Hands on With Textexpander 3

May 14, 2010

I was first introduced to TextExpander three years ago in an episode of MacBreak. At the time, I thought it was nifty, but couldn’t imagine spending $35 on a little utility. I was foolish. Last summer, I blogged about how TextExpander was now at the center of my workflow. From the feedback I received, I […]

Revisiting Things

May 6, 2010

Mac users who are serious about keeping on top of their tasks are blessed to have two great apps to choose from: Things and OmniFocus. Judging by how many people find this site by searching for “OmniFocus vs. Things”, this is an ongoing debate, and not an easy decision for many. When I first posted […]

life without textexpander…oh the horror!

July 2, 2009

Last week, my TextExpander preferences got wiped out. (If you’re not sure what TextExpander is, hang on…you’re going to find out.) I think I can blame MobileMe sync. The good news is that Time Machine came to the rescue. The bad news is that I was on a trip and I had to live without […]

inbox off

June 10, 2009

I will not look at my email inbox until after I have finished writing this. What’s troubling to me is how much effort that will take! Can you relate? A few recent experiences have left me thinking about my email habits: This spring, I was at a conference where there was no wifi. I became […]

omnifocus or things?

January 14, 2009

With the official release of Things (and the expiration of the free betas), there has been ongoing chatter from those trying to decide which GTD app to use: Things or OmniFocus. Things last beta, and a promotional discount, are ending tomorrow, so I know many are trying to decide which way to go. Since I’ve […]

start dates

December 9, 2008

For quite some time, I’ve had good intentions to write a post about trying to eliminate due dates from my task list, and only use start dates. My dream task list would be so short that it would only show the things I need to work on over the next few days, and due dates […]

the flow state

December 1, 2008

I’m learning that I have two different operating modes when it come to productivity. The first is GTD — getting things done — mode. This happens when I am cranking through my tasks list, responding to emails or making calls. There is great satisfaction in seeing my to-do list dwindle, and I can feel stress […]

of play, possibility, and productivity

November 20, 2008

In the drive to be productive, it is easy to eliminate play from our routines. Certainly play is the opposite of productivity, right? Neil Fiore suggests the opposite in The Now Habit: From studying the performance styles of achievers, I have learned how essential guilt-free play is to attaining quality work and minimizing procrastination. A […]

producer or procrastinator?

November 13, 2008

Throughout The Now Habit, Neil Fiore draws a contrast between producers and procrastinators. His idea of the producer matches up with what I think of as a creative person — one who practices creativity. A creative person is not only someone who does art, though art should always be a celebrated product of creativity. A […]

the distraction free mac

November 7, 2008

Mac users rave about the clean and streamlined user interface that a Mac offers compared to Windows; I am of the same mind. But, if you want a simple interface, why not go all the way? When I really need to engage on a project, I trim my screen down so that all I can […]

quick task tips

August 4, 2008

Yesterday, I looked at an item in OmniFocus, and I wasn’t sure what it meant. After the three minutes or so it took me to sort it out, I decided it was time to revisit the to-do guidelines I scratched out a few years ago. I thought I’d post them here as a helpful summary […]