I am a big believer in the helpfulness of digital calendars. Both at home and at school I have detailed calendars marking out all of my temporal obligations for as far out into the future as I can.

My school, like I am sure many others, has a rotation schedule that matches no calendar software on the planet. For many years I was forced to copy and paste each of the four calendar permutations throughout the school year to get my class rotation into my school calendar.

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This post is from more than a decade ago. However, as the school year starts and emails are flying into my school inbox, it is as relevant as ever.

Read this article and learn how to be better at email, everyone you work with will appreciate it:

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The iPhone could be an incredible tool, but most people use their phone as a life-shortening distraction device.

Coach Tony
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I made a video about how I use Drafts and Shortcuts to get my tasks into OmniFocus. I was inspired to make this video after writing yesterday’s post about how I have been using the Drafts Inbox recently.

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In the minds of most teachers and students summer has a special allure of freedom and wistfulness. As the summer break approaches we all get anxious to shed the skin of the past year and shift into summer mode.

I too look forward to summer with the same excitement as everyone else but I’m not looking forward to the beach and sunshine as much as I am looking forward to the time and freedom to learn something new, make something cool, or improve myself.

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I have been on Twitter for several years now but I have never fully jumped in. I have purchased Tweetbot and that has helped me enjoy consuming Twitter but I still want to do a better job of contributing.

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I was listening to the most recent episode of Cortex (one of my favorite podcasts) and the hosts were talking about their calendars. Unexpectedly they had a little stand off about what day of the week their calendars started on. If you grew up in America this is an absurd statement that does not make sense. Upon some reflection and listening to the discussion of the hosts, I don’t have a good argument against their position that your calendar should start on Monday. Listen to the episode here:

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A while ago I shared a post from David Sparks about automating greetings in emails to reduce typos and increase accuracy in written communication. That post got me thinking about the other things that I do in my day-to-day written communications that could benefit from the accuracy and precision that comes from automation. I realized that dates were what I should try to address.

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While I am not a big fan of the Office 365 suite of apps, this video definitely made me reconsider just how deep the feature set is in Microsoft’s apps.

I certainly won’t be moving from GSuite for features like these, but this video is a helpful reminder that you should keep an eye on tools you have walked away from.

Rosemary Orchard, writing for The Sweet Setup:

Drafts is much more than a quick way to take a quick note and has become the app I go to for all my writing because it’s easy, simple, but still powerful when I need more features.

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I plan on writing a post all about Hazel in the future but I wanted to share a specific use case for Hazel that others might benefit from.

In short Hazel is a very cool macOS tool for automating the moving and naming of files. I know that does not sound very fun but it is awesome. Again I will talk more about that in the future but let me just show you what I wanted to do:

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Every once in a while I check the settings in Overcast to see just how much time Smart Speed has saved me (I am a blast at parties). As of this morning, Smart Speed has saved me 169 hours this is almost four full-time work weeks saved!

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