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


Jul
21
comment All-in-one Getting Things Done (GTD) and Pomodoro tool?
This question seems like it needs to be closed or merged.
Jul
21
comment All-in-one Getting Things Done (GTD) and Pomodoro tool?
I don't understand how the second questions about combining GTD and Pomodoro is apropos to the first question about an all-in-one GTD app for an Android phone. Are you asking if the GTD apps people are going to recommend are also consistent with the Pomodoro technique, or are you asking a separate question about integrating GTD and Pomodoro?
Jul
19
comment What is a good system for managing projects that have paper-based and electronic reference materials?
Thanks for the answer, but I'm definitely looking for a system/method/process that can handle a project with both paper-based and electronic materials, rather than a note capturing tool. For various reasons it's not possible to scan all my physical materials into an electronic tool. (For example, drawings too large to scan, security/privacy/intellectual property concerns that prevent the data from being uploaded to the cloud, etc.)
Jul
19
comment Automated time tracking program for Linux
See this related question about time-tracking apps, which includes in the comments links to several SO questions as well.
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.