Setting Contexts

Different Ways to Update Blogs

Posted in 30Boxes, FlipCamera, GTD, Jott, productivity, Video by jquig99 on October 14, 2007

I’m starting to look at different ways to update my blogs. As I my professional life gets more intense, I need ways of updating my web presence that easily integrates into my workflow.

A new medium that I’m experimenting in is video. Last weekend I bought a FlipCamera Ultra. It’s a really small camcorder that can fit into my bag that I can use to do video blog updates on the fly, short interviews and conference transcriptions. And a built-in USB connector and software makes uploading a snap. I’ve been carrying it everywhere and working on how best to use it. I love working in this new medium and I think it’s going to make my updates easier and more frequent.

I’m working on my closeup!

The other thing that is making things much easier is Jott. Since I started using it, Jott has made thing much easier.

Using Jott, I:

– Update my blogs
– Update Twitter
– Create Groups to update many people at once
– Send Jotts to individuals
– Update my 30Boxes calendar
– Update Jott from my desktop.
– Creating reminders and tasks across Folders

I Jott to myself, I Jott to my friends, I Jott to my collegues, I Jott to my blogs. I’m seeing more and more people in my network Jott-ing. Brian Solis at PR 2.0 just wrote a thoughtful post on how Jott impacts his productivity. Glad to see he’s Jott-ing instead of texting-while-driving!

These are two of the services/products I’m using to help me Get Things Done. I’m looking to forward to tracking how these continue to adapt to my workflow.

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To Tag or Not to Tag?

Becoming a tagging kung-fu master | 43 Folders

I have become obsessed with tagging. Well, maybe not obsessed, but it’s becoming important to consistently tag across my applications and services. Which is why this article grabbed my attention.

List of Apps/Services I use tags:
Yojimbo
– My WordPress Blog
– My Typeface Blog
My Ning
MarsEdit
Pathfinder
Backpack/Packrat
Highrise
Facebook
del.icio.us
Gmail
Journler
Mail.app (MailTags)
DevonThink Pro
– etc.

So I’m starting to develop a list of tags (and the consistent format) that I’ll use across formats. While I refuse to keep a Sticky Note(s) – I’ll figure out a easily accessible file that I can open quickly (sounds like a QuickSilver trigger!).

(Via 43Folders.)

David Allen’s – New Huffington Post Blogger!

Posted in David Allen, Getting Things Done, GTD, The Huffington Post by jquig99 on September 18, 2007

David Allen: Getting Things Done – Living Now on The Huffington Post

David Allen, Father of Getting Things Done, now has a reoccurring gig on The Huffington Post! In today’s post, he goes over the why’s and the benefits of GTD. A beginner’s primer.

Awesome!

(Via Robert Scoble’s Link Blog.)

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Merlin & the OmniNerds coming to Tekserve in NYC | 43 Folders

Posted in 43Folders, GTD, MerlinMann, OmniFocus, OmniGroup, productivity by jquig99 on September 13, 2007

Merlin & the OmniNerds coming to Tekserve in NYC | 43 Folders

I’m bitter. I’ve been waiting for this presentation all summer and of course, NOW I can’t go. So someone please go and report back. Merlin Mann! Ethan Schoonover and Ken Case, all talking about OmniFocus.

I’ve been using OF since May and love it. And the team is dedicated, supportive and so responsive whenever I report anything. And the updates are constant and really move the product forward.

(Via 43 Folders.)

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Quick Post – How to make Backpack dividers linkable: 37Signals

Posted in 37signals, Backpack by jquig99 on September 12, 2007

37signals Product Blog: How to make Backpack dividers linkable

Quick post for all the Backpack fans (me included!) on how to make the section dividers linkable – that way you can jump to different sections.

(Via 37Signals Product Blog.)

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Jott: How to GTD through your Phone

Posted in 30Boxes, GTD, Jaiku, Jott, nano-blogging, productivity, Social Networking, Twitter by jquig99 on September 4, 2007

Talk about GTD – Jott is a service that you can call in todos, reminders and more, as well as organizing them online.

I’ve been trying to incorporate Jott into my routine for the last couple of weeks (with less success than I’d like – my fault). But I have a feeling that’s all in the past.

New Features: (from the website)

Jott Links: Now you can update your blog, Twitter™, add to your 30 boxes™ to do list or send a message through Yahoo Groups™ – all with Jott! For example, when Jott asks you “Who do want to Jott” just say “Twitter”, speak your message and your update will appear in text on Twitter.

