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I'm integrating all my blogs into one giant one.

See and select the PRODUCTIVITY heading.  All the posts that are here are now also there.

This blog will remain alive but inactive, at least for a time.

Please see my new blog

I have four blogs; this being one of them.  That's a problem, because (a) I can only post to them at 1/4 the speed I post overall, and (b) it's hard keeping track of them sometimes.  So I've started integrating them all into one single blog.  This will take some time.

I won't delete this blog, but I will post the new URL here when the conversion is done.  Thereafter, this blog will remain but be dormant.

The winds of change are blowing

I’ve been using Toodledo for years now as my task management app.  Recently, I had a “crisis of faith” that made me go rooting around inside a number of other task management apps ranging from Any.Do to IQTELL.  I ended up trying to us for a while, but I just couldn’t find a way to make it work for me.

Toodledo beats for now

Toodledo’s flexibility lets me use priorities in a pretty interesting way.  Here's how I use them.

How I’m using priorities in my Toodledo hotlist

Hey, Google!  Why haven’t you integrated your basic user tools yet?

Seriously, considering how helpful this would be, and considering Google already has all the necessary pieces and an abundance of resources, why hasn’t it been done?

I’m not going to answer that here - though I can dream that Google will, in a comment to this post.  I am, however, going to explain why I think the question needs to be asked.

A scree (or manifesto) about Google integration

In my last post, I explained why I feel I'm not getting enough out of my sabbatical, productivity-wise. As it happens, I had the time today to sort out a new schedule, which I summarize here.

My new sabbatical task schedule

I'd set up this interesting (I thought) way of partitioning my time during my sabbatical. But it slipped away from me and I've gone into a purely reacting mode of response to tasks.  And that's not working for me either. Lesson: no matter what I originally thought, my process design was no good.

Reacting to tasks just isn't working for me

Well, actually, famous men.  Sorry, but the site where I found this is about "manliness." [Insert rolling eyes here]

I think that most of what's on that site is just macho bullshit, but there's no escaping the interest in learning a bit about some famous men lived, by means of their notebooks.

See The Pocket Notebooks of 20 Famous Men.

I note with a teeny bit of satisfaction that I tend to do as Darwin did, and write from the spine out - at right angles to convention - because it's both easier and gets the rings of my binders out of the way.

Notebooks of famous people