Usually I try to avoid IM, too noisy, no polite way to schedule responses, … but IMified is a slick tool which might boost the productivity quotient quite a bit.

Once you’ve added the imified-buddy to your contacts in a messenger of your choice (AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Jabber) you can trigger various functionalities (notes, todo items, reminders) by sending messages. IMified even lets you access external services like Blogger, WordPress, Remember the Milk or Basecamp: