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PocketMod For Every Occasion

PocketMod For Every Occasion
PocketMod For Every Occasion

You may have read and tried this little contraption: The PocketMod.

What it is is a little Flash application that creates a foldable book out of an A4 sheet of paper you can customize to suit your needs. Great for taking your own paper personal organizer in your back pocket or wallet. Very simple and very small.

Feeds

For those of use who want to carry around our little piece of digital organization, there are some quick scripts you can use to get things done.

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These come from WeDoThat.com who have created some mods based on RSS feeds from popular online organizers like 30boxes, Stikkit and Google Calendar – which you can get here.

  • The first step is downloading the PocketMod application.
  • Then download the .swf files from WeDoThat and place them in appropriate folders. If you like, create a new one for you dynamic content.
  • Remember which folder you put the .swf files in and then open up the mods.xml file in a text editor.
  • Now you have to add the supplied lines of code for each mod.

    eg. Add the code within and if you put it’s code in the Calendar folder.

  • Before exiting, you’ll need to alter the feed URL to one that reflects your own content. For instance, the feed to your 30boxes calendar.
  • Now you’re set to arrange and print out your new PocketMod. Each template looks great and adds details like dates and tags. Note: Most of the mods will only show around 15 points, so if you have a big week ahead of you, some will be cut out. There is no two page support unfortunately.

    URLs:

    30Boxes

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    Calendar: Go To Settings > Sharing and copy the URL for the RSS feed.

    Todo: Open your Todo list and copy the feed URL on the top right corner.

    Remember The Milk

    Todo: Go to Tasks view, unselect all tasks and hit the Publish button for the list on the right. Check Make This List Public and copy the URL.

    Stikkit

    Todo: Go the the Todo page and copy URL from feed icon.

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    Google Calendar

    Calendar: Hit the arrow next to the calendar you want to track and select Calendar Settings. Under the Private Address section, copy XML URL as is.

    TaDaList

    ToDo: Copy RSS feed URL on the right or below the list you want.

    NOTE: All scripts will muck up if you add multiple versions of the code [eg. different feeds for each list in RememberTheMilk]. Doesn’t seem to be a way around that without editing the .swf files? Renaming won’t work.

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    PDFs

    PocketMod have also provided a handy tool for converting PDFs to PocketMod templates that is available at their website. This makes the possibilities endless. BigNerdRanch whipped up a Mac version called PagePacker.

    If you’re looking for a PDF creator, there is an excellent open source app called PDFCreator that will work.

    Have some other PocketMod tips?

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    Is Procrastination Bad? The Truth About Procrastination Revealed

    Is Procrastination Bad? The Truth About Procrastination Revealed

    Procrastination is very literally the opposite of productivity. To produce something is to pull it forward, while to procrastinate is to push it forward — to tomorrow, to next week, or ultimately to never.

    Procrastination fills us with shame — we curse ourselves for our laziness, our inability to focus on the task at hand, our tendency to be easily led into easier and more immediate gratifications. And with good reason: for the most part, time spent procrastinating is time spent not doing things that are, in some way or other, important to us.

    There is a positive side to procrastination, but it’s important not to confuse procrastination at its best with everyday garden-variety procrastination.

    Sometimes — sometimes! — procrastination gives us the time we need to sort through a thorny issue or to generate ideas. In those rare instances, we should embrace procrastination — even as we push it away the rest of the time.

    Why we procrastinate after all

    We procrastinate for a number of reasons, some better than others. One reason we procrastinate is that, while we know what we want to do, we need time to let the ideas “ferment” before we are ready to sit down and put them into action.

    Some might call this “creative faffing”; I call it, following copywriter Ray Del Savio’s lead, “concepting”.[1]

    Whatever you choose to call it, it’s the time spent dreaming up what you want to say or do, weighing ideas in your mind, following false leads and tearing off on mental wild goose chases, and generally thinking things through.

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    To the outside observer, concepting looks like… well, like nothing much at all. Maybe you’re leaning back in your chair, feet up, staring at the wall or ceiling, or laying in bed apparently dozing, or looking out over the skyline or feeding pigeons in the park or fiddling with the Japanese vinyl toys that stand watch over your desk.

    If ideas are the lifeblood of your work, you have to make time for concepting, and you have to overcome the sensation— often overpowering in our work-obsessed culture — that faffing, however creative, is not work.

    So, is procrastination bad?

    Yes it is.

    Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’re “concepting” when in fact you’re just not sure what you’re supposed to be doing.

    Spending an hour staring at the wall while thinking up the perfect tagline for a marketing campaign is creative faffing; staring at the wall for an hour because you don’t know how to come up with a tagline, or don’t know the product you’re marketing well enough to come up with one, is just wasting time.

    Lack of definition is perhaps the biggest friend of your procrastination demons. When we’re not sure what to do — whether because we haven’t planned thoroughly enough, we haven’t specified the scope of what we hope to accomplish in the immediate present, or we lack important information, skills, or resources to get the job done.

    It’s easy to get distracted or to trick ourselves into spinning our wheels doing nothing. It takes our mind off the uncomfortable sensation of failing to make progress on something important.

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    The answer to this is in planning and scheduling. Rather than giving yourself an unspecified length of time to perform an unspecified task (“Let’s see, I guess I’ll work on that spreadsheet for a while”) give yourself a limited amount of time to work on a clearly defined task (“Now I’ll enter the figures from last months sales report into the spreadsheet for an hour”).

    Giving yourself a deadline, even an artificial one, helps build a sense of urgency and also offers the promise of time to “screw around” later, once more important things are done.

    For larger projects, planning plays a huge role in whether or not you’ll spend too much time procrastinating to reach the end reasonably quickly.

    A good plan not only lists the steps you have to take to reach the end, but takes into account the resources, knowledge and inputs from other people you’re going to need to perform those steps.

    Instead of futzing around doing nothing because you don’t have last month’s sales report, getting the report should be a step in the project.

    Otherwise, you’ll spend time cooling your heels, justifying your lack of action as necessary: you aren’t wasting time because you want to, but because you have to.

    How bad procrastination can be

    Our mind can often trick us into procrastinating, often to the point that we don’t realize we’re procrastinating at all.

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    After all, we have lots and lots of things to do; if we’re working on something, aren’t we being productive – even if the one big thing we need to work on doesn’t get done?

    One way this plays out is that we scan our to-do list, skipping over the big challenging projects in favor of the short, easy projects. At the end of the day, we feel very productive: we’ve crossed twelve things off our list!

    That big project we didn’t work on gets put onto the next day’s list, and when the same thing happens, it gets moved forward again. And again.

    Big tasks often present us with the problem above – we aren’t sure what to do exactly, so we look for other ways to occupy ourselves.

    In many cases too, big tasks aren’t really tasks at all; they’re aggregates of many smaller tasks. If something’s sitting on your list for a long time, each day getting skipped over in favor of more immediately doable tasks, it’s probably not very well thought out.

    You’re actively resisting it because you don’t really know what it is. Try to break it down into a set of small tasks, something more like the tasks you are doing in place of the one big task you aren’t doing.

    More consequences of procrastination can be found in this article:

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    Procrastination is, more often than not, a sign of a technical failure, not a moral failure.

    It’s not because we’re bad people that we procrastinate. Most times, procrastination serves as a symptom of something more fundamentally wrong with the tasks we’ve set ourselves.

    It’s important to keep an eye on our procrastinating tendencies, to ask ourselves whenever we notice ourselves pushing things forward what it is about the task we’ve set ourselves that simply isn’t working for us.

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