I used to use Evernote for everything I possibly could use it for. I loved it. Now, I don’t use it at all, and only keep it around while I’m moving data elsewhere. What went wrong? It’s kind of a long story…
I like OmniFocus. A lot. The sync service works really well. It didn’t seem quick, but it was reliable, and seemed to remain reliable when the connection wasn’t great. That’s handy when I’m syncing my iPhone on the way in to Tesco – the signal isn’t very good there, but I need my shopping list […]
When I wrote my last Scribbles post, I’d just settled on using the Mini Guildford Filofax. I ended that post with:
Itâ€™s quite possible Iâ€™ll be back to the Moleskine within a day or two, or that Iâ€™ll try to stretch my jeans pocket to cram in my Pocket Filofax. I have a worrying amount of fun trying them, though, and thatâ€™s the important thing.
I was writing that entry in the Filofax at the time, and by time I’d written it, I was feeling cramped on such small paper. It doesn’t help that the Mini paper has slightly wider lines than the larger Pocket paper. By the time I was typing that post up, I’d pretty much decided that the Mini was too small. I tried my old Pocket Lyndhurst again. It was good, with a lot more space for my notes, but a bit of a stretch on the pocket. Although they call that size “Pocket”, it’s only really for quite big pockets.
I used to take the proverbial out of my husband for the way he’d constantly be fiddling around with his ‘system’. He’d scribble his thoughts and ideas into notebooks, various sizes of filofax, various digital devices, but nothing really sticks and he’s always changing his mind. It seemed quite hilarious and very odd to me, until a week or so ago. As 2007 prepares for the final curtain and 2008 waits in the wings, I also find myself in need of a comfortable and reliable way of recording my food diaries and other bits and bobs.
43Folders has just relaunched using Drupal. It’s looking really good so far – Merlin drafted in a few people who actually know what they’re doing with Drupal, where PigPog just had me and a poking-stick to try to make things work. If you’re into productivity pr0n and GTD stuff in any way, I’m sure you’re already a big fan of Merlin’s site, but it’s certainly worth going and having a fresh look.
Many of us want to be more creative in our day-to-day lives, so here are a few ideas to get you going – many of them very quick and easy…
The PigPogPDA – just a Moleskine notebook turned into a simplified GTD system.
Once you’ve been doing GTD for a while (however half-assed your implementation), you start to find yourself thinking in GTD terms. You spot something that needs doing in the living room, and your mind jumps straight to “Hmm – tidy side table needs to go on @Home.” The problem is that this isn’t how GTD is supposed to work. You’re supposed to just capture the fact that the side table is a mess, and process that note later. Once you get used to doing it, though, you shortcut through the steps and just find yourself wanting to stick the item straight on the appropriate list.
Last Update: Added a link for Gretchen (one of the people who helped create the PigPog Method), to her new site – Girls Can’t WHAT? – inspiration for girls who can.
This article describes how I actually implement the
GTD is all based on David Allen’s excellent books. You’ll get far more from reading the books than from any web site.
- From Amazon US: – Getting Things Done, Ready for Anything.
- From Amazon UK – Getting Things Done, Ready for Anything.
GTD works well, but there are a couple of little secrets, and one big secret that you might not have found out yet.