As you will indubitably have heard, Apple just released the next major version of their operating system. Having run out of cats to name the releases, they have now switched to Californian landmarks, and the first to be Applified is Mavericks.
If there is one review of Mac OS 10.9 you should read, it’s the one by John Siracusa for Ars Technica.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars Technica Review
I was recently introduced to an iOS application called Lift, which helps you achieve new habits in a social fashion. Enter the habits you wish to track and when completing a habit for the day, just mark it as done to see it disappear only to return the next morning.
Lift features tracking of days done and missed, as well as streaks and is gamified with awards for achieving certain milestones. The social aspect comes from the ability to comment and like all checked in habit events, as well as the ability to add your own comment when completing a habit.
Having to check multiple applications for todos feels counterproductive, so I tried replicating tracking habits using Omnifocus, which is already being used for everything task related.
The end result will look something like this:
Start by creating a single actions project called Habits, perhaps in your Maintenance folder. Add all habits you wish to track to the list, and assign them a context of Habits. The actions have been set to repeat every day, so adjust accordingly.
Then create a perspective similar to the following image. Note that the Habits context has been selected, and the main sidebar has been hidden prior to creating the perspective, giving you a clean list.
The reason for creating the Habits context and not just create a perspective using the projects view is that the iOS apps seem to ignore all perspectives using the projects view mode.
Now just drag you newly created perspective to your toolbar and start tracking!
There are of course some glaring pieces missing compared to the Lift app, but it could be a small price to pay for having everything conveniently integrated in Omnifocus.
Yesterbox seems to be an interesting approach for handling large amounts of email.
Instead of going though today’s email which fills up throughout the day and largely ignore the incoming stream of mayhem, focus on handling email from yesterday instead. That way, there is always a finished state, since no new email message can fill up the queue from yesterday.
There are of course times when you really need to reply to an email today, and the model supports this scenario as well. Just get going on the old email and as a "reward", you may answer important email from today as well.
Check out the source for the details!
Evernote has now joined the growing number of online services with support for two-factor authentication.
What this means for the average user is a more secure account, as you will need to provide a second factor when logging in, such as an SMS from your phone, or a challenge/response using Google Authenticator.
Source: Evernote Blog
A slightly different take on contexts in GTD which, instead of compartmentalizing the current tools at you disposal, focuses on the emotional outcome of completing a particular action.
Presentation mode looks like a great way to collaborate during meetings.