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Brilliant recurring calendar events?

What brilliant recurring events have you set up on your calendar app? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Oct 25, 2007 - 35 answers

How do you stick to your long-term goals?

How do you maintain sight of your long-term goals? I chronically sacrifice long-term success for short-term gains and it's not working out for me. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Oct 16, 2007 - 20 answers

What's the ultimate digital rolodex-life-contact-birthdate-organizer application?

This year I’ve been trying to organize and digitize my life, and most importantly -- get rid of old stuff. Next on my list is creating an ultimate name-phone-number-birth-date-email-organizer-web rolodex. [more inside]
posted by jkl345 on Sep 15, 2007 - 12 answers

Help a man persue education

I need a very specific type of self help... [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude on Aug 27, 2007 - 5 answers

managing ideas

How do I harness ideas into productive implementations? [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Aug 13, 2007 - 4 answers

Where can I buy the world's most amazing index cards?

Index card quest! I'm looking for a very particular kind I've seen in the past: a small (smaller than standard 3"-by-5", like 2"-by-1"!), possibly pastel-colored set of cards that come on a single, small binder ring (not spiral-bound!) and are enclosed in a plastic cover (not a fabric one!), almost certainly with a snap. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Aug 4, 2007 - 12 answers

My white whale of GTD apps for Mac?

GTD-filter: I'm trying to organize my (academic) work life using GTD. I've read through the book, and it sounds like it can help me a lot. I am thinking of using my Macbook as my folder system, but I can't seem to find an app that works the way I want. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Aug 3, 2007 - 9 answers

One iCal to rule them all

Help me write to the same iCal file, using a PC, a macbook and a not-bought-yet Symbian smartphone. [more inside]
posted by Baud on Jul 29, 2007 - 9 answers

How do you work a file cabinet?

Tell me about your personal filing system. How you organize your file cabinets, that is. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Jun 26, 2007 - 24 answers

Maybe this is all just glorified procrastination.

I use GTD, and I am getting a bit tired of Entourage for my Mac (mainly the interface), and I am considering a web-based solution like Remember The Milk, Backpack, or Vitalist, or even built-in stuff like iCal and The problem is that I want it all to work with a Treo 650, so there is [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Jun 19, 2007 - 3 answers

Tips for Executive Assistants wanting to be black belt GTDers

Are there any tips for Executive Assistants wanting to be black belt GTDers? [more inside]
posted by dchunks on Jun 15, 2007 - 6 answers

Best server-side GTD application?

GTDfilter: Help me find the best GTD application to run on my own website. [more inside]
posted by jk252b on May 11, 2007 - 5 answers

Recommend a free online notepad

Free online application for storing quick ideas, notes, websites, etc--like post-it notes on your moniter, only digital and easily organized and searched. Currently I'm trying out Helipad, but what do you use? More functionality needs inside. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on May 7, 2007 - 18 answers

GTD Wallet for less?

I saw on the David Allen (GTD) website a very nice sized wallet with a notepad build in. However, at $89 it's kinda expensive. "The wallet’s compact 3” x 4 3/4 “ design features 2 compartments for holding up to 5 cards, with 2 additional full size pockets for cash , receipts, or business cards. The wallet fits comfortably in your suit, jeans pocket or bag. " Where can I find a similarly sized walled/notepad combo for less?
posted by GernBlandston on Apr 2, 2007 - 15 answers

To Do application with task-specific reminder options?

Is there a To Do/task list application that offers reminder options per task? [more inside]
posted by thatgirl on Mar 22, 2007 - 8 answers

Freedom! Horrible freedom!

How do I automate the mundane aspects my life? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Mar 22, 2007 - 17 answers

How to get my phone to remember more of the things I need to know

When my colleagues phone me, how can I remember all the things that I am supposed to talk to them about? [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude on Mar 16, 2007 - 12 answers

faster d3 tiddlywiki

Looking for a faster version of d3 TiddlyWiki [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Mar 9, 2007 - 2 answers

Tools! Tools will solve all my problems!

In a (perhaps misguided) attempt to get my work life organized, I'm trying to find a tool, or tools, that will let me keep some resources easily at my fingertips (or mouse-pointer-tip), preferably in the system tray. Help me not fall down the rabbit-hole of trying to code my own! As usual, there's [more inside]
posted by jferg on Feb 25, 2007 - 8 answers

Discovering my orientation!

