It’s 2010 and it’s time to get things done! Okay, 2010 or not, many of us are always looking for a better way to manage our tasks, events and goals. The truth of task management is that there’s no single best way to tackle it for everyone. It will depend on your style of management, your interaction preferences and how the solution integrates into your current workflow.
Personally I couldn’t seem to stick with any Get Things Done (GTD) or task management apps, until I remembered I hadn’t really given Google Calendar a fair shake. After getting it setup and familiarizing myself with it, it was a solution that actually worked for me and I’ve stuck with it. It’s free, it’s flexible and it integrates well with my current workflow.
Today I’ll go through using Google Calendar to manage your schedule and get things done.
Google provides a powerful suite of web applications ranging from email and calendar to documents, chat and sites [and so much more]. For web professionals, the typical “@gmail.com” just won’t do. Thankfully, Google offers a professional version (called Google Apps) for professionals, educators, non-profits and government.
The Google Apps Standard version is the version we’ll walk through setting up and customizing to use the power of Google with our own branding. We’ll be setting up our custom domain, branding and checking out the advantages of getting yourself setup with Google Apps.
It’s nearly 2010 and, like many, you’ve probably set one or more New Year’s resolutions. A popular resolution for millions of people each year, is to drop a few pounds and get a little more fit. Like a large percentage of people who set out to do this, going about it in the wrong way could lead to failure.
Accountability is a great way to stay on track and meet your goals. That’s where DailyBurn comes in — to help you monitor, track and meet your fitness, and even nutrition, goals. Believe me when I say, graphs can be a powerful tool for motivation and a centralized location for exercise and nutritional information can make the difference between reaching your goals or failing miserably. DailyBurn takes care of all this and offers a lot more.
Today we’ll take a look at DailyBurn’s offerings and how you can use them to reach a successful New Year’s fitness resolution and more.
We’ve focused a lot recently on tools that are catered to promoting you or your work. And today, in what will be our last entry in this genre for a while, I want to look at a slick new tool titled Flavors.me.
More in the direction of Magntize, Flavors.me is a simple way to create a one page site that is all about you. And to do so with style.
When word hit the street that popular virtual assistant service I Want Sandy was shutting down, many people were shocked and well, saddened. Sandy was a well built application with a nice dash of personality.
And so many people were left looking for a replacement — another web based application that could offer similar functionality. After I was introduced to Task.FM, I believe I’ve found the tool that comes closest to the mark.
Right off the top, this post is not a need for many of you. For most broadband users, the amount of data you use month by month is not a concern. Until I moved to a more rural location, that was the case for me.
But for those who are like me — living in a location without broadband access — data transfer can be an issue. I’d like to take a look at three ways to make the best of the situation.
A recent move to a new computer was a cause for me to review my list of contacts and do some pruning. As a Mac user, I prefer Google’s price and flexibility when compared to Apple’s Mobile Me. Using Google’s free email, calendar and contact management was always preferable, and with Apple’s support of those services within their own desktop applications, I’ve been more than happy to stick with this setup over the years.
But syncing is always a tricky business — and Address Book in OS X is no different. Although it was set to sync with my Google Contacts, I’ve found good number of duplicates time and again.
The last two weeks have been a frenzy of hectic activity at the Bowler household. When a family of six (two adults, three children and one dog) change residences, chaos will ensue. You do your best to make it an organized chaos, but it’s chaos nonetheless.
And although I count myself blessed to work from myself from home, there were many moments in the past two weeks where I sat down at the computer, blankly looked at the screen and thought, “Where do I even start?” Lucky for me, I had been planning to take a look at focus booster and see what it was about.
Thankfully, it turned out to be quite an aid.
If you still haven’t received an invitation to Google Wave or you simply don’t have anyone besides robots to talk to, not to fear — there are other great options for the kinds of tasks Wave is good for.
One of the best I’ve come across is titled EtherPad. It’s simple tool, but it does a great job of what it was intended to do. Rather than an attempt to change the way we communicate entirely, its purpose is to make collaboration of certain types easy and efficient.
There are plenty of types of services that you can offer your clients that result in the need to schedule appointments. Anyone who has had to spend a lot of time organizing these appointments knows what a headache it can be.
But this is one area where web 2.0 has attempted to make things easier. Setster is one such tool.