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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Habits vs Things

One of the challenges that I and many others face with David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) is that the number of next actions, someday/maybe items, and lists in general seems to be out of control. Mr. Allen recognizes this to some extent and encourages dividing next actions into lists by context. Ideally, this means…

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Getting Things Done vs First Things First

Ok, so the title of this post is a bit over the top – I recognize that in some ways David Allen‘s Getting Things Done (GTD) and Stephen Covey‘s First Things First (FTF, the sequel to 7 Habits) are orthogonal – they address somewhat different problems in the time management arena. But anyway… I was…

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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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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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Urgent vs. Important

In my first post, I discussed the different views of your daily tasks that can exist, and how they can be used. Two really useful views for tasks would be to sort them by either importance or urgency. The original FranklinQuest system had the prioritized daily task list, which was really a combination of the…

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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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Daily Tasks

I’ve been thinking recently about daily tasks. I use Outlook and my Palm (standard ToDo app) and don’t currently use daily tasks in either one. In my Palm I follow David Allen’s advice to have next actions with no due date, so all my categories, except tickler, don’t use a due date. I’ve set Outlook…

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