Showing posts from April, 2013

gtd for tasks

  Task Tools Email - I'm in email constantly, so it makes sense for email to be my primary tool. Calendar - For meetings and time-specific tasks      Task Status Labels and bcc:Filters Use a labeling system for task tracking in Gmail.  Set up filters to auto-sort into the task labels, Now - - Items that need immediate action - this is the primary task list Later - - Items that are being deferred to the future - Set up calendar reminder to check every Monday morning. Wait - - Items that I am waiting for someone else to take action on.  Check daily 1-1 - - Items for discussion in 1-1 with manager Skip inbox, archive, set label.  Do not mark as read.  Show label only if unread, except for Next Action, which should always display. Add aliases to contact list to auto-populate. Name the contact "+na Next Action" for example. On mobile, make sure Next A

gtd for gmail

Aggressively use Priority Inbox, and train it for what email is important vs. not Do not use folders - search instead Processing gmail: Delete/Archive - anything that has no place in your life now or in the future - not filing and sorting, just toss & search. Delegate - probably requires a 'check & see' action for you Respond - ninja move to reply with 5 or fewer sentences Defer - thorny, but appropriate if you need more information to respond. Put in "To respond" folder - not leave in inbox. Try to empty that every day Do - liberate activity from your inbox, if it can be done now, do it. Don't let stuff sit around and build up. Choose your verbs and honor those.

fixing a mac's "scrolling while zooming" madness

I switched to a MacBook Air earlier this week. The transition was smooth, except for one thing. In Chrome, I shift between tabs a lot, using "control-tab".  I also scroll a lot using either the trackpad, or a wheel on my trackball.  Unfortunately on a Mac, holding down "control" while scrolling on a trackball or trackpad activates "zoom while scrolling". All of this resulted in a maddening effect of constantly zooming in and out of webpages unintentionally.  And I could not figure out how to turn it off.  Until this: I had to disable the "inertia" scrolling under Accessibility settings.  Now, when I stop scrolling and press "control-tab", the I don't get unintentional zooming. Posting this for future reference.

microsoft office alternatives

tl;dr: LibreOffice is a useful, free alternative to Microsoft Office for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Two weeks ago, I had to turn in my Chromebook and go back to using a MacBook Air. It was a sad day, but there may have been a silver lining: I was determined to avoid using Microsoft Office. Of course I use Google Docs for 90% of my work, but there are some edge cases that aren't compatible with Docs (thousands of Excel formulas; redlining of changes in Word). So, I installed LibreOffice instead of Microsoft Office.  LibreOffice is an open-source, free software suite. It has docs, a spreadsheet function, presentations, database, etc. All compatible with the corresponding Microsoft products. I have a pretty complex spreadsheet that I could open and edit without a problem in LibreOffice (including pivot tables and thousands of vlookups). It is also backwards compatible, so I can save into Office formats for sharing with others. So, if you're looking for a

how i got through law school

When Planned Taken Semester GPA Overall GPA Rank P'ctile Fall 97 16 16 2.70 2.70 Spring 98 14 14 2.93 2.93 1 30 30 114/234 51% Summer 98 7 7 4.33 3.10 Fall 98 16 16 3.58 3.25 Spring 99 15 15 2.93 3.18 2 38 38 35% Summer 99 4 4 2.75 3.15 Fall 99 13 13 3.63 3.22 38% Spring 00 8 8 3.79 3.27 31%? 3 25 25 Total 93 93 Category C*D GPA Req Done IP First Year Curriculum 5101 - Legal Research and Writing (McLellan) 11.01 3.67 3 3 0 5102 - Contracts (Neustadter) 16.02 2.67 6 6 0 5103 - Torts (E. Wright) 18.00 3.00 6 6 0 5104 - Property (Carbone) 19.98 3.33 6 6 0 5106 - Criminal Law (Uelman) 9.00 3.00 3 3 0 5114 - Pleading and Civil Procedure (Jiminez) 13.98 2.33 6 6 0 Advanced Curriculum 5200 - Con Law I (Armstrong) 11.01 3.67 3 3 0 5201 - Con Law II (Russell) 8.01 2.67 3 3 0 5248 - Business Organizations (Baum) 8.01 2.67 3 3 0 5302 - Legal Profession (Scheflin) 6.99 2.33 3 3 0 5320 - Evidence (Peterson)