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On Sunday, July 17, 2016 I did a little presentation at my church about David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD). Here are the references I used to prepare:
- Getting Things Done (2nd Edition)
- Getting Things Done (GTD) Website
- The GTD Workflow Map (PDF)
- David Allen coaches Dutch TV host Linda through GTD (YouTube)
- Getting in control and creating space | David Allen | TEDxAmsterdam 2014 (YouTube)
- The Art of Stress-Free Productivity | David Allen | TEDx Claremont Colleges 2014 (YouTube)
- David Allen: Getting Things Done at Google 2007
- Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life by David Allen
The focus of the presentation and the hands-on exercises included:
- Two Minute Rule
- Project Brainstorming
Other material highly recommended for additional personal development (not in any particular order):
- The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren
- How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker
- The Effective Manager Hardcover by Mark Horstman
- What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith
- Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul by Bill Hybels
- The 7 Levels of Change: Different Thinking for Different Results by Rolf Smith
Google continues making very useful updates to Google Keep: Self Organizing Notes (via Tech Times), Diagrams (via The Verge), and Improved Labels (via Google). These have made doing GTD (Wikipedia) in Google Keep even easier.
Here is how I am doing the major GTD Workflow Lists using the Color feature in Google Keep (great support site) for items:
It would be great if you could rename the colors but that currently isn't a current feature. So I created above categorization, and through the course of using them this way I've been able to remember them by color and position. I also printed and laminated the above graphic, and have it positioned easy to read in my desk area.
The Google Keep search function lets you search by color (just two clicks on my Chromebook, tap-slide-tap on Android) so I can see all my Next Actions by searching on RED. Or all my Projects by searching on BLUE.
These are all pretty standard workflow list categories. The one that I've added that might not be familiar to you is Dashboard (YELLOW). This concept also came David Allen from a conversation that he had on a podcast when he was writing his Making It All Work book that came after the Getting Things Done book.
In that podcast, David described a MindMap he was using called his Dashboard that was anchoring him to his big ticket items for any given moment. Since things were moving very fast for him at the time it was a great way to stay focus and prioritize his attention. I've used this concept at work for years with my work* MindMap/Outlook system, and just moved it to Google Keep isn't it really isn't MindMap specific.
So I check my Dashboard regularly. These change day-to-day and sometimes by the hour. The top part of the YELLOW search are notes that I want to see on a very regular basis and the items that are archived are actually my Dashboard references:
I also created a Label called "+colors" and have made this handy reference that is always one click away via Label selection or search:
If you have any questions or comments then please let me know: @sholden on Twitter.
*Yes, I have two separate systems which is not recommended by David Allen but works for me. One is for work using only work resources (computers, software, etc.). And one for home/personal that uses my own personal resources. When I need to bridge them I usually use email.
1st Draft Posted: April 6, 2016 - 2113 PT
Motivation: One of my favorite bands Chvrches is coming to San Diego next week (April 14, 2015 - SOLD OUT) and this is a gift to them. If they have time and have a good experience doing any of these, then I've paid them back just a little bit for the joy I've gotten from their music and how they treat their fans. If you have other suggestions, questions, thoughts, etc. ... then leave a comment or let me know on Twitter @ sholden.
Burger & Fires*
Walk On The Beach
Pizza & Beer
Really Good Mexican Food + View To Die For + Great Place To Camp
The Best Mexican Food
I recently made the following no-bake breakfast cookies, but I had to substitute honey with Log Cabin Syrup and flaked cereal with Cheerios. They turned out awesome (my serving size ended up being eight).
1/2 cup honey (or light corn syrup)
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk (instant)
1/2 cup raisins (or chopped dates)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 1/2 cups flaked cereal (coarsely crushed)
- Heat honey and peanut butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until blended.
- Remove from heat. Stir in dry milk.
- Fold in cereal and raisins. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto waxed paper to form mounds.
- Cool to room temperature.
- Store in refrigerator.
Nutritional values per serving (makes about 12 servings): 160 calories, 5 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 26 g carbohydrate, 4 g protein, 1 g dietary fiber, 110 mg sodium.
Originally posted by Montana State University Extension, Nutrition Education Programs via What's Cooking, USDA Mixing Bowl.
I noticed this morning when my Chromebook upgraded to the latest version 47.x (Beta) that the Folder icons at the top (in my bookmarks bar) are all dark gray:
In my Chrome browser on Windows running the latest version 46.x the folders are "yellow-ish."
I am sure there are other changes planned but this one really stood out. I'm sure I'll get use it in a day or so.
- - ChuckChat Technorama -
- 43 Folders
- Alternative Classix - The Blog
- altNPR Groove Salad -- Taste of the Week
- APMs Future Tense
- Behind the Mic
- BusinessWeek - The Cutting Edge
- Career Opportunities The High-Tech Career Handbook
- CBS Fall Premiere Interviews with Dana Greenlee
- Celtic Music News Celtic Music News
- Christ Lutheran Church Messages
- CIO Podcast
- Dan Bricklins Software Licensing Podcast
- DARN PC
- Digital Experience Podcast - MP3 Feed
- Distributing the Future
- Docs Podblog
- Endurance Radio Audio Interviews
- Engadget Podcasts
- Eric Mack On-Line
- Eurythmics - The Ultimate Collection
- Evil Genius Chronicles
- Friends in Tech
- Gillmor Gang
- Home Network and Computer Help - HomeNetworkHelpInfo
- In the Trenches
- IndieFeed ElectronicaDance
- Internet Pro Radio icannBlog
- Jazz Music - RedJazz Radio
- Jimmy Jett
- Jons Radio
- KFI Tech Guy
- Killer Innovations
- Lessig Blog
- MacCast - For Mac Geeks, by Mac Geeks
- MAKE Magazine
- Manager Tools
- Morning Coffee Notes
- Music4iPodscom - ElectronicaDJ
- Network World Radio
- Old Wave Radio New 80s Music!
