Tag Archives: gtd

Quasi-daily linkage

  • Another vote for "Fragmented" – An awesome article quotation from Elf. I agree with this, and struggle with finding a healthy balance for myself. I enjoy having a smartphone, but still consider it a luxury item (i.e., not necessary to my existence or even my happiness). I even debate getting rid of it and going back to a plain ol' phone (shh! don't tell Greg). I feel like a netbook and a normal cell phone would be enough connectivity for me.

    If I'm going to break contract on my AT&T/iPhone agreement over Apple's stupidity, maybe I should be looking at doing just that — get a nice, small (!!) cheap cell phone. It's more than a little tempting.

  • Follow Up: How Do Strangers Treat You? – Nice comments from an older BFD post about how people are treated when they're over- or under-weight. Features the gem: "Yet another man told me that being fat wasn’t my problem, it was merely the first indication to a man that I did not want to be 'pleasing.' Yes, he told me that if I wanted to be 'pleasing to a man,' I would lose the weight. This would indicate that I was agreeable and compliant." Um, about that.
  • Prometheus 6: "No iPad for me…" – Wow. This is what I get to come back to when I haven't synced my phone in over a week. Ugh. If I weren't about to move, I'd do some hard recalculations on getting out of my AT&T iPhone contract and picking up one of those buckets of does.
  • Prometheus 6: "Please reflect on what this means in politics, education and race relations" – Okay, this is really cool. I haven't read all five parts, but David Dunning has an interesting premise.
  • Prometheus 6: "More punishment for the poor" – And here I thought debtors prisons were out of style.
  • Declutter Your Files: What Papers Can You Toss? – Pretty much exactly what the title says. Handy in my going-paperless process.
  • YouTube – MORTAL KOMBAT – Okay, this may be the coolest thing I've seen in a hot minute. I love seeing folks put this much effort into what's essentially a fanfic.

GTD: Implementing with Tracks

When I started the new job on Monday, I took a bit of time to consider how I wanted to implement Getting Things Done (GTD) in the workplace. After considering my circumstances — glued to a computer all day, no particular need to access issues from home — I decided to try out Tracks, a Ruby on Rails tool for implementing GTD. Looked hot, so after a few failed attempts to get it installed on XP at work, I set up an account on a hosted server and ran with it.

…I love it.

Now, I have a PDA, you might say. A nice little Sony Clie 610C that’s served my GTD needs well.

It has, but I’ve found myself using it less and less. Evidently, this isn’t uncommon. I have a system that works: I have a reliable way to keep up with information that’s important to me. I capture on paper that I carry in my purse, and transfer to (formerly) Palm Desktop or (now) Tracks when I’m near a computer and ready to process it.

At best, it’s nice to have a calendar at hand. But really, I’m not so famous that I often have back-to-back appointments. Or that I need anything more than a 30-to-60-minute reminder, even via SMS on my cell phone. Again, I have a system that works. Morning reviews of what I need to do, combined with setting those Most Important Tasks”, rarely let an engagement slip through the cracks.

That need for only gentle reminders means that I can move to, say, Google Calendar for my calendaring needs, little though they are. I already have a g-cal for work, and my personal one shares with that one.

But for tasks, the internet is fine. After a few days of using Tracks on a hosted solution, I figured I’d go ahead and get it installed on a subdomain here at irrsinn.net.

Um. Yeah. About that.

About 6 hours later, I have a working install using mysql.

Six hours. Of not getting things done.

Here’s a head’s up: make sure your database user’s password consists of something other than all numbers. The ruby/rails-to-mysql call to “to_s” does something funky with all-num passwords such that you will continually get an “access denied” error on running “rake db:migrate” to set up the database for your site.

Six hours. No one else on the internet is having this problem.

Of course, that’s because people pick better passwords for their DB users that I do for test users, evidently. Changing it to have letters, symbols, &tc. resolved all my issues.

I hope it helps someone else.

Regardless, I really hope Tracks is worth it. It seems like it will be.

Tastee linkage

The upgrade to WordPress 2.5 meant that my plugin for posting links went away for a while. There may be a duplicate or two towards the bottom of this list, but I have culled it a bit.

Daily tasteeness (2008-02-07)

17 Unbeatable Ways to Create a Peaceful, Relaxed Workday
I’m really trying to practice single-tasking. It’s hard, because I like to be busy (weird, yes?), but I really do work much less efficiently and with higher stress levels when I multitask.

Trigger List – 43FoldersWiki
A trigger list for weekly reviews. Good lord, that’s long. 🙂

How to do a Weekly Review in Under an Hour | Zen Habits
The title says it all — I myself slacked on doing weekly reviews because of how long they took. Well, that and poor planning; it’s really something to be done on a Friday morning or Sunday night, rather than a Friday afternoon.

Weekly Review: Key to GTD and achieving goals | Zen Habits
“David Allen says that if you are not doing your weekly review, you are not doing GTD. I agree completely, and I’d like to add to that: if you are not reviewing your goals weekly, you are not focused on achieving your goals.”

Daily tasteeness (2008-02-06)

ZTD Habit 1: Collect | Zen Habits
I like his reasoning for going analog in capturing input. In the last week, I’ve misplaced two styluses for my PDA, rendering it unhelpful in capturing data. A stack of index cards would take up about the same amount of space and be less frustrating.

Kids’ how-to-cheat videos – Boing Boing
Wow — I never put this much energy into cheating, even when I did cheat back in early high school. I always just cheated out of laziness — I didn’t feel like doing the homework, so I’d copy the work. The discussion after the article is fun, too.

The Pros and Cons of Working at Home
I wouldn’t mind having a job where I worked from home. I’ve found that if I structure my social life well enough, I can work at home, alone for decently long periods. Plus, I get to be nekkid, exercise mid-morning, and play loud music.

Drowning in debt, he needs a life raft – Los Angeles Times
This dismays me to no end. He needs his expensive-ass truck to drive his time-shared boat. He spends $300 a month on eating out. Just… wow. How can he smile in that photo? How can he sleep at night?

Zen To Done (ZTD): The Ultimate Simple Productivity System | Zen Habits
This is a tastee set of modifications to Getting Things Done that offers more (or less) structure. It fits a different personality type, or people with a different goal in life. I’m not sure yet, but I like some of the modifications.

Lazy Productivity: 10 Simple Ways to Do Only Three Things Today | LifeRemix Blog
One nice idea here is picking the three things that must get done the night before — it allows it to percolate in your brain overnight so you wake up with a sense of purpose.

Half of Me: I support your right to look good
“I’d like to go on the record right now and say I fully support vanity as a reason to lose weight. No, it’s not the best reason to take off the pounds, but it gets a bad rep. Doesn’t everyone like to feel pretty? What’s so wrong with that?”

Neuroscience: One Pill Makes You Autistic — And One Pill Changes You Back
This rather creeps me the hell out. Reading articles about people casually flicking on and off parts of their brain via drugs makes me think of movies like Bladrunner and other cyberpunk-ish stories and setting. *shudder*