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post #21 of 128
Oh. I didn't even address my computer and online clutter. It is also pretty messy. I'm seeing things I need to spend time doing. Process email to zero being number one. I get far more email notices from multiple websites and groups than I need, or than I even actually use.
post #22 of 128
Yes, so far, it's in a list. however, I may make something in excel just for fun. I'd like dp to get out budget on there. That way, I could input a bill (he pays most online, but not things like medical bills, of which we have a ton) onto the google spreadsheet and he would know about it---he really don't read the paper mail and the piles of "his" stuff I set aside just get bigger and bigger until they start to topple and I just toss the whole blasted thing into the recycling bin.

We used to do this thing where I went through the paperwork every Sunday night while watching Extreme Home Makeover. He would come in at the end and go through the stuff I set aside for him. I'm thinking we should go back to that, and incorporate a weekly family meeting for meal planning (I do that now, w/ the kids, but usually during the day and right before a grocery shop so we often feel rushed and are in a menu planning rut---we could use some fresh blood!). Those family meetings would be really helpful once we go back to ur more formal academic stuff in September.

I don't use my blackberry for any of that stuff. I can't really figure out how to use it that way. I do use it to check email every now and again. Mostly, though, I just use it as a phone and to hold music. I do text a LOT more with it. I do a lot of twittering from it.
post #23 of 128
So now I'm finding too much online geeky stuff. I need less. Not more!

But I like the http://www.joesgoals.com you shared. I'm also checking out http://www.rememberthemilk.com/ and have added Lightning and Google Provider to my Thunderbird email. I'll report back with a review.
post #24 of 128
Ok, well, I moved on from Joesgoals because I absolutely feel head over heels in dorky-office-lust with Things!!!!!!!! The screencast literally had me giddy! Plus, it's still in the feebie stage! So, go get it!

I'm playing with it right now. It's very simple and cool. Of, I found it throug this awesome review, where it was ranked above iGTD, omnifocus and Midnight Inbox. The review is here but please be careful, because it's pretty easy to lose a good bit of time at that site too!

eta: I'm thinking about getting thunderbird but I think for now, I'll try and get my morning and evening rituals habitualized (yeah, i made thatup) and then work on further simplifying my online mail.
post #25 of 128
I just bumped into this thread. Some organization would be a good thing in my life. I've been starting to work on a 'home binder' (bought a cute binder, decided which binder tabs I have to have, all of the fun stuff ) now I need to get to figuring out what I want in the binder. I got hung up last week trying to find 'printables' that I liked but couldn't find any that didn't have web page names on them

Anyway...I wanted to post a site I found last week, similar to RememberTheMilk - it's Todoist. I like that I can separate my 'home projects' from 'personal projects', etc and I like the look of it too. I don't remember off the top of my head why I thought it was better than RememberTheMilk last week though
post #26 of 128
Oh, that todoist looks good! Can it work with google calendar?

FoG, I downloaded thunderbird but, uh, I'm not sure I get how to work it. I mean, I have my mac and gmail going there. Can I get my yahoo stuff to go there too? I want to be able to set up filters so that I can better prioritize the tasks that come to me via email.
post #27 of 128
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Ok, well, I moved on from Joesgoals because I absolutely feel head over heels in dorky-office-lust with Things!!!!!!!! The screencast literally had me giddy! Plus, it's still in the feebie stage! So, go get it!
Downloaded! Screencast was great in explaining it. Tags look cool.

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The review is here but please be careful, because it's pretty easy to lose a good bit of time at that site too!
You were right. Just the name pulled me in.

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Anyway...I wanted to post a site I found last week, similar to RememberTheMilk - it's Todoist. I like that I can separate my 'home projects' from 'personal projects', etc and I like the look of it too.
Oooh I'm liking this, too. I like all the plugins and that it is web-based so I can access it from any device I have.

I have lots to tinker with this weekend! Thanks you two!
post #28 of 128
I'm excited. I think this could be SO good for me. I'm a procrastinator by nature, but sometimes it is simply unavoidable. With 3 special needs children, a lot of prioritizing has to go on. But often what I say "oh I'll just do that later" to gets forgotten.
post #29 of 128
I know, FoG! I totally feel the same way. I love that I can take all those grand ideas in my head for things to do and put them *somewhere*. That's the part of GTD that really speaks to me, to be able to kind of put all my ideas and running mental lists down.

