If you're a doctor or a lawyer, you have an ethical obligation to do the right thing for your patient or client. Why aren't software developers held to the same standard?
Today, we discuss the book Essentialism by Greg McKeown.
The goal: designing a simpler, more focused life. Doing less, but better. Cutting down on what's "good", but not good enough.
- Essentialism - The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (audible)
- Michael highlights from Essentialism - how to become an essentialist?
- Productive Magazine - Interview with Greg McKeown
- Deep Work (audible)
- Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life(audible)
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (audible)
- The Podcast 19: You have to fight - about design fight
Michael explains how he uses Evernote. This was going to be a boring episode about note taking. Turns out, this is a powerful system that completely removes the need for storing paper. All of the 13,000 notes, documents, receipts, health records, are accessible and searchable anywhere. Whoa.
Today, we discuss Non-Violent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg: Resolving conflicts with other people, taking responsibility for your own life, finding empathy for yourself.
PS. Apologies for being not one, but two weeks late!
Taking iOS automation up to eleven.
Featuring: making Magic Spreadsheet work on iPhone using Workflow, smart checklists in Nozbe, journaling Workflows, Automator on the Mac, URL schemes, and finally… how Radek made an iPhone day planning app by stringing together two different apps with Workflow.
- Nozbe test flight - sign up for Nozbe beta versions
- Drag and drop and Siri - Nozbe on iOS 11
- magic `shttp://` links will open in Safari (in Nozbe 3.6)
- Workflow app
- Alfred app
- iOS url scheme: zoomus://zoom.us/join?confno=MEETINGID
- Mac url scheme: zoommtg://zoom.us/join?confno=MEETINGID
- Workflow at Macstories
- Productive app
- Bear app
- The Podcast 85: Magic Spreadsheet
- The Podcast episodes about journaling: 71, 73, 89
- Michael's workflows
- Radek's workflows
- Plan Today (requires Bear and Productive)
- Plan Tomorrow
- Add to Magic Spreadsheet (automatically copies weight measurement added to 'Today Plan' Bear note)
- Plan Week
- Mac: ClearHistory (experimental way to clear social media websites from history so that Safari doesn't show them in search bar suggestions)
- Mac: ClearNotifications (closes all open notifications on the screen)
- Mac: WebInspect (opens Safari Web Inspector for iOS Simulator)
Michael teaches Radek how to be more productive on an iPad.
Featuring: using Evernote (or Notes) as a temporary files storage, solving drag&drop issues with web apps, limitations of Dropbox, and putting it all together to make complex workflows easy.
Habits, systems, and reminders are crucial, but it is possible to go too far and end up hoarding them. Every now and then, it's worth questioning which are really essential, and which no longer serve a purpose; what can be removed, simplified, automated, or delegated.
- Previous episode about distractions
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying (Audible)
- Essentialism - The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (Audible)
- The Podcast 49: Zero sum game
- The Podcast 87: Sleep Smarter
- New reminders in Nozbe 3.5
- The Podcast 85: Magic Spreadsheet
- Productive app
- Interview with Jason Fried
Heuristics to use when simplifying:
- Is this (still) important? Do I care about the goal it's serving?
- Is it still relevant? Can I do just fine without it?
- Is it realistic I'll ever get this done?
- If I'll ever need this again, will I just remember it? (Do I need to store it?)
- Do I already have it somewhere else? Don't duplicate things.
- It is the right place for this? (events in calendar, tasks in Nozbe, etc...)
- Is it the right time for this? (maybe different time of day or day of week would work better?)
- Can I do it less often?
- Can I batch it with similar tasks?
- Can I automate this?
- Can I delegate it to someone else?
- Do I actually follow this reminder? (If not, why pretend?)
- Does this piece of data actually influence my behavior or decisions? (If not, why track it?)
Part 2 of our discussion on reducing the cognitive load of notifications, and loosening the grip of social media addiction.
We've made some changes and simplifications since the last episode and we have some pro tips to share!
Discussion on distractions and addiction, and how that relates to software we use. We forgot how to be bored for even 30 seconds, and we fill even the smallest slices of our time by responding to notifications and with social media. Just so we can have our hit of dopamine.
Part 2 of our discussion of Stoicism and the book "A Guide to the Good Life". Be sure to check out Part 1 first.
- The Podcast 103 (Part 1 of the discussion)
- A Guide to the Good Life (Audible)
- Radek's notes
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People(audible)
- How we communicate internally in Nozbe - Design Fight episode
- For Colored Girls (2010) with Whoopie Goldberg
We discuss "A Guide to the Good Life", a modern, approachable introduction to Stoicism. A philosophy of life easy to dismiss as a boring piece of history not applicable to modern life, but in reality, a tremendously useful bag of psychological tricks that help you live a happier, calmer life.
Radek and Michael comment on Apple's announcements on Worldwide Developers Conference this year.
(This is our take on what's significant, and what's missing — we assume you already know the news)
This week, we're celebrating our one hundredth episode of The Podcast. Sharing the story of how this show came to be, how it evolved with us over time, and where its future lies.
Email or tweet at us and tell us what you like or dislike about The Podcast and what you'd like to hear us talk about in the future.
Our thoughts and wishes for Apple's WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) next week.
PSA: We'll both be in San Jose for WWDC. Come hang out with us!
Continuing from last week, this is part two of our rant on the education system. We argue that it was fundamentally designed for a different era, designed to produce obedient workers, efficient at performing arbitrary tasks. Not necessarily to teach you the most about the world. And certainly not to teach people curiosity, independence, entrepreneurship — traits that are becoming increasingly more crucial in the new era.
Part one of our rant on the education system. Our experiences are quite different: Michael had a great time in his 5 years of university; Radek never went to college at all. We both agree, though, that the way schooling is done is deeply flawed, outdated, and ineffective at teaching.
At Nozbe, everyone works remotely. Usually that means, from home. But sometimes, we work even more remotely — while traveling.
We share tips on how we pull this off, how to be productive while in such an imperfect work environment.
Future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed. It's fun, if sometimes frustrating, to live in the future — use the hardware, work, learn, and live like people will in the future.
Discussing simplicity, Steve Jobs, communication styles, empathy, and other thoughts from the book "Insanely Simple".