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2021.07.23
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Joe Buhlig

Our beliefs form the basis of everything we say, think, and do. Modifying them can be hard, but today’s author tries to teach us how to make it easier. Joe & Mike as they attempt to change their minds – and their behavior.

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I bought a 32-key Elgato Stream Deck because I was getting tired of remembering (and running out) of hotkey combinations. And at the time, I was ramping up my streaming game and wanted to add a little convenience to my life. What I didn’t expect was the ridiculous amount of power and macro-pad like the Stream Deck enables.

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Yes. I have a slight hostility towards Roam Research. And there are reasons for that. Some of which come out in this recording. Thus, I’m explaining the concepts and alternatives to the tool so that you can find a better system in the long run.

Back in 2015, I had an idea. What if it was possible to email (manually or auto-generated) a task into OmniFocus and have it automatically end up in the correct project and context? And if that’s possible, can I add all the dates, notes, duration, and such to the task as well? It turned out that it was possible! And I built a little script and method for doing exactly that.

Content creation is both the easiest job to do and the hardest. This is a sneak peak at the hard part. Creating the files themselves simply takes time and gets easier the more you do it. Coming up with what to create is often the most difficult.

There are so many of these knowledge tools coming and going that it’s hard to keep them straight. But what happens if you boil them down to the concepts and ideas for each input and every output? Do you need the power of each one? And if you can get down to these individual components, what tools can truly serve your purpose?

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

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I know. I know. This is one of those things that people tell you to do, but always seems like a nebulous hole of uncertainty. But that’s exactly why we need to learn about it. There is a set framework for deciding this, if you’re willing. And there are a few key components that every life mission needs.

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If you have kids, then you know that they operate in the now. They don’t typically have the future looking mindset and the planning mindset to think past this exact moment. And, as parents, it’s our job to help them learn to delay gratification and teach them to plan ahead.

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This is open to everyone! I really enjoyed meeting Jeff and learning about the origins and details of the Analog card system he’s developed. Now I’m simple itching for mine to show up. Give this a watch and see how Jeff came up with and uses his Analog card system.

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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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2021.07.23
- 107 min -
Joe Buhlig

Our beliefs form the basis of everything we say, think, and do. Modifying them can be hard, but today’s author tries to teach us how to make it easier. Joe & Mike as they attempt to change their minds – and their behavior.

2021.07.09
- 100 min -
Joe Buhlig

For a long time, “procrastination” has been a four-letter in the productivity world. But today’s author attempts to turn it around by giving us five permissions in hopes of setting us free to do our best work. Join Joe & Mike as they consider yet another system designed to help clear the clutter and focus on meaningful work.

2021.06.25
- 103 min -
Joe Buhlig

We rely on body language to connect and build trust, but that can be difficult from behind a screen. Today’s author teaches us to decode and signals and use proper cues to make that a little bit easier. Join Joe & Mike as they seek to improve their own communication skills for the digital age.

2021.06.11
- 106 min -
Joe Buhlig

Too many workplaces are driven by cynicism, paranoia, and self-interest. But today’s author shows us how the best ones foster trust and cooperation by separating the security inside the team from the challenges outside. Join Joe & Mike as they try to expand their own circles of safety.

2021.05.28
- 101 min -
Joe Buhlig

Procrastination is a problem we all have to deal with. But today’s author promises a comprehensive plan to help us lower our stress and increase our time to enjoy guilt-free play. Join Joe & Mike as they consider how they can eliminate anxiety brought on by their own negative habits of procrastination and perfectionism.

2021.05.14
- 111 min -
Joe Buhlig

High-achievers have been conditioned to believe that the path to success is paved with relentless work. But today’s author challenges us to stop pushing harder and find an easier path. Join Joe & Mike as they embark on a journey to make their most essential activities the easiest ones.

2021.04.30
- 98 min -
Joe Buhlig

Tired of playing Whac-a-Mole with todo lists that never seem to get any shorter? Today’s author says the real problem is our broken systems that consistently produce frustrating results. Join Joe & Mike as they embark on a journey to change their perspective and apply the systems mindset to their own lives.

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I change it. And then I change it again. And then I tweak it once more. And just when it’s almost there I choose an entirely new system altogether. Welcome to the world of task managers.

Last week I had a chance to record this podcast episode with Harry Marks and Dave Caolo, which was something special for me. Home Work was one of the very first podcasts I ever listened to and it’s been a joy to see it return lately.

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Early last week I received a text message from my friend, David Sparks, that said he was recording an episode of Automators on OmniFocus the next day and wanted to know if I could make it last minute. Who says “no” to that? Not me.

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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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