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Dec 21 2008

Productivity, Motivation, and Personal Development Links – 21st December 2008

It is the final countdown to Christmas now, 4 days till the 25th and I am sure that everybody reading this blog will be totally organized and prepared for the festive season :)

I have just this minute received an email from Amazon stating that the David Allen Book, Making it all Work, has been delayed by the publishers and not due into the UK until the 15th of January 2009. Looks like my Christmas Reading is limited to the Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp as that has just shipped and will be with me before Christmas.

Here are my collection of links for this week.

  • My first link for this week is a link to a great post from A Wandering Mind that is about Picking a Tool for GTD. Josh from A Wandering Mind is a guy with an interest in Information Security, just like me!
  • My second link is a link to Spootnik is a web based system for synchronizing your OmniFocus tasks with Basecamp from 37Signals. I use both OmniFocus and Basecamp so I am going to try this. Although the system does look like you have to sync all tasks and it does not appear to give you the option of choosing which tasks to sync. I will provide more details
  • My third link is a link to a post about the OmniFocus Start date From MacSparky. This is anew blog I have just started reading via another blog and the content is very relevant to me.
  • My fourth link is a link to the Mind Depositor Index Card Templates – Nice little index cards ready for GTD for you to print. I know these have done the rounds on various blogs already but they are pretty neat if you use a paper based GTD system so check them out.
  • My fifth and last link for this week is a link to an article from the Times Online titled, Tough Times need a Cool Head and Clear Planning. It is a nice little article about surviving in these tough times and how productivity can help.

My next weekly links will be on the 28th of December when all the Christmas celebrations will be over and we will all be focusing on the New Year.

As it is the New Year, I will do a special New Year links section with all links focusing on planning for the New Year.

Hope you all have a very Merry, and of course productive Christmas!


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  1. John Monroe said on December 22nd, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Just one question: does Basecamp really help you with GTD? I tried it and it was killing me to run 10 projects in 10 different sites! May be I missunderstood something… may be you know the trick, how to keep your projects all together in one place. Anyway, I went for now. It let’s me runs all the projects within one site.

  2. Andrew Mason said on December 22nd, 2008 at 11:15 am

    @John Monroe:

    Hi John, I use Basecamp in my day job to manage all our customer projects. It is the best application we found for the requirements we had. We have multiple users and also some partners who log in and it all works great.

    We have just started to use Highrise as our CRM and I am liking it..

  3. Yardbird said on December 23rd, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Hi Andrew – Thanks for the link and the kind words! I do enjoy the security related part of my job quite a bit. Not a full time gig yet, but maybe some day.

    Too bad about the David Allen book; I might be picking it up here in the states now that I’ve finished his other books finally.

    Best holidays,

  4. Andrew Mason said on December 24th, 2008 at 6:14 pm


    My book arrived today so I am looking forward to starting it. Have a great Christmas!

  5. Lars said on December 29th, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for linking Spootnik! Just want to mention that Spootnik lets you decide which OmniFocus/Basecamp tasks you want to share.

    The first time you synchronize Basecamp with OmniFocus, Spootnik creates a new Folder inside OmniFocus containing your Basecamp (filterable by project and responsibility) to-dos. You can then drag the desired OmniFocus projects/tasks into the newly created folder to synchronize them back to Basecamp. Everything outside this folder will be kept untouched.

    Best regards,

  6. Andrew Mason said on December 29th, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Thanks Lars for the clarification. I will sign up and then link it to my Basecamp to give you a full review.


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