Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Caught between two systems

Caught between two systems
Caught between two systems,
originally uploaded by shainelee.
Yesterday, we focused a bit on getting the first CrimJur Committee Meeting going successfully. It only took a day for a pile of work to build up on my desk. I was fried last night after the Mission Day Reception at the DoubleTree; I wasn't up to working on the pile. It's the sort of thing you do when you are full of energy.



I got to work around 6:30 this morning and started working. There is a GTD wiki I've been using. GTD is a system by David Allen that allows you stress-free productivity. This isn't some sort system you buy for $300 and use out of guilt for paying so much. Allen lays out the system in his book, Getting Things Done. It's up to you how you implement.



Going back to my original train of thought, I've been using a client-based wiki that uses the GTD methodology (it was free at tiddlyspot.com). It fits me very well. My only concern is that it is in one giant html file and is not usable on my phone because of all the javascript. The benefit, however, is that it is not server side. Even if we lose our Internet connection, I can use it to stay organized.



Recently, I found a web-based system that runs GTD and it is accessible and updatable from my phone's browser. You can visit www.vitalist.com To check it out. If you are not familiar with the GTD method, it may not be so easy to use.



I have loaded vitalist with some data to get a feel for it. I'll give it some use this week, but I have my reservations. The wiki I have adopted is highly customizable, which may suit me better than universal web access. At least I can print out my list for the day and access the paper anywhere I go. I'll make a decision later this week.
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