- On The Media from NPRWNYC
- OnTheRun with Tablet PCs Podcast
- Ottmar Lieberts Listening Lounge
- PaulDotCom Security Weekly
- podbat podbat podcasts
- Podcast Brothers
- Pritzker Military Library Podcasts
- Radio Leo
- Reel Reviews Radio
- Rip & Read Blogger Podcast
- Slashdot Review
- State Dept - Daily Press Briefings
- Steve Holden Tech Rag Tear Outs (TRTO)
- Steve Holdens Weblog
- Tech News Radio
- TechPodcastscom Network
- Terry Storch
- TGN Behind the Scenes
- TGN The Living Word
- The Bag and Baggage Podcast [now This Week in Law]
- The Bitterest Pill
- the Eric Rice Show
- The Golden Hammer Tech Watch
- The Invisible Hand
- The Invisible Hand, Enhanced Version
- The Pentagon Channel
- The Roadhouse
- The Rock and Roll Geek Show
- ThePodcastNetwork The Gadget Show
- ThePodcastNetwork The Mobiles Show
- ThePodcastNetwork The TabletPC Show
- These Days [@KPBS]
- They Might Be Giants Podcast
- this WEEK in TECH
- Typical PC User Podcast
- Ultima Thule Ambient Music Radio
- Valid Syntax
- vinyl podcast
- Voices in Your Head wDave Slusher
- WGBH Morning Stories
- Wi-Fi Networking News Podcasts
- Wizbang Podcast
I found this while recovering my old iBook backup drive using SpinRite. I was actually trying to find some older TechNewsRadio podcasts that were posted on a server that no long exists. I seem to have a gap of ~200 with bad links.
Here are the rides we went on and they are prioritize with our favorites (high to low):
- Scream: Smooth, fun, easy to see where you are going,
- Batman: Smooth, fun, easy to see where you are going.
- Twisted Colossus (new!): Very fast, long, not as easy to see where you are going, intense
- Gold Rusher: very simple, classic easy style
- Ninja: a lot like Batman but not as intense
- Viper: Very fast, bumpy for Carson
- Orient Express: slow and clam
- Grand Carousel: great way to end the day [only horses though :-( ]
- X2: Way to scary
- Full Throttle: huge loop; slow at top (feels like falling - yuck!), plus one "trick" that we won't tell you about but we did not like it
- Apocalypse: Very jerky, long wait
Basically we both agreed that we like smooth and easy to see where we are going roller coasters. We don't like: feeling like we are falling, bumpy, and going backwards.
All in all we really liked the majority of rides and look forward to going back sometime in the future.
I am not an expert in photography but here is a tip that has been useful for me.
When I get a picture that has some sort of issue like to much light or not completely in focus, I do a conversion to black and white (B&W) to see what I get.
Here is a recent example (using Picasa 3 on Windows) that looks pretty good to me:
Do you have any other suggestions for situations like this?
Here is a Screen Shot #1 comparison (click on image for bigger resolution):
And here is Screen Shot #2 comparison (click on image for bigger resolution):
It appears that since the Nexus 7 (left images) is a tablet and has more screen real estate then the smartphone Nexus 6 (right images) you get the alternative route time notifications as you are driving your selected route in Google Maps.
These notifications are actually a great feature, and I use it all the time for making real time route changes.
If anyone knows if there is actually a way to enable this on the Nexus 6 then please let me know.
NOTE: I did load up Waze on the Nexus 6 to see if that application had the route time notifications but from what I could tell it doesn't.
Over the last couple of years, slowly and surely there has been an air leak into our pool pumping system. Everything seem to point to the old metal pipes underground with the line pulling water out of the pool to the pump more probable than line pumping the water back in the pool.
This last month things got significantly worse and we'd need to do something. There was just too much air in the line to pull water through the system to keep the pool clean.
We got a couple of quotes to dig up the old pipes and replace them. You know you are in trouble when both quotes came back in the same large ballpark called "Unaffordable."
I was curious of what type of portable pumping options there might be out there to keep things going until we could decide what to do. So I started Googling. And then it hit me as I'm looking at these portable pumps -- I had all the pieces they had. I just needed to run the pipping where the leak was over ground. It couldn't be that easy could it? Well, it turn out to be significantly easier and less expensive that expected.
My friend Gary listened to my plan and agreed to help. I got all the parts and pieces at Home Depot for under $40; and Gary was able to take my plan and make it work in just under 2 hours. We capped off the old pipe, hooked up a new line from the pump into the pool, tested it for any leaks, and even created a DIY safety lid out of spare wood.
The "re-mastered" system is working great, and I believe it will work long enough for us to figure out what we really want to do in the pool area and budget accordingly. Thanks Gary!