[nSLUG] Rise & Fall of the PDA
daniel at bonmot.ca
Thu Aug 27 15:12:07 ADT 2009
> Personally, my big problem with planners and PDAs (including the
> Hipster), is that there is actually work required in maintaining
It is a discipline, no question. In these days of fully indexed Macs
(I assume WIndows does the same thing) or wikis which have fulltext
searches, exactly where something goes is less important than it used
to be; I can search for "thibideau" and find emails, Word (ugh)
documents, pdfs etc.
But, what it comes down to is pain vs. gain. If you are in pain from
forgetting things (or worrying about forgetting) then you will welcome
any new habits that will lessen that -- that's why you see so many
starry-eyed happy GTD / Daytimer / Palm / Hipster addicts wandering
around and proselytizing -- they're giddy from having this massive
amount of pain removed. I remember the feeling.
For me, one of my main tools, starting a few years ago, is an Oddmuse
wiki that I call my "intel" database. It's got:
* day pages (e.g. a page called 2009-08-27)
* event pages (e.g. 2009-08_Camping_Trip)
* person pages (e.g. JohnathanThibodeau) for anyone I've had a
conversation with and gotten the name of
... and I just toss anything into it. If I learn something about
Johnathan - it goes on his page. If I have a meeting or lunch with a
bunch of people, it goes on the day page , with links to all the
people's pages (with names written in WikiText). So I can use the
wiki backlink to find all the connections I've ever had, to
You can play around with a sandbox Oddmuse wiki here: http://bonmot.ca/GorillaNotes/
-- delete anything you want, create pages, fool around, try out the
markup. The whole wiki is a sandbox. Day pages are notated thusly: http://bonmot.ca/GorillaNotes/2009-08-27
Definitely the course helps quickly get you to a happy place of never
forgetting anything and not overcommitting yourself. One of the rules
is, if it's going to take less than X seconds (GTD says 120, Daytimer
was 300) then just do it now instead of writing it down.
> My solution: get someone else to do it.
That would be Delegation, and the more you can do (following the rules
of Good Delegation of course) the happier everyone will be.
However, the upshot is, if you're not in pain, there's no reason to
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