ActionOutline: An Alternative to OneNote

by JL Beeken on 11-13-2011

ActionOutlineI’m back to ActionOutline. I tried to use Microsoft OneNote. It didn’t work. That’s the last time I’m moving 1,000+ notes. … [continued]

Mind Mapping & The Action Machine, Part 2

by JL Beeken on 8-14-2011

The Action MachineOnly as far back as June, I was worried that mind maps are not the best place for my to-do lists. When actually they’re the perfect place for my to-do lists. I just had too many of them.

It was before I consolidated my 41 mind maps into other things: Research Toolbox, Software and Webstream. Before I dragged and dropped everything else into OneNote. … [continued]

FreeplaneSomeone wrote to me about filtering mind maps using FreeMind. FreePlane is the same thing, just a more updated version of FreeMind.

So, I took a few minutes and made some discoveries. You can add icons and attributes to nodes and then filter them. Like adding keywords or tags to photos and then doing a search to narrow things down. … [continued]

OneNote: Alternative To EverNote 2

by JL Beeken on 6-22-2011

EverNote 2.2I think years from now people will still be talking about EverNote 2 as one of the best programs ever built. And I have harped on about the sheer genius of it. So, this might come as a shock. … [continued]

Mind Mapping & The Action Machine

by JL Beeken on 6-13-2011

The Action MachineMy two favorite organizational tools are mind mapping and The Action Machine.

Mind-mapping for detailed categorization of ideas and plans. The Action Machine for setting it up in time slots and getting it done. … [continued]

The Action Machine 3 Released

by JL Beeken on 4-12-2011

The Action MachineThe Action Machine 3 is based on the concept of timeboxing which can be broken down into the following 3 steps:

1. Write down all the tasks you want to get done today.
2. Assign a specific block of time for completing each task.
3. Select a task, start a timer, and focus on nothing else until that task is complete!
… [continued]

Balanced Life

by JL Beeken on 2-28-2011

As I’ve been intimating for the past year, I’m trying to take a second look at the concept of a balanced life, not just the train-wreck on my computer. I’ve set myself up for enough computer projects to last several lifetimes so that’s not going to work obviously. … [continued]

This is a typical (although partial due to the scroll bar getting in the way) Assigned Sources screen in my Legacy database for a single individual. … [continued]

The Idea Book

by JL Beeken on 2-23-2011

This is one more for the Idea Book. Everyone should have one.

Someone left a brilliant comment over at Jasia’s blog awhile back. Jasia was asking for ideas on downsizing as she got ready to move from her long-time home to a smaller condo. The commenter was T.K.

T.K. has six blogs. Obviously a thinking person and she brought up the idea of “Toss Ten Things”. I like it. I’m trying to apply it to my computer. … [continued]

Mind Mapping A Genealogy Research Toolbox

by JL Beeken on 2-07-2011

FreePlaneFollowing on from yesterday’s introduction to mind mapping a Genealogy Research Toolbox, you’ll need two things for this project; free mind mapping software – FreeMind (or FreePlane) and a free Dropbox account. … [continued]