Enleiten Interface Updates

August 29, 2008

As you log in today, you’ll notice a few changes to our interface.

Projects on hold now or with future start dates appear greyed in the projects panel, so it is easier to tell what’s active.


You can pick up RSS feeds from most pages now, if that’s your preferred method of keeping an eye on your to-do lists.


A journal tab lets you scroll through your history of recent comments, tasks that have been completed or updated, etc.


Contacts now require only a first or last name, not an email address. You can, however, enter complete contact information for anyone you’ve added.

Assignments can now be changed by double-clicking and selecting from a list of your contacts. The assignee’s name displays instead of just an icon.

Next Actions now includes tasks due in the next two days, to give you an idea what’s coming up.

Pro users will now see tasks assigned to them in group projects in their Next Actions list.


Getting into GTD 2.0

August 26, 2008

Ramping up to the Office 2.0 conference in San Francisco next week, I’ll be blogging over on their conference site as well. Over the next few days, I’ll be writing a >series of posts outlined how I’ve got my personal system set up. I’ll turn that into an article over here as well.

If you’ll be there, or a user in San Francisco, let me know, I’d love to meet up for coffee and say hello.

Why I get things done with GTD:

In building personal relationships, the discipline of keeping all mundane communications electronic has refocused my conversations. At home I don’t need to waste time with loved ones talking about who’s picking up the groceries, or whether the bills got paid. At work I don’t need to run through which requests that have come in are my responsibility and which ones aren’t. The time that used to take is freed up to talk about shared experiences and dreams and the things that really matter to the people around me. At work, we can to focus our meetings on where we want our products to go and evaluating ideas, rather than on the mechanics of keeping the company going.

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Office 2.0 – September 3-5, San Francisco

August 24, 2008

Badge.png The Office 2.0 conference is coming up fast, and we’re thrilled to announce we’ll be there. I’ll be participating the GTD panel, along with GTD guru David Allen, Neil Mendelson from Mindjet, and Kevin Merritt from blist.

The conference will include new tools, best practices, and case studies on using Web 2.0 applications to move to a productive, paperless workplace. The focus of the event this year is on enterprise adoption of Web 2.0 services.

Registration for the conference is still open, if you’d like to attend. It will be held at the St. Regis Hotel in downtown San Francisco. Attendees will also receive an HP 2133 Mini-Note PC, so the conference can run paper-free. Conference attendance also gets you into the Unconference.

At the conference we’ll also be doing two launches we’re very excited about. The Pro version of Enleiten’s GTD-based project management app will come out of beta. This version allows groups to share project space, while still maintaining the privacy of personal to-do lists in a single trusted single. We owe a thousand thanks to the beta testers who have given us patient feedback and suggestions on how to improve the interface and suggestions to get the workflow right.

We’ll also be releasing the beta of our community checklists library. You can contribute your favorite shopping lists, business trip packing lists, weekly review checklists, wedding planning lists, and more. Users and non-users will be able to search for useful lists, and users will be able to convert them directly to projects in their Enleiten account.

Yahoo User Interface Library 3.0 first look

August 15, 2008

Congratulations to the YUI team on releasing their first developers preview of YUI 3.0. So far, this appears to be a complete refactoring of the 2.x code base — which makes a certain amount of sense given its diverse roots throughout the company.

This first release a substantial chunk of the 2.x YAHOO.env, YAHOO.lang, and YAHOO.util namespaces, with the roadmap indicating that the initial widget framework is slated for an October release with PR2.

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Private Downloads with attachment_fu and nginx

August 15, 2008

So, you’re using attachment_fu to handle user file uploads in your rails app, right? If you’re also using Nginx for your web server, here’s a quick and dirty way to do controlled file access in less than 10 lines of code.

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Plan for success: rethinking the to-do list

August 13, 2008

Take a quick look at your current project list, and notice what kinds of names you’ve given your projects and tasks.

Do you have a “Sales” project, or projects named “Increase current account sales 5% this quarter” and “Generate 20 new leads”?

On a personal level, do you have “Spend more time with family and friends” as a goal? Do you have self-improvement projects that say that, or ones that are called “September dinner party with the neighbors” and “Week Vacation with Family in Boundary Waters”?

I’m finding more and more that the phrasing of those project names makes a big difference. “September Dinner Party” is a project you can finish. “Spend more time with friends”, even if there are specific events in there that will make that happen, is probably not something you’ll ever cross off your list as having completed to your satisfaction. You know when they are done, you can complete them, and replace them with the next specific project that fits with your bigger goals of growing your company, improving your personal life, etc. Giving your projects a clear, specific outcome as a name means you can win.

It’s a lot harder to feel like you’re making progress when the stuff you’re working on never goes away. Think of the difference between looking at your to-do list at the end of the week and seeing that you’ve crossed off 75 things, which meant two projects were finished and the rest closer to completion. Or looking at those same 75 things and knowing you’ve done some work that inched you along a list of things that will never be finished and never end, even if you’d cranked through 100 items instead of those 75.

Be specific. Make your project names reflect the outcome you want. And enjoy the satisfaction of being able to mark things DONE.

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