The alarm clock that runs away and hides when you don’t wake up. Clocky gives you one chance to get up. But if you snooze, Clocky will jump off of your nightstand and wheel around your room looking for a place to hide. Clocky is kind of like a misbehaving pet, only he will get up at the right time.
The idea for Clocky came to (Gauri) Nanda a couple of years ago. Her cat had had seven kittens, and she was charmed by the way they would nibble her toes each morning to wake her. Clocky works by the same principle. “I wanted Clocky to be like a troublesome pet that you love anyway,” said Nanda, a Michigan native who has received thousands of e-mails from around the country requesting a Clocky to take home.
Here’s the designer on the Big Idea Show (CNBC) showing the little tyke in action:
Unclutterer (via Lifehacker) is a blog dedicated to staying organised. I lost the battle to clutter as a small child but I still have forlorn hopes of, one day, one day overcoming the beast. I’ve just added it to my way too long (albeit for work mainly, there’s not enough fun stuff yet) list of RSS feeds.
They link to some neat (but not cheap) collapsable measuring cups. I actually need to get some US measuring cups so I don’t have to go through the painful conversion process so maybe I’ll indulge. Or maybe I’ll find some that are less expensive.
Good to see that CableOrganizer.com are advertising on them. I think I first found out about them from one of their ads on Penny-Arcade and have lusted after their cable tamers ever since.
Just made a page to record my fav Firefox Hacks. Will be useful for times like this week when my Firefox profile just decided to uninstall itself and all my lovingly cultured extensions and hacks. Grrrr!!!
It’s late so I won’t write a whole heap about this, I just wanted to collect some of the to-do list/organisational links I was searching through in the verve of New Year’s resolutioning.
While you’re reading all this, check out musicovery in the background, it’s a cute interactive radio station, it’s like the music genome project only it’s less linear. You can choose mood or dance and you can limit the choices by genre and decade (as far back as the 50s). Software:
My Life Organised – I’ve played around with this software a little and I think it has real potential. It’s got a really simple interface but is powerfully flexible. You can export in and out of MindManager mind mapping software which is pretty cool if you use it. Here are some reviews at 43 Folders, this one and this one explains how the program works a bit. There are some instructions for implenting the GTD system (see below). The developer is still very active and it has community support.
For Mac users, Kinklesslooks like it could be worth a test drive, it’s free but you need to have bought OmniOutliner (though that’s meant to be good too). What’s cool too is that it is should sync with your ipod.
43 Folders advice on building smarter to-do lists: Part 1 and Part 2.
To-done is a blog that isn’t updated anymore but worth looking through the archives for tips.
Get Things Done (GTD): The system of allocating time and place to next actions promoted by Dave Allen (the other main competitor is the Franklin/Covey system which concentrates on importance/urgency – here’s a weird article about the Franklin Covey synthesis, a forum post on which system is better – I think a combination is best – it has some neat tips). 43 Folders is one of the big promoters of the GTD cult – here’s a nice intro to GTD.
Flylady: Rather popular system for managing households and their chores. She suggests creating a Control Journal. One way to domestic goddess status I suppose, but all a bit TOO orderly for me though.
For more paper based to-do lists:
The Pocket Mod: An online wizard for creating printed organisers. You can also download an offline version. Very neat.
The Printable CEO Series: Free printable forms to help you manage your day to day tasks so you can focus on being a CEO/your business.