Beware the todo list

Posted on Mon 02 April 2018 in Productivity

For the last few months, I've been working off a varying series of to-do lists to drive my life. I use a mix of the Things app, my bullet journal, and a calendar. Basically, my setup is to have annual Smart Goals, broken down into achievable chunks, then broken down …

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Freelancer Lessons – Part 3

Posted on Sat 06 January 2018 in Productivity

This is part 3 in a series on lessons I've learned from several years of freelancing. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here, though you can read these in no specific order really.

Watch your mental state

When you're working a full-time job, you'll have people around …

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Freelancer Lessons – Part 2

Posted on Mon 01 January 2018 in Productivity

This is a series of posts on lessons I've learned while freelancing for the past four years. You can find Part 1 here.

Focusing on "profits only"

I've alluded to this in my previous post, but, now that you're a business, you may start to make decisions that optimise being …

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Freelancer lessons – Part 1

Posted on Sun 31 December 2017 in Productivity

Looking back on this year, many of the lessons I've learned had less to do with specific technologies and more to do with long term career growth. I've been a developer now for 9 years and as a result, I'm starting to think more about longer term goals and happiness …

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Setting up git with Rescuetime highlights

Posted on Sun 15 February 2015 in Productivity

Recently I've written on another site how I use Rescuetime to provide metrics on my overall productivity that I can review each week. One useful feature I noticed was Rescuetime highlights, which gives you a good overview of your accompishments throughout the day. The first thing I wanted to add …

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Bulletproof productivity

Posted on Sat 14 February 2015 in Productivity

Over the last few months I've been trying different ways to increase my productivity, specifically during work hours. From todo lists to pomodoro's, xeffect cards, the autofocus method and even back to GTD. I've noticed a pattern with a lot of these techniques. They all require a pile of maintenance …

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Engineers Log

Posted on Sun 15 June 2014 in Productivity

Four years ago(to the day) I wrote a post on why I was Giving up on wikis and I have to admit, four years later my opinions on the topic really haven't changed.

It's been 4 years, 700 questions(with 800 answers) and several server moves later and by …

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Perfomance Enhancing Breakfast

Posted on Sat 01 March 2014 in Productivity

As Lance Armstrong has shown the world, putting the right thing into your body can greatly improve performance, I myself have been looking into more maintainable alternative. More and more I'm experimenting with diet as a means to improve my mental performance as well as my running ability week on …

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Cutting caffeine

Posted on Thu 20 February 2014 in Productivity

A little while ago, I read a post on Sebastian Marshall's blog about cutting caffeine, in which goes into the benefits and a method he uses for quitting coffee. He suggests cycling off it to reset your tolerance every so often. I figured that was a really good idea since …

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A tip for introducing new habits

Posted on Thu 13 February 2014 in Productivity

After reading up on Pragmatic Thinking and Learning I decided I would implement a habit called Morning Pages. Effectively you commit to writing several pages of writing each and every morning, for me I intended to write a blog post unit each day, and decide which ones were worthy enough …

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Sleep as the fundamental habit

Posted on Thu 09 January 2014 in Productivity

Leo Babuta describes meditation as the fundamental habit, the underlying habits beneath all others. Personally, I disagree. I wrote recently on how I cope with meditation when you haven't had a particularly good nights sleep.

Realistically washing your face is like taking painkillers after a serious injury, it's only painting …

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GYPYSs and unrealistic expectations

Posted on Wed 01 January 2014 in Productivity

This article was shared with me recently, it's an excellent read and provides some good reasoning for why people feel that vague sense of living an unaccomplished life. I'll admit it, I am most definitely a Gypsy. My garden right now it full of flowers of unrealistic expectations. I'd begun …

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Performance gains by altering your routine

Posted on Mon 30 December 2013 in Productivity

In the mornings I had a very structured routine. The first thing I would do is meditate as for me, all other habits flow from this. Then after my meditation I would either go for a run or do some dumbbell based strength exercises. The reasoning being that as exercising …

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GSD 2 — Retaining Focus

Posted on Fri 27 December 2013 in Productivity

Xmonad - Xmonad is a Haskell based window manager for both Linux and Mac(sorry Windows users). It's highly configurable but for me it's lack of features and application bar crap is a real advantage. The application your currently working with takes up the entirety of the screen and you navigate …

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GSD 3 — Keeping your habits in mind

Posted on Fri 27 December 2013 in Productivity

So you've removed your distractions and figured out how to maintain focus. You've a set of good habits you'd like to being implementing. Well firstly, read this. Don't jump head first into habits you've never gone through before. You're expectations will be too high and sadly, you'll likely fail. Patience …

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GSD 4 — Reviewing

Posted on Fri 27 December 2013 in Productivity

So the final process I use to help me get shit done is reviewing. Each week I do a fairly lengthy review of the last week. I see what habits have been successful and which have been a struggle to maintain. I look to see if there are appropriate alterations …

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Posted on Thu 26 December 2013 in Productivity

Going to spend St.Stephen's day going over Dalio's Principles. I always find the holidays a good time to get a high-level view of things.

GSD 1 — Reducing Distractions

Posted on Sat 03 August 2013 in Productivity

Most of my distractions currently come from within. I hit up social media or news sites. Also my email is a big time waster. I needed a way to remain connected but while preventing regular access. Here's what helped.

Get Shit Done-A cross platform OS level site blocker. Simply …

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Getting Shit Done

Posted on Thu 01 August 2013 in Productivity

I created a number of long term goals recently and have been trying to work out a system within which I can continue to keep my focus on those long term goals and reduce procrastination. I try to promote a daily focus on long term tasks through reminders and regular …

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Just Keep Going

Posted on Tue 19 April 2011 in Productivity

Productivity has never been my strong point. I'm the ultimate procrastinator. I will literally do anything other than the task at hand. In fact this post is likely being written purely as I don't want to study. But, the post itself is useful in it's function to push me forward …

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For any active users I'd highly recommend…

Posted on Fri 17 December 2010 in Productivity

Pinboard: social bookmarking for introverts _For a few more bucks a year, Pinboard offers an archiving service which saves a copy of everything you bookmark, gives…

Top 10 webapps for programmers

Posted on Tue 16 February 2010 in Productivity


Although I use evernote as my brain online for everthing, it is incredibly useful for programmers too. Where I work things like requirements can be captured on almost anything, so snapping photos of whiteboards/notepads/beer mats that become OCR searchable is very handy. On top of that it's …

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The Pomodoro Technique

Posted on Mon 18 January 2010 in Productivity

I bought a book, basically because it was a GTD technique that came off the pragmatic bookshelf so I figured I'd give it a shot.


To give a very brief explanation of the technique. You have a sheet with Today's Todos, each time you do 25 minutes of work …

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