Posts Tagged “daily-post”

Rebooting

It’s the running joke of all IT support departments. When your computer, phone, printer, or any other technology device plays up, the first question they’ll get asked is, “Did you turn it off and on again?”.

Friends and family often phone me with their technology problems and the first they’ll say they did is reboot whatever device is playing up. There’s a reason why this sometimes works, and I say sometimes.

When you start any computer it’s starts afresh. the memory is clear and there are no apps running. When a computer has been on for a while it becomes different from when it’s turned on. It’s no longer a clean slate. Rebooting the computer often fixes these problems as it returns the computer to a clean slate and clears out the memory of the computer. Most computers aren’t designed to run forever on a single boot, so the chance to reboot and start over is a good thing.


Since the start of the year a friend of mine has been helping me getting back into shape. I’ve been doing weight training and circuits on top of my regular cycling to lose some weight and get fit. I’m glad to say it’s working. For three weeks in March though I went through a phase of stomach bugs, colds and coughs. I wasn’t able to train for that time.

Last week I was well enough to start training again, but having been away from it for so long, I was starting over again. I wasn’t great on my first two sessions, but the chance to start over again has given me the chance to change up my training so that I’m focusing on different exercises on different days of the week.


Rebooting shouldn’t be seen as another chance to make a goal after a recent failure, think of it as a break. A chance to chance to start over and more importantly to make improvements towards getting to that goal.

Try introducing scheduled reboots into any long running habits or routines you might have. The opportunity to look back at them might yield a change for the better.

Just like the computer, we need a clean slate everyone in a while. Take the time to reboot and start over.

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The Daily Capture

Capturing. It’s an action that I repeat every day. Although I don’t have exact figures for it, I probably manage about fifty captures a day depending on the context of the capture. Bookmarks, snippets, thoughts, images, posts, code and more. They’re all captured into various places and then reviewed, read or actioned on at a later date. Here’s a few examples of the things I’m capturing during the day.

Thoughts and ideas

I’m now getting into the habit of journaling about four times a day. Through the day I’ll capture ideas, thoughts and challenges that I’ve faced. I might come across an idea for a small application or I’ll make a note about a bit of work that needs to be automated. It like a private social feed back to myself. At the end of the day is my review of the day. I do this every day.

Web pages

Web pages get captured in three places at the moment. The first place is Evernote. Anything that’s interesting on App.net is starred. I have a recipe on IFTTT that reads my favourited posts from my timeline there and posts them to my Evernote account.

The second place is the Safari Reading List. I moved for this from Instapaper a few weeks ago. This tends to be for posts that I’ve found interesting in Feedbin and would like to look at later on.

The third and last place is my private bookmarking application. A couple of months back, I decided to roll my own bookmarking application. It’s far from complete but it serves it’s purpose for the moment.

Actions

Actions are still a work in progress. Previously I would capture all actions in TaskPaper and then during my weekly review, assign them to a list. For reasons I mentioned in another post, I decided to switch to Todoist for all my list management needs. Anything that requires actioning is added here to the inbox list so that I can assign it to a project or folder during my weekly review.

Emails

This wouldn’t be a capture post unless I wrote about my inbox. I tend to keep my inbox fairly clutter free. I carefully vet email subscriptions on a monthly basis and I use a lot of rules that shuffle emails about to various folders. I don’t think of my email as multiple inboxes, I tend to view as just one. I have the keyboard navigation pretty much memorised so that I can switch from one folder to another and read and organise emails as I need too.

Most of the emails I do receive are either deleted or filed away on folders, but for a small percentage of them though I forward them onto Evernote. After losing a few important emails a couple of months ago, I’ve decided to invest in Evernote as a place for important information that I can’t afford to lose.

Still too many inboxes

One thing that has become clear from these captures that I do the most is that I still have too many inboxes to maintain. All in I’m sitting at five inboxes at the moment. That’s still too many for me.

In a perfect world I would have one inbox that is connected to all the other products and services that I use and lets me move and organise items according to their context, but that’s an idea for another day.

At the moment, I think the best I can do is identify a place where I capture the most items and make it integrate with other inboxes with some kind of automated workflow. I can do this easily enough with the tools I have on my MacBook Pro possibly using scripts, but the challenge will be making this work on my iPhone or iPad.

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