Inbox whittled down

My Desk 2006-03-01

I’m excited! I’ve just finished re-reading through “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity“, and for the past hour or so, I went through the rest of my inbox! (It’s the basket.) I didn’t completely process it the correct way, because you still see items in it. Here’s my reasons for now:

  1. I was processing from 9pm to 10:30pm, so I was really tired!
  2. The rest of the things are reference material that I need to file away, but they don’t have a place yet.
  3. The CDs are too bulky to put into my tickler file, and I didn’t want to get up for the one music CD that can be stored in the bedroom

Remember: Just one item at a time. That definitely helped keep me going when I was processing.

I don’t trust my system yet because it’s not easy to create new file folders, and my filing drawer is really stuffed. Well, to me it is. And, of course, my inbox isn’t just an inbox – it’s housing reference material.

Wait, I just had an epiphany! If I know the rest of the stuff is just reference material, I should just put it all in a small box until I can file it. Then, I should add “File reference material” to my next actions list. That way, my inbox can be at zero, and I’ll get around to filing those things. Yes!

DSL upgraded

I upgraded my SBC Yahoo DSL connection to AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet Pro Package. I’ve been paying over $40 because I didn’t renew my contract, but I finally did 2 1/2 weeks ago. Today, it finally took effect – sweet! $17.99 for 1.5-3.0Mbps DL and 384-512Kbps UL speeds feels much better.

DSL speeds 2006-03-01

Gonna get moving

I love it. My mom’s finally getting down to business with getting our clutter cleaned up. She just came into the living room and said, “Okay, Friday, we’re gonna move a bunch of our stuff into storage.” Basically, write it down in ink, get a truck, and get psyched. This is a big project. Before and after pictures will be made. I’ll be needing to borrow a truck. I’m excited!

Philips DVP642 Progressive-Scan DVD Player (Refurb) $29.99 shipped at Philips Outlet

The same Philips DVP642 DVD player I’ve been using to enjoy downloaded TV shows (via BitTorrent) is available at the Philips Outlet for $29.99 shipped. That’s half of what I paid for mine – how awesome is that? I think everyone should have one of these, they’re that good. (Golf clap: Passwird Deals for Thursday, 2/16/06)

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Letterfu: Letter-writing without envelopes, cutting or glue

I’ll probably be using this for a few thank-you notes I need to be sending out from last weekend’s camp. Actually, if people seem to like it, I’ll keep on using these templates elsewhere. If you’re thinking of using this GTD-style (for thank-you notes on a more regular basis), print a bunch of these and keep them with some stamps in a folder. Sweet.

Adding Technorati Tags?

I don’t know how I stumbled onto No Title, but I’m glad I did. It seems that there’s a simple way to add Technorati Tags onto posts. I’m currently using Post tags 1.0 by Sam Angove, but I’ve got so many categories on my site, there’s too much to look through and maintain. Guess how many I count within my WordPress Control Panel? 371! (Don’t worry, I didn’t count them by hand. I copied and pasted all the categories into a text document, then selected all of the rows for numbering.)

Perhaps I could go back to using general categories, then with these tools I could narrow the general content of the post? Any thoughts on this?