Tools of the trade – How I get stuff done
For Christmas this year, I received a leather cover for the notebook I use at work, so I thought I’d share a little bit about the tools I use to get things done.
First, the analog stuff.
- I use a Notabilia composition book from Levenger to keep all of my meeting notes and general ideas. I’ve tried various online and software solutions to keeping notes, but I like having everything in one place, and the ability to (occasionally) go without a computer. I like the fact that the pages in a composition book are bound, and the paper quality in this one is excellent. I received a beautiful leather cover for this notebook for Christmas (Thanks, Mom and Dad!)
I get pretty picky about my pens. I use black uniball vision elite pens for all of my note taking.
- I keep a small moleskine notebook to help me organize my day. Now, all of my meetings and classes are recorded in my online schedule, but I need some way to structure my “unscheduled” time (when I have some). So in my small notebook I just jot down which projects I will spend my time on that day. Low tech, but useful.
Then, the digital stuff.
- Oracle Calendar. This is perhaps my least favorite online calendar, but it is the one my organization uses, so I live with it. My colleagues can add meetings to my schedule and easily see if I’m busy (and I can do likewise). Through some clunky third party software I can get this on my iPhone, but I really can’t wait until my organization drops this in favor of Google Calendar, or just about anything else.
- TaskPaper. My to-do list. Lots of folks swear by the more complex personal project management software, but I really like the simplicity of this project, and I like the fact that I can sync it with my iPhone.
- Google Docs. Essential for working on documents on multiple computers and sharing stuff with other folks. I get really annoyed now when folks just want to send .doc files back and forth via email.
- Microsoft Word. Having said that, I still use MS Word for a lot of my lesson planning. I like the “Notebook” template that allows me to keep my library instruction lesson plans
- Coda. Great program for editing code. I don’t do this as much as I used to, but it is a great program.
- Adium. Useful for getting stuff done with colleagues and students. Also useful to avoid getting stuff done.
- Tweetdeck. Best way to keep up with folks on twitter.
What analog and digital tools allow you to get your work done?