organised me May 28, 2013Posted by nicholas gill in app, productivity.
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Lists. In my notebook. On my phone. On my desktop. In emails. In various notebooks at home. Failing to get to inbox zero. Trying to wade through gmail and work email to find crap. Or poorly organised folders on my desktop.
Stuff. Lots going on. Busy at work. Ideas bubbling over. Have just moved house. Have just had another child. Interrupted sleep. Lots to do. Getting lost. Not doing things. Missing things. Forgetting things. Losing track.
So I’m trying to be more organised. Like this:
iCloud: using our calendar for home stuff. So my iPhone tells me when stuff is happening. House viewings, when kids are at pre-school, their various clubs and activities, doctor and immunisation check ups etc. Less hassle of checking between emails, texts, scraps and home diary.
Notes on iPhone: useful for sharing to do’s and lists across iPhone, iPad and iMac that we can both update.
Evernote: I’ve had Evernote for a while but not really indulged properly. Reading up, it strikes me you have to commit. So I have. Links, a few documents, stuff I always forget, documents I want to grab easily. As a result, I now have 0 emails in my inbox. Gmail is also empty. I know I could do more. I need to read up. It’s quite liberating.
Easily Do: I’ve been looking up smart assistants for some time. Easily Do takes care of a lot of things automatically such as letting you schedule Happy Birthday posts on Facebook to be delivered on the day. I know, sounds really dim doesn’t it? But checking the Birthday notification has become a daily habit. It also brings you popular and important posts. I probably need to stay away from Facebook to see how valuable this is as I’ve seen most of them by the time it tells me about them. It sends a text when I’m on my way home. I just hit “Do It”. Easy. The receipt filing is sweet. It could be better integrated to Twitter though as that appears to do nothing right now. Same with Linked In. I tweeted them to ask if they were planning on developing a To Do list addition to the service. this would make it really useful to me. I haven’t heard back. If they could also incorporate a digest of Twitter feeds and incorporate some kind of Virtual Assistant into it then it really would be a great app. As is, I’m not so ingrained that I couldn’t swap – recommendations requested?
Any.Do: I’ve tried a few reminder/task apps recently and this one not only looks super cool but is really easy. I like the daily reminder to “take a few moments” to plan the day. The aesthetics and usability make it really easy to like and use. I disliked the way a few of the other apps appear suited to hardcore project manager types, I just want to try and get things done.
Magnetic shopping & meal planner: Bits of paper can work. This one especially. Left hand side, every day of the week with space to put meals in. On the right, a shopping lists with various sections. With a pencil holder (and pencil) and a magnetic stripe so it sticks to your fridge. It’s amazing. It makes shopping a breeze rather than a random list that means you criss-cross the shop and take forever. Yes, I know we could save time doing online shopping and for the best part of two years we have done that. But we live near a Waitrose now. And it’s quite nice to go in there. Even the kids prefer it to Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
I’m sure there’s more. I’ll keep this post updated. Do let me know any recommendations.
planner hangout May 14, 2013Posted by nicholas gill in heather le fevre, pedro aires, planner, planner survey.
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Some of you reading this will know of Heather Le Fevre’s Planner Survey. If you don’t, find out all about it on her blog. This time, as well as the usual content that is always useful and informative, Heather (and her team) wanted to get the planning community together. So, if you wanted to participate, you got teamed up with a buddy and made a Skype call to say hi and chat about things.
I got hooked up with Pedro Aires, Planning Director at La Despensa in Spain. After a few missed meetings – mainly my bad due to meetings and things – we finally caught up in January. Yes, I know it’s May now! (See my forthcoming post about getting organised). Pedro is a great character. His agency is young and vibrant and new to using planning. We had a lot of similar experiences and issues. Right down to the fact that we both really dig sitting with the creative team and being part of the creativity process rather than just being a stage in the process. We’ve not caught up since but I would like to stay in touch. It was a great initiative so thank you, Heather.
email étiquette – five sentences or fewer April 22, 2013Posted by nicholas gill in email, productivity.
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Q: Why is this email five sentences or less?
We all suffer from email overload. There’s been lots written about how it kills productivity and ruins holidays.
While zero inbox and zero tolerance policy is not for everyone, Five Sentences is a gentle introduction and a step on the rung to better email etiquette. It’s not a tool or a plug-in or anything; just a state of mind. A personal statement of intent to make email less hassle and more productive (all told in five sentences).
Smartphones for seniors April 17, 2013Posted by nicholas gill in mobile.
Tags: crowdsourcing, daryl arnold, senior, silverline, smartphone
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This is just such an amazing idea. Silverline: making smartphones for seniors to help them stay healthy and in touch in what can be a confusing, fast and quite often too nimble to operate world. It also happens to be a project that a long-time friend from way back when, Daryl Arnold, has been involved in. Take a look and be part of it.
Over the past 18 months, my team and I have been pouring our hearts into a new project called Silverline: Smartphones for Seniors. We recently launched worldwide to the public via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Now thousands of seniors can join the smartphone revolution – helping them stay healthy, happy, and connected to their loved ones.
I am certified January 2, 2013Posted by nicholas gill in Uncategorized.
Tags: career, get mentoring, just ask gill, mentor
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I am certified. Some of you may have thought I should have been long ago but for different reasons. You may also remember the Just Ask Gill project. Well, since I pressed pause on that, I still find myself helping out folk informally and on one of my frequent work-related trips to the ‘dam, I saw an ad about training to be a mentor. And you could do it online. For free. So I did. And now I am a certified Mentor and a member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs as a result. I now have to help someone formally through one of the mentor channels on the IOEE or MentorsMe. I’ll keep you posted.
take 2 bottles into the shower? September 19, 2012Posted by nicholas gill in apple, innergie, product review, productivity.
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Well… no bottles of shampoo. And no showers (one for another day). But chargers. The bane of a commuters life. I have many. I have to carry the bastards wherever I go. Every day. Because I know I will run out of juice when I really need it. Especially for my iPhone which I’m convinced has an inbuilt knowledge of when I will need it most and pack up at just the wrong moment. So I have chargers everywhere. And any iPhone user will know the cord is pathetically short. So unless you have a plug outlet on top of your desk, your phone resides on the floor as it charges and increases the likelihood of you stomping on it, rolling your chair on it, your colleagues doing the same, forgetting it completely and the rather stupid look of bending down to read and answer text messages or calls when it’s charging.
So I was overjoyed to get my hands on the Innergie Pocketcell. I can break free of plugs and if the “20% battery life left” red bar of death pops up, I know I’ll be ok. It looks neat. It won’t last that way in my backpack I’m sure. But the cool 3-in-1 Apple, micro USB and mini USB and a regular USB at the end charges pretty much any device you may have and flips back around to be stuck in a regular Apple plug or your laptop to recharge the Pocketcell when it needs it. Which presumably is not nearly enough as my iPhone which can be charged fully twice from the Pocketcell. I’m liking it already. One less thing to carry. It’s even convinced me to leave the Macbook plug at home as I seem to carry it like a security blanket. I have a plug at work. I could always take that if I need to go off site for any period of time.
Here’s a nice video of the Innergie products. It is ace.
Thank you to Jenny @ Adrenalin for supplying the product. I have not been paid to say any of this.