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Getting Things Done & Be More Productive in Springpad - Let's discuss!

Hi Everyone! I’m Daniel Gold of DEG Consulting! I worked directly with the Springpad Team to Author both the the Official Springpad eBook and the Ultimate Guide to Getting Things Done in Springpad. In addition to being a GTD/productivity author, I’m also a consultant for individuals & companies on productivity, social media & presentation design.

Okay, so why am I telling you all of this? :) Because I’ve received a ton of emails & comments on social media to have a place dedicated to discuss ideas, thoughts, best practices, and suggestions on how to become more productive and get things done with Springpad. It’s such a great idea! I’ve spoken with Devin at Springpad about this idea and she agrees it is an awesome idea!

How will it work in the Get Satisfaction forum? This will be the first post where we can:
* introduce each other and share with each other some generalideas about why we use Springpad to become more productive,
* what has gone right for us, and challenges we’ve had in the past.
* In the comments below, let me know what other ideas you have.
Then, I’ll go ahead and create new forum posts where we can dig even deeper into how to use notebooks, how to use tags, and how to manage projects. We’ll be sure to tag each one of these posts with “GTD” to ensure that we can easily find what we’re looking for.

One last thought - these forum posts are designed to be constructive and positive! I’ve adopted the “sandwich theory of management”: start out saying something positive, get to the meat of the issue/challenge, and then end off with something positive again. Basically, let’s keep this positive, courteous & respective and not go the way of internet trolls! Okay, with that in mind, please introduce yourself and let’s get started becoming more productive in Springpad!! :)

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    Dan I got your email and clicked on the link to arrive here. Thanks for the follow up. I will give it some thought.
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    Hey Dan,
    I love Springpad. I see it as an advanced, yet underrated version on Pinterest.
    I use it to bookmark sites, recipes, products.
    I've used it as a tool to look for a new apartment here in Miami.

    From time to time, I TRY to use it as a reminder. I believe that this can be integrated better. For mobile platforms [Android/iOS], it should have some sort of alarm. On the WebApp, it can pop up or turn into a separate notification. It can even go as far as emailing for reminders and maybe even text messages [i know it's a lot, but you wanted ideas, right?].

    I would also like to use it to save entire web pages to read later. I know I can copy and paste the content, but it would be useful to:
    1. auto grab the content without getting the excess [ads, links, etc.] and
    2. changing the width of "notes" or saved pages created.
    At the moment, the with of a note is very narrow and uncomfortable to read.
    Also, when you click inside, it automatically goes into Edit mode.

    to sum it up, i love Springpad... I want it to be the ultimate tool.
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    • Thanks so much!! I really appreciate the very kind words! It means a ton to me!! Glad to hear I'm not alone with the "heart" feature! Let's keep up the awesome dialogue here and truly thanks again!
    • Hey Daniel, I guess that would work. My goal here is to eliminate the middleman. The inconvenience of creating another account and memorize another password. Hopefully this can be done one day.

      Also, note taking is horrible. It can be better, but I still use it.
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    Thanks for starting this discussion, Daniel.

    Springpad is the most useful application I use. It has become indispensable to me as a digital organizer for my ideas, notes, thoughts, memos, tasks, projects... any kind of information.

    I have recently adopted GTD, and have been using Springpad as my trusted tool for capturing information, organizing and planning my work, as well as reminding and displaying my options for next actions.

    I'll start my contribution to this discussion by sharing some suggestions about tagging in Springpad.

    I have a "Next Actions" notebook, and use tags to assign a context to the tasks in that notebook, e.g. @home, @call, etc. Besides location, it is very helpful to assign further information to tasks (e.g. duration, resources, or agendas tags like "10min", "creative", ":James", etc.).

    Unfortunately, multiple tags will make items appear multiple times in a list sorted by tag. This is counterproductive in a GTD setting. It would be great if items with multiple tags appeared (optionally) only once in a list sorted by tag.

    It would also be very helpful if the Android app allowed more control over the sorting and displaying of items based on their tags. I have the Springpad widget open on the "Next Actions" notebook, sorted by tag, and I would like to see the tags themselves heading each section of the list (besides having the option of seeing each item only once).

    Another thought: it could be very useful to attach a location tag to Springpad items, and possibly displaying geo-tagged items on a map (other apps such as MyLifeOrganized do this).

    Tags are extremely useful and, in combination with the more "traditional" notebooks, one of Springpad's great strengths. I hope the above helps the Springpad team find new ways of making tags useful and productive, and enabling Springpad with optimal GTD capability and overall flexibility.

    Thanks for your great work, Springpad team.
    • Thanks so much for your awesome thoughts on how Springpad helps you! It's so great to to hear!!

      I'd also like to see the ability to sort my tasks by tag on the iPhone. Right now, there's manual, created, modified, popular, name, rating, due date & type. I'm sure they'll get there. But, in the interim, I do like the ability while I'm on the go, to be able to just see those @calls I need to make, or while I'm sitting waiting for my client in their lobby, what @emails can I do, etc.

      Here's a question for you: how would you geo-tagged items? Thanks!!
    • Do you mean to ask how would I use geo-tagged items? There could be a map view, with geo-tagged items showing as location markers. This would allow you to see what tasks, products, etc. were near you at the moment, and what options for action you had, based on location.
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  • I was very disappointed initially when the format of Springpad changed last April. I was about to give up on Springpad and look for another program to help me to remember and get things done.

    I then discovered Dan Gold's Springpad ebooks. After reading the ebooks, I saw the possibility of using Springpad to do what I needed. Features are continually being added to make it even better. And the great Springpad team which has been extraordinarily responsive to questions and issues pointed out.

    Since I am away from my PC most of the time, I use Springpad for Android most of the time to remind me what I need to get done.

    I use four Springpad widgets. "Small" to open Springpad quickly and quickly add tasks, photos, audio notes and checklists . "List" for "NEXT" (the three most important things to do), "List" for "WEEK" (the things and appointments that I need to do in the next 7 days), "List" for "Month" (the things and appointments that I need to do in the next 30 days)

    As they are completed, I delete the one time items, and "unlike" the repeating items that have reminders. When they show up on their reminder date, I mark them "WEEK" or "LIKE" again as they become the next most important things to do.

    And as the Month list empties out, I check the Notebook "Events and Tasks" sorted by date.

    As the "WEEK" and :NEXT' lists empty out, I check the "MONTH" list. The List view configurations for the widgets are as follows:

    I change the tag as a Month item becomes a Week item, and I uncheck the Heart as a Week item becomes a Next.

    The widget configurations are as follows:

    NEXT: Notebook = All My Stuff, Scope = Tag labeled LIKED, Sort = Date, Show completed items checked
    WEEK: Notebook =All My Stuff, Scope = Tag labeled WEEK , Sort = Date, Show completed items checked
    Month: Notebook =All My Stuff, Scope = Tag labeled MONTH, Sort = Date, Show completed items checked

    My thanks to Dan Gold and The Springpad team.
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  • I need to add my thanks to Vix for the bookmarklet to copy checklists. I use it frequently.
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  • If so, How? examples? Notebooks? Tags?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Is anyone using SP primarily for Task and Appointment management?.
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