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The Joy of a Managed Day with Taskito

I have been in search of a perfect task manager to help manage my chaotic schedule. I wanted a task manager that could integrate with a calendar as a single tool. Most task managers are great list makers but the tasks don't easily find their way to my daily planning. There should be a more natural way to schedule work through tasks.  Time Blocking is a popular planning technique taught by Cal Newport. It requires a consolidated to-do list and schedule. Taskito is the only solution I have found that elegantly blocks time by creating calendar events or tasks in a beautiful timeline view. When I review the day with completed calendar and tasks, I feel a little more in control and accomplished.  Taskito is currently Android only but the developers are working on a web version. Taskito syncs with Google Calendar.

Telling is not Teaching

I work in an hospital environment that includes 500 different people with various degrees of computer competency. This makes work very complex at times and challenging.  As I grow in my position, now nearly twenty years in technology, I find that people hear a lot of information during the day and their amazing brains somehow organize, shuffle, and prioritize it. How well do we organize, prioritize and share information in the workplace? Apparently not very well. We have conversations with people about technology and they appear to hear in the moment. After something goes wrong, we sometimes hear, "IT never told me." Has this ever happened to you?  I've learned that teaching is not telling   from Ben Franklin who said,  "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." What kinds of teaching are best designed to help people learn and remember? Practice (taking time to learn by failing and trying again) Ritual (this means do

Problems To Solve List

 W e are told not to "dwell on our problems" when sharing our issues with friends and family. This is bad advice because most will continue to think on their problems anyway. Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues included Tranquility and Industry. Ben described tranquility as "Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.” For Industry, he said "Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.” Dwelling on your problems is both an attack on your tranquility and industry. It has a simple cure. Get the problems out of your head and in a trusted system (like a notebook) where you can write your cares, concerns and thoughts. I have a "Problems To Solve" list that includes just about everything I am facing. I write to get issues off my mind and leave them there. They also make great for future "goals" since they represent a change I want to make. The power of a "Problems to solve" lis