I’m not gonna make this into the GTD blog I thought it might be. But, but. Just wanted to mention that I’ve had some success lately in life/work and the tools I’m using:
LA Fitneess: Literally a 40 second walk from my desk to its front door. The ‘having an office near the gym,’ has removed friction and made me work out. I don’t love commercial gyms, but it’s fine and the lack of friction has caused a 10 or so workouts in the last couple of months. That’s a lot.
Non-Pedantic-Paleo Diet: I’m not imposing it on my family. I’m taking full advantage cheat days. And I sometimes go ‘off plan.’ But for the most part, I’m about 75% compliant with the paleo diet, and that number will settle in at 90-95 sometime in the next few months. Not being obsessed helps. I’m not quite gluten free yet, but that’s the direction and I’m not in any hurry to get there.
5-3-1 Powerlifting My friend (and our new project manager Denis) got me onto this. I’m nobody’s action hero, but I’m way stronger than I was a few months ago. I don’t have plans to inflict violence or become a roid-rage freak, but being able to bench a couple plates is kind of fun. I’m not an expert, but I’ve added something like 60# to my bench press in 2.5 months. First time I’ve stuck with lifting for any “real length”.
Geek Desk: I have an adjustable height desk I got from Portland Office Furniture for next to nothing. I put my own Ikea top (real wood) on it, along with some arms for my monitor, microphone and Webcam. I can stand and sit, depending on my mood. And so I do. I have a stress release mat. It’s a nice segue into Work Stuff
Clicky: The traffic is growing, they now have heat maps and it allows me to figure out where my traffic came from.
Headway + WordPress: I have an on and off affair with WP. I’m a mostly non coder meaning: I haven’t passed the bar but I know a little bit. I put all my sub-sites on Headway and I’ll be putting Simplifilm’s mothership there when we get it. The thing I love about it is that you can make a site as simple or complex as you like. Headway’s fast (enough), and it’s not locked in. You can make changes, add things and you have to know a little bit, but you don’t have to be a “coder”. It’s the best WP theme on planet earth.
Headway also helps you think like a coder, and that makes planning to learn code (2013 goal) a fun time.
Yesware: Everyone I talk to about this is instantly addicted. It’s a remarkable, remarkable program that just sits in your gmail (or now, Outlook) and allows you to send templated emails, and have an analytics layer. Amazing! I am not yet as efficient as I need to be.
Basecamp: I’ve had a love/hate thing with Basecamp since forever. The new basecamp has gotten better at not hiding things from me, and we’re going to b
ScreenFlow: I’m not a pro-video editor/etc. I love Screenflow because it’s wicked, wicked fast. You can make amazing things in minutes. Best. program. ever.
Macbook air: (With 8gb,) this is the best computer I’ve ever owned. Nothing is comparable. Fast, easy on and off. Pushes as many displays as I want. Get yourself one.
The tools don’t matter much. It’s not as if something was a silver bullet that made my life better, but the little things: removing friction, having a plan, being relaxed. Those things matter.