Getting my Yellow Belt

Getting Things Done isn’t just about lists, or 20 simple steps to make your life amazing  GTD is a set of tools and methodology that can be used by anyone to bring some control back to their lives. 

When you implement GTD you develop an  awareness of what is going on in your life, and the demands that are being made of your time. The number of these demands are what leads David Allen to compare GTD to a martial art, as you are constantly in combat with all of them. 

Extended this metaphor there is the concept of GTD mastery or being a black belt in GTD. this is how I earned my yellow belt. 
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Stopping items in batch files from running

Batch files (.bat) are a set of commands that are sent to the command line. They can include limited flow, and do support variables. Windows XP onwards has slowly improved the function of these files.

 

They can be edited in any text editor (for some history see edlin). If there is a particular command you wish to stop running in a batch file then you can use the command REM at the start of the line which will then cause the operating system to treat whatever appears aftewards as a REMark.

So in the batch file below

@echo off

MD junk

REM DEL *.zip

MOVE*.*  junk

 

the command to delete all zip files (del *.zip) would not run as the REM command in front of it

Digital Etiquette – Subject Lines

E-nails have a subject line – please use it. The subject should be specific and aid the other person in processing your e-mail. 

Also consider who your recipient is. If you are emailing finance then don’t just put ‘Invoice’ in the subject line – but something about more descriptive e.g ‘invoice for front office from Staples (invoice no:3512) 

Replying to an old e-mail may be the easiest way of ensuring the mail is correctly addressed, but if you are starting a new topic or discussion ensure you put a new title. 

Digital Etiquette – CC and BCC

CC means Carbon/Courtesy Copy – and should be used where a recipient needs to be aware of the e-mail but doesn’t have any actions and isn’t directly involved. 

BCC should be used if you are sending out something like a newsletter and the recipients don’t need to or shouldn’t know who else is receiving the mail.  If you send lots of these and they are to external addresses then a service like MailChimp is really useful as it will avoid accidentally sending to everyone (and the subsequent replies) and it will also handle unsubscribes legally for you too.

Digital Ettiquette – onetime logo

Death by PowerPoint – we’ve all experienced it. This is a simple plea – only have your company or organisation logo appear once in the slide deck. 

If you’ve introduced yourself clearly then the audience is not going to need a reminder 5 minutes in on slide 70. 

The chances are your presentation is going to be for the delivery of information, or telling a story – not direct marketing or branding. 

Corporate templates may seem like a good idea, but try saying the name of your company each time you advance to the next slide, and you’ll quickly see how silly they are. I’ve seen templates that swallow up a third of the slide – that just leaves your remaining message cramped.