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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 5, 2008 / 5 Elul 5768

PlanPlus Online Now Phone-happy

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Like Diogenes looking for an honest man, I keep searching for organizational tools. Some exciting ones are in the offing, but one deserves a revisit: PlanPlus Online (www.planplusonline.com), which is the digital embodiment of the Franklin Planner made famous a number of years back, now supports mobile devices, and quite nicely.


The Franklin Planner, now published by Franklin Covey Corp., is one of those things you either "get" or you don't. In its paper-based version, the planner will present you with space to map out and record your day: appointments, to-do items, expenses, notes, and so on. By encouraging you to prioritize your "daily task list," based on your own values and goals, the idea is to organize your work into ways that advance your life, not just your list-completion skills.


Many large companies -- Sprint and DuPont are two names that come to mind -- adopted the paper planner in the 1990s, and the volumes remain somewhat popular today. But so much is shifting to digital formats, and the FranklinCovey folks have moved right along with that, just in case you're not into dead trees all that much.


Online, from a desktop computer using a standard Web browser, your screen layout is similar to the printed planner page. There's a place for everything to be inserted; the key difference being that, since we're talking keyboards here, you can probably read what you've written more easily.


On a handheld device (my choice was the Apple iPhone 3G) the format is tailored for the smaller screen. You don't lose much in the way of functionality here, and it's nice to have the convenience of entering items while on the go.


Two nice differences are worth noting. Now, you can set up PlanPlus Online to text message and/or e-mail your daily task list and appointments every day at a pre-set time. Mine is at 7 a.m. The cost is built into the monthly service fee of $25, and it's a nice option, a digital kick-in-the-pants if you will.


The other feature of PlanPlus Online works better, I believe with a desktop or portable computer - not a handheld - and some training. You can customize the back-end of the system to track and monitor just about any business process you might have. Since the company that developed PlanPlus Online with Franklin Covey is into the "CRM," or customer relationship management, space, there's an emphasis on sales processes. You can use these to track prospects, assign them to a team, make sure everyone is doing their part.


But what if your business isn't straight commercial sales, but rather a service or "influencing" business such as public relations or lobbying, let's say. Those are two occupations with plenty of followers in this area, and it would be nice, I'm guessing, to have a way to organize all this.


That's where the customization comes in: with a little training, you can turn that sales form into a lobbying contact tracking system. The data can be exported to a spreadsheet or database for tracking. Records can contain attachments including Microsoft Word documents, photos and other files.


Suddenly, we're not just looking at a time-tracker. Instead, PlanPlus Online is a task manager-cum-content management system, one that could probably work very nicely in a small enterprise. (Multinational firms probably have their own systems in place already.) And, the price seems right.


There really is a sweet spot here: software as a service, or SaaS, with that extra soupcon of customization that brings great value to the end user. In a demo, the process worked flawlessly, and even a non-programmer such as your columnist could get the hang of it with a day or two of instruction.


I'll confess to a 16-year love affair with what is now the FranklinCovey system. This new iteration extends the franchise and might well snag your interest.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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