Nozbe iPhone app has been submitted!

Nozbe iPhone appIt’s taken longer than expected, but the good folks at Nozbe have finally submitted their iPhone application to Apple, and it should show up in the app store within a few weeks.

Nozbe already has an excellent iPhone-formatted site, but an app will be much better — faster loading, more complex, etc.  They have written a nice overview of the app, showcasing some of it’s features.  It really looks awesome, and I’ve very excited to get my hands on it.

The app will be free and will carry the same limits as your main Nozbe account.

For more information about Nozbe, I recommend you check out our Nozbe vs. Toodledo post.

GTD has done my prayer life (and sleep) a lot of good

Getting rolling with GTD has brought a few unexpected benefits to my life — an improved prayer life and an easier time falling asleep at night.

I’m personally a Christian, but this applies to anyone of any faith, or anyone that simply likes to meditate.  I’ve always had a hard time focusing for very long, because my mind was racing with ideas, things to do, things I forgot to do, etc.  By getting everything in a system that I trust, it really does clear your mind.  It’s been quite remarkable.

This carries over to my sleeping habits.  Again, my mind used to churn when I lay in the bed and it would sometimes make it hard to fall asleep.  While I still have worries and anxieties about various aspects of life, I have fewer things to worry about than before.

It’s amazing to see the little things that GTD can help with.  What other unexpected benefits have you seen once you got invested with GTD?

The little things can add up: Gmails “Send & Archive” is great!

I’ve been a huge fan of Gmail for a few years now.  I can run a variety of addresses through my single Gmail account, then access it all from anywhere.  One especially neat thing about Gmail is the “archive” feature.  When you’re done with an e-mail, you can just tell it to “go away”, whether you label it or not.  If you need it later, just search for it.  It’s great!

In trying to keep my inbox at zero, archive is gold. As a general rule, whenever I send an e-mail to someone and require action back on it, I archive it.  When they reply, it’ll pull the entire conversation back into the inbox.  Perfect!

Now Google has saved me a step.  My old method of sending and archiving was:

  • Send the e-mail.
  • I’m returned to the inbox.
  • Select that conversation.
  • Archive it.
  • Move on to the next one.

Thanks to Google Labs (go to [Settings] –> [Labs] in Gmail), you can enable a button called “Send & Archive”.

send-and-archive

Now my method looks like this:

  • “Send & Archive” the e-mail.
  • I’m returned to the inbox.
  • Move on to the next one.

It’s just a small thing, but those small things add up.  I send maybe 50 e-mails per day.  Suppose this new button saves me 5 seconds each.  That’s about 4 minutes per day, or nearly 24 hours per yearI can save an entire day just because of this little button.

I’m a big believer in streamlining my most frequent tasks to shave precious seconds that can add up.

What tips do you have to help people shave off a little more time?

Google Notebook and Jott become less useful

Google Notebook and Jott are two of the cogs in my GTD system, and both just announced news that makes them less desireable.

Jott has just announced that they are ending their free service as of February 2.  I was considering upgrading to their paid service anyhow so I could send notes directly to Nozbe, but I hate that they’re losing the free service.  I’m torn as to whether I should pay for that service or switch to something like Dial2Do and hope that they include Nozbe support in the future.  I’m thinking I’ll pay for Jott (it’s only $4/month), but we’ll see.

The other bad news involves Google Notebook.  Google just announced that they’re closing up some services and ceasing development on some others.  They’re effectively dumping Jaiku and Dodgeball, and slowing closing out Google Video (which was a long time coming, since they own YouTube).  The official word on Google Notebook is:

Starting next week, we plan to stop active development on Google Notebook. This means we’ll no longer be adding features or offer Notebook for new users. But don’t fret, we’ll continue to maintain service for those of you who’ve already signed up. As part of this plan, however, we will no longer support the Notebook Extension, but as always users who have already signed up will continue to have access to their data via the web interface at http://www.google.com/notebook.

I’ve been trying to decide whether to stick with Google Notebook or move all of that content to Evernote.  I think that decision has just been made.