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Re: REMINDER: Working Meeting Today at 1:30

Peter Scheir
 

Thanks Rob. Can't make it today, but happy to share info of the CRM we use as well as others if anyone is interested... looking forward to getting back to your meetings, and very much appreciate all the work you put in to them...

 


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On 6/20/2019 12:05 PM, Rob Gordon wrote:
Hi everyone - a quick reminder that we will be meeting at Charlie's Best Bread in an hour and a half at 1:30 pm.   We will be talking about our own personal productivity systems and I will be moderating.  I just got a battery for this old dog computer of mine but the extra memory has not arrived yet, and this computer is pretty slow.
Also, I am not really prepared so the meeting is going to be a mess - but come anyway.  Hope a few of you can make it.

Rob

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Re: REMINDER: Working Meeting Today at 1:30

Megan Hanson
 

Hi Rob-

I was hoping to make it but I'm really behind today.

Megan

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On Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 12:05 PM Rob Gordon <rob@...> wrote:
Hi everyone - a quick reminder that we will be meeting at Charlie's Best Bread in an hour and a half at 1:30 pm.   We will be talking about our own personal productivity systems and I will be moderating.  I just got a battery for this old dog computer of mine but the extra memory has not arrived yet, and this computer is pretty slow.
Also, I am not really prepared so the meeting is going to be a mess - but come anyway.  Hope a few of you can make it.

Rob

REMINDER: Working Meeting Today at 1:30

 

Hi everyone - a quick reminder that we will be meeting at Charlie's Best Bread in an hour and a half at 1:30 pm.   We will be talking about our own personal productivity systems and I will be moderating.  I just got a battery for this old dog computer of mine but the extra memory has not arrived yet, and this computer is pretty slow.
Also, I am not really prepared so the meeting is going to be a mess - but come anyway.  Hope a few of you can make it.

Rob

Re: How Many of These 15 Boomerang Features Do You Know?

Bryna Kranzler
 

Haha! 


On Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 11:59 AM Rob Gordon <rob@...> wrote:

Thank you for this contribution Bryna - it is a good one.  The thing I like best about Boomerang is that it lets you delay the delivery of email messages, so the people I am trying to do business with don't think I am psychotic when they see I am sending messages at 3:30 am. 


On Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 5:38 AM xsnerg <xsnerg@...> wrote:
My contribution to today's discussion.

Nryna

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: The Boomerang Team <boomerang@...>
Date: Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 4:27 AM
Subject: How Many of These 15 Boomerang Features Do You Know?
To: <xsnerg@...>


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Hi! 

When Boomerang for Gmail launched in 2010, it only had two features: the ability to write a message now but send it later, and the ability to make an email leave your Inbox and come back at a later time. Eight years (and counting) later, those are just two of the many features relied on by millions of Boomerang users. Have you tried them all?

There’s nobody whose Inbox productivity can’t benefit from a multi-pronged Boomerang approach! In hopes of helping you get the most out of Boomerang (especially subscribers, who have unlimited credits and access to extra features), we’d like to introduce you to every feature Boomerang has added since 2010.

