My user profile didn’t load on my work computer today. “No big deal,” I think, “I’ve been working 100% online for quite some time.” Without my regular workspace, I worked so slowly! Lemme share with you how my day has gone:

  1. Let’s check Gmail. Please log in.
  2. I wanted to add to the Whole New Mind class wiki. Hit and am greeted with “Log in”.
  3. Bookmark a Dan Pink interview of Thomas Friedman for future reference. Bam! No browser buttons and I’m not logged in to What a pain in the tuchus.
  4. I want to post this story as a blog entry. Hit and please log in. It’s almost too much to bear! My need to vent is the only reason I bothered to log in.

It’s incredibly time-consuming to move around the web without my Firefox Add-Ons and cached passwords. Everything took longer than I’m accustomed to.

Then I realized something.

My game was “off” today because my work environment changed. When I read Getting Things Done by David Allen, I learned that the key to keeping on top of obligations was to have an organized way of capturing stuff. I opted for a Palm TX handheld. Others like a Moleskine set up for GTD (Just as some folks favor browsers other than Firefox…whatever floats your boat.)

Working on the web is like capturing obligations into my Palm TX.

It’s all about making the workflow smooth and easy. A while back, I suggested my students implement a Web Workspace and did about half the job for myself. I guess now I see why it’s useful to have a web home page with links to my most frequently used websites.

The Web Workspace should also allow you access to usernames and passwords, should you forget any of them. Sure, the workspace doesn’t eliminate the login hassles I experienced today, but I still like the idea.

What if?

I’d love a way to quickly set up a computer I’ve never used before with my accounts, my plugins, and my layout. Wouldn’t it be cool if a web service came along that I could visit and have all my accounts logged in to and browser plugins added? It sounds like a scripting task. Someone may already be doing this. <goes off to Google this idea>

How do you configure a “new” computer (the browser, really) to act the way you like?

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