0193E: Increasing Efficiency

Given the new Google Inbox experiment and the updates to Google Calendar, I'm trying to work on becoming more efficient with certain tasks. I had already incorporated a number of changes after purchasing an Office 365 subscription and reorganizing my work life through OneNote (as opposed to Evernote). I even share a Wrike workspace with my sister for some other stuff that we have going on the side, and it's all proving to be pretty interesting.

I think the next big barrier for me is getting used to tracking more of my to-do items on a regular basis. I used to be pretty decent with this in my early Remember the Milk days, but over time I dropped off and just kept up with my recurring items. And when I finally got a better smartphone and found that RTM's mobile solutions required a premium subscription, I was rather turned off. I initially switched to Any.do, but again I haven't exactly been all that faithful in terms of utilizing the app. Going to a separate app just for to-do items just hasn't really worked out for me.

And that brings us back to Google Inbox and the fact that it already integrates a simple to-do list function as part of its workflow. Tying tasks to email has always been a bit of a no-brainer and they had already been experimenting with this in their Google Tasks app. It never quite met my fancy and seemed to lack a lot of the features that I was hoping for. Google Inbox's implementation of task management seems to be a bit more fleshed out, but of course the truth will be in the actual usage. And that's what I'm trying to work on now.

Overall, I have to admit that my Google Inbox experience as been pretty interesting. Any.do does have a pretty clean interface and a nice feature set (including Google Tasks integration, which I've never really used), but in the long run I just never really got around to using it. And maybe that's part of the problem - and thus the need for a better solution. And if there's a Google solution that seems to work for me, then typically I'm all over it.

At the end of the day, the goal is to create more time for other things - and such is the human experience in this modern world what we live in, I suppose. As much as Tobie keeps goading me to pick up my creative writing, admittedly I still don't feel like I quite have the time for it unless I give up some of my blogging. And admittedly that's not something I'm ready to do either. Thus I need to make better use of the time that I have to begin with and see what I can come up with.

Maybe I need to fully embrace the Getting-Things-Done methodology or something. Now there's a thought. But I should probably invest in the book, too.