1. Respondable: Get more responses to your emails with AI

Respondable is an assistant that uses artificial intelligence to help you write better, more actionable emails in real time. Based on data from millions of messages, Respondable makes every email you send more effective. As you type, your email’s reading grade level, positivity, word count and other advanced metrics are evaluated, helping you strike the perfect tone and length.
Try Respondable
2. Pause your Inbox, protect your productivity
Inbox Pause, one of the newest Boomerang features, lets users temporarily halt email interruptions. Set up your Inbox so that emails only come in at certain times, and set up powerful delivery exceptions so important emails always arrive, no matter what. Inbox Pause can help you disconnect from work when you leave work or head out on vacation. It’s also a great productivity booster - research shows that checking email less than once an hour can boost end-of-day IQ by 10 points, plus lower stress! 
Learn More About Inbox Pause
Don’t forget you can also pause your Inbox from your phone with Boomerang for iPhone.
3. Customizable menus for power users
Did you know that you can easily add custom times to the Boomerang or Send Later menu? You can add personalized times like “Tomorrow at 9am” “Monday 2pm” “in 3 weeks” or “In 24 hours” to make it even easier to have messages come back at the times that work best for you. This comes in handy if you’re using these menus multiple times a day, saving you thousands of clicks. Your fingers say thank you. 
4. Send Later only if you don't get a reply
Boomerang also provides the option to Send Later If No Reply, letting users queue up follow-up emails (perfect for job applications, sales outreach, and more) to send automatically if you don’t hear back. You can immediately schedule follow-ups to emails you write in case they don’t get a reply, without having to revisit them (and if they do get a reply, Boomerang will automatically cancel your message!). How cool is that?
5. Send emails every day, week, month, and more with Recurring Messages
Sending a single message next Monday is great, but what if you need to send an email every Monday? Boomerang lets users set up recurring emails, forever automating the tedious task of sending out timecard/expense/cleaning-the-fridge email reminders. Recurring Messages are available as part of Boomerang’s Pro and Premium plans.

6. Remind me if I don’t hear back
Follow-up reminders are a lot like Boomerang’s namesake feature, but even more powerful! Whenever you send an email, you can choose to have Boomerang bring it back to the top of your Inbox if it doesn’t get a reply. Never forget to follow-up on an email again. You can even use follow-up reminders in tandem with other Boomerang features like send later, notes, and read receipts! 

7. Read Receipts and 8. Click Tracking
Speaking of read receipts, have you ever sent an email and wondered if the person on the other end has read it? Boomerang also adds read receipts and click tracking to Gmail. Boomerang’s read receipts increase response rates and are cross-platform, so they’ll work no matter what device or email service your recipient uses. 
You can add a read receipt and click tracking to any email by clicking the blue envelope  that appears to the right of the red Send Later button. Read receipts are even more powerful when used in combination with other Boomerang features (a recurring theme!). You can use them in tandem with the Boomerang feature, and rather than Boomeranging an email if it doesn’t get a reply, you can choose to only return it to the top of your Inbox if it doesn’t get opened or clicked on.

9. CRM integration 
Boomerang hears the needs of the sales, customer experience, and business development professionals who love Boomerang, but also love their CRM software. That’s why Boomerang integrates CRM integrations into Boomerang’s Premium plan. Users are now able to harness the power of Boomerang’s scheduling capabilities in tandem with solutions like Salesforce, Pipedrive, SugarCRM, Zoho, and more!

10. Notes
Bringing an email back to your Inbox a month or more from now? Boomerang lets you attach notes to messages as a way to privately remind yourself the context of an email when you revisit it later on. 

11. The Boomerang Toolbox
The Boomerang Toolbox contains a powerful suite of scripts and tools that helps Premium plan subscribers simplify tedious email tasks, like figuring out which emails you need to follow-up on or which emails you might have missed or forgotten about. The Boomerang toolbox also lets you automatically archive or delete emails with a certain label after a set period of time. Perfect for all the promotional coupon emails you want to save, but that you have no need for after they expire!

12 and 13. Our old stand-bys: Boomerang and Send Later
This first version of Boomerang brought send later and Boomeranging to Gmail for the first time. Since then, Boomerang has helped our customers schedule over a quarter billion emails using these time-tested tools! We’re delighted to have been able to help so many messages not slip through the cracks and send so many emails at the perfect time, increasing their odds for a response and/or hiding late night or weekend email habits! (Feature Tip: Increase your open rates by scheduling emails for early morning or during lunch: a well-timed email is 30% more likely to be read!).

14. Take Boomerang with you - on iPhone, Android, and in Outlook!
You probably know that Boomerang brings powerful productivity features to Gmail on the web, but you may not know that we also make the best email apps on the iPhone and on Android! Boomerang’s mobile apps are full replacements for the stock iPhone and Android email apps, bringing everything you need to email productively into your pocket. 

