I have written countless posts on OmniFocus and the Getting Things Done methodology, but this is the very first time I have gathered my entire workflow and setup into a single piece. Since my GTD setup is an ever evolving organism, this can only be seen as snapshot in time for when this article is written, and the real changes will be visible when I write the 2017 edition of this very post and highlight the differences. Continue reading
My post on perspectives in OmniFocus has been published on Inside OmniFocus! Go ahead and read Getting Organized Using Perspectives.
Buffer have shut down their office in favor of just doing remote work.
How do we work now? Pretty much the same way we did before: All around the world, from homes, coffee shops and coworking spaces. Those in San Francisco who worked in the office now have moved into coworking spaces, which Buffer pays for as part of our team perks. We’ve also opened up some discussion about paying for a monthly coffee shop allowance for teammates who prefer that environment to a true coworking space.
If there is a remote working culture and that there are tool and practices that support this kind of work, it’s probably a lot better letting everyone decide where they feel the most productive. Just cramming all employees together in an open office space for the sake of control1 just isn’t necessary anymore.
With control, I mean the illusion of control. Is it worth sacrificing productivity for local presence? ↩
The Culture Deck is a great article on corporate culture and why you need a minister of culture at your workplace.
How people work is as important as what they do.
Culture isn’t about what gets done, it’s about how and why things get done.
It seems that Apple will release their own implementation of f.flux as part of iOS 9.3. All I can say is finally! I have been using f.flux on my Macs for ages and looking at the iPhone after having used the Mac screen during the evening feels terrible.
Many studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location. Then it automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum, making it easier on your eyes. In the morning, it returns the display to its regular settings. Pleasant dreams.
Source: iOS 9.3 Preview
An interesting read from Google on The five keys to a successful Google team, which can be applied to any startup employee.
Who is on a team matters less than how the team members interact, structure their work, and view their contributions. So much for that magical algorithm.
We learned that there are five key dynamics that set successful teams apart from other teams at Google:
- Psychological safety: Can we take risks on this team without feeling insecure or embarrassed?
- Dependability: Can we count on each other to do high quality work on time?
- Structure & clarity: Are goals, roles, and execution plans on our team clear?
- Meaning of work: Are we working on something that is personally important for each of us?
- Impact of work: Do we fundamentally believe that the work we’re doing matters?
I recently gave a talk about the natural planning model, which is part of Getting Things Done. Here are the notes and the slides. Continue reading
I use a file server software called unRAID, which supports redundant disks with parity and other great features such as Docker support and a great community which creates plugins for any service imaginable. This is where I keep my main photo library, and I want to be certain that I don’t lose my photos — ever. Continue reading
The Martian (2015) is the movie about astronaut Mark Watney who has been stranded on Mars after being presumed dead by his crew after a big storm made them abruptly abort the mission. Now that he is stranded on Mars with dwindling supplies, he must do what it takes to stay alive and hope for rescue. Continue reading