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I’ve been collecting a fountain pens for a while now. Not quickly, but steadily. This is an impromptu tour of my collection from a recent Twitch stream.

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.

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Joe Buhlig

Do you ever find yourself reacting to something, then immediately saying something like, “I can’t believe I just did that?” It may not be your fault – at least, not entirely. Join Joe & Mike as they take a look at the triggers in their own environments and consider how to overcome them – without doing or saying something that they later regret.

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Joe Buhlig

More than ever, people are overwhelmed. Today’s author argues that what we really need is stillness – the ability to be steady while the world spins around you. Join Joe & Mike on their own journeys to achieve self-mastery, discipline, and focus.

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.

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Joe Buhlig

When it comes to change, tiny is mighty. Today’s author (who also happens to be the world’s leading expert on habit formation) shows us how we can have a happier, healthier life: by starting small. Join Joe & Mike as they dive back down the habits rabbit hole and examine how these little changes lead to big results.

- 97 min -
Joe Buhlig

Whether it’s deciding what to eat for dinner or which investments to pick for our 401k, we humans have a track record of making poor choices. But is it really our fault? Today’s author argues that choice architecture is largely to blame, and explains how small nudges can help move us in a better direction. Join Joe & Mike as they consider why we make the choices we do – and how we can make better ones in the future.

- 107 min -
Joe Buhlig

Can pen & paper really cut it as a task manager in today’s fast-paced world? Today’s author makes a compelling argument that it can. Join Joe & Mike as they take a look at The Bullet Journal Method, and see if it’s enough to get these digital natives to get their heads out of their apps.

- 98 min -
Joe Buhlig

If you find yourself repulsed by the blatant optimism espoused by most self-help gurus, then today’s book may just be a breath of fresh air for you. Join Joe & Mike as they consider stoicism, death, and the negative path to happiness.

- 93 min -
Joe Buhlig

What makes a successful business tick? Today’s author shares the results from a five-year study that “fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.” Join Joe & Mike as they discover why some companies make the leap – and others don’t.

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Joe Buhlig

Today’s author takes us on a 17-day motorcycle ride from Minnesota to California. Join Joe and Mike on their journey to discover quality, truth, and what it means to get a real education.

“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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When I switched this blog to Jekyll, one of the features I lost was the ability to schedule posts for the future. Yes, Jekyll can handle future dates on posts, but you still need to run a command to build the site and then deploy it to your web server.


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.

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Joe Buhlig

Long hours, an excessive workload, and a lack of sleep have become a badge of honor for modern professionals. But the authors of today’s book argue that it’s actually a mark of stupidity. Join Joe & Mike as they examine what it means to run a calm company.

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.

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Joe Buhlig

Nir Eyal joins us for our first author’s corner episode to talk about his book Indistractable, turning values into time, and building better relationships.

A couple of months ago I mentioned my use of Ulysses along with a few other tricks to develop a writing habit. And that has worked great… for a time. That is, it worked until I saw this tweet by Brett Terpstra.

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- 92 min -
Joe Buhlig

What causes us to act the way we do? Today’s book offers a comprehensive look into the depths of behavioral science. Join Joe & Mike as they examine their own cognitive biases in an effort to understand why they have a tendency to make dumb decisions.

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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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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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.

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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