The idea behind my Life in Lists, is that from the point that I decided I was going to have to be more organized to ever get anything done, I've spent quite a bit of time trying to cram bits and pieces of the real world into a variety of lists. The lists took the form of anything from day planners, to palms, to laptops and everything in between. Vast time an effort was wasted, and I was still exceptionally good at not being able to track anything.
On the professional front, I felt the similarly pressing need to cram bits of the real world into a variety of lists. Complicating the matter was that there are even more solutions for the professional world than there are for the personal life, and I would venture to say that some of these are even worse than their non-professional counter parts. Databases, CRM systems, outlook, wikis, issue tracking systems, etc, etc. Its hard enough to keep up with what tools are available much less which ones would be applicable to my situations.
At some point I had to stop fiddling around with all these different solutions, and actually get some work done, so I've tried to make sure that practicality and effectiveness play a roll in what I'm doing. With a little creative thinking, I can usually come up with some user-side best practices that make a system suit my needs. En the end though, the problem is, even the most successful solutions still make me feel like I'm cramming a square peg in a round hole.
Enter, Life in Lists, a place where I can rant and rave about these issues, and maybe even at some point come up with some solutions. The concept of lists themselves can spread far and wide, though they tend to stick within the digital realm. I'm interested in everything from simple lists, to databases, to complex web apps, full desktop solutions, and even different operating systems. After all, they are just ways to manage our data, our real world data. And I want something that actually makes mine easier, something thats .
In the meantime, its all just a work in progress. Cheers.
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