Boomerang also works flawlessly in the Microsoft ecosystem thanks to Boomerang for Outlook. This version of Boomerang brings the tried and true snooze, send later, and follow-up reminders over from Gmail, as well as a suite of tools to make scheduling meetings and sharing calendars much easier! Now you can use Boomerang at work, regardless of whether your company uses Outlook or Gmail.
Try Boomerang for Android
Try Boomerang for iOS
Get Boomerang for Outlook
15. Last (and actually kinda least), multi browser support!
Regardless of what your favorite browser is, you can probably use Boomerang with it! Boomerang supports Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Edge.

In browsers that show extension icons in the toolbar, you can use the Boomerang button to email a link to any page you’re on - with Send Later built right in!
Phew! We hope this email helped you learn about some of the Boomerang features and offerings you might not have tried yet, so that you can get even more out of Boomerang for Gmail. Eight years after our launch, we’re thrilled with all the features we’ve been able to provide, but even more excited about the new offerings we’ll be sharing with you in the next decade! Regardless, we can guarantee your score for the next Buzzfeed quiz titled “How many of these Boomerang features do you know?” is going to be really high. Thanks for reading!

Here’s to a more productive Inbox, 
The Boomerang Team

Our mailing address is:
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147 Castro St Suite 3
Mountain View, CA 94041
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Boomerang for Android - Advanced Boomerang functionality for Gmail and Exchange accounts on your Android phone
Boomerang for Outlook - The ultimate productivity add-in for Outlook and Office 365
Boomerang Calendar - Smart scheduling assistant built into Gmail
Inbox Pause - Stop the flood of incoming emails

Re: How Many of These 15 Boomerang Features Do You Know?

 


Thank you for this contribution Bryna - it is a good one.  The thing I like best about Boomerang is that it lets you delay the delivery of email messages, so the people I am trying to do business with don't think I am psychotic when they see I am sending messages at 3:30 am. 


On Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 5:38 AM xsnerg <xsnerg@...> wrote:
My contribution to today's discussion.

Nryna

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: The Boomerang Team <boomerang@...>
Date: Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 4:27 AM
Subject: How Many of These 15 Boomerang Features Do You Know?
To: <xsnerg@...>


View this email in your browser

Hi! 

When Boomerang for Gmail launched in 2010, it only had two features: the ability to write a message now but send it later, and the ability to make an email leave your Inbox and come back at a later time. Eight years (and counting) later, those are just two of the many features relied on by millions of Boomerang users. Have you tried them all?

There’s nobody whose Inbox productivity can’t benefit from a multi-pronged Boomerang approach! In hopes of helping you get the most out of Boomerang (especially subscribers, who have unlimited credits and access to extra features), we’d like to introduce you to every feature Boomerang has added since 2010.

1. Respondable: Get more responses to your emails with AI

Respondable is an assistant that uses artificial intelligence to help you write better, more actionable emails in real time. Based on data from millions of messages, Respondable makes every email you send more effective. As you type, your email’s reading grade level, positivity, word count and other advanced metrics are evaluated, helping you strike the perfect tone and length.
Try Respondable
2. Pause your Inbox, protect your productivity
Inbox Pause, one of the newest Boomerang features, lets users temporarily halt email interruptions. Set up your Inbox so that emails only come in at certain times, and set up powerful delivery exceptions so important emails always arrive, no matter what. Inbox Pause can help you disconnect from work when you leave work or head out on vacation. It’s also a great productivity booster - research shows that checking email less than once an hour can boost end-of-day IQ by 10 points, plus lower stress! 
Learn More About Inbox Pause
Don’t forget you can also pause your Inbox from your phone with Boomerang for iPhone.
3. Customizable menus for power users
Did you know that you can easily add custom times to the Boomerang or Send Later menu? You can add personalized times like “Tomorrow at 9am” “Monday 2pm” “in 3 weeks” or “In 24 hours” to make it even easier to have messages come back at the times that work best for you. This comes in handy if you’re using these menus multiple times a day, saving you thousands of clicks. Your fingers say thank you. 
4. Send Later only if you don't get a reply
Boomerang also provides the option to Send Later If No Reply, letting users queue up follow-up emails (perfect for job applications, sales outreach, and more) to send automatically if you don’t hear back. You can immediately schedule follow-ups to emails you write in case they don’t get a reply, without having to revisit them (and if they do get a reply, Boomerang will automatically cancel your message!). How cool is that?
5. Send emails every day, week, month, and more with Recurring Messages
Sending a single message next Monday is great, but what if you need to send an email every Monday? Boomerang lets users set up recurring emails, forever automating the tedious task of sending out timecard/expense/cleaning-the-fridge email reminders. Recurring Messages are available as part of Boomerang’s Pro and Premium plans.

