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…

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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 code (don’t ask me…

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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…

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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….


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…

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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…

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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 Getting Things Done. Overall…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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