Moving to Mac: Why Now?

In my last post I provided some background on my decision to move to Mac after 20 years using PCs. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly, with three major areas of concern that I needed to address before considering the switch: Support, software and usability.

Thymer Tackles Your Task Tracking Troubles

I’ve been using the same task manager quite happily for years now; when I hear people rave about the next new thing I rarely see anything compelling enough to make me consider switching. However, a few days ago I stumbled across Thymer and was intrigued.

Live from SXSW, It’s a Scheduling Bungle

I have a confession to make. I am over-reliant on apps, and scheduling is a particular pain point for me. When my apps work well, my life hums along. This week, at SXSW, I experienced a catastrophic collapse of my scheduling systems.

The 5S Process for Getting Organized

Here I go again, writing about organization. This time, though, it’s not because I’ve found a great new app to help me. That’s my inbox, aka my “to-be-dealt-with” pile. And there are two more like it. If only there were an app that could help me!

My Dirty Little Task Management Secret

Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but I have a little problem with my task list. About a week ago, I noticed that my task list had this distribution for prioritization: 90 percent “highest,” 4 percent “high,” 1 percent” normal,” and no tasks at all at the “low” and “lowest” priorities.

When You Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

One of the things I love about being a web worker is the variety of projects I get to work on. Things never get boring around here because of that. Every now and then, an opportunity arises that’s a little outside my usual scope, and sometimes I’ll take it on just to push my own envelope on some level.

I’m currently working on a project that is pushing me to my limits, physically — that’s not something that usually happens when I work! There are three components: a lot of interesting and useful Internet research, some less interesting but easy recording of data in a spreadsheet and, the hard part, running all over the city of Paris. It initially sounded like fun, but in reality what I’m doing is quite grueling because, like most Parisians, I get around on foot and using public transport. (Doesn’t sound so bad? I climbed 300 steps yesterday alone!)

In the last 13 days (yes, I’m counting the days), I’ve been reminded of some strategies that have worked for me in situations like this in the past, and decided to share them because they can be useful in any situation where you’re in over your head. Read More about When You Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

How I’m Getting an Efficient Start on the New Year

The last week of the year is a great time to get organized. Chances are good that many of your coworkers and/or clients have the week off, so it should be a fairly quiet week for most of us. We could spend that extra time goofing off, or we could spend it getting our acts together to get 2010 off to a great start. Here are the steps that I’m taking, and while it’s not quite as extensive as Meryl’s list, it should be achievable this week and set me up well for 2010. Read More about How I’m Getting an Efficient Start on the New Year