6. Remind me if I don’t hear back
Follow-up reminders are a lot like Boomerang’s namesake feature, but even more powerful! Whenever you send an email, you can choose to have Boomerang bring it back to the top of your Inbox if it doesn’t get a reply. Never forget to follow-up on an email again. You can even use follow-up reminders in tandem with other Boomerang features like send later, notes, and read receipts! 

7. Read Receipts and 8. Click Tracking
Speaking of read receipts, have you ever sent an email and wondered if the person on the other end has read it? Boomerang also adds read receipts and click tracking to Gmail. Boomerang’s read receipts increase response rates and are cross-platform, so they’ll work no matter what device or email service your recipient uses. 
You can add a read receipt and click tracking to any email by clicking the blue envelope  that appears to the right of the red Send Later button. Read receipts are even more powerful when used in combination with other Boomerang features (a recurring theme!). You can use them in tandem with the Boomerang feature, and rather than Boomeranging an email if it doesn’t get a reply, you can choose to only return it to the top of your Inbox if it doesn’t get opened or clicked on.

9. CRM integration 
Boomerang hears the needs of the sales, customer experience, and business development professionals who love Boomerang, but also love their CRM software. That’s why Boomerang integrates CRM integrations into Boomerang’s Premium plan. Users are now able to harness the power of Boomerang’s scheduling capabilities in tandem with solutions like Salesforce, Pipedrive, SugarCRM, Zoho, and more!

10. Notes
Bringing an email back to your Inbox a month or more from now? Boomerang lets you attach notes to messages as a way to privately remind yourself the context of an email when you revisit it later on. 

11. The Boomerang Toolbox
The Boomerang Toolbox contains a powerful suite of scripts and tools that helps Premium plan subscribers simplify tedious email tasks, like figuring out which emails you need to follow-up on or which emails you might have missed or forgotten about. The Boomerang toolbox also lets you automatically archive or delete emails with a certain label after a set period of time. Perfect for all the promotional coupon emails you want to save, but that you have no need for after they expire!

12 and 13. Our old stand-bys: Boomerang and Send Later
This first version of Boomerang brought send later and Boomeranging to Gmail for the first time. Since then, Boomerang has helped our customers schedule over a quarter billion emails using these time-tested tools! We’re delighted to have been able to help so many messages not slip through the cracks and send so many emails at the perfect time, increasing their odds for a response and/or hiding late night or weekend email habits! (Feature Tip: Increase your open rates by scheduling emails for early morning or during lunch: a well-timed email is 30% more likely to be read!).

14. Take Boomerang with you - on iPhone, Android, and in Outlook!
You probably know that Boomerang brings powerful productivity features to Gmail on the web, but you may not know that we also make the best email apps on the iPhone and on Android! Boomerang’s mobile apps are full replacements for the stock iPhone and Android email apps, bringing everything you need to email productively into your pocket. 

Boomerang also works flawlessly in the Microsoft ecosystem thanks to Boomerang for Outlook. This version of Boomerang brings the tried and true snooze, send later, and follow-up reminders over from Gmail, as well as a suite of tools to make scheduling meetings and sharing calendars much easier! Now you can use Boomerang at work, regardless of whether your company uses Outlook or Gmail.
Try Boomerang for Android
Try Boomerang for iOS
Get Boomerang for Outlook
15. Last (and actually kinda least), multi browser support!
Regardless of what your favorite browser is, you can probably use Boomerang with it! Boomerang supports Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Edge.