I'm going to start doing a DDD---Daily Data Dump----at night. We really need to be tracking ds's blood glucose numbers and carb intake and I am starting to carry a notebook to jot ideas down. So, as part of my evening ritual, I'm going to sit at the computer ('cuz, I do that already every night!), and take the info from my notebook and the data from ds's insulin pump and monitor and get it all in there. Honestly, I doubt this will take more than 5-7 minutes. With ds, we tend to procrastinate and then we have to put in 2 weeks of numbers all at once and it's just awful!

I'm 2/3 of the way through my paper piles! yay!!!

My Triple H (Household, Health, Homeschool) filing system is really helpful. I think I'm going to make an art piece, maybe a cloth, of the triple moon (waxing, full, waning) to place under the file boxes on teh shelf, reminding me of the order and spirituality of the number 3.
post #30 of 128
I want to get and decorate a special small notebook that I can tuck in my purse to use as my idea inbox. Still working on it.

Loving Things so far. Especially the inbox. I can just type stuff in there as I think of it and sort it later in the day. I love the idea of setting a time in the evening for DDD. I'm going to try that.

Todoist is next on my 'to try' list. This is fun.
post #31 of 128
http://putthingsoff.com/inbox-heaven/

This might change my life.
post #32 of 128
But it requires a big change. Hold my hand?

Seriously though. How I handle my email now. Does. Not. Work.

Change is good.
post #33 of 128
Yeah, I haven't actually done that yet. But I have 3 emails I check all day---gmail and 2 yahoo accts. And then I have a .mac address although right now, I jsut get apple ads there. Still, I check that every now and again for software updates and special offers. I have not been using my gamil optimally at all. The google notifier, for instance, looks awesome. I have my laptop open pretty much all day as I go about my day cleaning, teaching, working. So that would be very helpful, to have the notifications. And then to have gmail moble would probably be good too, although I have to look at how much $$ that would use up on our cell plan.
post #34 of 128
Ok, taking the plunge and setting the One Email to Rule Them All right now.
post #35 of 128
Dang it, free yahoo is not working well with this. Reading up on the "fix" but it might be beyond me.
post #36 of 128
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post #37 of 128
Hi honeybeedreams! You gave me the initial kick in the butt. This is something I've needed for awhile. And now is the perfect time for it. So thank you.

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http://putthingsoff.com/inbox-heaven/

This might change my life.
Well this kicked ME in the butt.

You realize its bad when you make yourself sort through your entire gmail account and find things from 2005 in there. 2005!!!!

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post #38 of 128
I'm not going to even start reading up on all of the visually attractive Mac apps that all of you Mac users have available to you. I switched from PC to Mac back to PC a handful of years ago due to the games (MMORPGs) available back to PCs back then but dearly miss how pretty Macs (and their apps) are. Maybe my next computer will be a Mac. Dunno.

At any rate...

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Oooh. I am loving the 43 folders Process to Zero for email.
I made it through the main presentation part of this and enjoyed it. I think I need to re-listen to it later while I make dinner or something.

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http://putthingsoff.com/inbox-heaven/

This might change my life.
Unfortunately, my workplace frowns heavily on sending work email to an external mail source, so I can't consolidate that heavily but I already have all of my personal email going to gmail.

I think I need to come up with a combination of Process to Zero and Inbox Heaven and Todoist (or similar to do list) for my personal email and one for work.

If there is anyone who is looking for a simple, free to do list online, there is Tadalist. I was using it prior to finding Todoist
post #39 of 128
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Hi honeybeedreams! You gave me the initial kick in the butt. This is something I've needed for awhile. And now is the perfect time for it. So thank you.


Well this kicked ME in the butt.

You realize its bad when you make yourself sort through your entire gmail account and find things from 2005 in there. 2005!!!!

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Ditto! Thanks for getting the ball rolling! It's been to hot here to do much but sit in an airconditioned bedroom most of the day, so I've been able to get a lot done. Plus, I'm motivated by the countdown to Back to NoSchool time.

FoG, I just archived everything. all 1400+ email threads. I figure there are probably only a few things i want to save, but for now I'll just get them out of the inbox and still be able to search for something if I need to.

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Unfortunately, my workplace frowns heavily on sending work email to an external mail source, so I can't consolidate that heavily but I already have all of my personal email going to gmail.

I think I need to come up with a combination of Process to Zero and Inbox Heaven and Todoist (or similar to do list) for my personal email and one for work.
Yeah, I can't put my work stuff there---i work for the US federal gov't so I can't put my work email anywhere. I can't even get my personal email at work. But, I can't work from home anyway so no biggie. there

If you buils ProcesstoZero/InboxHeave/Todoist, I will buy it. And I will be all sorts of :
post #40 of 128
Hi I want to join in.....I am in the process of trying to figure out the Gmail. I think I will buy the GTD book tommorrow.
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