Ben Hamilton

Faster Numbering of OmniFocus Tasks

I wrote up how I’m numbering tasks in OmniFocus, but I’ve now modified the Keyboard Maestro recipe so it’s just a touch faster. Here’s a screenshot: I’ve also since created a separate recipe in Keyboard Maestro for each key Project I have in OmniFocus, each with it’s own .txt file that it refers to. This […]

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Numbering tasks in OmniFocus 2 for Mac OS X

I’m using OmniFocus 2 on my MacBook Pro and wanting to ‘number’ tasks because at the end of each week, I print a PDF of the tasks completed and outstanding for a particular client. Task numbers make it much easier for the client to reconcile the work I’ve done with the lists they use. The problem […]

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Short list of software I’m using

Just a quick post of some software that I use, that I’ve just discussed with Seth (he knows who he is). ClarifyIT – Create quick screenshot based documents and email them easily. Byword – Markdown text editor. OmniOutliner – Easiest outliner I’ve found. Nozbe – great GTD task manager. 1Password – simplify your password management. Timebar – focused working… :) […]

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Scott Hanselman’s Complete List of Productivity Tips

Scott Hanselman’s Complete List of Productivity Tips. Lots of good points. I especially like the CONSERVE YOUR KEYSTROKES point.

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Putting the CAPS Lock key to good use

Brett Terpstra has a two articles worth read. In a nutshell, your CAPS Lock key is useless and it shouldn’t be, so you can remap it to be more useful. You can make it a Hyper modifier key. A useful Caps Lock key A guided tour of my Hyper key shortcuts Share and enjoy.

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How I use Evernote on the Mac

I’m a big fan (BIG) of Evernote. I started out using the free service but couple of years ago upgraded to the paid service. How and why do I use it? Evernote for me is basically my online and offline, on every device I own, digital filing cabinet. Anything I want to come back to […]

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The five levels of delgation

I’ve been pointed to Michael Hyatt’s site which lists the five levels of delegation. Level 1: Do exactly what I have asked you to do. Level 2: Research the topic and report back Level 3: Research the topic, outline the options and make a recommendation. Level 4: Make a decision and then tell me what […]

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Using GeekTool to display key timezones

I’m using GeekTool to display some key time zones on my wallpaper, which happens to include world map. The key to this is to add Shell Geeklets using a command similar to this: env TZ=Pacific/Auckland date +’%l:%M %p %A’ Use the appropriate timezone code and the date string formatting codes to display the time and date […]

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The four horsemen of mediocrity

The four horsemen of mediocrity.

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iCloud folder location

On Mac OSX (Mavericks) you can find your ‘iCloud’ documents in the relevant application folder like this: /Users/USERNAME/Library/Mobile Documents/CODE_AND_APP_NAME/Documents/ Each application keeps its own documents in a sandboxed folder. You can make an alias for a file and then move that to an appropriate folder, for example, I’m using Byword on the Mac, iPad and […]

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Breathe

Great article from Nick Cox “A Moment to Breathe“. Summary: get enough sleep, slow down, breathe and you’ll be more productive. Gives his experience as the example, links to relevant studies.

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Michael Sliwinski Productive Magazine Relaunch

Michael Sliwinski has relaunched the Productive Magazine . Loving the new format, and excited to hear that it’s now going to be regular each month. I can recommend you go get it, I’ve learnt something from each edition so far.

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Too Many Targets

It is without a doubt important to have goals. Every day, without even thinking about it, we have goals. Get up at the right time. Get to work on time. Have lunch. Then there are the bigger goals. Learn that new skill. Finish that project. Spend more time with those important to us. Multiple goals, […]

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The Art of Productivity

Reading and thinking about productivity is not the same as being productive. Reading and thinking about being productive can be productive to a point, but after that it becomes a form of procrastination. The art lies in realising when you’ve crossed that point.

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Getting ifttt to add to RTM

If that headline made sense to you, then you’re in the right place :) The problem I had is that ifttt doesn’t by default integrate with RTM. So I’ve come up with a way that creates a new RTM task for me whenever there is a new item in a particular RSS feed. We create […]

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CRM on One Page

…So while on a quest to get a suitable CRM for our own business, we found, to our surprise, nothing that helped you actually sell better… …So we built it… via “People behind OnePageCRM”.

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Trello-istic

New web app from Fog Creek: Trello. Lists done like I’ve not seen before.

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Fail Forward Fast

Larry Page (CEO of Google) says: There are basically no companies that have good slow decisions … There are only companies that have good fast decisions. As companies get bigger, they slow down decision making, and that’s a big problem. via Google’s Biggest Threat Is Google – NYTimes.com.

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Goal vs. Goals

Min Zhao, an assistant professor of marketing, has this to say: If you have only one goal it puts you in a more action-oriented mindset and helps you save more … Too much thinking about which goal is more important keeps people from acting. via Rotman School of Management.

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GTD for Organisations

Listened to the latest podcast from the David Allen Company (22nd Sept 2011) on the ride home today. It’s a discussion of the benefits of Holacracy approach, described as GTD for an organisation in the podcast, it sounded really interesting, worth a further look.

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