Calendars and organisation – I used to be the most disorganised person I know.
I use google calendar a lot now – I used to use a .txt file and notepad. I still use microsoft onenote every day to put stuff in that I want to do, but never seem to get round to it. So I started making different calendars in google, one for my blog (which just told me that I have to write this post) one for mastering tracks, finalising mixes, one for doing the hoovering and packing the dishwasher (yes, I need a calendar with an alarm to remind me to do this kind of thing.)
Mozilla Sunbird http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/sunbird/ can be interfaced to your google calendars pretty easilly, but you need the ‘provider for google calendar’ which you can get from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/sunbird -if you need a tutorial to show you how to set it up then check out this site http://cybernetnews.com/ the link will take you directly to the tutorial – once its setup then you have access to your google calendar without going to google in your browser – you just need to open sunbird and all your google calendars are there -you cxan add events, set reminders, etc all from within sunbird. but you still have to open sunbird to see what you have to do today.
I have setup a ‘todo’ calendar – which I put all the stuff that I need to do – things like post the letters, take the bin out, all that meaning-less crap that I would forget about, so I have downloaded yahoo desktop thingy that puts the widgets on your desktop.
http://widgets.yahoo.com/ – I have disabled everything that they give you, because it serves no purpose, except as a cpu hog.
then I downloaded about 15 different google calendar widgets. none of them work properly.
http://pogopixels.com/ have the best one – download that and it will open on your desktop, you then plug in your google calendar details and blam! you now have your ‘todo’ list on your desktop – anything that you add to it in sunbird will appear on your desktop (and the reminders work)
you can add multipe calendars to it too – so I have my ‘gigs I want to see’ calendar and my ‘todo’ calendar, and my ‘whats on the telly’ calendar – I have it in my ‘office’ type user on my computer -which has all the officy type stuff on it, I keep my music making in a different user account – with different services running – you dont need to be able to print to a network printer when you are running protools, stuff like that – this way I keep everything seperate and its as easy as hitting ‘logout’ and then clicking the user and logging in to get a different setup =)
I hope you might get something from this, and If you have any tips that I might be able to use then please share them =)