Thursday, February 02, 2006 changed my life

A couple of months ago I was getting extremely frustrated with the amount of crap I had to do at work. There was way more coming in than going out, and I was drowning. After talking with a friend of mine, I downloaded the audio version of "Getting Things done" and set about figuring out a way to get myself organized.

One thing I was determined to do was set up some sort of website or application, for myself, to keep track of all the crap I had to do. I had been using Outlook's tasks area, and found it to be of no value. I had also been using VoodoPad on my Mac at home, but that didn't help me much at work since I use a PC there.

Then I discovered PBWiki.

Their tagline is PBwiki makes creating a wiki as easy as making a peanut butter sandwich.

We use a wiki site here at work, for group collaboration, storage of docs, etc. It's essentially a free-for-all, where anyone can publish, update and change documents. PBwiki is a site that uses this Wiki concept, giving you the freedome to create pages that link together in a ridiculously easy format. If you want to create a new page, you simply put the name of the page in brackets and boom - it's created.

I use my pbWiki site to keep organized. I have a page containing an ongoing to-do list, an "inbox" where I can jot notes for filing later, a page listing ongoing projects with details on these projects appearing on other pages, and several other miscellanous pages with notes and information. The killer feature of it is that it's non on my computer, it's on the net. Thus, if I have a thought, I can add it from any computer rather than having to boot up my laptop, start up outlook, etc. the best part about it is that you have complete and total freedom to use it as you wish. It's also password protected, so you can either keep it private for yourself, invite only certain other people to share and contribute, or open it to the entire world.

I confess I am using the basic (free) version currently, and haven't hit any sort of a limit where I need to go to the premium model, but I am considering giving my financial support.

Try it!

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