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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.

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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- 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.

- 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.

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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- 103 min -
Joe Buhlig

Most of us favor the comfort of conviction and avoid the discomfort of doubt. But today’s author invites us to let go of our firmly held beliefs and open up our minds through the process of unlearning rethinking. Join Joe & Mike as they embrace their own limitations and discover the joy in being wrong.

- 102 min -
Joe Buhlig

Goodbye awkward silence, hello conversational agility! Today’s author promises to teach you how to think quickly on your feet, be incredibly smooth, funny, and clever - all at once. Join Joe & Mike as they embark on their journey to discover the art, nuance, and mechanics of banter and charm.

- 113 min -
Joe Buhlig

The modern knowledge worker is engaged in a constant battle against the hyperactive hive mind. While we’ve become so accustomed to an inbox-driven workday that it’s hard to imagine alternatives, today’s author argues that they do in fact exist. Join Joe & Mike as they consider the possibility of a future without email.

- 98 min -
Joe Buhlig

Even great decisions don’t always yield the best outcomes every time. Today’s author (and former World Series of Poker champion turned business consultant) teaches us how to make better decisions by embracing the element of luck and simply considering the odds.

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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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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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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- 112 min -
Joe Buhlig

Writing is hard. But today’s author promises that if you take a weekend and set up the proper system, it can be made a lot easier. Join Joe & Mike as they consider what it means to be an organised writer.

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?

- 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.

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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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!


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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- 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.

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.