Writing

I write about how to automate, simplify, and improve your personal productivity.

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Core Principles

Common Inbox Misconceptions

Adam Wathan and Ben Orensteing recently discussed GTD, email, inboxes, and productivity on their podcast. Let's dig into a few parts that had me particularly 😵‍💫!

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Core Principles

Due Dates, not "Want to Do" Dates

Stop abusing due dates and reduce stresses on your system by asking yourself hard questions.

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OmniFocus

Two Powerful Methods for Setting Up Recurring Projects

Discover two efficient methods for managing recurring projects in OmniFocus and choose the approach that suits your preferences.

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Shortcuts

Adding Hyper key support to the Kinesis Advantage2 keyboard

There are apps that add Hyper key functionality to macOS, but this method will work on any OS without additional software!

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AI

Automation

Email

Using OpenAI to filter cold outreach emails

I've seen an increase lately in the number of bad cold outreach I've received. Let's use AI to detect and filter them out!

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OmniFocus

Where does a 'Miscellaneous' list fit into OmniFocus and GTD?

Single action lists are dangerous, but can be a force for good when used responsibly.

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Automation

A Chat Curmudgeon's Guide to Slack Preferences

I hate Slack's default preferences, and so can you!

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Automation

OmniFocus

Automatic event reminders in OmniFocus

Using Google Apps Script and Google Contacts, you can automatically send yourself reminders for key events in your life.

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Automation

OmniFocus

Automatic birthday reminders in OmniFocus

Using Google Apps Script and Google Contacts, you can automatically send yourself reminders to wish people a happy birthday.

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Core Principles

Naming projects when you don't control the outcome

Naming projects where you don't directly control the outcome can be challenging. As usual, David Allen's got a better way.

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OmniFocus

Tooling

Using OmniFocus as a simple CRM

If you're on a large team with many moving parts, having a CRM is an absolute necessity. But how long can you get by without one if you're a solo founder or indie hacker? Quite a while, if you've got a tool like OmniFocus at hand.