All posts filed under: Productivity

Be Focused: Pomodoro Timing App

Productivity

I don’t know about other people, but for me, if I want to be the most productive, it’s essential to have systems in place to help stay focused and remind me what I should be doing. Lately, I’ve been using an app called Be Focused for that. It’s a fairly basic app for doing Pomodoro style time tracking — although, if the idea of a “system” scares you, the app never calls it Pomodoro. I’ve […]

Resource for Learning Drafts

Apps / Productivity

After I mentioned that I wasn’t sure how to get started with Drafts, Eli on Micro.blog pointed me to this great MacStories article on Drafts 5 by Tim Nahumck. It’s presented a review, but the article walks you through how to use almost every feature of the app, including advanced stuff like scripting. I think that the way I’m going to approach Drafts right now is that if all I ever use it for is […]

Showing Up Is the Hardest Part

Productivity

It’s a total cliché, but the hardest part of anything really is showing up and starting. Whether it’s the gym, meditation cushion, or a class, once I’m there, I might as well have done it already. I’ve been thinking of this since it came up in the meditation class I’ve been taking the last few weeks at my local Shambhala Center, in regard to establishing a daily meditation practice. One of the responses that came […]

Investing in Skills

Productivity / Tools

I’m pretty comfortable on the command line. I can move about, issue commands, edit my profile, pipe things around, all that. However — and I’m probably supposed to admit this with a little shame — I’ve never really learned how to write shell scripts. Usually I’d write a Python script, a small command line app, or hack something together with Automator. It did the same job, but not being able to write a bash script […]

The “Unsubscribe” Mailbox for Apple Mail

Apps / Productivity

I don’t know how I’ve ended up on so many mailing lists for products I don’t care about, but I am. I created this “Smart Mailbox” for finding any emails I’m receiving that can be unsubscribed to that aren’t archived. It works pretty well. Contains messages that match all of the following: Entire Message — Contains — “Unsubscribe” Message is not in Mailbox — “Archive”

Spreadsheets Are Cool

Productivity / Tools

I’m not accountant, I don’t financially analyzing anything besides my personal budget, and I have almost no occasion in my work to ever use one, but I get excited about pretty much any time I can think of a use for a spreadsheet. There’s a lot of times where a spreadsheet can replace an app made to do the same thing. A lot of the time the spreadsheet will be even better, because it’ll be […]

Kourosh Dini Talks GTD and OmniFocus on Mac Power Users

Productivity

Kourosh Dini wrote the book everyone using OmniFocus should read called Creating Flow With OmniFocus. Seriously, I can’t recommend it enough. Another thing I recommend is listening to the most recent episode of Mac Power Users where they have Kourosh on. He talks about how he does GTD, and a little OmniFocus specific stuff too. I’ve kind of fallen off the wagon a bit lately, and this has made me decide to get back on […]