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For about 25 years, I got through life by procrastinating on my obligations until an emergency arose and then used my intellectual brute strength to avert disaster. About halfway through my first year of teaching, I realized this was not sustainable, and I started trying to strengthen my organizational game.

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You might imagine that I would be a big fan of using novel presentation technologies like Prezi or FlowVella. I am… sometimes… but pretty rarely. Much more frequently I would prefer to use Google Slides or PowerPoint. I also think it is a better idea to teach students how to use these ubiquitous tools rather than have them rely on a flashy and/or proprietary format.

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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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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.

Rosemary Orchard is rapidly becoming one of my technology/productivity idols. I first learned about her on her podcast The Automators, and I have since kept an eye on as much of her work as I can. I started using Drafts 5 (an iOS/macOS text editor) based on her rave reviews, and her post on The Sweet Setup is an excellent explanation of the app.

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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 incredible. Again I will talk more about that in the future but let me show you what I wanted to do:

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