Flexing Workflows for Lion

July 26, 2011

I popped out of bed last Wednesday knowing Lion was set to show up in the App store at any minute. You might think me a nerd or a fanboy, but I’m going to go with “early adopting cutting edge trendsetter”. My (im)patience was rewarded as it showed up right after I showered and dressed. […]

Creative Tools 2011: Curation

January 25, 2011

In my creative tools series two years ago, I had a post about my backend tools. (Stop snickering!) The focus of the post was the tools that assist in creative work, but don’t do the heavy lifting of production itself. This year, I’ve gone with a much more glamorous, and much more tweetable, name: Curation. […]

What is Your Creative Process?

October 27, 2010

Yesterday, I received a submission on my initial site questionnaire from a potential client. In the final comments space, she asked me, “What is my your creative process?” I don’t know if this was off-handed curiosity, or a make or break question that will define whether we work together. But I love the question, and […]

Creative Tools: iPad

May 19, 2010

After a month with the iPad, I’ve found it’s more useful in my creative workflow than I imagined it would be. Here are my favorite apps on the iPad for my creative processes: SImplenote (iTunes) This is one of the two apps that makes the pad most useful for me. Simplenote is my primary writing […]

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 […]

my ipad (and iphone) to scrivener workflow

April 28, 2010

(UPDATE: You might be interested in my more recent post on iPad writing apps. Some can sync with Scrivener 2.0.) Despite my initial concerns that the iPad seemed geared for consuming rather than creating, I’m finding it can be a great tool for capturing, and even developing, some ideas. As I hoped in that same […]

a work week with the iPad

April 26, 2010

Last week, I turned my MacBook Pro into a desktop machine, using only an iPad anytime I left the house. For me, that’s every morning, and last week, it included one full day. So…can an iPad be your complete mobile solution? Maybe the picture to the right can tell you what I think. If you’re […]

the ipad experiment

April 18, 2010

This week, I’m leaving my laptop in my home office. We’ll see how effective I can be with an iPad alone. Well, not completely alone. I’ll also be carrying my bluetooth keyboard, and the $2 business card holder I picked up to hold up the iPad. (Works great in landscape mode, tips over backward in […]

the inspiration archive

September 29, 2009

As I promised a few weeks ago, I have a few posts in the works with some tips on managing my workflow for web design. This would be the first of those… I’ve been building websites for about 15 years, mostly for personal projects like this one. There have been some side jobs here and […]

workflow review

September 4, 2009

Every week or two, I get a kind note from someone who has stumbled on the site and pillaged the archives. This is usually a Mac switcher or someone who is just trying to get their workflow in order. Some of the posts where I describe my workflow, especially the Capture Everything series, are now […]

contexts: writing

February 9, 2009

“It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.” – Steven Pressfield in The War of Art Sometimes ideas are pressing on my finger tips, demanding that I allow them to burst out into written words. Usually not. Most of the time, ideas form inside, where I guard them until […]

creative tools: hardware

February 2, 2009

In the early days of this site, I ran a small series of posts called Workflow Tools. Over a year has passed, and enough has changed that an updated series is in order. I’ll begin with hardware again, but the software post will be spread over two different posts related to software usage. If I […]

contexts: weekly review

January 29, 2009

This is part of a series on Contexts where I explore some of the unique contexts I’ve been working with in my GTD system. While David Allen’s Getting Things Done has shaped a lot of my workflow, my efforts at implementing a weekly review have been half-hearted. For more than a year, I’ve scheduled an […]

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 […]

quicksilver + scrivener = carpal bliss

September 9, 2008

My use of Scrivener has been increasing of late. I’ve had a few different projects that require the ongoing collection and shaping of ideas. Yojimbo is my general idea bucket, but when I am focusing in on a specific project, Scrivener works much better for collecting, arranging and developing ideas and research in one place. […]

the blinder workstation (or, the poor man's macbook air)

September 2, 2008

This is part of an ongoing series called Blinders where I explore some of the ways I streamline my computer workflows to minimize distractions. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the old 12″ G4 PowerBook. (That’s a guilt-free way of saying that I coveted one every time I saw one in […]

capture everything revisited: jott

April 9, 2008

This is part six of a five(!) part series on capturing everything. Previous entries: capture everything: buckets capture everything: tasks capture everything: ideas capture everything: out and about capture everything: the incubator Jott is a handy little service that lets you call a toll-free number and speak a message. Jott will transcribe and deliver that […]

capture everything: out and about

February 11, 2008

This is part 4 of 5 in a series on capturing everything. Other entries: capture everything: buckets capture everything: tasks capture everything: ideas capture everything: the incubator capture everything revisited: jott As I’ve disclosed my processes to capture every worthwhile thought, discerning readers (or Luddite sympathizers) might have noticed that it seems as if I […]

contexts: tinkering

February 6, 2008

This is part of a series on Contexts where I explore some of the unique contexts I’ve been working with in my GTD system. David Allen’s

capture everything: ideas

February 4, 2008

This is part 3 of 5 in a series on capturing everything. Other entries: capture everything: buckets capture everything: tasks capture everything: out and about capture everything: the incubator capture everything revisited: jott Once you start to really get serious about capturing every thought of value (and some that aren’t), you’ll quickly realize there are […]