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Help me JUST CLICK REPLY ALREADY.

I regularly flake on email responses-- both personal and professional. (I have all the comorbidities you'd expect: ADHD, perfectionism, perpetual writer's block, mild social anxiety, introversion, disorganization, procrastination/avoidant tendencies.) I'm starting a new job and need this particular behavior to stop forthwith. Short of completely overhauling my whole effed-up executive function, is there an ironclad system I can implement to ensure that every single one of those emails gets answered punctually? [more inside]
posted by Sockinian on Jul 11, 2014 - 18 answers

Help me GTD: Analysis Paralysis Applications & GTD

Help me implement GTD in a manageable fashion. I get lost in details, and need help keeping track of the pieces. I have access to web apps and a shiny new ipad air. Snowflakes inside. Tell me what has worked for you, and please offer practical advice. [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Jul 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Email help from Gmail experts; Difficulty - key GTD needs would be nice

I want to fly through my email. GTD/Zero inbox style. Trouble multiple accounts including .Mac, gmail and Gmail for business. I thought I found a desktop client - MailPilot for OSX - but it's just not doing well enough (it's development is too slow.) Meanwhile, I hear that you can be super clever with Gmail - More inside! [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Jun 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Springpad, I hardly knew ye...

After struggling with Evernote, I finally found my notetaking, task-tracking, save-everything soulmate in Springpad. But now it's going out of business! Please help me find a feature-rich alternative? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on May 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me clean my room - Bicycle related

I ride recumbent bicycles and I have for years. The risk with recumbents is that if you don't fall well you can break your ankle. This happened to me. I have two bikes, the one that I fell with is a Vision brand. It's much faster (and less stable) than my Sun that I'm continuing to ride. [more inside]
posted by notned on Mar 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Evidence-based productivity systems

Following on from the recent question on scientific personal development books, are there any scientific writings on productivity systems? I am aware of systems like GTD, and find parts of these useful, but they also seem to be "this worked for me" rather than based on significant empirical research.
posted by Grinder on Jan 2, 2014 - 1 answer

Task management for the overwhelmed

Are you easily distracted and overwhelmed? What task management techniques/systems have you found successful? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Dec 30, 2013 - 17 answers

Suggestions on how to forget forgetting?

I have a tendency to automatically dissociate from/"forget" things that are stressful or anxiety-provoking. How can I better focus on these scary things so that I can better address and resolve them? [more inside]
posted by rhooke on Dec 13, 2013 - 11 answers

How to tackle multiple large personal projects?

I need some advice on getting things done. I have several large personal projects I've been trying to work on for a long time, but I am having trouble making even the smallest dent in each. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Dec 4, 2013 - 17 answers

Best suggestions for Team Communication & Collaboration Tools

We are a team of about 25 spread across two main locations with a single person in a third locale. We also use some outsourced resources now and again. We use a mish mash of tools to do everything from email (some of us use Outlook, others use Gmail with a forward, others use webmail/Zimbra, some use MacMail, etc.) to file sharing, chat and video conferencing. We need to get our act together and select the right tools. Help! [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Nov 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me find a GTD website I used to use

A few years ago, I used to frequently use a website I liked that implemented Getting Things Done. I stopped using it, and I don't know why. I think it would be useful to start using it again. I remember aspects of the interface, but I've been unable to find it, unfortunately. Please help me find it. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Aug 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Astrid replacement?

Astrid (to-do list app) was bought by Yahoo and will be shut down soon. Please suggest a replacement app? More requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Jul 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Help a longtime Mac user switch to Windows.

I haven't used Windows since the year 2000, but a new job means this longtime Mac user needs to learn how to. A couple specifics related to image editing and task management software plus general words of wisdom/ encouragement requested within. [more inside]
posted by hwickline on May 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Not just get things done, but find out what I did...

In short: I need to track a couple of hundred tasks over 10-15 projects (in any of 7 areas) on the go at any one time. In a month, when I am asked, I currently have only a vague notion which project took up the most time. Currently using Things for Mac and iphone, but am open to moving if it is for a better solution (i integrated time tracking with no loss of functionality). Am ok with paying for it. [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Mar 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Using ten days to prepare for an online course, then acing it?

