How is Wunderlist for implementing GTD?

Over the last couple of days Lifehacker has been rating ‘The Best To-Do App for…Linux,

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Windows and OSX. The winner each and every time was Wunderlist! I made a joke on Twitter that Lifehacker must be getting kick backs from them…Really, how can the same To-Do App be the best on each and every platform?

I tried Wunderlist and maybe I haven’t spent the time to appreciate it more? I saw it as a simplistic To-Do List app. Entering in data seems a bit cumbersome. I think I am spoiled with task entry on Remember the Milk. If I enter “Go on a mountain bike ride on Sunday” on Wunderlist I get a task that says that but has no due date. If I do the same in RTM, I get a task called “Go on a mountain bike ride” and it automatically puts the due date on the task.

I have to manually click the due date with my mouse pointer to create a due date in Wunderlist. I have to manually drag the task to a list to separate it from others. In other words, using #hashtags doesn’t seem to create tags that can be saved as Smart lists. The same goes for tasks that repeat. Wunderlist can’t manage repetitive tasks.

As for how it works for GTD, I see a few nice touches. You create manual lists and drag tasks to them. If you add tasks to your Inbox, and process them, you can organize your priorities quite nicely. One of the big ‘flaws’ of Web based To-Do Apps like Nozbe seems to be the difficulty in getting the Inbox to Zero. At least with Wunderlist you can drag them out of the Inbox to other lists. As for repeating tasks, David Allen says that you use a digital Calendar for repetitive tasks, so I guess you could use Google Calender for tasks that repeat, but why?

I just don’t get it? What am I missing? I get that it looks pretty, but what features make it the best?

Any of my readers using Wunderlist? What makes it a great GTD solution? I really want to know…

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How to Make Your To-Do List Doable – Lifehacker

I am a big fan of To-Do lists. My wife started me on them a couple of years ago because she loved them, and well, I loved her. What better way to try out something new?

I use a custom system that blends paper and Remember the Milk to manage my tasks. I am up to reviewing my system all the time, and am a big advocate of Lifehacker’s posts on To-Do lists and productivity. I wanted to share one of their latest posts with you…

You Are the Boss of You

At any point during the workday, you are in one of two modes: thinking mode (that’s you with the Boss hat on) and action mode (that’s you with the Personal Assistant hat on). When a project or task comes up, the steps you need to take start to form in your mind. Now you’re in thinking/Boss mode – the guy/gal who gives the orders. Your to-do list is a collection of those orders, which your Assistant personality will later pick up and do.

When you’re wearing your Boss hat, it’s up to you to write down the instructions in such a way that your Assistant self can just do them without having to think – or stress. Taking the thinking out of the acting is one of the best ways to make your to-do list a cinch to finish off.

via How to Make Your To-Do List Doable.

How To Migrate Your Facebook Account And Data To Google+

Today has been very busy with tips and tricks on how to transition your online social life from Facebook to Google+. The one post that got my attention was the one over at Lifehacker about how to migrate your Facebook data over there. Everyone is on there now, so hurry up and sign up already! If our Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Paris Hilton can sign up, so can you…

I moved my entire photo library over in about 10 minutes, and added all of my contacts via the Yahoo ‘hack’ in only a few. I love how the online community shares and works together to solve problems faster than the companies they support! If only someone could figure out a hack to have all the Google Apps profiles on Google+!

For those of you that have yet to commit to Google+, here is a good article on how to get your Facebook stuff over in the fewest moves possible, and even on how to post all your updates in Google+ and have them automatically show up in Facebook! Cool stuff.

You may not be ready to ditch Facebook for good, but now that you’ve had a chance to kick the tyres on Google+, you might be ready to make it your go-to social network. The problem: You’ve built up a lot of friends, photos, videos and other data on Facebook over the years, and you don’t want to simply lose all that data. Here’s how to migrate it all from Facebook to Google+.Photo remixed from an original by Shutterstock.
When Google+ came out, it’s success was very much up in the air (remember Google Buzz?). However, it seems a lot of people have already thrown themselves into Google+ full force — Facebook may have 750 million users, but Google+ has already crossed the 20 million user milestone in only 30 days. If you’re ready to give it a shot as your main network, here’s what you need to do.

via How To Migrate Your Facebook Account And Data To Google+ | Lifehacker Australia.

Get Out of Debt by Switching to a Cash-Only Policy

International Money Pile in Cash and Coins
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I don’t talk too much on the blog about money, except where large corporations are concerned…

I have challenges just like everyone with budgeting, buying things that I don’t need, and using credit. I have thought that it might be a good exercise to just use cash instead of credit for a while to see how it goes. Here is an article from Lifehacker about a couple that were in way over their heads and got out of debt

I might just try the cash only policy to see how it goes!

Courtney and Michael Wacker had $83,000 in debt with a 32% interest rate. That’s not the kind of debt you get out of easily, but they managed to nonetheless. They started by seeking help from an organization called CredAbility (formely the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Atlanta) and were able to get the 32% interest rate cut to 3%. Obviously this was an enormous help, but it still left them with a monthly payment of $1,456 they’d have to make over a little more than five years. That’s like renting a one bedroom apartment in Los Angeles in addition to everything else.

via Get Out of Debt by Switching to a Cash-Only Policy.

My technology wow moments today!

It’s the little things that matter. Right? Sometimes I have a day where little tweaks to my digital life make me happy. Well, my mountain bike ride today made me happy. These little tweaks made me happier! A little bit of extra happy on top of my already happy day. Are you ready to throw up yet?

What are the little things that made me so happierer?
Continue reading “My technology wow moments today!”

Top 10 Clever Uses for Spare Thumb Drives [Lifehacker]

Beeman's USB Flash Drive
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Do you have a lot of spare USB drives lying around? Me too!

I have one that I have a mobile version of Firefox 4.0 on, and an IE Lastpass plugin. On another USB drive I have Ubuntu 10.10 that I can boot anywhere. Honestly I never use it, but I like having it installed there to use if needed.

I fell in love with the latest Victorinox USB Pocket Knive! I have to get one of those pretty soon…Maybe as a treat to myself for finishing the wedding invitations. 😉

Do you use a spare USB drive to transfer files back and forth? Keep mobile apps on?

If you don’t know what you could use all those spare drives for, Lifehacker just posted a Top 10 list of clever uses. Check it out!

Top 10 Clever Uses for Spare Thumb Drives.

Why didn’t I Jailbreak my iPhone earlier? Wow.

I love my iPhone. But I also hate it. Why do I hate it? Well, Apple tells me what to do.

I’m OK to be told what to do by my boss, my fiancée, the nice police officer that pulls me over for running a stop sign. But not a company that I PAID money to use their product.

I switched over to Linux last year, and have never looked back. I have moved to open source so that if a solution or idea presents itself on the software front, there is probably a developer somewhere making it. And, releasing the source code to help others spread the love. Continue reading “Why didn’t I Jailbreak my iPhone earlier? Wow.”