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Life Hacks

Guest Check PDA

Guest Check PDA: closed
Originally uploaded by atduskgreg.

This is a clever variation on the Hipster PDA that I picked up over on the HPDA wiki page. Use a cheapie, pocket-sized pad of restaurant “Guest Checks” to take notes. The hack is to use the kind with old-school carbon copies, so you’ll always have an archival copy of any notes you take.

Check out the full set on Flickr.

Make #02 shipping

Now shipping from Amazon and on its way to subscribers' mailboxes.

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Roger von Oech's 'Creative Think' home page

Cool home page for Creative Think. Oblique Strategies-like tips. Reload for more.

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How are you using GTDTiddlyWiki?

GTDTiddlyWiki - all your tasks are belong to you

I’m really intrigued by GTDTiddlyWiki, which is a clever wiki for implementing David Allen’s Getting Things Done system. It’s fun to use and a bit of a technical marvel (tip: shutting off animations under “Options” greatly sped things up for me).

Since I’m in one of my periodic “No new tools!” modes, I’m really just playing with it right now, albeit enjoyably. But, from the popularity of the site, I gather that a lot of you are using GTDTiddlyWiki to implement your Getting Things Done system. I’m curious to hear how it’s going for you. Specifically:

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Calm Technology: How do I know when I need to know?

"A calm technology will move easily from the periphery of our attention, to the center, and back...."

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Tips on maintaining concentration

Great tips that are useful way beyond studying—really for any kind of work that requires your mind not to wander off on its own.

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Park on a downhill slope

Jeffrey Windsor shares a great tip for making it easy to start work in the morning—by always leaving your work at a point where it will be easy, intuitive, and interesting to pick things back up. Instead of grinding away until you're drained and out of enthusiasm, quit while you're on a roll.

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Danny O'Brien: Question on geeks and games

Danny asks: "When you have a regular, mind-crushingly dull task to do, do you have a little game you play with yourself to make it easier? What is it?"

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Guesstimating portions with real-world objects

Typical Portion Control Tips/Guidelines

“Deck of cards, Merlin; deck of cards,” my friend Dennis would always say as we sat down to eat ribeyes the size of kittens.

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Everyday tips from MonkeyFilter

An assload of great (and sometimes asinine) everyday tips.

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An Oblique Strategy:
Honor thy error as a hidden intention


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