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July 24, 2004

Paper or Plastic?

Posted by Mike on July 24, 2004 2:31 PM

I had this idea in my head that the iPod and a nice pad and paper would be my portable calendar/memo/address book accouterments. Now I'm having second thoughts, mainly because I'm realizing the iPod interface to the calendar is better for finding out how I'm looking on a given day than finding a particular event. What's everyone else think? Is iPod/paper a futile holding action against giving in to the superior but fragile Palm?

In other workflow-related stuff:


I only mention it because I know you do work to help me avoid this stuff... this showed up in my rss feed.

Posted by: Sam at July 25, 2004 1:34 PM


We've been talking about this at work lately, "creating an expectation of service" and how it's better to not create one if you aren't going to make it a key part of the workflow.

I think the iPod and iApps are enough of the background noise in my life now that I probably can't filter for them meaningfully, and I know I'm going to think about them as separate categories less and less. This whole post, for instance, didn't even strike me as a "mac" post... just a "things I'm trying to do to organize my life" post.

Maybe it's best to eliminate the expectation instead of only doing it half-way.

Posted by: mph [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 25, 2004 5:25 PM

On the topic of work flow and house keeping, no book is better than "Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House", by Cheryl Mendelson. It's not about time management per se, but about how to understand house cleaning, and why to do things in a certain way or certain order. It's hailed as the best book on the subject in 100 years, which I'm quite willing to believe.

Posted by: Sven at July 26, 2004 9:24 AM

apple devotee that i am, if i didn't already have a broken palm and an underused ipod, i would still be using the palm. they really are pretty good (i always stuck with the b&w ones; don't know about the upper-scale color ones). you're right that there's no search interface for the ipod. meh.

Posted by: gl. [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 26, 2004 5:05 PM

Isn't there some plugin for MT that says "if there's a lower-case 'i' followed by an upper-case letter, it's probably some mac garbage" ? :)

Posted by: Sam The Mac Hater at July 26, 2004 8:20 PM

Thanks for the book reco, Sven. The Amazon reviews left me a little uncertain, but maybe I'll give it a try anyhow.

Re: Palm: I went ahead and recharged my Palm and resynced it. It keeps just a subset of my calendars (the planner, social, and general work), and I'm thinking of dropping the planner from the sync: If I'm out of the house, I don't want to be worrying about what I had planned for that particular moment because, well, I'm elsewhere. Also, it gets sort of cluttery with the planner calendar around.

I think part of my resistance to the Palm is how much I once tried to do with Palm devices: Vindigo, a chat client, mail, etc. etc. That stuff all drove me crazy. It's a very nice address book, calendar, and repository for pictures of Ben, though, and I have a decent shopping list proggie for it. But I read about people who keep their brains in their Palms and I'm filled with fear and trembling: I smashed one falling off a bike, and I've had two others die of crap design (a Visor Edge) and wear (a Visor Deluxe).

It's an expensive thing to make an indispensable part of the workflow.

Posted by: mph [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 26, 2004 9:42 PM

fwiw, i'm finding that book to be awfully thick. it's got a good intro, but it's also got bits i have to skip or i'll get stuck. it's one of the books you keep because it's got everything, like a medicial reference book, but i'm interested in the books you reccomend for a more practical approach.

i'm embarrased to admit i've been reading a site called "flylady" (; i'm mentioning it because it's helped shift how i approach cleaning and routines, but i'm embarrasses because its target audience is obviously not me (or you), and i have to keep reading around the tone to get the content. so if you look at it, don't hold mit against me. blushes

you're right: palm does the basics very well. i had a visor once that never got the calendar syncing thing right, and so i never got another one because if it doesn't do the calendar, what good is it? to pad voodoopad doesn't sync with it, though. :P

Posted by: gl. [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 27, 2004 12:21 PM