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Posted by Dellu
May 29, 2018 at 05:36 PM

 

Ken wrote:
>I hope that Cal’s approach works for you, but I suspect that his success
>might have less to do with his schedule and more with his personality,
>internal motivation and tenure (as it is hard to fire a tenured faculty
>for just saying “no”).  I would also guess that the success of his
>system is dependent on the type of environment that one works in.  I am
>constantly responding to unplanned requests from those above me in the
>form of meetings, emails and dropping by my desk.  And the same goes for
>my “clients” who also email and call.  It would be great to just say
>“No” to these people, but I am afraid that my reputation for customer
>service would greatly diminished to the point of my getting a bad
>reputation.  That doesn’t mean that setting time aside for tasks is a
>bad idea, but I have to agree with Stephen about the need for
>flexibility.

I totally understand you Ken.
We all are in a different situations. I see that you have a boss and clients to push tasks on you. I don’t have a boss; I have to push myself to get things done.

all the best!

 

 


Posted by Sharknader
May 29, 2018 at 06:34 PM

 

Have you looked into Cronofy? It’s a service that can connect your task app to your calendar with a two-way sync. As far as I know, it has support for Trello and Evernote reminders. There might be others.

 


Posted by Ken
May 29, 2018 at 07:32 PM

 

Dellu wrote:
> >I totally understand you Ken.
>We all are in a different situations. I see that you have a boss and
>clients to push tasks on you. I don’t have a boss; I have to push myself
>to get things done.
> >all the best!

I do admire your desire for discipline, and if I was working solo, I would probably try the same approach, but “bossing” myself is a bit like ordering around somebody else’s pet.  I would not expect too much.

And I too, am now interested in Pagico.

Good luck,

—Ken

 


Posted by jaslar
May 29, 2018 at 09:52 PM

 

Different strokes for different folks. I am so UNDISCIPLINED that if I assign a task to a day, and can’t get to it, I lose it, of the calendar is the guiding metaphor. So I do better with one list of tasks and another for events. But I see the advantage of the integration.

 


Posted by steve-rogers
May 29, 2018 at 10:31 PM

 

I’ve been following this thread with interest. I find the idea of tasks as events to be managed in time appealing. Pagico brings some potentially useful graphical tools to the task manager.  It’s pricey and I can’t find many reputable reviews (mostly sponsored product placements). Does anyone on the forum have experience with this software and can comment on its functionality compared to better-known software (e.g. Things, OmiFocus, etc)? I downloaded the demo version and it looks complex.
Steve


Ken wrote:
Dellu wrote:
>>
>>I totally understand you Ken.
>>We all are in a different situations. I see that you have a boss and
>>clients to push tasks on you. I don’t have a boss; I have to push
>myself
>>to get things done.
>>
>>all the best!
> >I do admire your desire for discipline, and if I was working solo, I
>would probably try the same approach, but “bossing” myself is a bit like
>ordering around somebody else’s pet.  I would not expect too much.
> >And I too, am now interested in Pagico.
> >Good luck,
> >—Ken

 


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