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August, 2005

Tools for generating new ideas

This is a huge collection of models for thinking about and generating fresh ideas. Seems focused on product development, but there’s good stuff here for most any interest or creative purpose.

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TOPICS: Creativity, Tips

Developing pronoid delusions

I like this page, filled as it is with encouraging (okay, some are pretty cheesy) tricks for the compulsive sad sack in each of us. The tips generally help clear the psychic garbage and focus on realigning our perceptions to stop looking for soul-crushing conspiracies and start noticing how many good things (blessings, if you like) are happening around us.

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TOPICS: Inspirado, Tips

To-Done: Scheduling tasks

This is an intriguing idea. Keith converts his important to-dos into scheduled blocks of work.

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Life inside one big text file

Giles takes one of the biggest, geekiest leaps you can, moving all of his stuff into a single big-ass plain text file.

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David Allen: Handy lists to maintain

David Allen’s suggestions for lists that are handy to keep around.

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Ye Olde Hipster

Old-timey Hipster PDA.

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Eno on the Microsoft Sound: 'Here's a specific problem -- solve it.'

Q and A With Brian Eno

Brian Eno, from 1996, speaking on the creation of “The Microsoft Sound” (the gentle little tune that plays when you boot your Windows PC).

I thought you’d enjoy it as an example of how a novel bit of work and some limitations can re-align your perspective and even help you get unstuck about unrelated projects.

(Thanks, Mike)

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Sending short email messages from within Quicksilver

Keep it brief and send it fast--right from within Quicksilver.

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Good report of a year using GTD

I enjoyed tuqqer’s detailed review of how he’s tweaked GTD to work best for him over the past year.

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A vacation from the endless lists

Try a nice simple to-do list that you can really manage.

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Posts, posts, posts.




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