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Increase Productivity with Action Tagging

Published on August 01, 2005
By Pete Freitag

@ Here's a little productivity tip for those of you using a bookmarking system that supports tags (such as I like to call it Action Tagging, here's how it works.

When I discover an article that looks interesting, but don't I have time to read it just yet, I tag it with an action tag. In this case I would tag it with @toread meaning I need to come back and read it later.

I use the @ symbol as a prefix for my action tag because in your tags are sorted in alphabetical order so they will show up first, and also because it seams to be the most logical symbol to represent action. Some bookmark systems may not allow the @ symbol, but does.

After I read the article, I either delete it, or edit it and update the tags if I want to keep it bookmarked.

I also use the action tag @toblog when I find an article that I want to post to my blog.

Some other possible action tags include:

  • @todo
  • @tobuy

Does anyone else use action tags? What tags do you use?

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Pete, I use a similar system as yours only not with I use the scrapbook extension of firefox and have almost the same folder structure setup (recon, articles, greatDesign, toBuy). I do basically the same thing by marking the stuff I want to come back to and keeping it all in one place. Your idea for using delicious is cool because you can gauge the general interest in the article from its popularity and it doesn't dictate that you must be working from your machine. Realistically I always use my laptop so the scrapbook extension method is sufficient for me.

On a sidenote- I'm doing the "Getting Things Done" audio series right now and this approach is VERY consistent with David Allen's recommendations for a "collection bucket" - basically not trying to hold these things in short-term "RAM" and just funnel them to a trusted system you can come back to.

good stuff
by Sean Tierney on 08/01/2005 at 2:03:21 PM UTC
Cool, thanks for sharing that Sean.
by Pete Freitag on 08/01/2005 at 2:15:10 PM UTC
togrok (to understand)
by JE on 08/09/2005 at 10:44:01 AM UTC
I use a text file, with some simple Emacs macros for rapid capture of ideas, blog topics, etc. I use pretty much for rants, so it was nice to see your ideas for more structured use. If you're interested, here's a post describing it:

Pickle jars, text files, and creative idea capture -
by Matthew Cornell on 12/03/2005 at 10:32:03 PM UTC