Monthly Archives: September 2009

Productivity, Motivation, and Personal Development Links – 27th September 2009

Had a real busy week trying to get a new website launched for RandomStorm. It is amazing how many small issues there are to fix when you are cutting the website yourself.

Glad to say it is just about ready to launch this week.

Here are my collection of links for this week.

Hope you all have a great week!

Productivity, Motivation, and Personal Development Links – 20th September 2009

It has been my daughters tenth birthday today. People always comment on how time flies and I must admit that it does not seem two minutes since she was born but I also am happy that the past ten years have been fantastic and I have enjoyed every minute.

Life is a collection of memories and I sure have invested a lot in the memory bank over the past ten years and I thank my wife and children for providing me with these memories.

Here are my collection of links for this week.

  • My first link for this week is a great post covering some Advanced Topics of Getting Things Done with Evernote. Evernote and GTD go together like peas in a pod and posts like this are great for identifying little nuggets from how other people are utilizing such cool apps.
  • My second link is a link to a How I Get Things Done post from called Mind Like Water: My Perfect Readiness GTD. Interesting stuff and good to read about how the author combines work based GTD on Microsoft and home based GTD on Apple Mac.
  • My third link is a link to a great Mac application called TextExpander. This has been around a while but I have only started to really look at it the past few days. Wow, this can really save you some time so if you are on a Mac, check it out!
  • My fourth link provides a Gmail GTD post covering GTD Action Lists and Gmail Labels. Again, I am not a heavy Gmail user but I know a lot of you are so I always like to include these Gmail GTD tips.
  • My fifth and last link is a link to an overview of the GTD book and methodology from I always like to read these intros covering GTD and productivity to see what peoples first impressions are.

Planning ahead of me this week. Mind Mapping skills at the ready, and I am looking forward to it!

MindJet MindManager iPhone Application

At long last, my prayers are answered and MindJet have today launched their Mind Mapping application for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.

I am a devout MindManager user and have been for years. Over the past few months I have been using MindMeister more and more, mainly because of the rather cool ability to syn between their awesome web app and the iPhone Application.

MindJet MindManager iPhone

I have just purchased and downloaded the MindJet Mind Manager application.

My initial thoughts are mixed. The layout and look of the application is great. I must admit that I am not so sure on the way you enter topics. You jump from the main window to a separate entry window where the details are entered for each topic. Do I prefer the much simpler on screen method as used by MindMeister and iBlueSky?

There are a lot more bells and whistles in this app over the competition. But, I normally use the iPhone as a capturing device where my Mind Maps are very basic, just capturing the key concepts. I normally refine the Mind Map at a later date on my Mac.

The transfer/sync ability is definitely not up to the same standard as MindMeister. It would be great to see the ability to sync my Mind Maps with the desktop version of Mind Manager but I am sure this will be out in a later release.

Here is a little video published by MindJet.

Mindjet for iPhone from Mindjet on Vimeo.

I know this is the first release of the software and I hope it will improve because I really do want to be able to use this and get the most out of this application.

I will be putting this through its paces over the next few days and I will return back with a more in depth review.

Looking forward to hearing any comments that you may have.

Productivity, Motivation, and Personal Development Links – 13th September 2009

Had a great week which was capped with attending the great Think Visibility conference yesterday in Leeds, UK.

This was the second Think Visibility conference and one that was on a much larger scale than the previous. If you are into web development, search engine marketing/optimization, or general social media then you should be thinking of attending the next if your location and schedule permits.

A great day with like minded professionals and I left feeling more motivated than ever, which is always a great way to leave a conference!

Here are my collection of links for this week.

  • My first link for this week is a great post covering Social Media and Getting Things Done. Having just attended a great seminar yesterday I thought it was apt to include such a topical post. Good read.
  • My second link is a link from Freelance Mac about Backpack and GTD. Backpack is a great Intranet App from 37Signals. I currently use Basecamp and are looking to start using Backpack to integrate with Basecamp for work. This is a great little blog post about how to set up Backpack for Getting Things Done.
  • My third link is a link to a great post from Chris Barclay about The Productivity Myth. Chris writes for the Unbounded life blog and this post looks at the perceived myth of productivity.
  • My fourth link provides a simple productivity methodology in a post titled Productivity So Simple, A Caveman Could Do It. Interesting a very simple methodology in an entertaining post. Worth a read.
  • My fifth and last link is a link to a GTD Primer post titled Marketers, It’s Time to Hop Off the Time Management Treadmill originally from the MarketingProfs blog. Always good to read these printers on the Getting Things Done methodology.

Very early start for me tomorrow so I will leave you here.

Wishing you all a very productive week ahead!

Productivity, Motivation, and Personal Development Links – 6th September 2009

Another week is over.

I have had another good week although I was only working three days of it after a great short break to Swaledale. Spent all weekend doing DIY as we are now ripping out the en-suite bathroom.

Here are my collection of links for this week.

  • My first link for this week is a great post titled GTD with a Baby on Board. This post is from the Glad Dads blog and it is a great post about the changes that a baby can bring, especially to your Getting Things Done methodology.
  • My second link is a link from Mashable that provides 5 Steps to Getting Unstuck and Pursuing Your Goals. 5 simple but effective tips on how to get out of your goal setting rut!
  • My third link is a link to a post from LifeHacker titled Dump Your To-Do List and Keep Your Sanity. This is an interesting post that presents the concept of ditching the to do list. Worth a read.
  • My fourth link provides information about 10 great ways to use Evernote. I love Evernote and use it every day. I am using it more and more after purchasing my ScanSnap scanner. This post provides 10 ways to use Evernote to your advantage!
  • My fifth and last link is a link to a blogger who is running a competition for the chance to win free copies of the Getting Things Done book by David Allen for signing up to his newsletter. If you do not already have the book, this is worth a shot.

Wishing you all a very productive week ahead!