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Getting Things Done and Whoo Hoo!

What does personal productivity and the band Blur have in common? "I got my head checked By a jumbo jet It wasn't easy But nothing is No"   - https://youtu.be/Wc18xt5wQnk Everyday something big and scary is coming at us, often as a surprise. When they come and we are unprepared, it's like getting checked in Hockey but with a Jumbo jet. It's inevitable that we experience these situations but constant preparation makes the impact less devastating. Having your desk organized Resources ready for action Review Calendar events Reviewed tasks due Cleaning up your workspace When you've prepared, you can sing the song, "Whoo Hoo" and avoid the stress.

Reasons for Digital Notes

There are very nuanced reasons why I want to be a digital note taker. These are some thoughts and opinions about my journey. I don't like pens (on paper) unless they are the erasable Frixion type Paper is harder to organize, make available online, and find using search I like digital writing as it is essential to skill building, memory and learning I want to write using ePaper devices as they can be setup similar to real paper experiences I will use OneNote and OneDrive to capture my ePaper notes for review and long term storage Digital pens like Livescribe and Neo are great solutions but require equally great and available paper accessories Supplies have to be bought by the digital pen manufacturer to work You can easily lose a digital pen You can break an e-ink screen The e-ink tablets have their own UI and can be difficult to use, forcing you to learn their OS and changing your workflow. I prefer an eco-friendly writing solution I don't want to run out of paper or pen suppl

I moved out of Google

I started in my digital journey fifteen years ago in the Apple world, soon after the iPhone was released. I spent ten years in the Apple ecosystem and was a faithful, vocal fanboy. Then Google changed Android to be more secure, updatable, and customizable. I bought my first Samsung phone (Note 9) and I have never looked back. The transition to Samsung and Android has been a good one for me. While I had some issues with my Note 9 updating (never switch carriers.....ugh), I tried the Google ecosystem to be as  integrated as possible but that never really happened. The problem was Microsoft. I have been using Outlook (remember Hotmail) since I got my first computer and my association with Office has been long. While you can live in Google and Microsoft ecosystems simultaneously, I couldnt find my happy place. When Microsoft started building software for Android, things became clearer to me. Over time, Microsoft built many great apps on iOS and Android and I found myself admiring their wor

When you get COVID-19

I used to think I could be careful enough to avoid COVID-19 since we haven't been in the places where it was most active (bars, restaurants, etc.). This week I came down with a terrible sinus headache that I mistook for a broken tooth filing. When my dentist didn't find any problems, I considered this to be a bad sinus issue and nothing more. I was tested positive at work for the first time the next day. After getting COVID, I realized how unprepared we were. While I don't have a lot of money for such emergencies, I found things you can have on hand to make the experience a little less troublesome. The State of Virginia has this simple guide as a start: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/13/2020/03/Checklist-for-COVID-19.pdf Prescribed medicines and supplies, such as glucose meters and blood-pressure monitoring equipment  Soap and water  Alcohol-based hand cleaner, such as Purell® or store-brand  Medicines for fever and pain, such as acetaminophen and ibupro

I Faced Death Today

Today is my cat's last day. He has an incurable condition that will eventually lead him to suffocation or heart attack. We are removing the possibility of suffering by putting him down. There isn't a more uncomfortable task we have in life than to face death. Especially when it is someone we love. We don't like to think of our own death either. Most lack a living will, money to cover burial expenses. not to mention leaving a legacy or lasting value behind. Avoiding death is the same thing as negligence. It's a failure to embrace the inevitable. We are celebrating Toby's life today but that's not enough to ease our crying eyes and sobs. We need to consider our own passing. Now. Have you planned your end? Are you now prepared? What is your legacy?

Make Your Mistakes

We are given pencils in school as we learn to write and then introduced to pens as the standard in junior high. Until the invention of erasable ink, many of us learned to hate the writing process because mistakes often meant do-overs.  College writing was on the computer so I seemed to have escaped the "tryanny" of ink. I simply stopped physical writing after that. No more hand written anything! I've recently come back to physical writing for the cognitive and therapudic benefits over typing, especially using a bullet journal. I simply would not have braved this without the Pilot Frixion pen. The Frixion pen gives me permission to make mistakes and improve what I have written in the past. This gives me freedom to try to write and gain all the benefits of the physical process. So make your mistakes with technology like the Frixion pen. It's not about perfection, it's about improvement .

Book Recommendations

Are you looking for a good book to read on productivity, planning, journaling, and mindfulness? Ryder Carroll's The Bullet Journal is an easy read with lots of helpful tips. My favorite thing: he does not prescribe tools, he provides the methodology. This is perfect for analog or digital natives.   #mindfulness #productivity #planning #bulletjournal