Dinu Dominic Manns

UX Rockstar and Trance DJ

Getting Things Done With Evernote

Have you ever thought of dumping your cool, fancy, sophisticated (and expensive) GTD app and use Evernote instead? For me a life without Evernote most probably won’t be possible. The same applies to David Allen’s Getting Things Done principles - at least to the most important ones. So why not bring both worlds together?

Watch and be amazed…

Thanks to Jim Scano for this video. I’m glad I stumbled upon it!

(Re)Discovering The Pomodoro Technique

Sometimes you must force yourself to do a certain task or accomplish an important project. And sometimes this means you must first force yourself to force yourself. I rediscovered the Pomodoro Technique for that matter.

The Pomodoro Technique is a way to get the most out of your time. 

There are five simple steps you should follow:

  1. Choose a task to be accomplished
  2. Set your Pomodoro (timer) to 25 minutes
  3. Focus on the task until the Pomodoro rings
  4. Take a short break 
  5. Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break

Read Francesco Cirillo’s book to get more familiar with it.

You can use a common kitchen timer or your smartphone for the Pomodoro Technique. There are also several free timers for your computer which can be found here.

Why not giving it a try?

My Oink-Moment Or How To Fail

Every once in a while I come up with an idea for a product or a service. In April 2011 while driving home after a long day and waiting for the traffic to move on I was discussing with my wife about what to have for dinner. We were new in town and we didn’t know the top-notch restaurants here yet. Okay, I could check out the internet to see the ratings for the locations nearby. But somehow I didn’t like this approach. It takes time (and money!) to explore all the places, study the menus and test all the meals and delivery services out there. Also this evening I had a special dish in mind and was quite hungry! Nope, I was in no mood to spend much time on research.

This is when a new idea hit me! What if there was a service for smartphones allowing you to find your desired (best) meal within the restaurants in your area? What if you could see ratings and comments for the things inside a restaurant and not only the typical 3-5 stars for the place itself? That would be great, I thought. A few days later I recalled this idea, took notes and draw my thoughts on paper. I also talked about it with my peers and about how to realize and implement such a service. And then… time passed. Nothing really happened. From time to time I was thinking about it again. Also I added new insights in my spiral notebook when they came up. But I’ve never took real action, never started working seriously on this as a real project. Was it lack of courage? I don’t know. But what I know for sure is that today destiny slapped me in the face – and I deserved it! Here comes Oink – and it says:

With Oink, you don’t rate places — you rate the things inside. We need you to help fill Oink with all the best stuff.

Aaaargh! This is good… and it looks good, too. I must admit it: It’s pretty damn awesome! And it is Kevin Rose himself, the Internet Entrepreneur who invented it. Congrats Kevin – I couldn’t have done it better! ;-)

I’ve learned my lesson. Although I believed in this idea from the first moment on my vision wasn’t strong enough. The intuition was right but you also need courage and dedication to follow through. And if you don’t – others will. Next time when I have a brain-fart like this I will take action immediately. The last thing I want is another Oink-moment.

Macworld’s Jason Snell talks with the iPhone 4S’s new Siri technology. Just wow for yourself…

Facebook Changes in a Nutshell [COMIC] »

Facebook Changes in a Nutshell [COMIC]
Facebook’s profound changes, outlined last week, are leaving many users scrambling to catch up. But, as the comic above points out, we’ve been through this before. Whatever the outcry this time, chances are things will settle down within a short time. What do you think? Will we get use…