Weekend Planning Template

I told my wife I wouldn’t drink tonight.  Besides, I got a big day tomorrow.   …actually a pretty nice little Saturday.  We’re gonna go to Home Depot.  Yeah, buy some wallpaper; maybe get some flooring, stuff like that.  Maybe Bed Bath & Beyond, I don’t know.  I don’t know if we’ll have enough time.

– Will Ferrell as “Frank the Tank” (Old School)

I’ve been away from blogging for a while, and it’s been a long time since I posted any new content.   I figured I would ease back into things with another simple template

This one is aimed at simplifying your weekend planning process. I know we all have our various systems for managing our tasks and to-do lists, but for those of you have who have spouses or significant others, you may find that your task management systems are not really compatible.  (Read, “My wife isn’t into GTD, productivity apps, or nerdy web sites”.)  In addition to that, you may both have some pretty ambitious (and potentially conflicting) plans going into the weekend.  Since we have young kids, we can’t just each run off in our own directions and do as we please. I have found that sitting down with my wife at the kitchen table on Friday night after the kids are in bed and sketching out a plan for the weekend can alleviate a lot of stress and avoid some major conflicts.  This gives us a chance to let each other know what our expectations are for the weekend, what we would like to accomplish, and where we need help/time.

The best medium for this for us seems to be good ole pen and paper.  To speed things along, I’ve created the template shown here. I keep a small stack of these printed (double-sided) in the kitchen.  The front side of the template contains a simple task list arranged into columns.  Each task row has a space to indicate status (see key at the top of the page), a space to indicate priority (A/B/C), and a space for the task itself.  To fill in this page, I would recommend Read the rest of this entry »

Simple Coin Toss

Here’s a cute trick.  This is a bit old, but since I have actually used it a few times in recent months, I thought it was worth sharing.  (Click the image below to view full size.)

I can’t remember if I first found this on Lifehacker or on the Minimal blog, but both seem to be re-posts.  Based on the image tag I think it came from this blog on Tumblr (now inactive).  If I’m mistaken, please post a link in the comments.

You can’t think about it too hard, or it won’t help.  Enjoy!

“When faced with two choices, simply toss a coin.  It works not because it settles the question for you, but because in that brief moment when the coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you are hoping for.”

MyLifeOrganized – Automatic Synchronization

I am trying out a new task management software package called MyLifeOrganized, or “MLO” for short. I have looked at MLO before, but only casually.  What got my attention this time is that there are some nice mobile apps available as well as a new “Cloud Sync” service.  I thought I would give the desktop app a serious try.  I’ll have more posts in the near future on how I am using it.  For now, I’ll just start with some tips for automating the sync feature.

After setting up your data file, go to File > Synchronization to create your sync profile.  Click the “Add” button to add a new profile.  Another dialog box will open to allow you to define the profile.  You can choose to sync via the MLO Cloud service, via FTP, via USB, or to another local file.  Just be sure to check the box at the bottom of the window that says “Add this sync profile to quick synchronization”.

Once your sync profile is defined, test it out by pressing the F9 key, or by selecting Tools > Synchronize on the menu bar.  Check the data in both locations, and sync back and forth a few times to make sure everything is working.

Once your sync profile is working, you are now ready to set & forget.  The automation is done by using the built-in Windows Scheduled Tasks feature, and MLO command-line functionality.  First you will need a Read the rest of this entry »

DROE Tool 0.5 Alpha01

As promised, here is an update to the DROE Tool.  I am calling this an alpha release since there may still be some rough edges, and this includes only about half the list of planned fixes and improvements.  Here is the summary of what is included in 0.5 alpha 01:

  • Hopefully fixed all compatibility issues with OneNote 2010 and Outlook 2010, including launching the DROE page, and using the “Quick Cat” hotkey to open categories dialog box.  Users must specify the 2010 versions of these apps in the INI file.
  • MAJOR NEW FEATURE: TEA encryption…  Users can quickly encrypt & decrypt selected text in place in any edit window with WIN-SHIFT-e and WIN-SHIFT-d.  Thank you to Laszlo and tic for their code in the AHK forums that became the basis of this version.
  • MAJOR NEW FEATURE: Hotkey definitions can now be completely customized via the newly added DROE_Hotkeys.INI file  Read the rest of this entry »

Updated DROE Tool In the Works

I am finally working on a major update to the DROE Tool (stealing time over the holiday weekend).  I hope to have an alpha test version posted within the coming week.  I have already fixed the compatibility issue with OneNote 2010, and am working on some other enhancements such as configurable hotkey definitions.

I have pulled together a list of bug fixes and enhancements from your previous comments on the blog.  If there is something else you would like to see, or if you just want to make sure I don’t forget something, you can post a comment here.


UPDATE: Version 0.5 alpha01 is available for download.