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Action Journaling (AJ) is a way to quickly render journal entries and todo lists into plain ASCII text. I’ve worked on various aspects of these ideas since 1995, starting with “Marked Text” (MTX) a format for generating HTML. (To give credit, my original inspiration probably came from Setext, which was popular at the time.) The original… Read More


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Thanks to list.js by @javve sorting and searching are now client side activities, cutting down on network traffic and server load. This is the new look! Completely fluid and mobile friendly (thanks to Bootstrap!). The input field is ready to start a new discussion topic. Note the upcoming meeting in four days mixed in with… Read More


Email Hydra

On my personal site I’ve been enumerating the ideas that underpin PTM in the form of an Email Manifesto. A brief excerpt is included below. Email has become the lowest common denominator for electronic communication—frequently abused and massively overused. Much of our pain stems from asking email to do things it wasn’t meant to do. We should simply stop using email in these… Read More


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TableTop is a lightweight tool for editing, sharing and converting tabular information. I wrote it as an alternative to unwieldy spreadsheet programs. Spreadsheets are primarily about numbers. TableTop is all about text! Tables are not spreadsheets. Why use the wrong tool? <smile>   The best way to learn TableTop is to start a new table…… Read More


After trying several different approaches to the all important activity lists, I came up with a consistent, simplified design that I intend to use throughout PTM. Features shown in this screen shot include: Threaded Discussion QuickType Entry Field near the top for efficient capture of important thoughts as you have them. Reverse Chronological Display based… Read More


Apple recently changed the way Safari behaves when you scroll down. Prior to iOS 7, the address bar and controls would hide themselves automatically once you started to use the page. You could force them to reappear by scrolling back to the top. As part of the big move away from skeuomorphism they changed this… Read More


To-Do Lists Don’t Work – Daniel Markovitz – Harvard Business Review This article influenced me quite a bit. It’s where I first heard the idea of “living in your calendar“. It lead me to develop calendar integration for PTM. I also de-emphasized due dates and eliminated task priorities all together. You can now subscribe to and publish calendars… Read More


You manage things, you lead people.      — Grace Hopper The ideal project is one where people don’t have meetings, they have lunch. The size of the team should be the size of the lunch table.      — Bill Joy Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.      — John Kenneth Galbraith… Read More


This is the third incarnation of a project I started in 2007. I’ve learned much during the process and “the luck of the third adventure” seems to be holding sway. P : T : M now has a responsive user interface based on Bootstrap and Font Awesome (I highly recommend both!).  It will reconfigure itself depending on the… Read More