In browsers that show extension icons in the toolbar, you can use the Boomerang button to email a link to any page you’re on - with Send Later built right in!
Phew! We hope this email helped you learn about some of the Boomerang features and offerings you might not have tried yet, so that you can get even more out of Boomerang for Gmail. Eight years after our launch, we’re thrilled with all the features we’ve been able to provide, but even more excited about the new offerings we’ll be sharing with you in the next decade! Regardless, we can guarantee your score for the next Buzzfeed quiz titled “How many of these Boomerang features do you know?” is going to be really high. Thanks for reading!

Here’s to a more productive Inbox, 
The Boomerang Team

Our mailing address is:
Baydin Inc.
147 Castro St Suite 3
Mountain View, CA 94041
USA

Unsubscribe from these emails
You are receiving this email because you are a user of Boomerang

Our other products:
Boomerang for iPhone - Capture the zen of effortless productivity with Boomerang's voice assistant, send later, & snooze features.
Boomerang for Android - Advanced Boomerang functionality for Gmail and Exchange accounts on your Android phone
Boomerang for Outlook - The ultimate productivity add-in for Outlook and Office 365
Boomerang Calendar - Smart scheduling assistant built into Gmail
Inbox Pause - Stop the flood of incoming emails

Re: Tomorrow's SDIBP Meeting

jonathanwyu
 

Still looking forward to actually being in town to make one of these...but unfortunately not this month. :-(


On Wed, Jun 19, 2019, 14:20 Rob Gordon <rob@...> wrote:

TOMORROW'S SDIBP MEETING

So far, I only know of one, maybe two other people coming to the SDIPB meeting tomorrow. Somewhat intentionally, I didn't do a great deal of promotion this time - just announced it on this list and on our Meetup group. Is anyone else coming? In addition to discussing a few productivity tools and techniques, I would like to go over plans for the future of SDIPB and could really use your help. I have a website halfway build, a calendar, a youtube channel, some partly designed intake forms, and of course this email listserv and I would like your ideas on bringing these pieces together in a way that will benefit us all. People with a little bit of systems building experience would be especially welcome, but there are all sorts of things we need help on that don't require it, and even just reviewing what we are planning or helping generate ideas would be great. I expect this meeting will be shorter and less formal, but please swing by if at all possible.

Thank you

Rob

p.s. In case you forgot it is at 1:30 pm at Charlies Best Bread.

Re: Tomorrow's SDIBP Meeting

David Clausson
 

not going to make it Rob, I know i said i would. buty I have to work.../catch you at the next one.
   David c 

Sent from Outlook


From: sdibp@groups.io <sdibp@groups.io> on behalf of Rob Gordon <rob@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 2:20 PM
To: sdibp@groups.io
Subject: [SDIBP] Tomorrow's SDIBP Meeting
 

TOMORROW'S SDIBP MEETING

So far, I only know of one, maybe two other people coming to the SDIPB meeting tomorrow. Somewhat intentionally, I didn't do a great deal of promotion this time - just announced it on this list and on our Meetup group. Is anyone else coming? In addition to discussing a few productivity tools and techniques, I would like to go over plans for the future of SDIPB and could really use your help. I have a website halfway build, a calendar, a youtube channel, some partly designed intake forms, and of course this email listserv and I would like your ideas on bringing these pieces together in a way that will benefit us all. People with a little bit of systems building experience would be especially welcome, but there are all sorts of things we need help on that don't require it, and even just reviewing what we are planning or helping generate ideas would be great. I expect this meeting will be shorter and less formal, but please swing by if at all possible.

Thank you

Rob

p.s. In case you forgot it is at 1:30 pm at Charlies Best Bread.

