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Keep Work From Following You Home By Giving Unfinished Tasks A Time And PlaceĀ 

If you have a hard time shutting down at the end of the day, you’re not alone. Most of us have a habit of letting the workday linger. To keep this from happening, assign a specific place and time for your unfinished business.

'Never Touch Things Twice'

Keeping productive is as much about maintaining your momentum as it is about managing your use of time. You’re better off finishing everything you start, not saving halfway done tasks for later.

Give Each Item On Your To-Do List A Purpose To Get Motivated

We all have days where we feel completely unmotivated to get through our daily tasks. To boost your motivation and power through those tasks, give each item on your to-do list a specific purpose.

Astrid Integrates With Your Gmail, Turns Your Email Into To-Dos

Chrome: Astid is your favourite to-do list manager, and now it integrates with your favourite email service. The Astrid Chrome extension now brings your to-dos into Gmail, and makes it simple to add any email as a to-do item on your list, or just manage your to-dos without ever leaving Gmail’s interface.

Chandler 1.0 is a Serious, but Rough, To-Do Manager

Chandler, an open-source, cross-platform scheduling app, was conceived back in 2002 as a potential Outlook-killer—a free organiser that would process all your email, calendar appointments and tasks into one smooth workflow, no matter what format or system they were on. Over its long and storied development, intriguingly chronicled in the book Dreaming in Code, Chandler morphed into a meekly-dubbed “Note-to-Self Organiser.” There’s a lot of neat ideas in Chandler, implemented in rough ways, and if you’re a serious to-do hound, it just might find a place somewhere in your work flow. To find out, let’s check out some screenshots of this long-awaited Personal Information Manager.

Task Contexts Keep You Productive

Productivity blogger Merlin Mann says he wasn’t nearly as ruffled by yesterday’s Gmail outage as many folks were because he organizes his tasks using GTD-style contexts. Any given project he is working on has next actions in a multitude of contexts, like “@phonecalls,” “@web,” and “@email.” Mann writes: So if you forgot your phone, skip “@calls,” and move to anything else. Boss out to lunch? Skip “@Boss,” and move to anything else. Internet went down? Skip @web, and move to anything else. Gmail is down? Yes! You’ve already guessed it! Skip “@email” and move to anything else. Anything else. Anything. Else.

With tasks put in the right contexts (instead of piled up in your email inbox), you won’t be left flailing helplessly if utility workers accidentally sever your broadband link. Gmail Outage or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love GTD Contexts [43Folders]

Five Best To-Do List Managers

If all the methodology of the best GTD applications loses you in the productivity shuffle, there’s nothing like a classic, simple to-do list to keep you on track. You’ve never had more options—both simple and robust—for managing your to-do list as you do today. Today we’ve rounded up our readers’ five most popular to-do list managers. Photo by elusive.

NowDoThis Assigns You One Task at a Time

Webapp NowDoThis displays the most important item on your to-do list in a clean and simple interface. Hit the “done” button and NowDoThis shows you the next most important item. To get started, enter your to-do list into NowDoThis’ simple text area in order of importance, as shown. Save your list and NowDoThis (otherwise known as “the boss”) will spit out the most important directive. Press the “done” button and NowDoThis displays the next one. When your list is complete and the boss has nothing to yell back at you, you can feel like you’ve accomplished something. NowDoThis is extremely simple, especially for those 3-4 most important tasks of the day; it’s one of the most basic (yet useful) to-do lists I’ve ever seen. Thanks, Mark! NowDoThis

Embed Remember the Milk on Your Windows Desktop

Weblog Third Error suggests a clever use for your Windows Active Desktop: Embed your Remember the Milk to-do list on your wallpaper. In all it’s pretty standard use of the oft-disregarded Active Desktop, but the main trick is that you subscribe to the Remember the Milk iGoogle gadget so you get a nice, clean interface for your to-do list directly on your desktop. We’ve detailed how to embed your local to-do list before, but if you’re a RTM user, this slight tweak is a must-have for your desktop. Your Remember the Milk To-Do List on the Desktop [Third Error]

Gootodo Gets Tasks Out of Your Inbox

Editor: We asked Mark Hurst, author of the book Bit Literacy (our review) and developer of the web-based task manager Gootodo, to tell us why he built Gootodo and how it fits into what he calls “bit literacy.” Here’s what he said.

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