Finding Time for On-Line Projects Even When You’re Off-Line

Finding time in this busy season is a challenge. As so many of us are needing to find time to dig out after multiple snowstorms this Holiday Season, I am reminded of the opening lines of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales:

One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.

Snowball-finding time for funLots of our children and grandchildren may find that these lines frame some vivid holiday memories for them, don’t you think?  (The poem is a lovely one, too, and well worth a read – whether it’s new to you, or an old friend!)

Finding Time to Capture Your Best Ideas

If you’re a blogger, do you find that it is sometimes challenging to find the time to come up with ideas for posts?  If this is true for you, one thing to do is to keep a running list of ideas, either on or near your computer.  Ideas often come when it’s not possible to act on them – or even write them down – so capturing them is half the battle!  (I also find it helpful to carry a digital voice recorder – for those great thoughts come when paper and pen are nowhere in sight.)

Another helpful blogging practice is having a schedule of subject areas that you blog about.  This can help to focus your energies and organize your thinking.

For me this has been an evolving process.  Mondays, for example, have been days that I have been drawn to more technological subject matter – so now I think of these as my “Cyber Monday” posts.  And at the beginnings of each new month, I have written about the most popular posts of the previous month.  The more you blog, the more I suspect you’ll see your own patterns emerging.

Finding Time with Some Tech Help

As for my “Cyber Monday” material this snowy day, I’d like to highlight a very useful and timely feature of Remember the Milk.

RTM, as it is affectionately known, is an online time management tool in the “To Do List” category.  I’ve been experimenting with it and one feature which I’ve found extremely useful of late is its ability to manage tasks either online or offline.  (Since we are entering Day 12 of being without power here on the farm, having access to a workable offline mode for any web-based function very helpful!)

RTM uses Google Gears, a browser plugin that enables offline web applications.  Currently Google Gears supports Internet Explorer and Firefox (with Safari support to come).  Using this functionality, everything that it is possible to do with RTM online is also possible offline. (And when you go back online, what you have done offline will be synchronized with your online data.

Have you tried Remember the Milk, or other web-based To Do Lists?  How have they worked for you? I’d love to hear!

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