Twitter™, Jaiku™, Zillow™, 30 boxes™, Blogger™, Word Press™, Live Journal™, TypePad™ and Yahoo Groups™ are all accessible with Jott.

Jott Folders: With Jott Folders you create preset categories for your Jotts to self. Set up folders for family, expenses, to-do list, or anything that you want. Then simply say the name of the folder the next time you leave a Jott and it’ll be waiting for you in that folder at Jott.com.

Jott Reminders: With the new Jott Reminders, Jott can remind you of important events 15 minutes before they start. Just say “Reminder” and Jott will ask you for the date, time, and subject. Now you can stop worrying about remembering those important appointments in your busy life.

Profiles: Want to personalize your Jotts? Just create a profile to add your customized signature to the end of every Jott. You can include your name, picture, e-mail, title, and more.

Status alerts: Now you can update your mood on your blog, personal home page or other sites. Say “status” when asked “Who do you want to Jott?” and say how you feel that day. Your status will then be posted to the Jott flash widget wherever you put it.

There’s also a Jott Lab with new fun widgets and desktop apps.

This looks like it just got a whole lot easier to integrate into my system/routine (and a whole lot more fun!).

GTD on VoodooPad!

Posted in Flying Meat, GTD, Gus Mueller, VoodooPad by jquig99 on August 21, 2007

Getting Things Done in VoodooPad at Trichech.us

Gus Mueller (of Flying Meat, Inc.) is a Apple software developer for whom I have a lot of respect. My favorite application of his, VoodooPad (I have the Pro version), is an application where you can dump – well, everything. To say that it’s a Wiki developer is one (small) piece of the picture. Go here to see all the other features and view the extremely helpful screencasts.

Today on his blog, Gus pointed to a link discussing GTD with VoodooPad. In this post, Chris discusses his GTD system and includes a lua script to use with VoodooPad.

I can’t wait to test this out this weekend.

(Via Gus Mueller’s Blog.)

Vitalist: GTD Online

Posted in GTD, Online Productivity, Vitalist by jquig99 on August 11, 2007

Vitalist: An online GTD app

Vitalist is an online GTD app that allows you to set-up a online productivity system in minutes (The sign-up page reminds me A LOT of 37Signals).

After sign-in, you’re at the Dashboard. On the left is a menu that has the Inbox, Actions, Waiting, Someday, Ticklers, Reference and Search. Another Menu has “My Projects”, “My Contacts” and “My Shares” (Yup, for collaboration!). The main component of the Dashboard is where the Actions, Contexts, Overdue Actions (in red 0- I love this!) and Upcoming Actions.

There’s both Free and Paid($5 a month) options, a Forum, Blog and also an iPhone-friendly app.

I’ll be watching this in the next few months.

Yojimbo – An Awesome Personal Information Manager (PIM)

I’ve tried a number of Personal Infromation Managers (PIMs) – Journler, DevonThink Pro among them – and have donated or bought them. I had tried Yojimbo before, but had decided on a different option. Now I’m back.

Yojimbo collects and organizes all of my documents, serial numbers, PDFs, web archives and passwords. It takes pretty much anything I want to put in it.

Yojimbo features (from website)
* Effortless to install, learn and use
* Reliable and secure—it’s built using core Mac OS X technologies
* Store almost anything in Yojimbo—text, rich text, images, PDFs, even serial numbers and passwords
* Location independent access—use .Mac Sync Services and enjoy the same Yojimbo satori at home and at the office
* Organize your information any way that suits your style, from “everything in one spot” to “organized to the extreme”
* Instant Spotlight search
* Sync notes via The Missing Sync 3.0 for Windows Mobile

I’ve switched back for a number of reasons. One – I love the ease and the interface (the different entry points: the easy input field, bookmarklet and the Drop Desk). It’s a real Mac look and feel app. Two – it has an active forum community. Three – the ease of encription – you see nothing I don’t want you too.

I can organize, tag and create smart folders – all about GTD!

I just feel very much at home.

8apps.com

Posted in 8apps.com, Online Productivity, Social Networking by jquig99 on July 31, 2007

Thanks to Pownce, I was introduced to 8apps.com today. It’s a social network for productivity geeks! I was so excited – still am (if anyone wants to pass alomng an invite…) – only to find that the development team behind it seems to have gone their separate ways in the last couple of weeks.

Would love to hear any experience on this platform, or/any any updates. maybe someone else can take it on ?

Invites? Updates? Bueller??
(Crossposted to Social Days)

Update: I did receive an invite (Thanks, Kristi!) and have been making my way around. It’s an exciting collaborative tool – someone should really pick it up and run with it if it’s been abandoned.