Capturing One's "Stream of Consciousness" in OneNote

Much of the time on the PC is spent rapidly moving from one task to another so quickly that it can be a challenge to keep context of all the projects, web sites, files, thoughts, etc one’s been working with throughout the day.  It’s the bane of all PC users to some extent.  We’re frequently…

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noahcoad wants to keep up with you on Twitter

I’m giving Twitter a try!  What is Twitter?  Simply put, it’s short 140 character or less ‘instant message like’ updates.  My take on it is that I can use it to post interesting or funny little tidbits of info that I’d normally like to blog about, but don’t have the time to write a whole…

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Free 411 Phone Directories

I used to call the 411 info number of my cell phone company (AT&T/Cingular) until they jacked the price up from  $0.99 to $1.79, what a ripoff!  Now I use Google 411, dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (800-466-4411) from any US phone.  Quick, easy, and completely FREE.  Just say what you want and Google connects you.  Program it…

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Swift To-Do List

To Do List management on the PC has been a long time struggle for me to find the right app.  A few weeks ago I posted what’s proven to by my #1 most popular post yet (and it isn’t even “technical”), Task Management Software.  Well I’m happy to say I think I’ve found the answer! …

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Task Management Software (To Do Lists)

I’m an action-oriented fella.  I like my lists, particularly if they say "To Do", "Action Items", or some similar verb.  This way what needs to happen next is already partially thought out, you can see at a glance what actions to take, and stuff doesn’t fall off the table (unless you want it to). Let…

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Rapid Pickup Process

Dawn says I’m good at attacking a mess in the house (papers, trinkets, living room, clothing, a messy desk, etc) and very quickly making it look picked up.  Suppose its one of those obsessive compulsive tendencies.  Well I was reading David Allen’s Getting Things Done and got all inspired by his "Breaking Projects into Short…

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The Multi-Tasking Myth

Jeff Atwood has a great post on the cost of context-switching between projects.  The results are amazing.  There is a huge productivity loss by juggling more than one thing at a time.  I can personally identify with the quality loss when trying to “do homework while watching a movie” or “browse the web while on a…

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Calculating Stats on Sent Mail - Do you do a lot of e-mail?

It’s common in today’s high-tech jobs to spend a lot of time on e-mail, but just how much e-mail are we really dealing with?  At MS, we’re make such comments as “I’m swimming in e-mail!”, “I’ve got x00 e-mails to get through”, etc.  But incoming e-mail is such a poor way to gauge e-mail activity…

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Life Hacks - Improve Your Life

Life Hacking, which is defined as “anything that solves a problem in an clever or non-obvious way” in regards to general everyday life, is a new term I just “discovered”.  I’m excited because I love tools, organization, process improvement, etc when it comes to day-to-day living.  I’m an avid list maker (on real, physical paper) and…

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Driving Directions Syntax (Coad Style)

Let’s face it, giving or using driving directions is an essential part life, but as much as we do it, its still a lot of writing and can be confusing.  I like thinking of ways to improve, create a process around, and enhance everyday tasks.  To this end, I’ve gradually been working towards an easy…

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