Category: Productivity

Getting Started with Obsidian Course

Getting Started with Obsidian

If you want to learn your way around Obsidian so that you can build a great note system then this course is for you. I’ll cover basic folder structure, when to use tags or links, and the plugins I think everyone needs to make their Obsidian experience excellent. Plus much more. If you want all my coursesbecome a member.

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  • When We Embrace Boredom We Embrace Thinking Time

    A recent post from Jamie got me thinking about our relationship to boredom and good deep thinking and progress on hard problems in our lives. I’ll start by highlighting a pertinent paragraph he writes as he wrestles with the choice to always have an audiobook around. The walk got me thinking: there are probably a […]

  • Setting my iPad Up for Focused Work

    This is not going to be about the applications on my iPad, that video is coming. Today I’m going to talk about how I set my iPad up to help me focus. Much like others have suggested I love working on my iPad Pro because of how it lets me focus on a single task […]

  • 5 Life Operating Procedures

    Here are some of the operating procedures I use to help ensure I don’t wallow in ignorance. Don’t Argue about Zebra’s One of the first rules I like to operate by is that I don’t argue about Zebra’s. In Canada walking around my town if I see a 4 legged beast running through a field […]

  • Things 3.14 Markdown Update

    Things just put out a new update with some nice features around adding text to your tasks via markdown formatting. Specifically it now includes formatting for headings, highlights, bold, italics, code, and various list formats including a checkbox style list format. To go along with this they’ve rolled out a new keyboard command to search […]

  • Is OmniFocus Legacy Software?

    With OmniFocus 4 in TestFlight I thought I’d check it out for my regular light task needs again. The specific draw was the automation available, which is their own thing and is cross-platform. This is far better than what Things 3 provides, with little automation on macOS and on iOS you need to create a […]

  • Should You Use Craft as a Task Manager?

    I’ve been asked more than once about keeping track of tasks in Craft. How do I do it? What is my setup, so today we’ll talk about it. In a word, Craft is not a task manager. I don’t manage tasks in Craft and you shouldn’t either. To take a longer look at this, everyone […]

  • A Leftie’s Bullet Journal V2 Review

    I’ve been using something like The Bullet Journal Method for years now. I’ve used the first version of The Bullet Journal, which was a lightly customized [Leuchtturm 1917](https://www.leuchtturm1917.ca) notebook with branding. I’ve used standard Leuchtturm notebooks as well and while I missed the third ribbon for marking my spot, ultimately it’s the same notebook. Today […]

  • 2021 Hybrid Productivity Setup

    We’re already a good bit into 2021, so it’s time to share my hybrid productivity system. There are advantages to digital and analogue tools in managing your tasks and while many people try to push a boundary that stays permanently between these differing systems, I decided late in 2020 to stop making this artificial boundary. […]

  • Fundamental Flaws with Cal Newport’s Timeblocking Notebook

    When I heard that Cal Newport was releasing a timeblock planner I was excited because I’ve liked his work in the past. Unfortunately I think there are a few problems with how the notebook has been designed that make it hard to use day to do. Check out today’s video to see what I think […]

  • Analogue Timeblocking

    This is a video from my course on Skillshare on Timeblocking. You can get it by visiting [curtismchale.ca/skillshare](https://curtismchale.ca/skillshare). You can see my take on digital timeblocking in [my previous video](https://curtismchale.ca/2020/12/09/digital-timeblocking-with-things3-and-calendar).