My ramblings about how to improve my own productivity while being less stressed out

Calendar Federation and XMPP

Monday, July 13, 2009 by darco

Why can't sending an event invitation to someone be as easy as sending an email? Why can't I check a friend's availability if they aren't using the same calendar server? Why can't I share a calendar with my friends who don't have an account on my calendar server?

For some reason or another, the concept of Calendar Servers has captured my imagination over the past year or so. I believe this technology could change how people think of time management, but I think it needs three things before it can get to that point:

  1. Ability to invite someone to an event who is using a different calendar server.
  2. Ability to view availability of someone who is using a different calendar server. (And, as a corollary, the ability to control who can see your availability)
  3. Ability to share calendars and events with people who don't have an account on my calendar server.

The key to make all of this possible is something I call Automatic Federation.

UPDATE: After writing this post, individuals have brought to my attention RFC-2446, RFC-2447, and the iSCHEDULE Technical Committee. At first glance, it looks like this may make the stuff I was proposing here somewhat irrelevant, but some investigation is still warranted. I'm not yet sure how these specs prevent abusive things like spoofing and who is allowed to see free-busy information.

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Getting Things Done

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 by darco

While wallowing in the troughs of my self-pitty this morning, I came across an interesting blog titled 43 Folders. Specifically, an article about getting things done. Wooed by phrases like "stress-free productivity", I quickly bought the book titled Getting Things Done.

I am suddenly reminded of my previous attempts at analytically improving my productivity. Hopefully this time it will be more...productive.

A new direction

Sunday, May 22, 2005 by darco

I have recently determined that it is unrealistic to for me to continue working on developing Synfig alone out of my apartment. Not only is the work simply not getting done, I am also enduring a large amount of emotional and mental stress in the process. My quality of life has plummeted over the past few months. Life is just too short to waste on such things—so I'm moving on.

There are a handful of questions that I imagine everyone reading has. What am I going to do for a living? What is going to happen to Synfig? Will I ever start an animation studio again? Most importantly, what went wrong?

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Thursday, May 19, 2005 by darco

Today I am 24. Why are birthdays so depressing?

Engineering Productivity (Part 2)

Thursday, May 5, 2005 by darco

In my last post, I went into detailed observation of my tendencies, habits, and other things relevant to my productivity. In this post, I hope to refine all of this down into something actionable.

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Engineering Productivity (Part 1)

Wednesday, May 4, 2005 by darco

I've been giving a lot of thought over the past few days about how to improve my abysmal productivity. It is clear that what I am currently doing is not working. No matter how much I berate and attack myself for being unproductive no difference is made. Then, a thought occurred to me. Perhaps it's not so much of a problem with discipline or drive as it is an engineering problem.

"Working harder" does not appear to be the solution. "Working smarter" does. I need to make observations on what conditions allow me to work best, and what conditions keep me from getting work done. Trying to force myself to work under circumstances which I do not work well under is counterproductive. What are my strengths? What are my weaknesses? How can I minimize how those weaknesses dilute my strengths? That is the task at hand.

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Plan of Action

Monday, April 25, 2005 by darco

I believe I read somewhere that one of the best things you can do to ensure that you carry through with your plans is to write them down. The past four months of my life have been rather unproductive. I want to change this... And this is my plan to carry it out.

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