How We Got Wyze

My friend Josh had a break-in scare that ruined his vacation. I’ve been looking at cameras and smart doorbells off and on for a while, but I’ve never found the right balance of price (initial + subscription), convenience, and reliability. With renewed enthusiasm, I decided to start my search again, and I discovered Wyze Cam (pronounced … 

 

Habit-forming checklist

Recently, I started trying to form a new habit. I read that it takes about 10 weeks to make a new habit automatic; something we’ll do without even thinking about it. To help me track progress, I created the spreadsheet you see above. On the top of the sheet, I list the one habit I’m … 

 

Challenge Update: Why don’t we do the things we want to do?

In February, I started a challege with myself to try and establish a new habit: going to bed at 9 PM. My plan hit a speed bump after a trip to San Francisco when it took about a week to get back into the routine. A few weeks later I went to MidCamp, which I still … 

 

Wk 2: One Winter Night

This is part two of a series that starts with Bouncing Back from Failure: An Experiment. In that post, I set a challenge for myself to go to bed no later than 9 PM every night. The first seven days was relatively easy, but I had a couple acceptable misses in week 2. Week 2 The first night … 

 

Wk1: So Far, So Good!

In my last post, Bouncing Back from Failure: An Experiment, I set a challenge for myself. I decided to go to bed no later than 9 PM every night for seven days. It wasn’t a difficult challenge but it doesn’t have to be. Success feels good and I’m better today than a week ago. Results after 1 … 

 

Bouncing Back from Failure: An Experiment

Eight months ago I felt like I was at the top of my game. In Praying for Wisdom and Discovering Productivity I write about a technique that allowed me to achieve a level of productivity and personal satisfaction unlike anything I’d ever experienced before. I can’t put my finger on exactly when it started to unravel, but the … 

 

Clipy: The Best Clipboard App for OS X

Clipy is above and beyond the best clipboard app for OS X. Paste (⌘+V) has always been limited to the most recent thing you copied (⌘+C). Now I have an endless clipboard at my fingertips with one extra key (⌘+Shift+V by default). Clipy saves a history of items I’ve copied in groups of 10 by … 

 

Quote I’m Pondering in July

I’m trying something new. Every month I’ll post a quote to my blog and spend the month journaling about it. Quote It’s easy to get distracted when you don’t have a clear vision for what you want. – Josh Bartolomucci July 7th, 2017: My friend Josh said this in one of our weekly 1:1’s and … 

 

Today We Bought a Longtail!

We’ve been biking, walking, or taking public transit – in other words, “car-free” – for almost 7 years. Since moving to Champaign last year we started biking as a family more than ever. Between moving four people and groceries it was clear that we needed something a little more substantial. That’s why we decided to … 

 

Expecting Unexpected Tasks

Last week I introduced the key to peak productivity via the Ivy Lee Method. Following the technique may help you prepare a plan to tackle the most important tasks for the day, but what about unexpected tasks? There will inevitably be something that demands your attention that will require you to change your plan at the …