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GTD-style email in Thunderbird

Clever way to use Thunderbird’s excellent (semantic) flags to implement at GTD-inspired email triage system

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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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David Allen: Handy lists to maintain

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

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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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New habits and useful landmines

This article's advice on “installing” a new habit is really quite good, but it's also useful just for its inspiring examples of what Danny and I have called “useful landmines”-pre-emptive ways to make failure in a given situation as difficult as possible. A few I especially liked:

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TOPICS: Life Hacks, Tips

Good tips from the wiki

A sampling of some entries I’ve particularly liked on the unsorted life hacks page of the 43F Wiki.

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Tips on cleaning, stain removal, and homemade air fresheners

As a consequence of being too lazy to take the trash out a couple nights ago, the smell of salmon took up residence throughout our kitchen. In addressing the stank, I ran across this ginormous page full of of links on cleaning and stain removal including a handy collection of homemade air fresheners.

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Tips to prune crufty writing

Useful set of tips on improving the carpentry of your writing by avoiding cliches and colorless (or too colorful) language.

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TOPICS: Tips, Writing



An Oblique Strategy:
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