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2021.01.22
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Joe Buhlig

Many books promise to help you overcome obstacles and reach your goals. But it’s still up to you to take action – which is why they often don’t work. Today’s drill sergeant (er, author) put the the blame and power where it belongs – on you. Join & Mike as they report to boot camp in an effort to develop discipline, and ultimately, freedom.

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This has long been a desire of mine. I have written these scripts in AppleScript. But I wanted them to be available on all platforms. The problem was that it simply wasn’t possible to do the level of scripting I needed to pull it off. This is why I’m thrilled to say that the day has finally come. The day that the Update Reviews AppleScript for OmniFocus has come to iOS!

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There’s so much in this single subscription that it should cost five times as much! Go here to sign up: https://joebuhlig.com/go/setapp

It’s time to set up a brand new notebook for my Bullet Journal. This is a stream recording from 20201228.

This was such a fun overview to give of plain files. I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes of the course that this was based on.

I’ve been on a progression towards anti-proprietary for a few years now. I couldn’t have explained it that way when I started, but it is now becoming a sort of mantra for me. I don’t want to be locked into a set of software and I want to control my data.

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I’ve seen a ton of information on the web about choosing and using email apps and systems. I’ve even debated making a course about it from time to time. But I never felt like I was the right person to put it together. Thankfully, The Sweet Setup just launched (note: this is an affiliate link) just a course and I can tell you that it’s well worth your time and dollars.

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There are so many ways to do this and a ton of aspects to it. Getting the most out of a nonfiction book is a process and not one that many people follow. Having read hundreds of nonfiction books and having gone through Mortimor Adler’s book of the same name, I have a set method to share that will give you the best chance of retaining and copturing the bulk of a book.

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With a new year comes the feeling of a new start. And a new start means an opportunity to try new things, implement new habits, explore new systems, and build a plan for the future. There are a lot of great ways (and bad ways) to do each of these. And that is exactly what we cover in this session.

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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.

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2021.01.22
- 107 min -
Joe Buhlig

Many books promise to help you overcome obstacles and reach your goals. But it’s still up to you to take action – which is why they often don’t work. Today’s drill sergeant (er, author) put the the blame and power where it belongs – on you. Join & Mike as they report to boot camp in an effort to develop discipline, and ultimately, freedom.

2021.01.08
- 97 min -
Joe Buhlig

Throughout history, leaders have used solitude to make better decisions. Today’s book shares firsthand historical accounts in an effort to show how solitude can help gain clarity, spur creativity, sustain emotional balance, and generate moral courage for when it matters most. Join Joe & Mike as they explore the topic of solitude and all of its leadership benefits.

2020.12.25
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Joe Buhlig

How we socialize has changed significantly. Today’s author has studied American social behavior over the decades, and shows how our shrinking social captial poses a serious threat to our civic and personal health. Join Joe & Mike as they consider the ways in which we connect, the role of technology, and how we can build community effectively – even in the midst of a global pandemic.

2020.12.11
- 103 min -
Joe Buhlig

Creating can be hard. But a consistent practice can make it easier. Today’s author insists that writer’s block is a myth, that consistency is far more important than authenticity, and that experiencing the imposter syndrome is a sign that you’re a well-adjusted human. Join Joe & Mike as they explore the creative process, getting unstuck, and finding the courage to share their own creative work.

2020.11.27
- 114 min -
Joe Buhlig

What drives us to unleash our best work? And how do we tap into that drive to get superior results? Today’s author explains how understanding our own motivational themes can help us have conversations, make decisions, and even choose better career paths. Join Joe & Mike as they attempt to understand what really makes them tick.

2020.11.13
- 105 min -
Joe Buhlig

Today’s authors argue that our modern culture is rewiring our brains and damaging our health. But today’s book promises to give us the tools we need to think more clearly, make better decisions, strengthen bonds with others, and develop healthier habits. Join Joe & Mike as they attempt to overcome the mental hijacking that can so easily undermines each and every one of us.

2020.10.30
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Joe Buhlig

The traditional idea of success means being always-on, never saying no, and outworking your peers. But what if there was another way? Today’s author shares how entrepreneurs and leaders all over the world have figured out how to shrink the workweek without cutting salaries or sacrificing productivity. Join Joe & Mike as they explore the design thinking process in an effort to redesign their workdays and create a life worth living.

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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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