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Getting Things Done

I've finally succumbed to the inevitable: it's time to get my life organised. I've now signed up with two Getting Things Done sites, nozbe and neptunehq to see which one of them has the best interface. I'm using one for work stuff and one for home stuff. So far it's a fairly even split...

Anyone else out there use onliney to-do list/GTD things? I need something web-based (at least in part) because I'll have to access it from a PC at work... (I've looked into iGTD on the Mac, and it was a bit pants, so I'm avoiding it for now.)

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For further research, have a look at '43 folders' and 'hawk wings blog'. I'm afraid I'm too tired to do the whole link thing just now, but they should show up in google.

Cool, ta. It was 43 Folders that sent me in the direction of the couple I'm trying (and I've now subscribed to the blog), but I've not heard of the hawk wings one. I've have a shufti.

Okay, so this is a stupidly American question, but what does "pants" mean in the context in which you used it? (i.e. "it was a bit pants, so I'm avoiding it now.")

I understand 95% of what Australians, Irish, Scottish, British, and English folks say, but this one has me somewhat stumped. I have a general idea, but in an effort to not look like a complete retard, I'm asking.

On another note, I am completely unorganized, so I couldn't give you any ideas for web based things that will get you organized. In fact, you educated me on some things I could probably use.

Urban dictionary (not that it is the oracle) lists 'pants' as :

rubbish, no good, bag of shite

Another similar word in a different dialect (in this case scottish) might be 'pish', which is listed by the same font of all, er...stuff, as:

Variation of piss, most usually used in the north (particularly Scotland).

stop talking pish
ach, pish!
what a bundle of pish.

"pants" means "rubbish", "crap".

Urban Dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com) is great for stuff for like this!

Okay. THanks for the infor. I'll use that little resource in the future if Matt, or anyone else for that matter, says anything in a vernacular that torques my brain.

Heh :) So shall I, in fact. I'm impressed that it's got "bobbins" in it; I'm probably slightly more likely to use that than "pants"...

Had to look up "bobbins". Now, Im really glad I got that link. ha ha

Although asking actual users is half the fun about learning new words. Or new meanings for old words.

Oh dude the best IMHO bar none is
Not webbed up but its awsome!

I have been tempted to look into it a couple of times (not least because I like OmniOutliner anyway) but I could really do with the web option, otherwise I just can't use it from/for work, and that's where a lot of "ooh, I need to do this" moments happen for me...

So far, by the way, Nozbe looks really cool; although Neptune is simpler and arguably cleaner, it has the odd bug here and there still. Having said that, they're both still effectively beta, so it'll be interesting to see what happens with them. Nozbe has the "feel" of a product which has some resources behind it and is going somewhere, though...

I have a small black hardcover diary that goes pretty much everywhere with me, and when I feel I have time to think about what needs to be done, I leaf back through it to the latest lists I wrote - whatever they may have been related to.

Most of the time I'm happy to let it sleep in the book, my head might explode if I tried to look at it too much... one thing I'm not sure I want to web-enable!

I do the same thing, all the way through to it being hardcover and black, but it's more about capturing thoughts for fiction purposes. I do use it also as a reminder/notebook, and review it every week, but I'm finding I'm much more organised with the more rigid structure and easy editability of the web-based thingies. They're both based on the GTD principles, so for any particular "project" you nominate a "next action" and on the main "stuff to do" page you're presented only with the next single simple task for each project. You can also break it down by contexts, so you can say "I'm at work, rather than at home, so what stuff have I got to do that's appropriate right now?"

I had a look at the book in Waterstones today, and one thing he said struck a chord - that for him, everything is work.

I'm not sure that's what I want. Structure and organisation are all well and good, and that's what I do 9-to-whenever. But I don't want every last pocket of my life to be run off a list.

Some people don't need this stuff, I'm sure, but as a big procrastinator with a terrible memory, I find it really helps.

Remembering to do the fun things is just as important as remembering to do the work things... And being able to stick stuff into a reliable system for dealing with later helps me to counter my gadfly mind, by letting me file those random thoughts somewhere where they don't distract me from the job at hand. Otherwise I'll tend to flit from project to project, never finishing anything... Plus it stops me worrying all the time about what important thing I should have done that I've already forgotten about.

Another important thing is that it stops me taking on more stuff when I've already got more planned than one person could do in a lifetime :)

And I still do lots of spontaneous stuff that's not in the system, too :)

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