Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Creative vision: a mindmap


Here is an ongoing mindmap I’ve been annotating with what I think are the keys for personal creativity. You could certainly expand this web more and more, but some of these ideas are worth considering.

The image can be enlarged at a mouse click, but I also have some other goodies for you if you wish to take a closer look or even use it as a starting point for your own version:
All of these versions have been generated from a single master file in the Open-source program FreeMind.

I hope you find some stimulating idea in this map!

Mind maps, concept maps and related diagrams are a very good tool not only for creativity, but also for organization. You get a bird’s view of the whole project and the associated tasks. And there is a variety of Mind Maps Books you can check out.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Nexty: GTD for one or multiple users right in your browser

I have been busy trying out different kinds of CMS systems lately, and I have set up a whole suite of applications to run web applications locally. This means I’ve been able to try a particular piece of software that has been designed from the ground up for the GTD system: Nexty. Open–source, it works in PHP using a MySQL database, the usual combination in most CMS systems.

You can set it up on your hosting service, and use it anywhere, or install it locally on your computer. For a single computer install, the details may vary from one OS to another, but in the case of Windows XP all it takes is two minutes (or less). Yes, I mean it.

For such a quick install of Nexty, you must have first set up a combination of Web Server (such as Apache), PHP, MySQL. The most convenient and super–easy is the XAMMP suite (Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl, PHPMyAdmin and more conveniently packaged), a portable application suite that you only need to extract to your computer, following the instructions provided in the XAMMP project page.

You can use XAMMP to test locally different CMS solutions, such as Wordpress or Textpattern, and of course to install and run Nexty.

You only need to download Nexty from the project page, extract it to the htdocs folder in the XAMMP directory, then create an empty MySQL database using PHPMyAdmin: call it “Nexty”, (quite imaginatively), then run Nexty by typing http://localhost/nexty and follow the simple instructions. Two screens later you’ll begin to enjoy this multi–user capable application for GTD–ing. To run it again, save a bookmark to the aforementioned location in your hard drive.

(I’ve found Nexty checking out the big list of GTD tools I’ve recently added to the sidebar.)

1000 Heads: the book

1000 heads, my illustration book

My artwork at Flickr

Inspiring books for the creative type

My GTD (Getting things done) illustrations

I conceived this blog basically to share my visual side notes of the Getting things done process. My most recent posts about GTD software and related topics have “masked” the original posts.

You can access most GTDrawings in the archive of december 2005 and january 2006.

Here's a miniature with most of my sketches: this is what you will find, commented and in larger sizes, in those previous posts.

See also the article about GTD drawings.

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