MsgFiler for Apple Mail

The productivity geek in me has surfaced again. I’m a guy who really doesn’t like using a mouse any more than I have to when I’m reading emails or navigating around my computer. I’m a long-time Quicksilver user, who switched to Launchbar about a year ago and never looked back. I just love the speed with which I can find things, open applications, email files to clients or move a file to another location on my computer. But the one thing Launchbar can’t deal with is Mail folders.

I have my email pretty organized — folders for each client, and a bunch of other folders as well. And dragging emails around with a mouse to file them is a pain. If you agree, then meet MsgFiler, a slick little plug-in for Mail.

With a single keystroke, you get a little pop-up window. Start typing the name of a folder — just a few letters — and it gives you a list of all the matches. Select one and bam! your email is moved right where you want it.

Adam Tow is the developer. Eight bucks is the price. Go get yourself a copy.

A note for Mac users

Notational Velocity iconI have been using a little piece of software that is mind-blowingly simple and easy, and because of that, has begun to make a big difference in how I work.

It’s called Notational Velocity. And it is — get this — FREE.

It’s elegant. Brilliantly simple.

I use Quicksilver, so I’ve assigned a keystroke that brings NV up instantly so it’s just there when I need it. If I didn’t do that, I would just keep it running in the background (which I do) and use Command-Tab to access it when I need it.

It takes notes. You type stuff into it. I use it to capture ideas, draft emails, make little text documents I want quick access to — say a list of things I need to add to over time, to take or transcribe or organize meeting notes, to jot something down I want to refer to later, etc etc.

Unlike most text editors, this thing thrives on little bits and pieces of stuff (think Post-Its). But it can also handle much longer text.

You don’t have to save things either. It remembers what you type without your doing anything at all.

It’s so simple you can’t believe nobody’s made something like this before.

Give it a try….for a while. It took me a few weeks before I “got” it.

Awesome little addition to my workflow.

Watch. Smile. Move.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about where we’re all heading — as a company, as a country — and what we can do about it to help make things better.

Michael Bungay Stanier is a business coach in Canada devoted to helping companies and individuals do Great Work (as opposed to just Good Work). He sent out a link to this terrific little video. I thought I’d share it with you.

It addresses some of the things I’ve been pondering, and it makes me happy to know there are lots and lots of people out there who are thinking along the same lines.

Maybe you’re one of them. Enjoy.

GTD in-box processing chart

I know, I know. I’m becoming a GTD nerd. (At least I’m in good company!)

As a designer, though, I couldn’t stand looking at the many kludgy charts around to guide you through processing the stuff in your “In” box. So I designed my own to use as a desktop background (“wallpaper” in the Windows world). I’ve posted them in the GTD section of this site. If you want to see them, just click the GTD tab at the top of this blog and download them to your heart’s content.

Meanwhile, if you’re not yet acquainted with David Allen’s “Getting Things Done”, do yourself a favor and check it out.

GTDing back on the horse that threw you

There are few things as stressful as trying to get everything all done before you leave for vacation. Except perhaps coming back from one and trying to catch up with the hundreds of emails and dozens of projects you blissfully managed to forget about while you were away.

Thank God there’s Merlin Mann’s 43 Folders to remind me of a saner way to function.

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