Well, not really news. I'm caught up. I have tasks to do. But I don't feel behind. First time in a couple of months at least.
I've been using my task list in Outlook (synchronized with my PDA) quite extensively since I purchased the PDA this summer. While still dawdle, procrastinate, and goof-off, it's helped me focus on what I need to get done. It's noted there and I can make an effort to cross things off. Otherwise I tend to forget until I have too much to do.
I'm down to less than 20 items on my to-do list for work. Most of those left are low-priority nice things to get done sometime. The important things are all done, or don't need to be done just yet. I've got three things to do in spare time on my recruiting trip to UC Davis from Wednesday night through Saturday morning. Mostly document review and commentary.
Also, the work laptop has let me get a lot more work done at home. I refuse to use my home computer for work. About all I'll do is use it to VPN into the corporate network and then remote control my desktop. Not the most efficient. But it's equivalent in my mind to commuting. However, I won't put actual work on this laptop. Expedia didn't pay for it. And I don't want to blur the line between my work projects and my play projects, giving IAC an in to owning my private work. Now I have the work computer, and I can get a ton done, even in a short period of time (no interuptions). Including on the bus, and I can mentally count that as part of my work day.