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Joe Buhlig

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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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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Joe Buhlig

Save yourself the trouble. Set up a bank account for your blog or podcast early on in the process. The accounting mess of managing the finances within your personal account isn’t worth the trouble. This is especially true when there are online business banks that make the process smooth.

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Joe Buhlig

I keep my iPhone home screen empty. This is a commitment that is either a fad or a convergence of technology writers wanting better control over their handheld computers. Despite the scenario, I find that a blank home screen forces me to consider why I have unlocked the device.

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Joe Buhlig

The GTD Weekly Review is likely one of the most talked about and most resisted aspects of following the GTD methodology. And it makes sense. It takes time to do it right and it requires thinking at a level that is less than enjoyable.

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Joe Buhlig

When I re-committed to writing back in July of 2019 I started doing so in MultiMarkdown Composer. I learned about the tool from Brett Terpstra at MacStock and having learned that my brain works in many similar ways to Brett’s, I figured it was worth a try.

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Joe Buhlig

This past year I made numerous changes to my workflows and the tools I use to get my work done. And those tools are ones I love talking about. Thus, I needed to put this together.

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Joe Buhlig

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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Joe Buhlig

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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Joe Buhlig

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.

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Joe Buhlig

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

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Joe Buhlig

It’s no secret that I love fountain pens. They have a unique feel to them that I just can’t find elsewhere. That said, I have a few favorite pens that are mostly in the beginner category. But I get a lot of mileage out of them.

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2020.02.07
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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
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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
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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
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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.

2019.12.13
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Joe Buhlig

Do you ever feel overhwelmed? Today’s book by Dr. Richard Swenson has the prescription for anyone who yearns for relief from the pressures of overload. Join Joe & Mike as they investigate the topic of margin, reevaluate their priorities, and attempt to simplify their lives.

2019.11.29
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Joe Buhlig

Bad things happen, but they don’t have to keep you realizing your dreams. Today’s author shares 9 secrets from his own experience of overcoming negative circumstances by changing his perspective. Join Joe and Mike as they examine the mindsets that make people like Neil so resilient, even in the face of personal tragedy and failure.

2019.11.15
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Joe Buhlig

What does radical truth and radical transparency have to do with personal and professional success? Everything, argues today’s author. Join Joe & Mike as they dive deep on the systems and principles of life and business in their quest to understand the idea meritocracy.

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Joe Buhlig

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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Joe Buhlig

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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Joe Buhlig

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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