The Podcast With No Name (Steph+Suw), Episode 2 [en]

[fr] Nouvel Ă©pisode du podcast conversationnel que je fais avec mon amie Suw Charman.

Long, long overdue, here is Steph and [Suw](http://chocnvodka.blogware.com/blog/)’s Podcast With No Name, episode 2, February 15th, 2007. Some rough shownotes, with some links. Hope you enjoy it, and let us know what you think. We’re down to 35 minutes! *Show notes might suffer updates…*

* conferences: [LIFT’07](http://www.liftconference.com/blog/) and [Freedom of Expression](http://www.freedomofexpression.org.uk/workshops/47)
* not everybody has the internet (God, I need to stop laughing so loud when we’re recording)
* mobile phones in other cultures (e.g. Nigeria)
* “technology overload” at LIFT’07 [turned into “internet addiction”](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/02/09/technological-overload-panel/) (interesting [Stefana Broadbent](http://www.liftconference.com/2006/doku.php/people:speakers:stefana_broadbent)
* note-taking on a computer: expected in some contexts, but feels really out-of-place in others (cultural issue)
* do we end up publishing our handwritten notes? trade-offs: handwritten and rewriting vs. direct blogging ([Steph’s crappy workshop notes](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/02/07/martin-roell-getting-started-in-consulting-lift07/))
* scanning vs. [photographing written material](http://flickr.com/photos/bunny/94971868/), document management and shredding
* GTD status update ([inbox zero](http://www.43folders.com/izero/)…)
* [FOWA](http://www.futureofwebapps.com/) coming up and other fun London stuff
* Wedding 2.0 will be blogged on [CnV](http://chocnvodka.blogware.com/blog/), but will there be a webcast?
* technology as a way to stretch our [Dunbar number](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar’s_number), wedding 2.0 with IRC backchannel and crackberries galore
* the [Wedding Industrial Complex](http://trailkev.wordpress.com/2007/02/10/the-wedding-industrial-complex/), trying to find an affordable venue in Dorset
* IRC or SL would be cheaper, but is SL a registered venue?
* physical words for “virtual” places
* gap between us heavy users, and people who get a few e-mails a day, book holidays online and that’s it
* exploring how new tools could help us — most people aren’t curious about new stuff
* winning over new users: finding holes in people’s processes
* [Facebook](http://facebook.com) is really cool, very usable, and for keeping in touch with people you know (has smart walls and smart feeds)
* who’s on Facebook? on the non-desire to join new social networks…
* [LinkedIn](http://www.linkedin.com/) for business
* Facebook as a mashup to keep up with what your friends are upto — but isn’t that what blogs are for?
* outlet overload, tools need to talk to each other ([holes in buckets](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/02/13/please-make-holes-in-my-buckets/)), profile multiplication, Facebook share bookmarklet to “push” stuff
* clumsy wrap-up and episode three when we manage!

Did you miss [episode 1](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/01/23/stephsuw-podcast-first/)?

**Note:** PodPress seems to have collapsed, so here is a [direct link to the 14Mb mp3 file](http://climbtothestars.org/files/20070215-steph-suw-2.mp3) just in case.

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Productivity Thought of the Day [en]

[fr] Les post-its marient la puissance du couper-coller à la portabilité du papier.

[Post-It notes](http://ideamatt.blogspot.com/2006/01/on-using-post-it-notes-for-gtd.html) bring to you the power of cut-and-paste and the [portability of paper](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2002/01/13/books/).

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Monthly/Weekly Calendar Improved [en]

[fr] Une amélioration du planning que je me suis fabriqué. Les semaines sont verticales (plus logique vu que le temps file verticalement durant un jour). Il y a une version française en PDF.

Screenshot of calendar days. I barely started using [the calendar I created for myself](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/08/16/weeklymonthly-planner/) that I’ve already made some major interface changes: most significant being that I’ve shifted the weeks from horizontal to vertical view. You still get four months on a single sheet of paper, but you have to hold it the other way.

The reason for this is that time inside a day flows vertically (morning things at the top of the day box, evening things at the bottom). It makes more sense for me to have the next morning straight below the current day’s evening. This means I lose an “at a glance” view of “all my mornings this week” or “all my evenings this week” — but I’m glad to sacrifice that for some temporal continuity, and an easier view of “my next Tuesday afternoons”.

