Recently, I met with my good friend and client, David Allen, to discuss his participation in our upcoming Lotusphere 2009 presentation. As I frequently do, I recorded the day's conversations in order to capture notes and ideas about key points. (I use a Sony MXD-20 which let's me transcribe at 2-3x speed). I asked David if I could share a segment of our discussion about Lotus Notes, what he finds cool about it, and a number of other topics, rants, and ideas about the way people use (or don't use) Lotus Notes.
There's no real structure here but I've noted a some key points in case you want to jump around:
01:15 Why Notes?
02:20 But isn't Notes about collaboration?
03:40 David will set up a database for almost any purpose
04:00 David actually programmed in Notes (4.x)
04:30 Many people don't know what a Notes database can do
05:10 How to create your own personal databases in Notes
07:05 The value of a shared database for small ad-hoc collaboration
09:13 The power of Notes Doc links/how doclinks work
10:30 Notes as a transport for MindManager maps
10:43 MindPlan as a mind mapping tool that is integrated into Notes
11:32 The Notes Journal (Notebook in R8) as a tool for personal IM
12:24 The Notes Journal is simply works
12:31 How to drag an e-mail from your inbox into the Journal
12:48 I haven't used cut & paste in a year w Quick Capture/Paste
13:30 Actionable vs nonactionable reference filing in the journal
14:02 Why is there no "Any time this day" functionality in Notes?
15:10 Why is Task Management an afterthought in so many apps?
15:34 Why don't mobile devices get task management?
16:58 Let's do some podcasts between now and Lotusphere
17:21 Don't work around the tool, make the tool work for you!
17:58 To think differently you need an "Extended mind"
18:50 Get rid of the unconscious resistance in your tools
19:20 Is there hope for someone who uses Notes?
20:03 Gotta love the ThinkPad with the TrackPoint for productivity
20:30 Lotusphere is coming up... looking forward to it.
So, there you have it. The rambling of two productivity geeks that use Notes to get things done. We'll have a more coherent presentation to share at Lotusphere and we look forward to answering questions. As I mentioned, I'll probably set up an IdeaJam site to collect and vote on the questions and then we'll pick the top questions to answer during the session. Who knows, I may make it real interesting by giving away something cool for a really great question (or even a randomly selected question.)
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