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Time Management for System Administrators by Thomas A. Limoncelli

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Setting Up a PDA for Use with The Cycle

If you use a PDA, you have many choices. PDAs usually come with software that lets you keep an appointment calendar, to do lists, and notes. However, there is a wealth of aftermarket add-on packages that can greatly enhance the experience.

DateBook (DB) V (http://www.pimlicosoftware.com) won my favor early on because it makes implementing the "to do list per day" concept very easy. I like to think of it as finishing what Palm set out to do. A Palm-based PDA without DateBook V is a toy. DB V makes to do entry very fast through the use of templates, uses color effectively to highlight what's important, and can give advanced warning of an event. This last feature is particularly useful to me. Before DB V, I had to enter a reminder for someone's birthday and plug in an additional reminder a week early so that I had time to buy a gift. With DB V, I can simply request advance warning of an anniversary or birthday. DB V is only available for PalmOS. One of the nice things about DB is that it maintains its data in the normal PalmOS data structures, so all your items sync just as you would hope they do.

Life Balance (LB) (http://www.llamagraphics.com) is not just great software, it's a great philosophy. LB has all the important features of The Cycle (to do lists, calendars, and so on), but it adds the important concept of being aware that your life needs balance. Maybe you've decided you want to split your time between three projects plus home life. ...

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