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January 11, 2009

It’s the New Year, time to declutter your ‘puter and get organised!

Filed under: Productivity — Duane @ 7:33 am

It’s the beginning of a new year, and what better way to start it off than to organise your life. Ok … that might be a bit too ambitious, but you can organise your life by starting somewhere. And what better way than organising something that you use every day – your connection to the ‘net, storage of pics, music, vids, documents, etc – the simple computer. So let’s look at ways you can organise the files on your ‘puter so that you can easily find them when you wish/need them. Note you will need a couple of hours or up to a day (shock horror, perhaps more than a day?) depending upon the amount of files you have. 


January 16, 2008

Recent readings

I have been doing some reading amongst all the other stuff going on at the moment and I wanted to draw attention to some of the reading that I have been doing, as it is outside the realms of my normal genre of fantasy reading. Since reading a number of productivity/workload management blogs I have wanted to read David Allen’s Book and see what the fuss is about. My immediate boss at work also picked up a couple of books about productivity and the use of Outlook – Michael Linenberger’s Book and Sally McGhee’s Book. So I thought I would give my impressions of the books so I could get it out of my head and clarified (which is one of the things they all mention to do – get it out of your head and written down).


January 9, 2008

Make Outlook Tasks more interesting

Filed under: MS Office, Productivity, Tips & Tricks — Tags: , , , , — Duane @ 7:55 pm

Calendar with TaskPad

As mentioned in yesterday’s post HERE I have detailed a simple but effective way to make Tasks more useful for those of you who use Outlook. These steps are for people who use a version of Outlook pre-2007 (i.e. Outlook 97, 2000, XP or 2003). Plus some images to help understand what I am referring to. 

January 8, 2008

Productivity and the use of Outlook

Filed under: MS Office, Productivity — Tags: , , , , , , — Duane @ 8:03 pm

I am currently reading David Allen’s book “Getting Things Done” (or at least the Australian version of said book “How to Get Things Done”) and while I agree with the process that I have read so far, I do not agree with a number of the assumptions that he makes. I will expand upon that in a later post once I have fully read the book. I got onto the book because so many people on the Internet rave about the GTD process and there are a number of GTD tools available on-line, but it got me thinking about Outlook. David Allen and a number of other people diss the use of Outlook as a productivity tool and I think that is a shame, as Outlook has worked for me no dramas at all and I use it all the time. But then again I know Outlook very well and what I need to do to achieve what I want from it. So what I want to do with this post is explain the different parts/folder Outlook contains and try and give people a reason to go back to Outlook if they have it installed at work or at home.


January 3, 2008

10 ways to keep busy/have fun on a rainy day

Filed under: Productivity, Tips & Tricks — Tags: , , — Duane @ 9:03 pm

Queensland is meant to be the Sunshine State in Australia, especially when one thinks of summer. Where has that gone??!! For more than a week (since before Christmas) we have had nothing but rainy days or rain and sun on the same day. Now don’t get me wrong – I am not complaining when we are experiencing a drought, the rain is more than welcome. But on the radio yesterday and today, there were a few people complaining about the rain, and wishing for “normal weather”.

So I give to you 10 things that people can do on a rainy day.

But wait, there is more

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