Thursday, August 21, 2008

Remember the milk

I had seen this before, but now that I have a little time on my hands, I finally got a chance to try out, and I have to say I am impressed!
  1. Easy to use - all kinds of actions like postponing, multiple task updates etc have been thought
  2. Lets you use a GTD process (folders for different types, list of items to be done today/tomorrow etc, a good workflow with an inbox and other folders...) I am not a strong GTD person, and am still trying to implement it in my daily life, but for what I know, this looked good.
  3. Integrates with google calendar - this looks simplistic at first, but then you realize it really is powerful and useful.
  4. Lets you add task(s!) by email - and then you process the inbox.
  5. Lets you create custom queries (for example all tasks without an end date)
  6. Has great plugins/widgets on the mac (yes, I am playing with macs now) and also on windows

Great stuff on the whole!

Now I need to stop spending so much time playing with it and getting things done... :-)

Update -
First thing my wife noticed was that I listed out the option to postpone before anything else...:-)

Monday, August 11, 2008

GTD advice

I have been a fan of "Getting Things Done" for a while even though I really need to get more disciplined in applying the principles. Just read a few good posts on 43 folders, and thought I would share some highlights I really liked...


Seven things - If you’re too overwhelmed to even think about a big system, try this. Get to work early and make a list of exactly seven things that you can do by the end of the day. Each one should take no more than 30 minutes to complete, but try to make it just 10 or 20. Break one big project into seven little ones or just prioritize your clutter. Do the four you least want to do by 11:00, and I promise the remaining three will topple like fat kids.

Honor thy 2-minute rule - GTD tip. The 2-minute rule is critical going both ways; don’t get so caught up in all your sorting and list making that you overlook the fastest way to actually accomplish something. By the same token, always maintain the focus you need to stay in processing mode when you need to.