Categories and stuff…

It’s been bugging me for a while that I couldn’t quite display the Categories and sub-categories as I wanted.

Then I came across, Appearance, Widgets and started dragging things over into place.

A big part of learning WordPress is tinkering with it.  Within reason, it’s hard to break.

Crediting Lisa for advising on tinkering.

Overcoming the resistance towards getting back to a place of nothing

There is a magical component of GTD where you ‘Get “IN” to Zero’.  After processing everything into its place, there is a wonderful feeling of Inner Calm.   Funny thing because there is still work to be done – processing to zero doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve completed all the processed material.  So, if there is an expected and wonderful feeling of Inner Calm (at an early stage), then why do I frequently have a resistance to processing to zero?

I think the answer is different for everyone.  I’m trying to observe the inner conversations happening for me while processing.  Saying that it’s procrastination is too obvious.

A primary tenet of GTD is to decide the Next Action — processing the emails to zero means that I’m taking over ownership of the email from the person who sent it.  This initial process is crucial because it places an official marker into your personal productivity system, as opposed to just sitting in a random location (paper, InBox).

Keep in mind that after collecting all loose papers and materials, the first major process is ‘Get “IN” to Zero’.  Maybe I have something here…  I’m sensing a part of myself resenting having to spend my time going through the material.  I frequently refer back to the original mailing date and feel good/bad about my date of replying.  Oftentimes, inbound emails have me thinking about other people’s stuff.

Getting to Zero on a frequent basis neutralizes all this additional wasted mental effort and agitation.

Don’t read this as “the Truth” because I’ll look at this again in a couple weeks and come up with another distinction, but I’m interested in your thoughts.

Pausing for a moment to come back into synch.  What’s the next action – no overwhelm.

What I’ve found is that when you do have your system reasonably under control, it’s all about shifting to the Systematic Approach of GTD.  There is a difference between my system and the Systematic Approach.  The System happens to be Lotus Notes.  The Systematic Approach for processing something new requires me to write it down, put it in InBox (tray) and then process it completely.  This requires checking the system to see if the entry is already in there and just needs updated.  Because technology makes it very easy to update information, you can end up clobbering it with repetitive junk.

What’s really trippy is that I’ve amazed myself with all the detailed thought I “HAD” put into a project a couple weeks back, and am now processing something into the system.  The trippy part is that, after searching for the project, I’m reading great stuff that I couldn’t remember typing in.  What this means is that the Systematic Approach does require you stop and think thoroughly about your Next Action Processing and not just automatically slam everything into the system.  I’m now really careful about feeding my system correctly and it’s paying back dividends.

Disclaimer: I’ll read this again in a couple months and probably tweak a bunch of it — hope some of this helps — I’d like your thoughts.

PRLog (Web Marketing)

In order to get some better marketing for various sites I’m working on (www.ojaivalleycert.org, www.okdrill.org, www.franciscabeach.com) I happened across what looks like a Marketing Web-Site called PRLog (www.prlog.com).

Was very quick to create an account and set it up.

You can create professional looking Press Releases, which I understand will eventually show up when you do searches using www.google.com/news.

Nice that you can create a Press Room to keep all your Press Releases together.

I’m still tinkering with this, but looks good so far.

Seems like a lot of people using www.prlog.com as a main search engine for finding stuff — I was immediately seeing some hits soon after I published a story.

Upgrading WordPress from 2.8.4 to 2.8.6

It hasn’t been long since I initially installed WordPress 2.8.4 and now it’s up to 2.8.6.

I was slightly underwhelmed by the installation documentation.

Tried to do the automatic installation, so that sent me down the road of manually updating.

Was able to follow the PHPAdmin instructions for backing up the database.

Used FileZilla to copy the other files down from the Server to my hard-drive.

The underwhelm part was when I reviewing the Easy Install vs. Extended install.  It appeared that I need to read both installation instructions because each was relatively missing something, but both needed to be followed in total.

Anyway…  after manually copying various files over, I was able to get up and running again and away I go!!!

Overall, I’m really impressed with WordPress and am looking forward to getting my site looking like www.cnn.com or www.reuters.com.

Compilation of interests, thoughts and musings…