“DEVONthink Pro Office has one huge advantage over every other solution that you can use to archive e-mail: it uses artificial intelligence for its search capability. […] with DEVONthink Pro Office youâ€™ll get a lot more than just an archiving application. Itâ€™s nothing short of a knowledge management system, where you can literally find relationships between information snippets that you didnâ€™t know were there. This is great if you want to analyse your e-mail messages after theyâ€™ve been archived.”
Archives for March 2007
The instructions are as follows:
- Grab the nearest book.
- Open the book to page 23.
- Find the fifth sentence.
- Post the text of the next three sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
- Don’t dig for your favorite book, a girlie mag, or the intellectual one: pick the closest.
The result for the closest book from my desk is:
“Unless you wrote it down and put it in a trusted “bucket” that you know you’ll review appropriately sometimes soon, more than likely you worried about it. Not the most effective behavior: no progress was made, and tension was increased. | The big problem is that your mind keeps reminding you of things when you can’t do anything about them.”
… Surprised ? 😉
… Your turn!
Mark Forster, the celebrated author of Do It Tomorrow and Get Everything Done and Still Have Time to Play, offers advice as ever full of wisdom in his latest post, Simplify!. Says he:
“One of the problems about learning techniques to use our time more productively is that if weâ€™re not careful we find ourselves using our new skills to take on more and more commitments. […] So letâ€™s have a look at one of the most basic time management principlesâ€¦ which is to take on only those things which take us towards our life goals. This takes constant vigilance.”
37Signals, the privately-held Chicago-based company, already known for both its Basecamp and Backpack products, has just launched another web-based application, Highrise, which seems to be an immediate success.
Highrise is an online contact manager. Says the blurb:
“Track leads, clients, vendors, and more. Keep track of who your business talks to, what was said, and what to do next.”
But it also offers interesting possibilities for implementing GTD, providing your choose one of the plans offering an unlimited number of cases. That was initially the case of the most expensive plans, starting at US$ 49/month. However 37Signals, responsive as ever to its customers, has just added a Solo plan, which for US$29/month offers some very competitive features, which include unlimited cases.
I have only registered for a Solo plan this afternoon, but I am already very satisfied with what I have been able to do. Whilst I am still learning some of the most advanced features, in particular how to forwards emails you receive to your Highrise dropbox, I nevertheless want to share my excitement about the possibilities offered.
|Getting Things Done||Highrise|
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The race for the perfect GTD software is on.
Considering the outstanding quality of its current offerings, Backpack, Basecamp and now Highrise, 37Signals may well one day come up with a purpose built GTD web-based application, which would be very difficult to equal: it would only be a matter of combining some of the features of those three products.
[Update: 15 May 2007. I would like to retract the conclusion of this post. This would only be if 37Signals apps were available off-line, which is not – nor it seems will ever be – the case.]
The 19 March 2007 issue of Newsweek carries a piece on “You Need to Get to Work!” Says Daniel McGinn:
There’s a cottage industry trying to make you more productive. But are you actually getting more accomplished, or just making more lists?