Tickle Me Outlook

The tickler file is another concept that I first encountered in David Allen’s Getting Things Done, though its been around for quite a while. Definitions of what a tickler file is are on the web, but the basic idea is that you put reminders into a a file for each day and open up the…

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Outlook’s Inboxes

A column by Jason Fry in the WSJ (registration required) talks about how he’s changing how he uses his email inbox and in the process, talks about how people see the purpose of an email inbox differently. This got me thinking about how I’ve used my inbox in the past and how I’d like to…

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Hotfixes for Outlook

I recently learned more about how hotfixes work for Outlook (and I assume, all of the Office apps). After we release a new version of Outlook, large companies occasionally come back to us and ask us to change something immediately. Sometimes it’s a bug fix that affects them, or a change to the design of…

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Pocket Informant

I found PocketInformant shortly after purchasing my PocketPC (Dell Axim), and have been very pleased with it since I got it. My favorite features are the saved views, category grouping, and drag-n-drop to change or add categories. I use categories extensivily to organize my tasks by context (e.g. at home, at computer, etc.) and being…

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Simplicity vs Customization

My last Outlook as Organizer post about GMail like functionality got me thinking about the differences between Google and Microsoft. Google’s biggest strength seems to be simplicity – their search is simple, their mail is simple, their news is simple. Plus of course, they all work. Outlook is an example of a program that sacrifices…

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Outlook as Organizer – GMail labels in Outlook

Thanks to everyone who provided comments and feedback in my first Outlook as Organizer post. In my first response to comments from that post, I’m going to explain how you can set up Outlook to organize your email in the same way that GMail labels work. In the GMail system, instead of filing your mail in a…

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Outlook as Organizer

As of a couple months ago, Outlook is my current organizer of choice. I’ve decided to start eating my own dogfood (I’m a developer working on Outlook). It’s been an eye-opening experience so far, and I hope I can share some of the things I’m learning in this blog. First, a little about where I’m…

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Easily flagging urgent mail items automatically

I recently responded to a request on an internal mailing list for an easy way to flag items automatically with date and time. The user wanted to know how to ensure that he didn’t forget an urgent item that he couldn’t attend to that very instant. He had been going through the steps of: Right-click…

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