Posts From January 2011
Nicholas Alpi, a Ruby developer, shares his story of transitioning from night owl to early bird. He made the decision a year ago and has stuck with it. Now he’s so glad he did.
Also, Leo Babauta gets up at 4:30 each morning and has written about the benefits of rising early.
I love being up early, but I hate getting up early. I am not a morning person.
Some folks are natural morning people — their heads pop off the pillow with little help from an alarm. I am not one of those people. I am a night owl and have been for 30 years.
But just because I’m naturally prone to stay up late doesn’t mean nights are my most productive time of the day. It’s the opposite actually. Mornings are my most productive time. They are also my favorite time of the day.
In the morning my mind is more clear; there is not yet the accumulation of “mental clutter” from the activities and worries of the day; the whole day seems like a blank canvas. And because of the endless possibilities the morning brings with it, I feel liberated and comfortable to do some of my best work of the day. Also it’s the time of day when coffee tastes best.
There is something magical about the early morning. It’s a time when the world belongs to only those few who are awake. And we walk around like kings while others remain unseen in their beds.
Ian Hines posted an idea to Twitter earlier this week:
Thought: it would be nice to be able to input content on the desktop, without having the full desktop client (OmniFocus). Just Inbox.
The premise of Ian’s idea is two fold. Assuming you already own the iPad and/or iPhone version:
- Perhaps you can’t afford OmniFocus for the Mac.
- Perhaps you don’t need OmniFocus for the Mac.
In either of these scenarios, it would be great to have a capture-only utility for the Mac that could sync action items to your iPad / iPhone versions.
OmniFocus Aid would be lightweight, easy to use, and built for the sole purpose of throwing tasks into your OmniFocus database when at your Mac. Or, put another way, it would be a utility that consisted of just the top-notch ways that OmniFocus for Mac currently lets you capture action items:
- Quick Entry Pane (not unlike the one that already ships with OmniFocus)
- It knows your projects and contexts
- Supports clippings, Mail rules, and bookmarklets
It should install in the Menu Bar to be accessible for those who don’t swear by the keyboard, and it should sync in the background. It could sell for a few bucks to anyone who purchases the iPad or iPhone versions.
OmniFocus Aid would would make a fantastic counterpart to the iOS suite of OmniFocus apps. It’s a fantastic idea, and I would love to see it get some attention from the Omni Group.
Update: I’ve received some feedback on Twitter and in email that also having a Windows- or web-based version of OmniFocus Aid would be great for those who are not on their own Mac all day. I use my MacBook Pro for work and personal; in the office and at home. I forget that not everyone rolls that way.
It’s not too often that I share personal tidbits here, but this one is worthy.
My one and only sister, my younger sister, is getting married this coming Sunday. My future brother-in-law, Mark, is a stand up guy; I couldn’t be happier.
The wedding is here in Kansas City, and family has already begun to arrive. Which means posting on shawnblanc.net will be slim this week because family always, always comes first.
So if and when you check this site and you don’t see anything new, say a quick prayer for Elise and Mark and their new life together.
Often I find myself wrestling with the tension that I have more ideas than time. There are many great things I want to do and build and ship and start, but I just don’t have the time to do them. However, I’m finding that the real problem is not my lack of time — it’s my lack of focus.
Ideas > Time > Focus
More ideas than time, but more time than focus.
This is not exactly a revelation. But the above equation has helped to put it in perspective for me. What I want it to be is this:
(Ideas > Time) + (Focus > Time)
More ideas than time and more focus than time.
If we have more time than focus it means we’re wasting time. Time is the only thing in that equation that we have no control over. And so it should be seized for all it is worth. I do not want a wasted surplus of time due to a lack of focus.
Does this mean I spend all my time “focused” on work? Not at all. I don’t have the energy for that. And neither do you.
What it means is that I’m being proactive and intentional about how I spend my time. It means I’ve establish some awesome default behaviors to fall back on when my focus and energy run out during the day.
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For more thoughts on this, check out this video and article combo that I put together about “How to Get it All Done” when you’ve got too many awesome ideas.
From where I’m sitting, Blast from the Past Link Day turned out to be a wild success.
Many people posted links to their website and/or Twitter throughout the day. Some of you wrote a single article with a list of favorite reads. Some people highlighted favorites written by others, and some highlighted favorites that they had written.
Thank you everyone for joining the fun and for sharing some great articles.
We should do this again sometime. But not for a while… I have a lot of reading to do.