That’s all really. I’m learning a lot about CRM development, but not as much as I would like.

Most of the talks are tech-lite.

I’m a big fan of the Moleskine (5.25 X 8.25) notebooks, and I’ve gotten to the point now that I feel lost if I happen to leave the house without mine. I’ve finally got a time and information management solution that works for me. It’s hard to convey how liberating it is to know that you don’t have to remember everything. Of course, like every other geek, I’ve got a system.

The pristine blankness of a new notebook can be intimidating. The urge to only write really deep, worthy thoughts is fairly common. So, I start out by completely obliterating that idea nad writing on every other page. That is, I number the odd pages. I’d number them all, but frankly that’s a lot of work, and having the odd pages numbered gives enough information to find whatever page number I’m looking for.

After the odd pages are numbered I flip to the very last page and title it “Index”. The index starts at the back and goes toward the front.

The first page gets a line right down the middle, and then a horizontal line across the top with enough space to write the date in.

I tape a small yearly calendar to the inside front cover with special dates (birthdays and holidays) marked on it. Below that stick four or five post-it notes and chuck a couple of 3X5 index cards in the back pocket.

That’s all the set-up. For actual use, the left hand column of the page is where I write down stuff I’ve done. Usually just a dash and a title works for me. The right hand column is for the day’s reminders and stuff to do. Every morning, I draw a new set of horizontal lines for date and start over. Any reminder’s or “to dos” that didn’t get completed the previous day immediately get copied to the next column. At the end of the day, I put an entry in the index noting the page number, the date and anything special I might want to refer to.

If I get a rash of ideas for a project I just go forward to the next page, title it and put an entry in the index.

That’s my system. What’s yours?

I’m a big fan of utility apps that make life easier. Recently, several people have pointed me at a neat little program called Slick Run. Slick Run basically allows you to define shortcut commands to run your favorite apps, which is pretty darn cool. But most Windows users already have a tool installed that does the same thing. It’s called Windows Desktop Search.

Yes, Windows Desktop Search mostly searches, but you can also define program shortcuts and use them to launch an application.

You can define shortcuts by typing in ‘@[shortcut name], =[program executable]’ . So to create a shortcut for Firefox, in the windows search bar enter ‘@fox, =firefox.exe’. You can now launch Firefox by typing ‘fox’ in the search bar.

To sweeten the pot, it will pass anything after the shortcut name to the program, so if you type ‘fox’ Firefox will open up on Google.

There are a few other examples in the help for Windows Search, which you can get to by entering ‘?help’. For instance you can define a shortcut to query a web site, with parameters.

And the best part, in my opinion, is that you don’t have to wait for yet another program to launch and initialize when you start your computer.

At last night’s East Tennessee .Net User’s Group Alan insisted that everyone rush right out and start a blog. Okay, he didn’t really insist, but he was a little shrill about it. 😉

So I did.

And now you have what you see here. Not much.