Tomorrow's SDIBP Meeting

 

TOMORROW'S SDIBP MEETING

So far, I only know of one, maybe two other people coming to the SDIPB meeting tomorrow. Somewhat intentionally, I didn't do a great deal of promotion this time - just announced it on this list and on our Meetup group. Is anyone else coming? In addition to discussing a few productivity tools and techniques, I would like to go over plans for the future of SDIPB and could really use your help. I have a website halfway build, a calendar, a youtube channel, some partly designed intake forms, and of course this email listserv and I would like your ideas on bringing these pieces together in a way that will benefit us all. People with a little bit of systems building experience would be especially welcome, but there are all sorts of things we need help on that don't require it, and even just reviewing what we are planning or helping generate ideas would be great. I expect this meeting will be shorter and less formal, but please swing by if at all possible.

Thank you

Rob

p.s. In case you forgot it is at 1:30 pm at Charlies Best Bread.

Re: Anyone know of a good lightweight text editor? #technology

Peter Hologram Man <holograman@...>
 

Not sure why you want a lightweight text editor, any reason not to just use open Office? You don't need to answer that question because it's only for you if you're looking for something simpler obviously that doesn't work but if you just want to create program that's free I would do the job and then some. Otherwise Google Sheets.

File organization, I use the brain, if I show up on Thursday I will be raving about about it. But it comes with a cost and I don't know about the free version, it may be enough for you. There is a learning curve but once you have it set it's phenomenal, 3d mind mapping software.





On Wed, Jun 19, 2019, 1:10 AM Rob Gordon <rob@...> wrote:
Hey guys (and gals) - I'll update you about the SDIBP meeting on Thursday sometime tomorrow  - I actually have a hidden agenda, but right now I am up late and was wondering if anyone knows of a good lightweight text editor.  On the PC these would usually be called a "Notepad replacement" because they come with more functionality than notepad, but not that much more functionality.  This group has both writers and computer folks/programmers, and both those professions tend to make heavy use of text editing so I thought this might be a good place to ask.  I have tried a few - I have Notepad++  on my computer but don't like that.   One called NoteTab looks interesting but it is paid system - doesn't cost too much but I would like to get the best one.   I would like the ability to add a title before the file gets saved, autosave capability, markup for bold, italics, etc, spell check (not all have this if you can believe it).  I would also like some kind of filing system / exploring / tags etc.   I am using on called "Desktop Wiki" and I like it but I am wondering if there is anything else out there.   Well, now that I have confused you all I hope you are having an awesome evening for the night birds who are still up with me, or an awesome morning for the early birds who are reading this before I wake up.

Rob

Re: Anyone know of a good lightweight text editor? #technology

 

Thanks a bunch, Jonathan - I didn't know about Atom.io but will check it out.  If I can find one that works well for both writing and coding, that would be icing on the cake.

Rob

Re: Anyone know of a good lightweight text editor? #technology

jonathanwyu
 

Hey Rob,

My two favorites are Atom https://atom.io/ and DocPad https://www.gammadyne.com/docpad.htm - Atom is more of a developer/code editor, but is extremely extensible. 

I know a lot of folks that swear by Sublime Text https://www.sublimetext.com/ too. And all of them have spell check :-) 

Happy evaluating! 

On Wed, Jun 19, 2019, 01:10 Rob Gordon <rob@...> wrote:
Hey guys (and gals) - I'll update you about the SDIBP meeting on Thursday sometime tomorrow  - I actually have a hidden agenda, but right now I am up late and was wondering if anyone knows of a good lightweight text editor.  On the PC these would usually be called a "Notepad replacement" because they come with more functionality than notepad, but not that much more functionality.  This group has both writers and computer folks/programmers, and both those professions tend to make heavy use of text editing so I thought this might be a good place to ask.  I have tried a few - I have Notepad++  on my computer but don't like that.   One called NoteTab looks interesting but it is paid system - doesn't cost too much but I would like to get the best one.   I would like the ability to add a title before the file gets saved, autosave capability, markup for bold, italics, etc, spell check (not all have this if you can believe it).  I would also like some kind of filing system / exploring / tags etc.   I am using on called "Desktop Wiki" and I like it but I am wondering if there is anything else out there.   Well, now that I have confused you all I hope you are having an awesome evening for the night birds who are still up with me, or an awesome morning for the early birds who are reading this before I wake up.

