A lot of people have been slobbering over Vitalist, so I’ve yielded to peer pressure and have signed up for the groovy web service myself. I hope to share my experiences with you in a couple of weeks.
With integrated calendar, tasks, and projects, HiTask is designed with a GTD philosophy in mind. Beyond your own task management, HiTask is also designed to help you manage and assign tasks to a team. The most impressive part of the tool is its very powerful drag-and-drop interface, which allows you to drag tasks onto your calendar or onto team members to assign tasks (see the tour for more).
On last Saturday’s Tech Guy radio show, Leo Laporte and I talked about some of the basics of David Allen’s Getting Things Done system. For most regular visitors to 43 Folders, this is going to be very introductory stuff, but I think it may be useful to folks who are getting started or are just curious about what “GTD” even means.
Instead of relying on Gmail’s feeble 2-3GB of storage space, Google Tutor shows us how we can backup all the emails through Google Groups.
Of all the possible uses for a computer, email is probably the most pervasive (perhaps second only to regular web browsing). From Bill Gates to your Aunt Betsy, everybody’s got an email account these days, possibly multiple accounts. It takes very little effort or know-how to get an email address, and there are literally hundreds of free web-based email services available. It’s easy as pie to send a message halfway around the world in a matter of seconds. That kind of thing is pretty incredible, if you really think about it.
I’ll make a deal with you. I’ll spend the next 60 seconds telling you how to radically boost your productivity. In exchange, you have to promise to buy the book “Getting Things Done,” if it works for you. I’m not here to steal from David Allen, but to introduce him to you. The concepts below were inspired by GTD, and might be considered blaspheme by GTD fundamentalists — they’re what I started doing after I read two of his books, and they work for me.
I’m a big fan of David Allen’s book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Enough so that I actually modeled the name of my site after his book. The reason I did so was that I found many of his principles for personal productivity had a very real application in personal finances. I found that I wanted to achieve the same “stress-free” environment with my personal finances as with my personal productivity.
Any more of this stuff and people are going to start to wonder if I work for Values of n (makers of Stikkit – and no, I don’t work for them – yet ;). After writing the python script described (badly) in the previous post, I was somewhat inspired to hack out another tool to help make Stikkit even easier to use/adopt. With that, I give you WinStikker!
First of all, I have to say this – WinStikker is a hell of a lot easier to use than the Gmail Contacts script All you need is your stikkit API key (which WinStikker should prompt you for, the first time you run it). That’s it, then you’re ready to go. Here’s how it works: