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How to Automatically Clean and Organize Your Desktop, Downloads, and Other Folders
Springpad

Evernote

How to Stop Fiddling With Productivity Tools To Get More Done We purchase shiny new tools that promise us more, better, and faster in anything that we can conceive. The newest software vendors claim their tools are the missing piece of the puzzle and with them you can get more done with less effort. And if you don’t subscribe to a certain productivity methodology, you will be a lost soul in the see of knowledge work. How to Stop Fiddling With Productivity Tools To Get More Done
Organization

Backing up data regularly should be one of the most important tasks of every computer user; Yet only a minority is doing it thoroughly and regularly. The rest is flirting with disaster as there are numerous incidents that can delete data on computer systems. The most common ones are hardware failures, which can mean damaged hard drives but also (partially) unreadable CDs or DVDs, computer virus attacks but also human error. If you have ever met someone who partitioned the wrong hard drive you know that the latter can be cause for great frustration. Backups are the single most effective method of preventing data loss on computer systems. Free Backup Software – Best Windows Backup Software Programs Free Backup Software – Best Windows Backup Software Programs
Geek to Live: Organizing "My Documents" Geek to Live: Organizing "My Documents" I prefer using my desktop to organize documents - and I have a system I use for both my work and home computers. Specific types of icons are in specific regions of the desktop. System icons (My Computer, Recycle Bin, My Network Places, etc) are in the upper right corner. Shortcuts to the main folders into which I store documents are in the upper middle section. I have shortcuts to: my downloads folder, my smartphone downloads folder, the "My Documents" folder, an "online receipts" folder (where I store screen grabs of confirmation screens from online transactions), "Sound Archive" (where I store downloaded sounds, "Image Archive" (downloaded images), "PDF Library" (downloaded PDF files), "Shortcuts I don't use much", a shortcut to my digital photos folder for the current and/or past years, and a shortcut to my wife's desktop folder on her Windows XP profile.
D*I*Y Planner D*I*Y Planner No, I'm not dead. Although I can understand why some people believe that. As much as I dearly love this site, and all the interesting people that have sprung up from nowhere to contribute their experiences, their ideas and their passions, life has thrown me a curveball or two. Back when this site began, I was living in Newfoundland, Canada. I was doing contractual work (web development, training and marketing/communications consulting), and owing to the scarcity of such jobs in that locale, was blessed with plenty of spare time.
Greplin Searches Your Online Life from One Box, Now Open to Everyone You should really point out up front that all Google Apps accounts fall into that "premium" category. Been running a personal domain on Google Apps for years, now — that makes Greplin much less compelling for me. (I understand it's their business model to charge organizations, and they can't go around trying to decide who does and doesn't have a "personal" Google Apps domain, but there's still not much point for me in it if it can't search my e-mail.) Greplin Searches Your Online Life from One Box, Now Open to Everyone
SExpand Your increasingly digital lifestyle has left your analog media collecting dust. Save it from obsolescence and digitize your life.P This guide covers many different kinds of media, so feel free to skip to the section(s) that interest you the most:P PaperP The Step-by-Step Guide to Digitizing Your Life The Step-by-Step Guide to Digitizing Your Life
Whether you're headed back to school this fall or you just want a better way to keep your notes, memos, and other tidbits of information organized, you have a number of applications to choose from. Some of them just help you get your thoughts down quickly, others sync with online services that organize your notes for you. Here are, based on your nominations, the top five apps or services for the job. We asked you earlier in the week which applications or services you used to take notes and organize your thoughts so you could get back to them quickly. Five Best Note Taking Applications Five Best Note Taking Applications
Mind Mapping

Tools (Timer, Blocker, Activity Logging)

Starting Out

Lifehacker

Online Task Management - Producteev

Founded in 2008 in NYC, Producteev was born out of a simple for a full-featured task management application designed with simplicity in mind. We needed to be able to collaborate effortlessly from anywhere: via the web, email, IM, mobile, desktop... And we needed to be able to share information in real time with all our team members, no matter how computer-savvy they are … or aren’t. We couldn't find that perfect application, so we decided to build it! After four years of existence and hundreds of thousands of users we proudly joined the Jive Software family in 2012. Online Task Management - Producteev
If This Then That Integrates and Automates Your Online Tools If This Then That is a simple to use tool to keep your social networks, to-do lists, RSS feeds, imaging sites, and all your other webapps on the same page. The core of If This Then That works off of different channels you can use to create your own recipes for sharing by using the basic instruction, "if this, then that." For instance, you can set it so that if you text message something with a particular hashtag to a specified number, then it will automatically create a note in Evernote. If This Then That Integrates and Automates Your Online Tools
To-Do

Notes - Quick Notes on Windows
ResophNotes Is an Excellent Simplenote-Syncing Notes App for Windows I use and rather like this along with MonkeyPad on WP7, AndroNoter, and the iOS Simplenote client. My question though, if anyone can answer it, is what does it mean when it says that 3rd party app usage is throttled in a free account? I've found that if I make changes in AndroNoter it's not always reflected in the main copy and the changes I make disappear when it does sync up again and I'm not sure if it's because I access the notes in so many different ways that I need to pay for the Premium account. 5/06/11 2:47pm ResophNotes Is an Excellent Simplenote-Syncing Notes App for Windows
SExpand Despite all the cool productivity porn modern technology has birthed, the Holy Grail for me is simple: I want to create and edit plain text from anywhere (desktop/tablet/phone), and I want the results to sync flawlessly between devices. And now I can. Ubiquitous capture—that is, the ability to snag any thought or idea any time and any where it happens to crop up—is a key component to nearly every productivity philosophy. You want to capture those fleeting ideas before they're gone, and you don't want to waste brain power obsessing over remembering it until you can write it down somewhere. The Holy Grail of Ubiquitous Plain-Text Capture
Notational Velocity, Simplenote, and Dropbox bring child-like wonder The phrase "game changer" is no doubt cliché and overused, but every now and again it just fits. I had heard about Notational Velocity when Merlin Mann posted about it on 43Folders. It changed how I use my iMac, MacBookPro, and iPhone, bringing them all together in a very cool way. The app has been around for awhile (we talked about it five years ago!) but some new features and new technologies make it well worth another look.