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]

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]

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]

The Action MachineWe’re coming up to New Year’s again and I just know as a law-abiding, self-respecting genealogist you’re going to want to make some resolutions about better organizing your time. … [continued]

FreeMind: Prioritize Your To-Do List

by JL Beeken on 10-10-2010

“You have to prioritize. It’s all a matter of priorities.” How many times have we heard that?

Simple yet profound. … [continued]

The Action Machine Diary, Day 6

by JL Beeken on 8-19-2010

The Action MachineThere’s the paperwork of the dead and then, there’s the paperwork of the living.

Yesterday I was on a roll with The Action Machine and the READ ME files, going into the second hour, just beetling along feeling confident to get through another two hours of other tasks. I had just finished a long document, was in the middle of printing out two pages when my 7-year old printer decided to die. I only print a few pages per year so I don’t know what its problem was all of a sudden. … [continued]

The Action Machine Diary, Day 5

by JL Beeken on 8-18-2010

I guess yesterday was Day 5 of the Diary. I don’t really remember yesterday. The Action Machine report says I put in half an hour on the READ ME files, an hour on scanning and an hour on my website. Other than that it’s a bit of a blur. … [continued]

The Action Machine Diary, Day 4

by JL Beeken on 8-17-2010

The Action MachineA study of time management via The Action Machine immediately segues into health issues. That was such a profound thought in the middle of the night it kept me awake. Profound thoughts can be bad for my health. … [continued]