I’ve also revised the six little lines used to fill up the days: two large ones for a.m. and p.m. (marked as such), one fine one for lunch and supper, and another not-so-thick one for evening. On my version of the calendar, I’ve also pre-filled regular weekly commitments (judo, singing, etc). The screenshot shows you what it looks like.

Here is [the new version of this calendar](/files/monthly-weekly-vertical-en.pdf) ([version française](/files/monthly-weekly-vertical-fr.pdf)). If you want to edit stuff, get the [Open Office 2 version](/files/monthly-weekly-planner-vertical.ods).

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Bridging the gap between me and orthodox GTD [en]

[fr] Je note ici quelques divergences entre le systĂšme d'organisation que j'ai mis en place et ce que recommande directement le livre "Getting Things Done" (comme il ne semble pas qu'il existe en français, j'en parlerai -- peut-ĂȘtre de vive voix -- plus longuement Ă  l'occasion).

(Whatever “orthodox” GTD is, to start with.)

I started to try to [hack together some implementation of GTD](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/08/02/if-you-missed-hearing-my-voice/) based on what I had read at [43folders](http://43folders.com), and, I have to say, I didn’t do too badly. I’ve now received The Book and am starting to read it. Of course, there were some missing elements I’m now understanding, and I’m preparing to set aside enough time to start implementing a good system for myself. Roughly 2 days work to gather and process all the “open loops” in my life — most people I talk to tell me they would have expected more time was required, but I still think it’s a lot of time when I look at my overbooked calendar. Still, I’m really looking forward to doing it, and I already know it will be worth it.

For the moment, I’ve noted the my filing system isn’t really DA’s-GTD-compatible: I use 26 hanging folders, and stick translucid folders (labeled! I got that bit right! love using my labeler, in fact!) under the right letter. But I’m already noticing that letter C is bulging (don’t ask me, but clients as well as administrivia tend to collect under the letter C). I’m not going to get a hanging folder for each file (way too expensive), and even the cardboard (manila-type) folders we can get here don’t really come cheap. The transparent plastic ones are really nice, but I’m not sure they’d stand up on their own.

In addition to that, the box I’m storing them is a bit deep, and I had to line the bottom with the lid of another box to have the daily folders of my tickler file stand upright at the right place. I’m not quite sure which solution I’ll come up with. How much do manila folders (A4 size) cost, and can I order them online without the shipping fees killing me?

Another huge gap I’ve noted is that I store the tickler and A-Z reference in the same box. That’s not going to be enough space for very long, so I’ll have to go and buy other boxes to store on/under the desk.

Also, I’ve been noting “action items” on small index cards (A8), and DA suggests using a whole sheet of paper per item. I’m looking forward to reading through chapter 7 to understand where that comes in handy. I’m also looking forward to figuring out good lists to use, and of course, going through the initial collecting phase (though I’m a bit frightened I might end up putting my whole flat in the inbox).

Will keep you posted.

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If You Missed Hearing My Voice… [en]

[fr] Quelques mots au sujet de la différence entre contenu audio et textuel, de ma tentative de m'organiser à la GTD, et mes aventures avec Apple.

Here’s [another pretty crappy audio post](http://climbtothestars.org/files/2006-08-02-stephanie-booth-podcast.mp3) [5min49]. I promise I’ll try to get better at this content-wise.

Today’s related links:

– [Podcasting and Beercasting Thoughts](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2005/03/23/podcasting-and-beercasting-thoughts/)
– [Suw](http://chocnvodka.blogware.com/) and [Kevin](http://talking-shop.org/)
– [43folders](http://43folders.com)
– [photos of my GTD stuff](http://flickr.com/photos/bunny/tags/gtd)
– [The Apple Situation](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/07/26/dear-apple/)

Tickler File and A-Z reference

Stuff I’ll blab about next time:

– RSI update (podcasting++)
– chronic vs. acute pain
– Odeo and related stuff (audio comments?)
– things that are on my to-do list (like upload tons of photos to Flickr)
– … (anything you’d like to hear me speak about?)

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