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28 January 2010

Attempting Organization

I've been thinking a lot lately about productivity, task lists, project management and organizational competence.

Call it "responding to my environment" or simply trying to swim rather than sink in the new reality of the multi-tasking work atmosphere in this brave new technological world.

Either way, one has to learn quickly or move to keep from getting trampled.

I feel it every day. People are asked to keep multiple projects going while completing a myriad of tasks - all the while thinning the Inbox, following the Twitter action and connecting on Facebook. Oh, and don't forget to check your blogroll daily so you don't miss anything earth shattering!

But that's my world. That's reality for many of us.

So how do you keep all your ducks in a row? You know - the things you're responsible for - the things you could get fired for if you don't make them happen in the allotted time?

Probably by using project management software...

Given the glut of options it's quite obvious they understand the dilemmas we face. Otherwise people wouldn't take the time to reinvent the proverbial wheel.

If you're in the market - just take a look at some of the more common options here: Wikipedia: Project Management Software

06 January 2010

I Officially Made the Switch

Joshua Topolsky recently Tweeted:

"By the way, world. Please download Chrome or Safari and start using it. You're kidding yourself if you're sticking with IE or Firefox."

To which I replied:

"@joshuatopolsky Don't worry...I'll switch to Chrome once it offers the same dev tools Firefox has. Prob won't be long now..."

But later that day I thought about it and wondered how busy those Chrome developers had been over the last few months. So I installed the newer "beta" version of Chrome (required in order to install extensions) and began looking for developer extensions to match those offered by Firefox.

And amazingly there they were. Down to the color picker extension which I use non-stop.

So it's official - today is the day to make the move. I removed my Firefox icon from my toolbar and the shiny new Chrome icon has taken its place.

Main reasons for the switch: Speed and simplicity...