I'm looking for a web application that will let me record the goals that I have achieved in my life, and those that lie in front of me. [more inside]
posted by markesh on Feb 18, 2007 - 7 answers

Need Mac ToDo!

I need a better todo/tasks management system. I'm on a mac, and iCal isn't getting the job done... [more inside]
posted by Gideon on Feb 2, 2007 - 15 answers

Songs To Kill Procrastination

MotivationFilter, MusicFilter: What particular songs motivate you? [more inside]
posted by pipstar on Jan 17, 2007 - 34 answers

How do I make my own keyboard shortcut in Outlook 2003?

How do I add my own keyboard shortcut to Outlook 2003? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jan 12, 2007 - 2 answers

Is there a digital voice recorder I can wear on a lanyard?

I'm after a digital voice recorder / dictaphone type thing that I can wear round my neck on a lanyard. [more inside]
posted by chrissyboy on Jan 7, 2007 - 11 answers

How Can I Wrap My Brain Around GTD?

I've bought and read most of David Allen's Gettings Things Done. I've also read a ton of things on line. But I'm still having a bear of a time wrapping my mind around GTD. I feel like I understand it on one level but I don't know how to fit it into my normal daily workflow. What is it that I am missing? [more inside]
posted by dgeiser13 on Dec 14, 2006 - 25 answers

A weekend pass for online fun.

I'm on a Mac and my browser of choice is Opera. I was wondering if it would be possible to block a handful of sites entirely and only allow myself access on Sundays? [more inside]
posted by mordecai on Nov 27, 2006 - 4 answers

Other examples of anti-technology life-hacks?

I'm trying to compile a list of life-hacks and such that have a particular anti-technology bent to them. [more inside]
posted by jtajta on Nov 26, 2006 - 18 answers

Dropped my planner in a puddle, this has got to end.

I'm about to buy my first briefcase, and I'm looking for advice. I don't need to carry a laptop, I just want something that will help me juggle a couple books, my planner, loose sheets of paper, a 3-ring binder, a newspaper, and my purse as I go between home, work and work-related appointments. It should be easy to carry, professional looking, good at organizing these things, and maybe it can replace my purse during the work day. What are the best features of awesome briefcases? What should I be wary of?
posted by croutonsupafreak on Nov 18, 2006 - 7 answers

Merging GTD and FlyLady

ProductivityFilter: Help a work-at-home mother of two design a GTD-meets-FlyLady life management system. Very much [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Oct 7, 2006 - 6 answers

Notebooks for the guy that thinks Moleskines are too expensive?

Notebooks for the guy that thinks Moleskines are too expensive? [more inside]
posted by frogan on Oct 6, 2006 - 15 answers

How do I make my life work as an ultra-busy gtd-using college student?

How can I perfect my gtd system as a college student with a very specific set of tasks? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Sep 18, 2006 - 8 answers

What's a good "Swiss Army Knife" information tool?

I need a "Swiss Army Knife" information tool. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Aug 9, 2006 - 12 answers

Specific to-do list needs.

I am looking for any online task list/calendar that meets the following criteria: 1)sync with Palm/using WinXP; 2)supports categories; 3)supports recurrence; 4)(preferably) has some way to be integrated into my Wordpress website. (Robust goal management would be a plus). I have tried Yahoo, but it does not support recurrent tasks and I find the auto-add of Y! Messenger contacts to be intrusive and annoying.
posted by polexxia on Aug 9, 2006 - 9 answers

Give me some more internet fads to check out!

Give me some more internet fads to check out! I've got my hipster pda tucked into the pocket of my moleskine, I'm using brasso to clean my ipod, but I haven't yet bought a pair of Vibram fivefingers. What other stuff is there to make/buy that you wouldn't know about without the internet?
posted by mattholomew on Aug 4, 2006 - 31 answers

How to most efficiently reorganize a filing system?

