I don’t know how I’ve not stumbled across Putting Things Off already, but the author Nick Cernis speaks to me, with his penchant for white space, simplifying, and Moleskines. At this point, I can’t remember how I got there this morning, but I’ve been playing with some of his ideas.
(1) I like the idea of a simple way to blog. A simple interface. A simple look and feel. He recommends a few tools, depending on what you want to do with your blog, in his essay titled Rise of the Tablog. I’ve been all over the place with my blog, what with blogrolls, affiliate links, twitter feeds, blah blah blah and it’s just a little bit much. The essay reminds you to look at what you want to do with your blog, and focus on that. Pick the best tool, and then focus. So I’m trying out posterous, in fact, I’m composing this post as an email and will then simply send it to my blog (where you are right now!)
(2) The second essay I read was called Inbox Heaven, on how to keep email easy on the eyeballs and the clock, and how to manage all those to-dos that are generated by email without clogging up your box. It also recommends leaving your desktop mail app behind. Now, I’ve been using Outlook for pretty much as long as it’s been available, so I’m going to have to wean myself off of it. But I’m willing to give it a try. My only sticking point will be whether I can still coordinate calendars with Z. But I’m all set up now, and will see how this goes!
There’s a ton more stuff there that I want to check out. I’ve already downloaded his Put Things Off to-do app for the iPhone to play with. Head over there and see if any of his ideas can help simplify your eLife!
[edited to add: Within a day or so of posting this, Cernis moved his blog to Modern Nerd.]