April 6, 2009

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Weekly report: Week ending April 5, 2009

From last week:

  • Deploy new release of Transition2 Lessons learned
  • Ride my bike! =)
  • Work on organizing talks, ideas, and material some more Thought about possible ways to organize the information


  • Explored task management systems
  • Played catch using lacrosse sticks =)
  • Started sewing a blouse
  • Found someone for sewing lessons
  • Coordinated with other IBMers interested in virtual conferences
  • Had a great conversation with my manager
  • Experimented with outsourcing transcription – yay!

This week:

  • Clear up Transition2 issues
  • Moderate a panel at Mesh, attend the afterparty
  • Give a talk at the Women in Technology group
  • Tweak my task management process a bit more – maybe look into Org integration over the weekend?

Nothing quite like Org for Emacs

I’ve been trying lots of different Web-based GTD task managers like Remember the Milk, Toodledo, and GTDAgenda. I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that there’s nothing quite like Org for Emacs.

Here’s what I like about the other services:

  • Both Remember the Milk and Toodledo have iPhone/iPod Touch interfaces, so I can review, check off, and create tasks anywhere.
  • All those services allow me to e-mail tasks to an address.
  • It’s easy to filter tasks by context.
  • I can share my tasks with my assistant so that he or she can remind me of the tasks I’ve scheduled for the day.

Here’s what I like about Org:

  • I can use templates and outlines to organize my tasks however I want.
  • I can set deadlines, scheduled tasks, and prior notice easily.
  • I can track time more finely than Toodledo can.
  • I can use Org as an activity log.
  • I can schedule tasks onto specific timeslots.

Of all the options I’ve tried, Toodledo is closest to where I am with Org, although it still doesn’t do everything.

Some options are:

  • Use worg or develop a web-based interface for displaying tasks based on my Org file
  • Write code for synchronizing Org with Toodledo or RememberTheMilk, making lots of geeks happy in the process =)