Feb 032013
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Although we’re using RTM to manage our action items, still Evernote will be a daily-used source for lists and notes we’ll reference throughout the day. All the daily & weekly summary lists as well as goal-oriented notes, I keep in a stack at the top of other other stacks called !GTD. Maybe someday I’ll think of a prettier name, but for now, this communicates what it’s about.

Keeping a seperate list for routine daily and weekly chores seems counterintuitive until you realize that the daily list is really just a reminder of the daily habits you are trying to build. Your actual to-do list contains non-routine tasks.

Based on the suggestion of this book, I pulled my daily routines into a seperate list and now find it much easier to get both done.

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Jan 282013

Though written for homemakers to be better organized, the organizational principles sketched out in this book are universal. I have taken a number of Mystie’s ideas and worked them into my current attempt to be more organized both at the office and at home.

If you have a computer, a smart phone, or a tablet and want to know how to organize your life using two simple digital tools, Remember the Milk & Evernote, this is a good how-to.

Book Info

Paperless Home Organization: A how-to guide to creating a digital homemaking binder
by Mystie Winckler
Published: 01/18/2013
ISBN-10: 0000000000
Started: 01/17/2013
Finished: 01/19/2013
Source: Author, my daughter, gave it to me.
Reason: Always looking for a way to (better) organize my life.
Format: e-book

Publisher Synopsis

Organize Your Life and Home

Never lose a list again!
Keep track of everything in one place!
Put your gadgets to good use!

Best of all, this book shows you how to get organized using only free, web-based applications that sync with free apps on both Apple and Android devices.

Your home management “binder” will be digital, will take up no extra space no matter how much you add to it, will work on every platform, and will require no further investment in apps or programs.
Take advantage of your smartphone or iPad! Put it to good use: organizing your life.

What the digital home management system lacks in crafty cuteness, it makes up for in accessibility and versatility. The digital version is actually the frugal option if you already have the tools. If you have a smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop, why also keep heavy, clumsy paper binders?

So don’t let your gadgets go to waste; use them to make your life simpler.

Author Info

Mystie blogs at Simply Convivial, reflecting her desire to build more happiness, festivity, and fellowship into her home and family.

With nine-year-old and seven-year-old boys wrestling and digging and reading, a four-year-old-girl tagging alongside, a hefty two-year-old son opening every drawer he can, and a brand new second daughter, Mystie strives to maintain an orderly and harmonious home. Official homeschooling has begun, but it is the daily interaction, the relationships fostered, that are equally as integral to the children’s identity and development as their scholastic studies are. Academics provide a forge for character, just as life provides fodder for learning.

Mystie was raised to be a reader in a home full of books. At her father’s knee she learned the first step to any hobby or undertaking is to check out 5 books on the topic from the library — and read them. She now passes on that book dependence to the next generation, while maintaining it in her own life. Having read dozens of books on childrearing and education, and participating in online discussions on the topics, she is settling into her own hybrid of Charlotte Mason, classical education, and — much to her chagrin — Christian unschooling.

Mystie, the oldest of seven children, was homeschooled herself from birth through high school. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID at the age of 20. She and her husband, Matt, were married at 19, with no looking back and no regrets.

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Jan 252013

I have been reexamining and streamlining my workflow and will be linking to some of the good stuff I find. I have been using Remember the Milk (RTM) to manage my personal and work to-do list since 2009. It has worked pretty well but I am always willing to waste some time looking for a better way to get things done.

Getting Things Done

Pete Jakob’s Workflow

Pete Jakob has a great write-up about his Getting Things Done (GTD) workflow and the tools he uses to process the multitude of tasks that inundate us. The tools used are not near as important as the fact that you have a process that works and is dependable. In his first post, 7 Work Survival Tips for 2013, he has boiled down 7 things he learned while setting up his process:
  1. You’ve got to have a (trusted) system
  2. Processing and Doing are Not the Same
  3. Adieu to Due Dates
  4. Keep things Moving with Projects
  5. Get Yourself an Elephant
  6. Get Out of Your Inbox
  7. Get Ready for the weekend with a Weekly Review

In his follow-up post, Surviving 2013 – Part 2. The Tools!, Pete Jakob briefly discusses using Evernote as his Reference Store for things he may want to refer back to in the future and using Toodledo to handle his Workflow Management, allowing him to manage his day and ensure that things that come up get processed, or as I read elsewhere, triaged. He finishes up the article with 13 slides (image above is one of them) detailing his setup.

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