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netvibes reviewAre you driven crazy by your wish list of projects and goals? Have you got a pile of things up your sleeve to be done someday that you never seem to find time for in the midst of all your everyday thoughts? Do you wish that there was a way to isolate just the relevant pieces of information and focus on one aspect of your life at a time?

Most of us need to mix up our organising with a little creativity to keep ourselves motivated. We need to be able to see not just the tasks at hand, but reminders of our goals and all the useful things we found along the way. What we need is a way to bring it all together visually and memorably. To have all your pictures, links, tasks relevant to this aspect of your life together and ready for action. This is where Netvibes becomes an amazing asset.


It doesn’t really have to be Netvibes. iGoogle or maybe another similar RSS/portal/start page would do the trick just as well. The goal here is to create a place online where you can easily access a selection of your favourite life focus points, projects or whatever. One online destination, many tabs for your goals.

I’m personally a fan of Netvibes Netvibes Wasabi Review - A Blow Your Socks Off Feed Reader! Netvibes Wasabi Review - A Blow Your Socks Off Feed Reader! Read More as a start page for many reasons. It’s not my main feed reader Feed Readers - Web Apps Or Desktops Apps? Which Is Better? Feed Readers - Web Apps Or Desktops Apps? Which Is Better? Read More , but there are good reasons for duplicating a few RSS feeds 14 "OTHER" Ways to Use RSS Feeds 14 "OTHER" Ways to Use RSS Feeds Read More in to Netvibes. You’ll see why soon as I outline how you can use Netvibes.

The Set Up

It’s surprisingly easy to set up, too. Head over to Netvibes and get an account. Create a new tab for your goal. For instance, I’ve chosen to make a “Holidays” tab. A project you might have in mind could be your online job search.

You can choose how you want the column layout of the tab to be by choosing “edit”.

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Now, you want to add a module for your tasks. If you’re using Remember The Milk, there’s a great ready-made module. If you can’t find a widget for your usual task manager, see if you can get an RSS feed for your tasks. Then you can simply add the RSS feed as a module.

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You can find modules on Netvibes for most of the popular online to-do lists Five Great Online To-Do Lists You Should Check Out Five Great Online To-Do Lists You Should Check Out Read More . Remember The Milk 8 Easy Ways To Manage Tasks With Remember The Milk 8 Easy Ways To Manage Tasks With Remember The Milk Read More is my to-do list of choice, but each to their own.

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Set up your task module so that it only shows the relevant tasks for this part of your life. In RTM, it’s easy to pick a pre-made smartlist (the picture above shows how to save a search as a smartlist in RTM). For others, you might be able to filter by tag or something.

using netvibes

using netvibes

Now, make a module for your links. If you’re using Delicious or some other link manager with RSS, you can use an RSS widget to bring in your relevant links. For instance, links tagged with “Holiday” would be brought in to mine.

Also grab a few pictures that remind you of your goals. There’s a Flickr module which brings in a grid of pictures using RSS. I love this module particularly because the feed doesn’t have to come from Flickr – it can be any picture RSS feed. Bring in relevant picture RSS feeds from your albums on Flickr or ideas on Tumblr. Bring in Flickr group photos that remind you of your goals.

Take a look at the sorts of RSS feeds you can get from Delicious bookmarks. Mix that with a little strategy for organising your studies using Delicious How to Use Delicious to Organize Your Student Life How to Use Delicious to Organize Your Student Life Read More and you can see that we’re able to get some extremely useful information by RSS.

Then add a few inspiring RSS feeds of blogs relevant to your goal. For instance, in my “Holidays” tab I’ve added travel advisories, French travel blogs and French learning blogs. If you want to mix and match your RSS feeds before importing, use something like Yahoo pipes How To Edit Existing RSS Feeds With Yahoo! Pipes How To Edit Existing RSS Feeds With Yahoo! Pipes Read More to tweak them first.

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As you can see, with everything together like this, it’s hard not to feel motivation towards your goal. Also, when you focus the page on the tasks you really want to work on, then you’re not going to wind up feeling like you should be doing everyday tasks instead of focusing on your goals.

Do you use a system like this? Which apps do you use? What priorities have you dedicated a tab to and why? Let us know your great ideas!

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  1. San Luis Obispo Marketing
    July 13, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Netvibes is the absolute best single website on the internet. Not sure what I'd do without it as my life has been organized through my Netvibes start page for several years now.

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 14, 2010 at 6:27 am

      Sounds like you love Netvibes as much as I do. :)

  2. Angela Alcorn
    July 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Pervara. Yeah, I know the web page widgets you mean. I use them lots. :)

    They do stay logged in between Netvibes sessions if the service allows it and you don't wipe your cookies, eg. Livejournal, Twitter (in a web page widget) etc. But if you change computers they won't - and you're quite right about that being annoying! :)

  3. Pervara Kapadia
    July 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks Angela for responding. Yes i agree with you i myself utilize widgets which auto login once Netvibes is loged into. This ofcourse is a great tool. What am refering to are the 'Web Page widget'. Here when one would paste the page url etc the next time when we switch off and then on the laptop the cookies have gone and hence password is required all over again. Additionally if i login via some other laptop/pc then again all passwords are required.

