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Mobile devices, online services and persistent connectivity are overloading many of us with information and distractions. As the new year begins, how can we take back control, and become more efficient and productive in our work and lives?

Matt Heinz in the KIRO Radio studios. (Erynn Rose photo)

That’s our topic this week with our guest Matt Heinz, the president of Heinz Marketing in Redmond, a frequent guest contributor to GeekWire who writes columns on topics including productivity, efficiency and work-life balance. Matt shares his tips and tricks on everything from dealing with email and managing meetings to using online services to offload basic tasks.

Specific services that he mentions include Dial2Do and TimeSvr.

Matt has gathered all of his columns on the topic, from GeekWire and his own blog, into a free PDF that you can download here.

Also check out his most recent GeekWire column: New Years Resolutions: 11 ways to increase your productivity in 2013.

That discussion starts at the 8:00 mark in the audio player above, after our weekly news roundup, in which we discuss …

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