Last week, I wrote about how I have started keeping a journal using Evernote and IFTTT. In that post, I mentioned that I’ve tried as many todo list systems as I could find, and never really stuck with one. I think that’s changed, now that I’m using Evernote both for journaling and for todo lists. And as an added bonus, I use IFTTT for this, too.
UPDATE: Thanks to this post by Jamie Todd Rubin, I now know how I could have solved the duplicating journal entries problem: add ” +” to the end of the email subject line that IFTTT sends (or manually add it myself when I change the address).
I started journaling 37 days ago, and using a simple IFTTT recipe, I haven’t missed a single day.
UPDATE: I recently discovered that in Android, if you use voice search and start with “note to self,” it will email you with that as the subject line and the rest of what you say as the body. I updated my Gmail filter to label anything from me with the subject line “Note to self” as “todo.” This means I can now add to my to do list using my phone’s voice recognition.
[If you want to cut to the chase, here’s the ifttt recipe, so you don’t have to read anything else to do what the post’s title suggests.]
I am a massive fan of todo.txt. I’ve tried a LOT of to do list managers. Remember the Milk, Hive Minder, toodledoo, pen and paper, my email inbox, the built-in Blackberry and Outlook to do managers. There are probably more – those are just the ones I could think of in about a minute. For a person who is constantly in a terminal, todo.txt is the way to go.
There is what I consider to be a big problem in the IT field today. Most people think that anyone who is ‘good with computers’ can be plucked from their parent’s basement, and dropped into a corporate job, managing that company’s computers. That is just not true. Perhaps I am a snob, because I went to college to earn a degree in System Administration, or maybe because I worked at a place where the 3 rules I will mention ingrained these ideas in my head. Or maybe, the misconception that being ‘good with computers’ means a good IT person is because the people doing the hiring just don’t get it. Or maybe they have only ever had bad IT people. Who knows? The point is, knowledge isn’t everything. It certainly isn’t nothing, either. This isn’t about learning how computers work, or how to be a passable administrator. This is about being great at your job. If you want to continue to run around putting out fires all day, then by all means, move along. But if you want to be really good – even great – at IT, and you want to stop chasing after issues, and see them coming or know how to deal with them before they are even reported, then read on. These 3 rules (for lack of a better term) will make your life easier. I know, because it did mine.