Rob

Anyone know of a good lightweight text editor? #technology

 

Hey guys (and gals) - I'll update you about the SDIBP meeting on Thursday sometime tomorrow  - I actually have a hidden agenda, but right now I am up late and was wondering if anyone knows of a good lightweight text editor.  On the PC these would usually be called a "Notepad replacement" because they come with more functionality than notepad, but not that much more functionality.  This group has both writers and computer folks/programmers, and both those professions tend to make heavy use of text editing so I thought this might be a good place to ask.  I have tried a few - I have Notepad++  on my computer but don't like that.   One called NoteTab looks interesting but it is paid system - doesn't cost too much but I would like to get the best one.   I would like the ability to add a title before the file gets saved, autosave capability, markup for bold, italics, etc, spell check (not all have this if you can believe it).  I would also like some kind of filing system / exploring / tags etc.   I am using on called "Desktop Wiki" and I like it but I am wondering if there is anything else out there.   Well, now that I have confused you all I hope you are having an awesome evening for the night birds who are still up with me, or an awesome morning for the early birds who are reading this before I wake up.

Rob

Personal Productivity Systems: Comparing Notes

 

San Diego Independent Business Professionals (SDIBP) will be meeting this coming Thursday, June 20th, 1:30 PM at "Charlie's Best Bread" in Pacific Plaza (1808 Garnet between Kendall Street & Lamont Street).

For this month's meeting, we would like to do something a little different and a little less formal. We are going to get together to talk about the systems we have built for our own information management, contact data management, planning/scheduling and GTD (getting things done); communication tools and techniques, and anything else you have come up with as a self-employed professional to make your business life a little more efficient. Rob Gordon, founder of the group will be moderating and will be describing systems he has come up with of for task management, systems integration and producing a custom CRM (customer relationship management) system for your business without having to pay some fat monthly fee.

We would like to learn more about the systems you use as well, so we are calling this a "comparing notes" session. You know how you always learn something new when you work with another person on their own computer - everyone does things a little differently. As independent professionals, we don't get that experience nearly as often as people who work for bigger organizations do, so this is a small attempt to leverage our knowledge in these areas.  Also, most of what Rob uses will be Google-based systems but we all use different platforms or a mix of platforms - Apple, Microsoft, and others so you are welcome to discuss what you like best - we are here to learn from each other. 

Please bring your laptop so you can show us your productivity systems. It is not required - if you use systems on your smartphone more often bring that, or if you don't want to just a notepad and a pen.  This should be fun - please consider joining so we can have a chance to learn from each other.

Re: Do you guys mind if I brag about something? #projects

Wendy Lynn Kitts
 

Thanks for the link, Rob, my tax guy shared with me that I need this license and have been putting off going downtown for a year so will check it out, thanks.

 

“You are the sky. Everything else is just weather.”

~ Pema Chodron 

 

From: sdibp@groups.io [mailto:sdibp@groups.io] On Behalf Of Rob Gordon
Sent: Monday, June 17, 2019 3:13 PM
To: sdibp@groups.io
Subject: Re: [SDIBP] Do you guys mind if I brag about something? #projects

 

re: "That is seriously cool, man!"

Thanks a bunch, Amy - I forgot to post the links in that post.  Here are the data files on the City website that I used to make this application:

https://www.sandiego.gov/treasurer/taxesfees/btax/nblactive

And more importantly, here is the link where you apply for a business license, which the City calls a "tax certificate" -  It costs $34.  Lots of home-based business in that database so I guess most people are better citizens than me. 

https://pay.sandiego.gov/BTaxApp/Login.aspx

 

Re: Do you guys mind if I brag about something? #projects

 

Thanks CJ - 

You know you were on my list of people to contact anyway with your Wordpress practice.  I am still waiting to hear if the contract has been approved for my database training - I am getting my grant from the same source where you got yours.  I would like to learn more about the backend database functions on Wordpress and how they can be customized.  Perhaps you are already good at that.  If not, maybe we can explore ways to work together one of these days.

Rob

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re: "That is seriously cool, man!"

