The start of the year saw a massive (for me) traffic spike for this blog. My previous post on using the Xinha Here plugin to color code Backpackit.com tasks using The Printable CEO as guide was featured in life hacks portal Lifehacker.com. For a while, it was even on the popular page of del.icio.us. The post was also linked to by the Backpack blog.
Before I found a way to use color coding in my Backpackit.com tasks, I relied solely on Rememberthemilk.com to keep track of things I should be doing. But after more than a week of using the Backpackit plus The Printable CEO system, I find that I am able to prioritize my tasks better.
The install link of version 0.5 of Xinha Here, however, is broken (as of this writing) . The Mozilla addons page for the extension is still at version 0.3. Version 0.5 offers options on themes and plugins for the what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) editor.
David Seah’s printable CEO is an excellent guide on which tasks to tackle first and which distractions to deal with later. It lists various answers to the question: When is something worth doing? The answers are color coded and come with points, ranked based on their importance to your goals. Seah uses it to track his tasks using a printable progress chart that he fills up.
I use Seah’s printable CEO as guide but I do not keep track of the scores of my tasks. Instead, I use it as guide on which tasks to perform first. I organize tasks by topics and use color code, based on the printable CEO, to prioritize.
I then implemented this in BackPackIt using the Firefox extension Xinha Here, which launches a visual HTML editor for any text entry area (screenshots below). I edited the main page of my free BackPackIt account and used it as dashboard. For the body text, I entered my version of The Printable CEO and used color coding.
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The developer of Xinha Here! has released version 0.4 of the must-have Firefox plugin for bloggers and online content creators. The new version runs only on Firefox 1.5 so if you haven’t upgraded yet, get the new installer at Mozilla.
The new version comes with options for the what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editor. The options interface allows you to specify plugins to use with the editor as well as the themes of the editing screen. The new Xinha Here! version comes with seven themes and 22 plugins-such as character map, table operations, find and replace, character counter etc.
Below is the screenshot of the new version using the XP Blue theme. If you arenít familiar with Xinha Here!, hereís my earlier post on the plugin.
Putting a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editor for your blog or website content management system used to involve installing a software package in the web server. Not anymore. I found this link to a Firefox plugin that would allow you to use the Xinha editor on any HTML text entry area.
Xinha Here! (photo below) is a must-have Firefox plugin for anyone who publishes online-whether on blogs, news portals or even forums. What’s good about using Xinha Here! instead of a server-side WYSIWYG solution is that you can turn WYSIWYG editing on and off without having to change settings.
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