In most cases, the situation is different depending on the course. Some of them are $200 or more. And some are even $1,000+. When they break $100, I have very high expectations of the course and there's a lot of risk on my part to spending that kind of money to watch some videos. So far, that risk has been too high to justify the expense. I would rather spend a few hours researching the topic online and spend the money elsewhere.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I decided to convert Analog Joe to a webinar membership site a few months ago now. And when I did that, I considered many ways of building the website for it. Most of those would have been quicker than what I am about to describe. But none of those would have given me the flexibility that I now have with the site.
In this stream I talked about the background behind Analog Joe and why it's different. But it also gave me a chance to devolve into my thoughts on Roam Research, note taking apps, and give a tour of my fountain pen collection.
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.
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.
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.