WWD Screencast: TaskUnifier

TaskUnifier is a desktop task management app that’s designed to work with the Getting Things Done (GTD) system. While it has a functional and unattractive UI, it’s free, has all of the features most people will need and is fairly easy to use.

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.

ActiveWords Will Save You Time

ActiveWords LogoApplications, services, tools, plug-ins, add-ons, bookmarklets — there’s an endless list of things we look to in an effort to be more efficient. Here at WWD, we write about all of them and how they can be of benefit to us. We discuss how they look, how they work, how much they cost, etc. But in the end, we’re looking for productivity. We either want to get more done, or take less time doing those things.

I know I’m going to sound like a snake oil salesman but I’ve found an answer — a tool for Windows (s msft) users that when used, really used, will save you time and make you more productive.

ActiveWords is combination program launcher, text replacer, macro recorder, wizard, wonder and an incredible time saver.

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Applications and Services For Which I Am Still Thankful

It’s been an exciting and interesting year to be a web worker. We’ve come to rely more on services like Twitter, there has been huge buzz about Google Wave (s goog), and there are certainly no shortages of new applications being released each and every day.

Around this time last year I wrote “5 Applications and Services For Which I Am Thankful,” which was a tribute to the cream of the crop that I had chosen as my daily go-to products. With another year gone, I thought it would be interesting to revisit that list of products (at the time, I picked Gmail, BatchBook, BlogDesk, Toodledo and Google Calendar) to see what may have changed. Read More about Applications and Services For Which I Am Still Thankful

Work Smarter Using iPhone Push Notifications

iPhone OS 3.0 brings a lot of new features to the table, but I could’ve easily gone on living without all of them, copy and paste included, except for push notifications. Push is the killer feature that elevates the iPhone platform to a whole new level of usability, both as a standalone device, and as a piece of companion hardware to your existing workstation setup.

The iPhone has taken the place of an entire screen in my current home office configuration, freeing up a whole display for more productive use. Here’s a breakdown of the apps that make this possible, and how I use them.

Service Outages — It’s All About the Response

As we come to rely more and more on web-based applications and services, we’ve all probably had an instance when our favorite experienced some sort of outage. While I think we are generally patient with brief hiccups and such, what would happen if a web service you relied on was down for 16 hours? How should the developers handle the situation?

In what has to be a developer’s worst nightmare, last week a “perfect storm” of events led to just that for task management service Toodledo. Thankfully, after what I am sure was a very long day for the Toodledo team, they were able to bring things back online and with no data loss.

As a user of Toodledo, I was impressed with the outstanding job they did not only recovering our data but for the way they communicated with us during what was really an unthinkable situation. Was it an inconvenience to be without the service? Absolutely it was. But in what really should be a case study in how to respond to such an experience, the folks at Toodledo provided frequent updates and explanations during the outage and a thorough debrief after the fact.

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Hands On Review – Google Tasks

Rumors of a Google Task Manager Application have been circulating for years. ZDNet speculated back in April of ’06 and again in October ’07, while we posted our own plea back in April.

The Googlers responded a couple weeks ago with their launch of a Gmail Labs Task Manager, and like any self respecting Google junkie I just had to give it a shot.

So let’s fast forward a couple of weeks and see how they did.

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5 Applications and Services For Which I Am Thankful

Last week Mike shared some thoughts on some of the reasons he is thankful he is a Web Worker. With the announcement that popular apps I Want Sandy and Stikkit are to close, I thought I would take a moment to list the acknowledge the tools or services that I am most thankful for.
These aren’t the only ones I use, but they are the ones that make my Web Working experience the best it can be.
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Clearing The Cache – Lists Edition

Like many of us, I spend quite a lot of time on the web and come across a staggering number of interesting things. In Clearing The Cache I choose a theme, pull out some of my favorites and share them with you here.
Freelance Switch on Holding Yourself Accountable
Toodledo, the excellent To-Do list manager, releases their native iPhone app
The Execupundit gives us 10 Reasons Used to Sink Good Ideas
Mike’s excellent chat with Laura Fitton about To-Do list alternatives and how to Envision Your Week For Productivity
Nicholas Bate on 7 Things which (paradoxically) will lower your productivity. (via Cultural Offering)

Twitter With Your Favorite Productivity Web Apps

In an effort to justify the time that I spend on Twitter, I am always looking for ways to be able to claim that I use it for more productive purposes.

I am finding that many of the more popular web services have recognized that Twitter is becoming a communication hub of sorts. This leads to some great connection functionality built right into their apps that lets users get at their data from within Twitter. If you’re spending quite a bit of time in a Twitter client anyway, having the ability to quickly access or add to your info without needing to load another app can be significant.

So here are some of my favorite, or otherwise notable, applications that let me tweak every last bit of productivity I can from my Twitter time.

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