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Yesterday I took a couple hours and live streamed my entire June 2020 Bullet Journal migration process on Twitch. It was a lot of fun to join a handful of people online and do it together. They even helped me find mistakes in the process! I have certainly been bit by the streamer bug.

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Yesterday I took a couple hours and live streamed my entire June 2020 Bullet Journal migration process on Twitch. It was a lot of fun to join a handful of people online and do it together. They even helped me find mistakes in the process! I have certainly been bit by the streamer bug.

When I switched this blog to Jekyll, one of the features I lost was the ability to schedule posts for the future. Yes, Jekyll can handle future dates on posts, but you still need to run a command to build the site and then deploy it to your web server.

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In the last month, I have expanded a little over 1,000 snippets in TextExpander. And given the complexity of those snippets, it has saved me over two hours worth of typing in that same period. And although that sounds impressive, I’m guessing the real number is closer to double that number. The snippets I’m using often save me from switching back and forth between applications or hunting down information.

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When you first build your GTD system, it’s easy to focus on the tools and setting up the correct lists. At that point, it’s important to build the infrastructure and get your projects under control so overwhelm can vacate the premises. But it is common to let the system slide after a week or two or maybe a month.

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A couple of months ago I mentioned my use of Ulysses along with a few other tricks to develop a writing habit. And that has worked great… for a time. That is, it worked until I saw this tweet by Brett Terpstra.

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For a couple of years now, I have been weaning myself off of Google’s services. I am simply tired of volunteering my information for their algorithms and seeing it used to create a confirmation bias that is unhealthy in the long-term. Yes, there are other companies doing the same, but for the sake of this article, let’s focus on Google. Here’s a look at the services I’m using to avoid them.

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David Sparks has done it again. And this time it’s FREE! He has a new Field Guide on Fantastical. I can’t say I’ve see a video course on Fantastical anywhere, so this is an easy one to grab if you’re at all interested in Fantastical.

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“I have to admit that I love my fountain pens. It’s become so bad that my friends are now starting to give them to me as gifts. And in one case, my evangelism has led to a conversion and surpassing of the evangelist.”

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In 2015, I read two books. In 2016, I started a podcast that requires me to read a book every two weeks. Which means I’ve read a lot of nonfiction books since 2016. Here’s the story behind my reading habit and how my view of books has changed since reading 100+ self-help books.

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It begs the question, though, of whether or not it’s possible to live with a healthy relationship to technology while maintaining a job as Social Media Manager.

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Custom notebooks for dedicated methodologies are all the rage right now. And although I’m very much against the idea of using these things, I can’t help but wonder if it would actually work. The only one that piques my interest is Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner. Has anyone gone down this route? Was it worth it?

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The term “analog productivity” generally comes with the assumption that we are talking about pen and paper and the associated methodology for using it to track our tasks and habits. But that shouldn’t be the case. Generally speaking, we use pen and paper because we need a break from the screens, we are more effective with it, or we simply like the feel of it. But those can all be justifications for the use of an old school chronograph over a smartwatch as well.

It’s a bit of a weird stance to be pushing analog tools so much and yet I have a strong dependence on digital task management. I do a TON of work in OmniFocus.

It’s no secret that I love Leuchtturm1917 notebooks. I really don’t even consider anything else.

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// bookworm

2020.03.06
- 96 min -
Joe Buhlig

Long hours, an excessive workload, and a lack of sleep have become a badge of honor for modern professionals. But the authors of today’s book argue that it’s actually a mark of stupidity. Join Joe & Mike as they examine what it means to run a calm company.

2020.02.28
- 50 min -
Joe Buhlig

Nir Eyal joins us for our first author’s corner episode to talk about his book Indistractable, turning values into time, and building better relationships.

2020.02.21
- 92 min -
Joe Buhlig

What causes us to act the way we do? Today’s book offers a comprehensive look into the depths of behavioral science. Join Joe & Mike as they examine their own cognitive biases in an effort to understand why they have a tendency to make dumb decisions.

2020.02.07
- 89 min -
Joe Buhlig

Today’s author argues that the lackluster and unproductive gatherings in our lives don’t have to be that way. Join Joe & Mike as they consider how to bring a more human-centered approach to gathering in an effort create meaningful, memorable experiences for everyone involved.

2020.01.24
- 84 min -
Joe Buhlig

In today’s episode, Joe & Mike revisit the topic of Getting Things Done (GTD). Join them as they take a closer look at the mother of all productivity systems and discover all the things that they’re doing wrong.

2020.01.10
- 103 min -
Joe Buhlig

In a world of distraction, focus is a superpower. In today’s book, Joe and Mike look at how to channel their attention in a quest to become indistractable.

2019.12.27
- 98 min -
Joe Buhlig

How do we win a game that has no end? In today’s book, author Simon Sinek explains how an infinite mindset helps overcome the letdown that typically comes shortly after achieving a goal by commiting to a just cause that inspires us to show up day after day, week after week, and year after year.

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Since starting Bookworm I have been taking notes on my books in a variety of ways. I started off keeping independent text files for each book. Then I started doing the same, but in Drafts. Then I had a short stint when I wrote them in a physical notebook. But then I came back to Drafts.

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My good friend Mike Schmitz just released a new course on mind mapping over on The Sweet Setup today. I’ve watched Mike pour over the details of these courses before and know the depth he goes to make sure it is high quality and packed with information. Combine that with the passion of The Sweet Setup team and a 20% off launch price and you can’t go wrong here. Check out the new course here!

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Learn OmniFocus is easily one of my favorite places to go when I need motivation around my OmniFocus system. So it was a high honor to be able to spend some time with the Learn OmniFocus community going through my current OmniFocus structure and how it works for me. Be sure to check out the free recording on the Learn OmniFocus site.

This past September I had the opportunity to go to the D6 Conference with my wife, a handful of staff members, and most of the pastors from my church. I was expecting to have a good time and enjoy the opportunity to connect on a deeper level with friends. What I wasn’t expecting was Jefferson Bethke.

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