessarily cover any specific habits to form, but rather the mentality you should have create those types of habits. Good stuff.

Staying Focused on Your Startup: How to Build Habits That Stick

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Some super productive people don’t waste their time on the small daily decisions that take up much of our brain space. Prerna Gupta, chief product officer of social music app Smule says she’s able to tackle big picture problems by eating the exact same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. She calls it “reducing decision fatigue.”

11 EXPERT TIPS TO HELP YOU BE MORE PRODUCTIVE IN 2014” via FastCompany

I only realized how much I try to “reduce decision fatigue” after a colleague saw my Outlook calendar several years ago and was “blown away” (his words) by the amount of personal appointments and color-coding – think “eat breakfast”, “vacuum house”. I explained that my calendar and ToDo lists help me establish daily routines and get certain things ‘out of my way’ that I know need to happen regardless of what else comes my way.