Friday, April 11, 2008

Getting things Done

This has been a topic of interest for me over the past week or so and unsurprisingly it's also popular with a lot of other bloggers.  Before I start though, I am approaching this from a Windows point-of-view as that's all I have to work with.  (If anyone would like to volunteer to send me a mac, or an iPhone for that matter do get in touch).

My Diagnosis for this is that as many bloggers work alone they have to work hard to concentrate, (it's very easy to wander on the internet) and having a system helps keep focus on the task in hand.

I have come across 2 solutions for to-do lists so far.

Firstly is Tudumo.  A small download which comprises a miniscule program which keeps to-do lists.

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The program is basic, but has all the main functionality, having said that you wouldn't want to over-complicate your tasks before you've even started.

The program comes with a free 60-day trial, after which you after which you are required to pay £15.

However, as is often the case with me I have decided that Microsoft can serve me best.  I have instead opted for Microsoft Outlook's 'tasks' because I feel I do need a better way to organise my tasks and the coloured categories system has served me well in the past.

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The system is similar to that of Mail and Calendar and being part of Outlook you can swap appointments and mail messages right across.

I think I am a sucker for anything that feels 'official' and at the moment Outlook is the only thing to fulfil that criterion.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

I love Twitter!

I first heard about Twitter about 6 months ago and the concept was pretty foreign to me.  Since then my opinion has completely changed and I can't get enough.

The idea is that users post microblogs, or tweets of 140 characters or less on a more regular basis than you would blog normally, thus allowing people a better idea of what you are up to.

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I am getting on particularly well with it at the moment because I have no time to write longer blog posts.  I did however find the time to write my praises for Twitter.

This is very similar to the Facebook updates but unlike that you can select whose updates you want by choosing who to "follow".  This is essential to me because I get fed up of the crap that gets posted on Facebook, today I read "...is bored",  how original.

I would definitely recommend you join Twitter because not only can you post your own tweets but you can also keep up by following all you friends and you also have the option of exporting the RSS feed.

Go to twitter.com now, it's great!

Possible twitters of interest:

BBC Click

Downing Street

Leo Laporte

Enjoy!

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