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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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    Last Updated on August 16, 2018

    The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

    The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

    No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

    Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

    Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system”.

    A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

    Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

    In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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    The power of habit

    A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

    For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

    This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

    The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

    That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being six hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

    Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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    The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

    Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

    But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

    The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

    The wonderful thing about triggers (reminders)

    A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

    For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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    But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

    If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

    For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

    These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

    For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

    How to make a reminder works for you

    Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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    Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

    Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

    My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

    Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

    I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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