Omar Shahine

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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: ClearContext Survey

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: My Inbox

    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...
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