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Five Things TaskRabbit Loves About SXSW

We’re pretty excited about heading down to Austin this week. Leah will be giving an exciting talk about the role of social reputation and trust mechanisms in our lives, and TaskRabbits will be on the ground helping companies, brands, and attendees. Since we still have to wait another day to pull on our cowboy boots, we put together this list of the five things we’re most excited about at this year’s festival: Panels, Talks, and Sessions This year’s lineup of speakers is overwhelmingly awesome. We wish we could clone ourselves and soak up all the knowledge that will be doled out around town during the week. The things we’re most looking forward to? Lyft / Zimride Co-Founder John Zimmer will chat about the role of UX in peer-to-peer marketplaces. RelayRides Founder Shelby Clark will speak alongside Airbnb’s Nate Blecharczyk and Etsy’s Juliet Gorman on the power of the sharing economy. Tumblr Founder David Karp will talk about building tools for the 85 million creators on the social content platform. Productivity guru Tim Ferriss will teach us …

woody guthrie new year's resolutions

Forming Habits, Mastering Skills, and Surviving the Supermarket Checkout Line

Still haven’t gotten around to making your New Year’s resolutions? Brain Pickings compiled famous resolution lists from Jonathan Swift, Marilyn Monroe, Woodie Guthrie, and Susan Sontag. Our favorite came from Guthrie, “Keep hoping machine running.” With resolutions like this, how could we not be inspired? We decided to make our own resolution here at the TaskRabbit Blog. Each week, we’ll round up our favorite items on productivity, entrepreneurship, and the collaborative economy to share with you here. Let’s get started: Forbes unleashed a little advise on developing new time management habits — from Benjamin Franklin. According to the article, “Twelve Time Management Habits to Master in 2013,” modern psychologists recognize three key elements in Franklin’s approach: he commits to a habit, works on only one at at time, and uses visual reminders. Ever found yourself stuck in the express checkout lane at the grocery store, wondering why all the regular lanes were moving more quickly? Math teacher Dan Meyer decided to drop some science on this common occurrence, and found that express lanes just aren’t …

Leah Busque, Featured Speaker at SXSW 2013

We’re very excited to announce that Leah Busque will be joining Tim Ferriss, Jane Pratt, Peter Thiel, and other impressive thought leaders as a featured speaker for SXSW Interactive 2013. Leah’s talk — “Reputation as a Currency: Is the Resume Extinct?” — will center around the role that trust mechanisms such as ratings and reviews have played in the evolution of online transactions. She’ll discuss how social capital, which is fundamentally changing the way we think about markets, power, online connections, and personal identity, is replacing the credit score in our new digital society. Need a little trust talk to tide you over until SXSW? Read Leah’s Huffington Post column, “The Role (and Future) of Social Reputation.”

Work Smarter, Not Harder – Words to Live By

Ever since Christopher Thomas told us to, “work smarter, not harder,” Americans have looked for ways to be more efficient and effective at work. Motivated by the desire to leave the office stress-free every Friday night at 5 p.m. sharp, we try to remember to focus on the important tasks first, avoid the projects that yield little return and remind our inboxes just who’s boss. We spend all week dreaming of a relaxing weekend and yet, for most of us, the reality never lives up to the fantasy. Instead of using our 48 precious hours doing the things we love — spending time with the people we care about or simply relaxing, most of us spend the weekend tackling a to-do list filled with chores and errands. According to the American Time Use Survey from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend an average of almost three hours a day on activities such as housework, cooking, lawn care, or financial and other household management, plus another 20 minutes daily on personal …