Saturday, January 14, 2006
New Total WorkDay Control contest - your biggest productivity struggle with Outlook
Post your biggest struggle with Outlook in terms of productivity. I’ll pick a random winner and award Michael Linenberger Total WorkDay Control book and a training CD that Michael only has available for folks who order the book from his website.
I’ve not seen the training cd’s yet, but knowing Michael’s indepth work on the book, I can assume that they will be an excellent resource.
Want to know my biggest struggle? Not spreading the sync process too thin across multiple applications. I want to the use task and calendar data in multiple apps (onenote, mindmanager, etc), but I find the process of keeping the sync process up to date and active pretty painful. I find that I’m the most successful if I limit the spread of tasks, appointments, etc to only 1 outside application (not counting my pda).
The upshot is, my outlook task list is empty, as everything's kept in mind manager.
This isn't really a problem if I have my LE1600 with me, but then if I only have my PDA (Treo 650), I am without my task list. As you can imagine, not frustrating at all!
1. It is so SLOW to open (at least the Office 12 version is) when I need to look at email that I have found myself just using my online GMAIL account. And when you aren't dropping email into tasks and calendar items (like I used to do before GMAIL) then I use Outlook less and less.
2. The effectiveness of MindManager and OneNote are changing my technology-organization-GTD life. Projects are going into OneNote--and isn't nearly everything is a project (i.e. it takes more than 1 minute to get it done with multiple tasks?)
So, that's it . . . I used to use Outlook as my sole organizing tool; recent technology advances make Outlook behind.
Does the book you are pushing give so much of an outstanding solution to return to outlook for everything?
I'm primarily using the book as a go-to resource. I'm not a good system approach person - i like to pick and choose things that work and apply them to my own system.
I prefer not to use Outlook add-ins because they don't sync properly with mobile Outlook apps for Palm or PocketPC.
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