18 April 2014

The Joy of Post-Its

Arthur Fry and Spencer Silver have saved the world.  No, really. They invented post-it notes - they deserve a Nobel Prize... each.  Post-its are, in my humble opinion, the greatest invention since duct tape and certainly the greatest invention ever for productivity wonks like me.

17 April 2014

This is too much for me...

...but it might be just right for you.

I recently came across a very detailed post by Amanda, at Paper Pens Ink, that carefully describes her planning system.

I can appreciate it, but I wouldn't use it.  I wouldn't use it because I couldn't possibly keep such a complex system working for long.  That doesn't make it a bad system; that just makes it the wrong system for me.

Of course, I recognize that (to the substantial relief of most people) not everyone is like me.  So, I'm mentioning it here, because it might be good for you.  If you're looking for a far-reaching, meticulously crafted planning system that stretches from dreams and goals all the way down to "next actions," then you should seriously consider Amanda's system.

11 February 2014

A distinctive type of paper notebook

So many manufacturers of paper notebooks just really make books.  The paper will vary, the type of lines will vary, the covers will vary - some give you perks like pre-numbered pages.... But they're still just books.  Books are all or nothing. You write in them till they're finished and there's absolutely no chance of "rearranging" pages.  You could use a ring binder (like a Filofax) but you don't like rings.  What do you do?

Well, perhaps you should consider an elastic-bound notebook.

02 February 2014

Paper beats laptop for learning

Here's an interesting bit of research: psychologists have found evidence that taking notes on paper improves learning and retention compared to taking notes on laptops.

30 January 2014

Toodledo trick: rolling tasks

Toodledo can sort your tasks in multiple, customizable ways.  I've found a neat "trick" that let's me generate a rolling list of tasks based on sorting tasks by their modification date.