I wanted to point you to a couple of blogs that every user of MindManager and ResultsManager should be reading on a regular basis. Both have been posting a lot recently, so keep up with them and learn invaluable tips for mastering the Gyronix System.
1) Nodeglue: Mike Wilkerson has posted an incredible amount recently about how he uses the Gyronix System. He's also figured out a way to easily turn Outlook e-mails into tasks, which I know you'll want to check out here.
2) ActivityOwner: ActivityOwner has been blogging like mad about GyroQ and the Gyronix System: Take a look if you aren't already reading this engaging blog. I recommend AO's 'Are Your Projects 'Projects?' post to begin with.
Gotta run: Stay tuned for more.
Surrounded by monitors, PCs, laptops, printers, backup drives, DVDs, PDAs and anything else you might have on your desk, it's easy to feel as though your technology is the Core, not you. But what if, tomorrow, when you sat down at your desk, all that technology were gone, and all you were left with was you? Do you know what you would do in the face of such a setback to keep yourself moving forward as a satisfied person? Nevermind moving your projects forward: In this hypothetical life has become traumatic enough that you're beyond Priority 1 Projects, you're looking for Priority 1 Actions.
Here's what I recommend you do to prepare for the unlikely event that life goes very wrong and your tech is gone: Select 3 Recurring Actions you would continue to accomplish no matter what. It's the 3 Things you'd remember even if you didn't have a Pen and Pad to make a simple checklist. These are the actions that are integral to your well-being and self-esteem.
Here's the format I recommend:
If you use the Gyronix System, I recommend you use something like the format pictured above, in which your 3 Core Actions are not only Deadlines but also have a symbolic Priority 1 icon placed on them. Also, (2D) means I complete the item every 2 days.
On a mildy related note, I'd like to ask for some I agree/I disagree opinions on my last Rome Post.
Those of you who've followed my blog are aware of my propensity to use the Roman Empire as an analogy for self-conquest, as evidenced by my guest posts at the Taming Project Chaos Blog.
Recently, I've noticed a certain trend in the media and thought current of America that the US is late-stage Roman Empire, at power's peak with nowhere else to go but down.
I've found an interesting way to possibly evaluate the late-stage empire assertion, and I want your opinion on whether or not its valid. Here goes:
People never seem to want to empty their garbage cans: (okay, I'm even guilty at times) Anyone else notice this? You can walk into someone's kitchen, open up the door to the trash can and see a veritable Taj Mahal rising from the top of the bin. And the oddest part is you know it took more work to create the trash sculpture than it would have to simply take the trash out and put a new bag in the can.
So here's where I need your help: Has it always been this way, people making garbage art 3 feet high off of the tops of their trash cans? When the Greatest Generation was getting the baby boom on in the 1950s, did they pile the trash until it looked like the Lexcorp Towers. Or did they take it out? Because if it's always been this way, then who's to say we're late-stage anything? We're just great artists.
On the other hand, if we've just recently taken up the habit of making sculpture out of trash, well then my friend, we may just smack dab in the fat and happy camp. It would either show laziness to discard the ultra-convenient products we consume, or an unreal amount of materialism that we cannot part with the waste elements of our activity.
Well, I'm off to Chipotle for my 1 pound burrito. Bling Bling.
Marc Orchant writes that Nick Duffill, CTO of Gyronix, will be giving a Mindjet webinar on using ResultsManager as a Mindjet MindManager platform-based tool for implementing David Allen's (GTD) 'Getting Things Done' methodology. To check out Marc's write-up, click here, to register for the event, click here.
I highly recommend you check it out (c'mon, you can skip 'Dallas' reruns for one afternoon).
Date: November 28, 2006: 10am PST / 1pm EST
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Pre Company Meeting 2006
So, what were my wishes last year for the 2005 Microsoft Company Meeting?
Review System Overhaul
How did those wishes pan out during the meeting: "zip."
But, over the year? Well, the dates for Vista and Office are still presented somewhat fuzzy to the external world: now's the time to commit. The review system did indeed get a well deserved overhaul, though the glow of myMicrosoft is fading a bit and a few folks are looking around and saying, "Hey! There's still a curve, dude!" Management flattening? Appears to be happening in SteveSi's Windows org along with Office. Yah! Mea-Frickin-Culpa? The best we have is saying that we'll never take five years again to ship our operating system. Eh... hoo-raa?
As for dissent? Ha. Come on. SteveB is going to get on stage and run around
There's an elephant in the room when it comes to MindMapping. Yeah, and it's a big, pink elephant with stripes and purple polka dots. Okay, now you're having Winnie the Pooh flashbacks (or Studio 54, which I'm almost convinced will never get a Ken Burns documentary).
And the elephant in the room is... no one can find their MindMaps. Yeah, yeah, you know where yours are, and that's great, but most don't. If you're a casual user, you may not be aware of how widespread the problem is. If you're a longtime user, I'm sure you have maps that have rode off into the sunset.
It's an understandable problem: we all get really excited when we get our greasy palms on MindManager. And we map, and map, and then map some more, watch Seinfeld, then map, map, sleep, map, you get the point. At the end of which you have more maps than Panama City has college students at spring break. Okay, you do calm down after a while, but give it a couple of years and I guarantee you spend time looking for the map you need when you need it. In fact, I bet you have multiple maps for the same topic in a lot of cases.
This isn't just wrong, but immoral folks (does that make Mindjet founders the Jetters Gods?). They're MAPS after all!!! They're supposed to help you FIND things. But if you've got 900 maps as some do, then good luck finding anything.
Rather than just rant, though I admit it was fun, here's 3 proactive steps you can take to own your MindMaps:
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