I’m about to start a six-month-long online course that I'd like to do really well on. The next ten days are very quiet at work. How can I use this time to help myself prepare, given that I’ll need to be in the office for part of each of the ten days...and then keep up with the course while going back to full-time teaching? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jan 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Beam Me Into 2013

What new tools, apps, or environmental changes have you started using in the last few years that have improved your life the most (or at least made it less worse)? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jan 9, 2013 - 25 answers

Do you use Kanban for personal productivity?

Do you use Kanban as your personal productivity system? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Dec 26, 2012 - 4 answers

What's a good to-do app for Mac & iOS that syncs with iCal/Google Calendar?

I am using an iMac with Mountain Lion as my desktop, and an iPhone 4S with iOS6 as my cell phone. I use OSX's and iOS's native apps for email, contacts, and calendar, which are provided by Google Apps. What I need is a GTD (to do) application for the Mac, which a) has an iOS version, and b) supports syncing to iCal or Google Calendar. I currently own Omnifocus, but as of Mountain Lion, it no longer supports iCal sync. I want to be able to sync deadlines and tasks to my calendar, this really is a pretty basic feature that seems to be missing from a lot of GTD applications. Wunderlist doesn't support this. I've looked at Things, but it doesn't seem to support it either. Any recommendations?
posted by Unhyper on Nov 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Something well-designed to get me well organized

Tell me of the most beautifully designed, paper-based gtd / organizers / planners in the land! I want nice typography, attractive materials and maximum usability in one package. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by 100kb on Aug 30, 2012 - 11 answers

First Things First. What Was the First Thing Again?

If I wrote down all the witty/funny/odd/insightful things that cross my mind all day long, I'd have tons of ideas for creative projects. The problem: I'm missing the part of my brain that says "Hey, write that down!" [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Aug 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Tracking email replies

What is the best way to schedule and track anticipated replies to emails in Outlook? [more inside]
posted by kevin-o on Aug 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Using Apple's Native Notes and Reminders for GTD with Mountain Lion

GTD Question for Apple users: Is anyone using the baked in notes and reminders apps successfully for their GTD workflow? I've used a lot of third party apps, but with Mountain Lion it now seems worthwhile to use the apps Apple syncs automatically. Thoughts? Links? Suggestions? Thanks.
posted by letstrythis on Aug 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Can I really have the house of the future?

If I were to purchase a Nexus 7 to use as a kind of hub for my apartment, communicating between roommates and keeping track of bills and things electronically, what all would I actually be able to do with it? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Jul 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Task-based/time-based productivity.

Help me find a productivity app. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jul 10, 2012 - 3 answers

If I had GTD software I could probably get this research done myself!

I'm reading Getting Things Done, and I'm ready to join the cult of productivity! What is the best GTD-minded to-do list software or site, for a PC/Android user?
posted by Jairus on Jun 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Projects vs. Next Actions

What are your most useful "next-action" and "project" verbs for GTD? [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Jun 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Apps for an apple flavoured snowflake?

Friends, mefites, global citizens, recommend me your apps for the iPad. [more inside]
posted by b33j on May 19, 2012 - 14 answers

A cluttered mind is a sign of...wait I forget.

This is a question about organization and task management. Long and snowflakey, harsh criticism allowed. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on May 17, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I force Outlook to send/receive on MY schedule?

Outlook - How do I force a send without also refreshing the receive? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on May 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Worker bee lost in between beehives....

GTD Filter: How has GTD helped you in your experience of unemployment? I'm looking for a system to organize my thoughts, structure my time, and keep me working toward goals without losing steam. Google-fu is failing me, thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Apr 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for a site similar to Todoist.

Looking for a site similar to Todoist. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Feb 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Uses for an old Day Runner/Filofax?

Uses for an old Day Runner/Filofax? Looking for up to date ways to integrate a paper planner with online services. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Feb 17, 2012 - 3 answers

I have every day open to get what I want done, and I'm getting nothing done. Advice?

My daily schedule is wide open, and I'm not getting anything done. How should I schedule my time? [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on Jan 30, 2012 - 22 answers

How do you track & use ideas from your previous sketch books, journals & diaries?

For those that keep a journal/diary/sketch book: When you start a new book, how do you continue to track and use the good ideas and projects in your old books that you'd like to pursue? [more inside]
posted by ooklah on Jan 16, 2012 - 9 answers

To-Do App: Happy to pay, but not to subscribe?

I'm looking for a to-do list/task management solution that works across multiple platforms and on the iPad. I'm happy to pay for it, but I do not want a model that works on an annual-subscription basis. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Dec 20, 2011 - 15 answers

Does anyone have simple paper-based technical support ticket they could share?

Does anyone have simple paper-based technical support ticket they could share? I've become the default tech support person and the interruptions are making it difficult to get my own work done. A Word or Excel document I could edit would be great. [more inside]
posted by fishpatrol on Dec 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Reminders Power Tips

iOS 5 Reminders - Give me your power-user super-tips! [more inside]
posted by roofus on Oct 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Using context to get more things done?

How important is context to getting work done? What are effective ways to manipulate context to get more done? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Sep 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working?

Any advice for finishing a PhD thesis while working? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Sep 17, 2011 - 14 answers

How can I get a balance of interesting and important things done?

My job has a lot of responsibilities and some of them are more interesting and appealing than others. Sometimes I find myself blocked on some of the ones I like less, especially when they have stressful consequences. For example, I often need to write detailed reports for higher-ups (stressful and not enjoyable!), but I'd rather be designing new CSS stylesheets. Sometimes I just stress out about writing for a whole day and don't get anything done. I've thought of doing something more enjoyable and lower priority but I'm worried that when I'm done with that, the high-priority tasks will still be there, and they won't be any easier, appealing, or less stressful. Has anyone had any success breaking up their work like this? Have any strategies for success? How do I know how much time I can afford to spend on the low-priority stuff? How can I avoid just procrastinating on the important stuff while doing the things that make me love my job?
posted by rwatson on Jul 4, 2011 - 6 answers

One list or many?

OrganizationFilter: When scheduling tasks for a day, do you just throw them into a giant list and move through it, or do you come up with specific times and orders for things? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Apr 15, 2011 - 17 answers

Smartphone + app to use with the autofocus/GTD system with multiple lists

I'm looking for a smartphone + application to use with the autofocus system for todo list/productivity. I want to have context dependent lists like GTD. Can you help me make sense of the hundreds out there? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Feb 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Best Simple Time Tracking App for iPhone?

Can anyone recommend a streamlined time tracking app for the iPhone? I'm looking for something that will let me set up a few general categories — desk work, studio work, commute, gym, etc. — and basically lets me pick one and hit a big start/stop button. Export functionality in some way (even dirt-simple) is needed, fancy stuff like invoice generation / project management is not. The goal is to get a rough statistical overview of how I spend my days, not to get obsessive granularity or handle timesheets, so the ideal app would be about two taps to pick a category and start the timer.
posted by sixswitch on Feb 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me manage my multiple interests and hobbies, aside of my personal and professional life

How can I manage multiple personal interests without going crazy? [more inside]
posted by Matrod on Feb 7, 2011 - 15 answers

The best Todo App for the Ipad.

Best Todo App for GTD on the Ipad? Omnifocus? Nozbe? 2 do? (specifically for writing organization but general opinions welcome and appreciated.) [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Jan 6, 2011 - 6 answers

You want me to get a file cabinet? Really?

Interested in finding a personal organization system like Getting Things Done, only NOT geared towards middle managers from the late-1990s. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Dec 20, 2010 - 18 answers

GTD for Anxieteers

Try as I might, I cannot seem to get Getting Things Done done. At best I can get a few weeks out of any system before crashing. How do I fix this? Let it snow in the details. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Dec 9, 2010 - 31 answers

How do I prioritize my to-do list?

Okay. I made the to-do list. I broke the tasks into small, actionable pieces. Now how do I decide which piece to do first? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Nov 6, 2010 - 34 answers

GTD (time management)/Business/Life Coach

I'm looking for a coach to help me with several things, but primarily to get me started with either Getting Things Done or some other time management system. I know I could do it myself, but I also know that I won't without outside help. Beyond that, if the person was also a business coach I could work with going forward, that would be great. A step further, if they're also a life coach, not required but all the better. My first choice would be someone in the NYC area who I could work with in person some of the time, but I'm also open to a phone-only situation. Thanks!
posted by The Dutchman on Oct 26, 2010 - 6 answers

Getting things done while you're getting things done

I'm interested in hearing about "short burst" productivity enhancements I could make to my life. (Don't use the "L" word!) [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Aug 26, 2010 - 14 answers

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