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3 Linux programs to organize your time

Time is a precious commodity, especially if you're a system administrator. No other job pulls people in so many directions at once. Users interrupt you constantly with requests, preventing you from getting anything done. Your managers want you to get long-term projects done but flood you with requests for quick-fixes that prevent you from ever getting to those long-term projects. But the pressure is on you to produce and it only increases with time. What do you do?

The answer is time management.

A nice theory i've found is the one that is behind the "Get things Done".

Getting Things Done

Getting things Done

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Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done has been developed by David Allen, and the best definition of what constitutes the GTD is given by himself. I limit myself to briefly define it as a methodology to manage the assets that a person has to perform, which has the aim to maximize productivity and reduce stress.
One of the cornerstones of the GTD is that to be the most productive and creative, you must have a clear mind, so you must move all the things we have to remember out of your mind, to put them in a system (paper or software, at our option) for you to be fast and easy to use.

The method is to collect all things (emails, telephone calls, fees, books, faxes, etc.) in an "input" (inbox), picking them up and wondering what we have to make with them:

1. if do NOT require an action now, you are facing three options:
         1. trash can
         2. stores it for future reference
         3. action is premature, we leave the action incubate inside a special list (Sometimes / Maybe)
   2. if it requires an action, we must distinguish whether:
         1. is composed of more than one action, then creates a special project
         2. consists of a single action:
               1. takes less than 2 minutes to run it: DO IT!
               2. Require more than 2 minutes:
                     1. delegated to someone else and put it in the list of feedback (Waiting for)
                     2. "Move it" temporarily on the list of things to do next (Next steps) or add to the agenda if it is absolutely necessary to run at a given time.

No action should return to the inbox, only in this way we can be sure that everything is processed and once we decide what to do with every thing. Having already decided what to do and be ready when the action will be take in hand the thing, relieves a lot of stress, you do not  need to take once again a decision on what to do. In this way everything is reduced in a systematic way to manage a series of lists (todo list) and an agenda that helps us to remember, depending on context and timing, which are actions to be undertaken.

Getting things gnome

Getting Things GNOME

To remember their commitments using some programs or sites that help you manage a list of things to do with notes and even warnings. Getting Things GNOME! is a new to-do manager that allows you to manage your business.

It is written in PyGTK and it works well in Gnome to be a software so young. You can organize everything according to labels and easily write extensions with the choice of using Python.

The application is available for any variety of Linux with Gnome installed, but Ubuntu users can simply download a .deb file and install it easily. Once you've installed the application you can use the quick add box to start typing in tasks, and then drag and drop to rearrange them into a hierarchy. You'll have to open the to-do item to edit the tags, but if you want to create a task under a tag, just select the tag on the left-hand pane before using the quick add box. It's a simple application, but well worth a look for anybody keeping track of to-do items on their Linux desktop.

Basket note pads

Basket note pads

Perhaps you use KDE and not gnome ?

Don't worry, tehre is also a great program for this environment: Basket note pads

Basket Note Pads, a well developed note-taking program for KDE Linux. Basket is nice to look and very well structured. One of the first things you notice are the import – export features which allow you to easily manage text, hiperlinks, images from many different notepad applications.

The application provides several baskets into which the user can drop all sorts of notes: rich text, links, images, sounds, files, application launchers, and more. Objects in the baskets can be edited, copied, and rearranged. This application can be used to quickly store Web objects (such as links, text, or images) or notes, and it can also help clean up a clutered desktop. It is also useful for collecting information for a report. The data in baskets can be shared with co-workers by exporting them to HTML.

Tasque demo

Tasque

And as last program you could check also Tasque it's a GTK (Mono) program, young but very promising.

The project was in fact presented all'Hackweek 2007, the annual convention organized by Novell, to reward projects born in the openSUSE community. Tasque has a simple graphical interface, which does not differ much from other applications of this kind, what characterizes it is the ability to interact with external services such as Remember The Milk and evolution-exchange.

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