Getting It Done…
I have a thing about ‘To Do Lists’… I don’t know why. But, I do. At least on my computer.
I use WP Editorial Calendar to schedule posts, and ToodleDo to keep track of what posts should be upcoming, along with other tasks. Without these tools I would be completely lost. Even with as bad as I am at updating this blog on time, I still produce around 20 blog posts a week. It needs to be closer to 25.
At any given time, I have 15 or 20 tabs open in my FireFox browser. The tabs have a variety of things, ranging from website where I am tracking things on a daily basis to articles or posts that I want to blog about. I also have source articles for things I am researching for blog posts.
And I have a new one that I am really liking… SpringPad.
I picked up a Tablet computer a few weeks ago (Toshiba Thrive). This is in addition to my laptop and my smartphone (T-Mobile G2). I work on all of them. And one of the things I was missing was a way to keep information (not just files) synchronized between all of my devices. There are tools like DropBox, which I love, but it required that I have a way to edit the same filetype on all of my devices… or the devices of others I might share an item with.
SpringPad is a bit different. There is a website (SpringPadIt.com) as well as device apps for my Tablet and SmartPhone (both are Android). They also have a suite of apps available through the iTunes Store for Apple devices.
One of the nice things with SpringPad is that it has a built in editor to write notes, build out To Do Lists and even surf. There is a plug-in for FireFox so that I can clip items while surfing and send them to notes in SpringPad. I can email items (forwards, especially) to a notebook. I can also add resources to a note like links, videos or photos.
Like DropBox, users can share their content with other users… unlike DropBox, notebooks can be sent via email to others that are NOT users of SpringPad. And while DropBox is better for some file types, especially those that involve a lot of editing (manuscripts, images, etc.), I find that SpringPad is a little better geared towards sharing information. In fact, I can even share things on FaceBook, Twitter and through RSS via SpringPad. Content can be organized and tagged, as well. Sync’d content is also available when you are not online (except for the website… but if you don’t have a data connection on your phone or tablet, you can still access and edit notebooks for syncing later).
At this moment I am working on a Winter Pack Trip for our Cub Scout Pack. In order to do this, I have to keep the input of all of the Pack Leaders in mind… and keep them abreast of what is happening. I also need to keep track of which resources belong with which venue. I’m tracking costs, things to do, amenities and timelines. And I can share as much or as little as I want with as many or as few people as needed. And there is a Social component to the SpringPad network. You can share items with your SpringPad friends and use it for collaboration.
- DropBox (garydenness.co.uk)
- ToDo or ToodleDo, that is the question ” the trouble with normal (filsalustri.wordpress.com)
- Apple iPad, Day 9: To-Do Lists and Task Managers (pcworld.com)
- GD Quickie: Toshiba Thrive Tablet Gets A “Special” Sneak Peak Unboxing via YouTube (geardiary.com)
- Toshiba Thrive successor leaks suggest an ultraslim Android tablet announced at IFA (geek.com)
- Toshiba Thrive: Tablet dark horse? (zdnet.com)