I am a big fan of Rosemary Orchard, I was very excited to hear about her new productivity podcast called Nested Folders. While I don’t know how I feel about her co-host yet, I am very glad to hear more about how Rose works.

The second episode introduced a new term to me, “non zero day”. The concept is not unique, essentially it’s: make progress every day. I like the term non zero day because it signifies that any amount of effort, even a fraction, is better than zero. Ideally, that non zero effort snowballs into a larger effort, but it does not need to for me to count the day as a win.

When I am sitting on the couch at the end of the day, I am going to make sure it was a non zero day.

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

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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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There is a (misattributed) Mark Twain quote that is used in productivity circles that goes like this:

If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.

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Your iOS device has had a feature called “Do Not Disturb” for the past few years. You might have noticed a little moon icon on your phone at some point, but did you know you can set a schedule for it?

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I learned about this album/band from an episode of Hello Internet. I listened to the album on loop at the end of the school year back in 2017. I recently started listening to it again and I have added it to my Music for Focus playlist. It is really great and worth a listen.

The band takes historical audio recordings and edits them with electronica into really cool music. This one is all themed around the Apollo space program. My favorite song is “The Other Side”

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If you have TextExpander and use Apple Mail, I recommend trying this out. I use these scripts with nearly every email I write on my Mac.

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