Begin with the End in Mind

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

…or begin with the beginning (next action) in mind. It’s your choice. Whether you are following Habit 2 of the Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People or the “Next Action” mindset of Getting things done (GTD), is all about learning to identify and break down the sequence of individual steps to get from […]


Saturday, April 4th, 2009

When you are faced with 100 messages in Microsoft OutLook, it will often be due to the presence of several conversations spread across the Inbox with various entries containing different replies and different attachments. Your first step in processing may be to thin the the list down to only the most recent messages in each […]

OutLinker for MindManager 7

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

OutLinker has always worked with MindManager 7, but the recently implemented installer defaulted to using the MindManager 8 type library, so users would need to go in and set this reference in the visual basic editor themselves. There is now a dedicated installation program (download) for MindManager 7 users that eliminates that step.

OutLinker Contexts

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

I thought it was done, but one last someday/maybe feature creeped into OutLinker last evening. OutLinker now has buttons to allow you to set the context for the task associated with the message quickly. Note that the contexts assigned with the buttons (or by just putting the @context in the next action) are now automatically […]


Friday, March 27th, 2009

. A picture is worth a thousand words. If you have been on the sidelines, give OutLinker a try. Make sure you grab the latest version of MindReader to take full advantage of it. A big thanks to all the victims beta testers of the new form-based version developed over the last few months.

OutLinker Lite (OutLinker for “list” people)

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

OutLinker came into being as a means for creating MindManager hyperlinks to archived Microsoft Outlook messages. It faccilitates the Getting Things Done (GTD) process of empyting your inbox and can be optionally enhanced by GyroQ and MindReader. The program was recently enhanced with the option to create Outlook tasks with message attachments and/or links. It […]

20 ways to detect a bulk mail message

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Before the days of OutLinker, I optimized my inbox by diverting “bulk mail” to a separate OutLook folder for reading “in bulk” at a later time rather than having them provide mid-day distraction or swelling an otherwise full inbox. In this case I’m referring to legitimate bulk mail from vendors I’m largely interested in hearing […]

How long is a typical email message?

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Awhile back an OutLinker user ran into trouble transferring a large Microsoft OutLook message into MindManager via GyroQ. We determined the shear size of the transfer was the problem. We don’t know precisely how big is too big, but in order to minimize the risk of that happening, OutLinker now has an upper limit on […]

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