Yesterday was the first ever Creative
hosted at Google. My
I drove the Nerd Van (myself, Asheesh and the
interns) to Google.
I’m still recovering (and inflicting pain — CC board meeting today) and
collecting feedback, but I think it was a really successful day. We
learned some things we’ll do differently next time (yes, there will be a
next time). Anyway, special recognition to the CC interns for live
the event and for generally doing anything asked of them. I feel like I
should write more about the event, but I’m feeling pretty brain dead at
|tags:||cc, nerd van, techsummit
In an attempt to prevent additional
git (or maybe just
git-svn?) induced PTSD,
Asheesh kindly created a git
phrasebook. If you,
too, are a
deserter and want to figure out how the whole branching thing works in
git, this may be useful to you.
Someday I’ll write up my thoughts on distributed version control and
“convention versus configuration”, which seem to overlap in this
deployment. But not today.
|tags:||cc, git, ptsd
I really love task lists — especially the crossing off part — but lately
they haven’t really been helping me out. Between the day job, consulting
work, dating, and a more active social life than I had in Indiana, it
seems like I never quite get to the crossing off part. This has become
particularly clear at work where I use two simple labels for email:
action and reply. I’m a little ashamed to admit that the
action queue currently has 196 items in it, the oldest dating to
August of last year. My CC inbox has 404 messages in it right now, of
which 182 are starred. Starring is supposed to indicate something that
needs my attention. Somehow this doesn’t seem productive. Mike, if
you’re reading this, I’m sorry. Believe me, I’m sorry.
So I’m trying something a little different. This evening I watched the
by Merlin Mann on Inbox Zero. While the second
half played I managed to clear out my yergler.net inbox.
Tomorrow I’m planning to create an email
DMZ and begin at zero
with my work inbox. Just keeping the flow of information to a reasonable
level is just the first step, though.
I’ve had a Remember the Milk (RTM)
account for quite a while but never got in the habit of using it. After
to Tasque, I decided to look again.
Tasque is a simple task list application for Gnome, in the same vein as
Tomboy for notes. I love
Tomboy. I think I’ll love Tasque, too.
I don’t know if the RTM elves have been hacking away at the site since I
last looked or if I just never really dug in, but it actually seems to
have the features I want in a task list. And there’s even a handy blog
on how you can use RTM to GTD (get things done).
Finally, the piece that ties both sides together: their Firefox
workflow this evening looked like this:
- Go to the next email
- Decide that had some action associated with it
- Add the action label to it, which also created it as a task to
- Later, when skimming through the action list I saw one I could
knock out in a few minutes. And when I finished and removed the
action label, the task in RTM was marked as complete. Sweet.
|tags:||cc, gtd, inbox zero, rtm