Kludging around

I’ve blogged this before but I’ve been after some sort of app that will make things easier for me to organise myself. I want a calendar, I want to send myself an email that won’t arrive until a certain day, I want a list of things to-do and when, some sort of priority to be attached, something to store information for me and something more secure for others, something that is quick, throws reminders at me, something that doesn’t crash.
It does not exist.
It’s taken me a while to get to realising that – and to realising that such a product never can exist because my idiosyncrasies will not match anyone else’s.
I’ve looked at freeware, shareware, paid apps. All of them, and none fit. Some have more redeeming features than others but nothing nails it. I’m not a fan of this “Getting Things Done” stuff (despite what this post says. There’s a difference – imperceptible maybe) – I just wanted to be more organised because I am terrible at some things. (This is easy to try – email me. It can take days for me to get back to you. Post a question in a certain forum though and I’ll be there much quicker). So I’ve given up on finding this magical app – like I said it doesn’t exist. You may have a system that works – and if I read your blog I’ll have tried it but I am, from now, going to rely on this kludge:
A notepad – a real one with paper and lines on it.
Evernote
PmWiki
Backpack*
Ridiculous amounts of small .txt files scattered in various directories
A draft post here dated for the end of the year which I click when I’ve forgotten what is in it.
My memory (augmented by me telling J to tell me to do something)
It’s a daft mess – and I’d love a calendar (Sunbird gone up a version yet ?) – but in the end it ‘works for me’.
It won’t get me leading a cult, it’ll never be fashionable but hey – who cares ?|

(Backpack. I hate tada lists. Foul things. BackPack I used twice fleetingly – once being when I played with Ubuntu. It was one place that I could store info as a backup to my site that I needed to transfer. If it sent emails so I could send items to the future I’d use it more).

And the image ? Hmmm….. .Fabulous music. Best I have heard in a VERY long time

7 thoughts on “Kludging around

  1. I find MS Outlook very good (using v2003)

    It has email, calendar, To-Do List and notes all in one easy to modify layout. It also holds all your contacts in groups etc.

    What I like most about it is the ability to flag emails for later attention. There are 5 colour options which are listed in priority. I use each colour for a particular category saving the red (highest priority) flag for urgent items.

    I think it’s a great app but not sure if it’s what you need or not. btw don’t dismiss it if you’ve tried Outlook Express, it’s crap in comparison.

    Only downside is that you have to pay for it. I might be able to get you a copy if you want but I’d have to check with our IT department……

    ….Dad ;)

  2. Dino – thanks but I’ll probably pass. I’ve heard good things about Outlook before but apart from the cash aspect I’m not entirely sure that I’ll be happy. That’s partly because every app that I have tried which does try to be all things to all people doesn’t do any of them well – though that is probably me being really picky – and MS software isn’t in the ‘lean and mean’ league either …

    I’m downloading Chandler now Justin and I’ll do my best to break it in the next few days :) Not break as in ‘buggy’ because that wouldn’t be fair, but break as in under scrutiny by me. But then if I like it there’s the developer stuff I can email .. I shall let you know :)

  3. I’ll second the backing for Outlook 2003. It’s a huge improvement. Not to heavy on a decent machine either. Add in the fact it syncs to my mobile phone (calendar and tasks only for me) and I’m always ‘in the loop’. Sort of.

    Ta-Da lists are fine for one off stuff that isn’t urgent. I use it as a brain dump area of things I SHOULD do but don’t really NEED to do… (creating a business card for my blog for example, not needed but nice touch if someone asks…)

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