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aerospace engineer, Star Wars nerd, PowerPoint hater, and family barista, @wuerl


Jul
17
comment What is the simplest (yet surprisingly) effective productiviy increasing technique?
Also, it's perfectly acceptable to answer your own questions, but typically it's best to only answer it once, so in this case the answer would be about what are the set of simple and effective productivity techniques (assuming you have more than one) from my perspective--enabling people to vote on your set--rather than putting each one in a separate answer, which can look like rep gaming (even though that probably wasn't your intent). Having a good single answer leaves a better internet artifact.
Jul
16
comment What is the simplest (yet surprisingly) effective productiviy increasing technique?
This question doesn't seem to meet the general guidance for good subjective questions. There is not really a right answer and it's more of a survey of techniques than a question that can be answered, even if only subjectively.
Jul
16
comment Todo list manager that lets you queue next actions out of sight
Also, if you need to clarify the intent of the question, that is best done as a comment to the question, not in the text of the answer. (Obviously the convention of not leaving multiple answers does not apply to comments, where a new comment should be used for each topic. :)
Jul
16
comment Todo list manager that lets you queue next actions out of sight
This site works better when you leave a single answer that best captures the totality of your answer. Because an important aspect of the site is earning reputation through leaving answers, many people will see leaving multiple answers for a single question--whether that is the intent or not--as an attempt to "unfairly" increase reputation.
Jul
16
comment Todo list manager that lets you queue next actions out of sight
possible duplicate of Is there a way to link tasks in Remember the Milk?
Jul
16
comment How can I succeed in remembering people's names?
If anyone remembers the MegaMind infomercials that used to run in the 90s, this was essentially the technique it suggested for remembering names.
Jul
15
comment What FUTURE-PROOF software for building & managing a personal BIG knowledge base?
@Hauser you could write your text files in Markdown (the syntax used on SE sites) and then render them in HTML or a text editor with Markdown preview (different answer, more links) so the links would work. Then you can still grep and even store them in a VCS if you wanted for posterity's sake.
Jul
15
comment Is there a way to link tasks in Remember the Milk?
@jrdioko Looks like I don't have to suggest the idea (#1, #2).
Jul
15
comment Is there a way to link tasks in Remember the Milk?
If no is the truth, then no's an acceptable answer! And you've perfectly summarized exactly the functionality I was looking for. Lastly, thanks for the work-around ideas. I am looking for a higher velocity than the weekly review and so probably can't use that or dates, but both task descriptions and priorities could help. (I'm not a programmer so the APIs option is probably out.)
Jul
15
comment Is there a way to link tasks in Remember the Milk?
@jrdioko Neither actually. I'm looking for the ability to have a context list (probably implemented as a RTM smart list) like @work that shows all next actions across all of my projects. But when I mark an action (e.g. review budget with program manager) as completed, I want the next action that was "linked" to it (e.g. incorporate budget redlines from PM meeting) to show up on my context list since it is now the next action. Ideally, there'd be some other view where I could see/define linked actions, but that would be for planning, not execution--where I'd use context lists.
Jul
14
comment Getting things done in an environment with constant, unavoidable interruptions
I'm afraid I can't accept the premise of your question. If you're really in a situation where interruptions can't be avoided, then by the definition of the word interruption, you're not going to have dedicated blocks of time to work on a task. It seems as if this is really the situation you're in you're out of luck. Work requiring concentration probably can't be effectively performed in an environment where you're likely to be frequently interrupted. Change your environment or work on something else.
Jul
8
comment Completely electronic GTD setup?
@Jared I just tested it and yes, single line entry works on the iPhone app. It has the drop down menus, but you don't have to use them, you can just enter the special characters like @ # ^ * ! etc. and the other data instead.
Jul
8
comment Completely electronic GTD setup?
Would you mind clarifying exactly how your computer interactions differ from those of sighted people? It seems like an important distinction and a unique requirement for any system you implement and I want to make sure the answers you get take this into account. You hint at a little with the command line reference and I assume there is an element of text-to-speech/braille. But most iPhone apps are highly visual--there is no feedback when buttons/keys have been pushed, no physical keyboard at all. I think any elucidation would help potential answerers.
Jul
7
comment Is there an automatic time tracking application?
Can you clarify exactly what functionality you're looking for in calendar syncing? Do you want it to import your appointments and somehow automatically categorize that time into buckets?
Jul
7
comment Handling delayed delegating in GTD
@gzost then I think you need to completely reword your question and try again. Try and lay out the entire situation and perhaps use an example of the task to be delegated and the follow-on task and explain which one you don't have a home for and what your goals are.
Jul
6
comment Coffee: good or bad for work?
It's not immediately obvious to me how this question is related to personal productivity. I doubt people would be coming to this site to find out whether they should start drinking coffee.
Jul
6
comment Handling delayed delegating in GTD
possible duplicate of How to handle recurring but low priority tasks?
Jul
6
comment Is it possible to train to sleep less?
+1 for glibness and not accepting the premise of the question. The whole point of GTD in my mind is that it allows you to get done what needs to get done in less time making the remaining time available for sleep and leisure and family.
Jul
6
comment How to use Remember The Milk (RTM) to implement a GTD system?
Good follow-up. First, I conceptually separate the RTM inbox list from a real GTD inbox. I don't collect things in my RTM inbox to be processed later. One way I collect tasks is when I think of or receive a simple action, which I typically enter directly into RTM via the command line or iPhone--complete with meta-data (i.e. no additional processing is necessary). Other actions get collected as notes on a document or scrap of paper, which get thrown into a physical inbox on my desk and processed into RTM regularly. So it is my physical inbox that empties, not the RTM one, which is just a box.
Jul
2
comment Is there a proven method for managing emails?
@Tom I agree in principle that defer is a dangerous category--and Merlin says the same thing in the original Google Tech Talk. But I've found it to be hugely helpful in practice. I get emails that are going to take more than 2 minutes to read and review before I can even determine a next action. I find it simpler to place these in a defer folder to tackle at the end of my processing burst than to put into my GTD system. I've also found this helps me process faster. When I'm in the mode of quickly determining next actions I don't link transitioning to thoughtful reading of dense materials.