I am looking for a resource or advice on organizing files and folders on a shared hard drive. I am faced with 12 GB of files that need to be reorganized - many files and folders are out-of-date, irrelevant, or obsolete, and many were created by people who no longer work at my company for projects that are no longer active. I'm hoping to hear about a strategy that helps me methodically organize all of this data, archiving what's no longer needed and coming up with an intuitive filing system for what is. [more inside]
posted by pants on Jul 26, 2006 - 8 answers

Managing my GTD wiki is cutting in to my productivity

Using MonkeyGTD 1.0.5, the source html file gets way too big over time when "done" items are crossed off the list. [more inside]
posted by jcummings1974 on Jul 13, 2006 - 3 answers

Are there any cheap DEVONthink alternatives?

What's a good free, or at least cheaper alternative to DEVONthink? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jul 6, 2006 - 11 answers

creature of habit log

What web app will help me to track my daily routines such as what I eat, what I spend money on, exercise, watching too much TV vs. reading, biking to work vs driving, etc.? [more inside]
posted by J-Garr on Jun 29, 2006 - 13 answers

Virtual Note Cards

OS X: I'm looking at outliners/organizers for the Mac, and can't seem to find just what I need. I'd like a virtual box of index cards that I can use to make an outline/lesson plan. Here is the ideal way that it would work: [more inside]
posted by al_fresco on Mar 30, 2006 - 11 answers

portable, cross-platform GTD'ing (or web based?)

Calling all GTD-ers! I need some help with a cross-platform, portable system to keep track of my endless supply of open-loops and next-actions. I'm looking for The One tool to use and it has to meet some odd requirements. [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Mar 28, 2006 - 13 answers

How do I take notes on big books?

Researchers, academics, and readers: how do you deal with taking notes, recording passages, keeping a common-place book, and reading long books? What is your note-taking workflow? [more inside]
posted by josh on Jan 19, 2006 - 30 answers

Hipster PDA Filter - How do you deal with phone numbers and contact info in a paper based system?

I'm interested in switching from my palm to a paper based calendar and to do list, but the one thing I can't seem to make work is my phone book. I've been using my palm for many years so, I have a good number of phone numbers built up in there that I want easy access to - and need to be able to add to. This may sound like a stupid question (use a paper book for phone numbers!), but I'm just interested in how people do this, if they eventually enter numbers back into electronic form to back up (one of the things i like about the palm system is that the couple of times that i've lost my palm, i haven't lost the numbers), etc. Any advice appreciated.
posted by krudiger on Jan 12, 2006 - 9 answers

Append to text file?

What's an easy way to append to a text file in Windows XP, like Quicksilver does in OS X? I know about the solution for ActiveWords, but I'd rather not shell out for what seems like basic functionality.
posted by monju_bosatsu on Dec 12, 2005 - 11 answers

how to use GTD for computer files

I use David Allen’s GTD (Getting Things Done) system along with other productivity styles similar to it and spawned from it. I’ve organized many things in my life, but my computer files are still all over the place and don’t seem to have the same logic as my other implementations. I am curious if anyone has set up a GTD system for his or her computer files, or another system that works very well at retaining organization, short term and long term. I use Windows XP right now, but am curious about other operating systems as well such as Linux. I appreciate any tips or tricks that can be provided, thanks in advance.
posted by Knigel on Nov 27, 2005 - 8 answers

Looking for a visual filemanagement tool

I am looking for a file management tool that will help me clear some space on the hard drive of my WinXP laptop. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Nov 5, 2005 - 10 answers

Email labels in Thunderbird with IMAP.

Email labels in Thunderbird using IMAP. [more inside]
posted by ao4047 on Oct 26, 2005 - 11 answers

portable personal wiki

I would like to reconsider my options for a personal wiki. [more inside]
posted by corpse on Oct 12, 2005 - 6 answers

GTD Getting things done questions galore

GTD - Getting things done questions for people who have 'adopted' it. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Oct 9, 2005 - 24 answers

Searching for blog post about 43Folders/Lifehacks

I've been Googling fruitlessly for a good half-hour here, in search of a post I recall from a year or so ago, on the topic of Getting Things Done / 43Folders / LifeHacks [more inside]
posted by idontlikewords on May 23, 2005 - 5 answers

How do I edit the notes section of iCal automatically using Applescript or anything else?

Simplified scenario: I have a text file called "blah.txt" with some text in it. I also have a To-Do item in iCal named "Blah". I'd like to be able to doubleclick something to make the contents of blah.txt appear in the notes section of the Blah to-do item. [more inside]
posted by sirion on Mar 4, 2005 - 8 answers

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