    Regards
    Pervara

  4. Angela Alcorn
    July 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Just in case you don't know, a lot of accounts can be accessed (and will auto log-in) in Netvibes using widgets, like Twitter or Facebook.

    And some accounts which let you stay "logged in" will remain logged in within Netvibes if you are at a computer you normally use and are happy to remain logged in browser-wide.

    But your idea for auto login within Netvibes could be powerful (and dangerous).

  5. Pervara Kapadia
    July 11, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Hi Yes i myself use Netvibes just that apart from ready made widgets it would be great if auto password could take place when we have 'Web Page widget'.

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm

      Now, that would be great. :)

      • Pervara Kapadia
        July 12, 2010 at 3:51 pm

        Yes as it is tiring to log into multiple accounts.

        • Angela Alcorn
          July 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm

          Just in case you don't know, a lot of accounts can be accessed (and will auto log-in) in Netvibes using widgets, like Twitter or Facebook.

          And some accounts which let you stay "logged in" will remain logged in within Netvibes if you are at a computer you normally use and are happy to remain logged in browser-wide.

          But your idea for auto login within Netvibes could be powerful (and dangerous).

        • Pervara Kapadia
          July 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm

          Thanks Angela for responding. Yes i agree with you i myself utilize widgets which auto login once Netvibes is loged into. This ofcourse is a great tool. What am refering to are the 'Web Page widget'. Here when one would paste the page url etc the next time when we switch off and then on the laptop the cookies have gone and hence password is required all over again. Additionally if i login via some other laptop/pc then again all passwords are required.

          Regards
          Pervara

        • Angela Alcorn
          July 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm

          Hi Pervara. Yeah, I know the web page widgets you mean. I use them lots. :)

          They do stay logged in between Netvibes sessions if the service allows it and you don't wipe your cookies, eg. Livejournal, Twitter (in a web page widget) etc. But if you change computers they won't - and you're quite right about that being annoying! :)

        • Pervara Kapadia
          July 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm

          Yes exactly Angela

  6. Tops Oloja
    July 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I got to know about Netvibes here and it has been awesome. Thank you MakeUseOf. Thank you Netvibes.

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 3, 2010 at 5:02 am

      You're welcome. Enjoy!

  7. Angela Alcorn
    July 2, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Sounds like you think a lot like me. :)

    This is basically just a way to tie all of those things together. Bring in all the tagged feeds to the one page to keep track of them as one topic. It stops you getting overloaded with things that are off-topic.

    Good luck!

  8. Saidi Smeenk
    July 2, 2010 at 1:00 am

    incredible
    i am using now yahoo pipe, google reader, gmail, salesforce, cure crm, archive, google todo, firefox addons, tumblr, ampliy, evernote, delicious, mindmap, feedly, paper-i, lastpass.

    using google reader with catorgie of improvement (from anthony robbin) got 7 and that is how i pioritize the rest i spam in my google reader and use google reader filter to filter alot. use also postrank to scan the important onces and use google reader information to filter and kick out subs.

    using scripts way more google reader filter, smart reader subscription
    using tags alot more and evernote to record my ideas. next to my computer i am doing alot of with mindmaps. To free my mind... and also organised this. I put like 100 blogs about organisation number 1 of my piority. Without reading each day of handy tips to organisated my information i will be information overloaded.

    But for now, i am going to use your thing..... i love it. :)

  9. Saidi Smeenk
    July 1, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    incredible
    i am using now yahoo pipe, google reader, gmail, salesforce, cure crm, archive, google todo, firefox addons, tumblr, ampliy, evernote, delicious, mindmap, feedly, paper-i, lastpass.

    using google reader with catorgie of improvement (from anthony robbin) got 7 and that is how i pioritize the rest i spam in my google reader and use google reader filter to filter alot. use also postrank to scan the important onces and use google reader information to filter and kick out subs.

    using scripts way more google reader filter, smart reader subscription
    using tags alot more and evernote to record my ideas. next to my computer i am doing alot of with mindmaps. To free my mind... and also organised this. I put like 100 blogs about organisation number 1 of my piority. Without reading each day of handy tips to organisated my information i will be information overloaded.

    But for now, i am going to use your thing..... i love it. :)

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 2, 2010 at 5:14 am

      Sounds like you think a lot like me. :)

      This is basically just a way to tie all of those things together. Bring in all the tagged feeds to the one page to keep track of them as one topic. It stops you getting overloaded with things that are off-topic.

      Good luck!

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