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Phone Calls in Meetings
When did it become OK to answer a phone call in a meeting? I personally find it incredibly distracting. I *never* answer my phone during a meeting. I try (and some times forget) to place my phone on vibrate, and if I need to answer the call (because my house is on fire), then I walk outside. While that...
21 Mar 2005
Getting Things Done Add-in going to be updated
This is most excellent news. The folks at Netcentrics are going to be updating the Getting Things Done Outlook Add-in. I applaud them for the transparency with which they are presenting their plans. I purchased the add-in last year and grew frustrated with it, so I wrote my own implementation in managed...
10 Mar 2005
Take Control of E-mail
Today I decided to stop the madness. An email every few minutes and desktop alert + sound to go with it makes it to easy to lose focus on my task at hand and look at my inbox. While I loved this feature when Outlook came out, it's become my achilles heal of productivity. No more. Tools->Options...
5 Mar 2005
The folks at ClearContext have posted a survey about e-mail usage. As you probably know, at this point I rely on ClearContext to help me with my email. When I returned to work from my excellent snowboarding trip I was greeted with > 300 unread messages in my inbox. This is for 2.5 business days. ClearContext...
18 Feb 2005
How the Moleskine Rocked My World
It's so weird how a small black book and a nice pen can change things. Since graduating from college I have increasingly gone "all digital". No more paper, vacuum tubes, tapes etc etc. However, in this process I have tried to cram the needs of my life into a set of rather restrictive tools, at least...
29 Jan 2005
Staying on the Getting Things Done Wagon
Scoble just mentioned that he'd fallen off the Getting Things Done wagon. This is dangerous. Since I started last march I have never fallen off the wagon. I have been bad about my weekly review of the task list, and I generally add more tasks to my task list then I complete, but I have stuck to it because...
28 Jan 2005
ClearContext to deal with E-mail
I've been meaning to write this for a while, and reading John's post on Microsoft's Email Culture finally motivated me to do so. I'm particularly interested in talking about how I deal with "Ignore Incoming Email" since that can be a major distraction. It's been almost a year since I started using...
21 Jan 2005
Getting Things Done 2 months later
It was about 2 months ago that I started using the Getting Things Done system. First I bought the book , then I got the software , then I organized my life and now I'm a lot happier for it. LauraJ just wrote a post on how GTD has impacted her , and Marc's blog has many useful posts on the subject...
30 Apr 2004
Inbox empty, thanks David Allen
Well, part of a book , and some software later, my Inbox has zero messages (you can see the evidence at the bottom). I think that is the first time in 5 years. Here is how it started. I had about 200 or so e-mails in my Inbox Sunday night. I used David Allen’s method for triaging my Inbox (I purchased...
9 Mar 2004
Lets talk about my inbox for a second. I never let it get over 200 messages, but it's never under 100 messages. I literally struggle every day to keep this thing from exploding. I have dozens? hundreds? of folders and I think the max number of server side rules that exchange will let me and I still can...
6 Mar 2004
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