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.
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