Thanks a bunch, Amy - I forgot to post the links in that post.  Here are the data files on the City website that I used to make this application:

https://www.sandiego.gov/treasurer/taxesfees/btax/nblactive

And more importantly, here is the link where you apply for a business license, which the City calls a "tax certificate" -  It costs $34.  Lots of home-based business in that database so I guess most people are better citizens than me. 

https://pay.sandiego.gov/BTaxApp/Login.aspx



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re: "You write volumes everyday; and they are all perfectly written and you seem to do this effortlessly"

Andrea - thank you - but you jinxed me!  As soon as you said this, I suddenly became nonprolific!  The meeting is on for Thursday - I should have the write up done in an hour or so.   Hope you can still make it.

Rob

Re: Do you guys mind if I brag about something? #projects

CJ Gilbert
 

Rob,

I agree with Andrea... you have an excellent way of organizing your thoughts and communicating them.

I also support your immediate writing efforts!!

Talk soon,
__cj


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Re: Do you guys mind if I brag about something? #projects

Andrea Schwartz
 

Dear Rob. 
You have completely missed your calling. You are a writer. Not a technical writer but a writer. You write volumes everyday; and they are all perfectly written and you seem to do this effortlessly. 

You should just start writing. Don't look for help, don't look for advice-just start sending articles to the local magazines and papers or like the rest of the world, start a blog and you will undoubtedly profit from it.  

This is just my opinion!
Andrea





On Thu, Jun 13, 2019 at 3:42 PM, Rob Gordon
<rob@...> wrote:
HI again,  

I have mentioned at the past several meetings that technical writing wasn't really working out for me.  I could find projects and I could even do them successfully - meaning that the customer liked the end results, but I was not able to find a way to do them _profitably_.   I bid them too low and worked so long that on some projects I was probably working below minimum wage.   For that reason, I decided to try to get some training in database management and actually got some training funds to pay for a tutor on the subject.   This got delayed several times, and recruiting the right person proved to be more of a challenge than I thought it would be.   I did find someone really good though and if finally seems to be moving forward.  I can't say who this person is just yet because he is in a highly visible job with a government agency and hasn't told anyone that he will be quitting that job soon to start his own business.  

I wanted to get a little practice working with data before this starts though - sort of like stretching before you play a volley ball game or something, and found this page on the City of San Diego website.  It has two CSV (comma separated values) files that contain information about all the business license holders in San Diego.  Without using code and instead just hacking at some open source tools I was able to put together a rather simple directory of all the business license holders in San Diego.   This is not yet complete..  It is organized by NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System) codes.   That is a six level structure, and after I got the 56,000 records uploaded (not a small task with a dog computer) I started organizing the categories by hand and as you can see I sort of petered out and didn't finish.  Since I will likely have to tear this down and start over I thought I would show it to you in the current form - it is at this link:

http://SDCA.directory

It does work - mostly.  I tried it by looking for "dentists" in my zip code - 92109 - and found a neighbor whose apartment is just 20 feet from mine.  She has a dental hygienist practice that she administers out of her apartment.  That brings up a question though - I am wondering how many of you are licensed with the City of San Diego.  Full disclosure - I am not - mostly because I see no real advantage to it so why pay money and get nothing in return?  Apparently the rocket scientists in the City of San Diego have decided to call this "a tax" rather than a license - probably because they wanted to emphasize that this is legally required.  In the "carrot and stick" analogy that is a "stick" - i.e. "you might get in trouble if you don't do this".   I would rather they did this with a carrot - something like this directory where everyone can register but people who do it "by the book" and get the license get top billing.  I haven't spoken with any at the city about this idea yet. 

What do you guys think?  Do you do everything "by the book" and have your city business license and county fictitious name statements filings completed, or are you like me and that is one of those "one of these days" things?

Rob

Re: Topics for next SDIBP meeting

CJ Gilbert
 

I am also looking forward to attending here as often as possible in the coming months.
I've had conflicts the last several meetings, and yet I will be there this coming week!

I'm happy to learn whatever topic you decide, and contribute and support you all as much as I can.

Talk soon,
__cj


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