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Author: Drew Coffman, Joe Buhlig

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Joe Buhlig and Drew Coffman talk about technology and productivity, and how the former plays a role in the latter.
34 Episodes
Drew decides that it’s time to investigate note-taking the way that task-management is often investigated! This sparks a long discussion on apps (or a decision not to use them), and how to avoid getting stuck in a space where writing just isn’t as easy as it used to be. Evernote ( NVAlt ( iTerm ( Ulysses ( OneNote ( Day One ( Chatology ( Bookworm ( Drafts ( Edit ( Things (
Joe has done something out of character, updating to iOS 12 and Mojave with quickness. Drew asks why, and the two talk about Siri Shortcuts, dark mode, and a third-party app that makes both of their MacBook Pro setups so much sweeter. Triggering Sonos with Shortcuts ( Drew’s home screen ( Drew’s widgets ( ’Sodes ( CGP Grey’s home screen on Cortex ( BetterTouchTool ( GoldenChaos-BTT (
As Joe and Drew both grow their respective businesses, their usual task management talk transitions to a similar topic: team management. Drew gives the floor to Joe, who talks about why he manages projects and not people, and how to find the right system. Discourse ( Slack ( Basecamp ( Trello ( Rocketchat ( Tyranny of the Urgent ( Eisenhower Matrix ( Todoist ( Omnifocus ( 1Password ( Github ( Spark for teams ( Bookworm (
Drew bought a coffee shop. He tells the story, and talks about how it’s changing his productivity habits. Coffee Bar’s Instagram ( Waffle Happy Hour ( Feast ( Things (
Joe turns this episode into a confessional and makes a vulnerable statement: He’s a phone addict. Drew and Joe discuss our modern tendency to spend too much time on our devices, Joe reveals how he’s dealing with it, and Drew covers the ways that iOS 12 provides some ‘app limits’ of its own. Since iOS 12 gets brought up, so too does the other looming Apple beta: Mojave. iOS 12 ( A breakdown of Screen Time and Downtime ( MacOS Mojave ( watchOS 5 ‘installation issues’ (
An episode dedicated to a singular topic: Joe is back to using OmniFocus. OmniFocus ( Procourse ( Todoist ( Things ( Desktop-Class Productivity for iPad ( Keyhouse ( Morning Pages (
Drew talks about his new business venture, Keyhouse! After Joe introduced Procourse last week, this conversation continues the same dialogue on freelance work becoming something bigger. Keyhouse ( ProCourse (
Joe talks about his new business venture, ProCourse! This leads to a conversation about the natural evolution from freelancer to business owner, and all of the challenges that come with it: Setting goals (or choosing not to), getting buried in email, adding yet-another-Slack channel, and telling people IRL what you do in the first place. ProCourse ( The 12 Week Year ( Is It Even Good to Have Goals? ( Mailmate ( TextExpander ( AltMBA ( RocketChat (
Joe transcends the typical mailbox and gets a UPS box of his own. This leads to a conversation about home offices, which leads to a conversation about wanting to appear legitimate, which leads to an unexpected conversation about learning how to take on new roles. UPS Mailboxes ( Man Allegedly Used Change Of Address Form To Move UPS Headquarters To His Apartment (
Drew has learned from his past mistakes, but is still trying to make everything a bit more optimized. How many times must his desktop overflow before he sets up a file management script or two? Joe shares his own workflows and methods, and the two discuss the ‘work’ that lets you do work more efficiently. Hazel ( Launch Center Pro ( Workflow (
Drew has some recording difficulties, which leads to a conversation about redundancy and what happens when something breaks. Joe asks some questions brought about from last week’s conversations, and the two reveal their pre-iPhone hardware stances. Then, Joe goes in-depth on his analog task management set up. Windows Mobile 5.0 ( Drew’s phone, the T-Mobile MDA ( Building an analog task manager (
A tech glitch Drew experiences leads to a wide-ranging discussion about tech support, automated cars, and the pros and cons of being an early adopter. Joe is not as convinced about living on the cutting edge. Drew’s label maker ( A typical label maker ( Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona ( Robot with $100 in Bitcoin Buys Drugs, Gets Arrested (
Drew has some chair problems. Standing desks are discussed, which (of course) leads to a conversation about the future of iPads. Then, Joe discusses his new notes app solution. Slack, built with Electron ( Jekyll ( Discourse ( Disqus ( Joe’s Personal Discourse Theme ( Due ( Drafts ( Ulysses ( Bear (
Drew gives Joe a surprise check-in to see how his pen-and-paper task management system is working. A new distraction-less phone is hitting the market, and it leads to a conversation about what distracts us, and the different ways to avoid it. The episode where Joe went pen-and-paper with his task management ( Bear ( Drafts ( Things ( Morning Pages ( Light Phone 2 ( Siempo ( The episode where the Siempo was discussed ( Dan Morin’s Night Phone ( Scheduling Posts on Instagram (
An old topic (from episode 1!) resurfaces. Joe’s been testing out Setapp and gives his perspective. Then, the two talk new apps, email, and when distraction turns into addiction. Stoner ( Setapp ( Todoist ( Ulysses ( Bartender ( Clean My Mac ( Expressions ( Paw ( Forecast Bar ( World Clock Pro ( Unibox ( Unread ( 'Sodes ( Hurry Slowly ( Sebastian Junger ( Tribe ( The Perfect Storm ( War ( Restrepo ( Cal Newport  ( Sebastian Junger Never Owned a Smartphone (and Why This Matters) (
Drew gets an office that’s juuuust close enough to the street for a passing ambulance to be featured as this week’s special guest. Joe and Drew share their new time banks, talk time-tracking, and distraction. Flow ( Bookworm ( Joe’s Time Bank ( A Tactical List of How to Plan Your Days, Weeks, & Projects ( Life Cycle ( RescueTime ( Drew’s Time Bank ( Collected Goodness ( Morning Pages ( “I turned my phone off for 4 days. It was awesome. #offline” (
The morning routines conversation from the last episode prompts a bit of followup. Drew asks a daunting question: Is it good to have goals? Also, Joe asks Drew about his latest online project. Phantom Thread ( There Will Be Blood ( Lincoln ( Gangs of New York ( Morning Pages ( Morning Routines - Chris Bowler ( Pomodoro Technique ( 168 Hours ( 168 Hours on Bookworm ( Kill Your To Do List ( Midori Traveler’s Notebook ( Midori Weekly Vertical ( Collected Goodness ( Commonplace book ( The Futilitarians ( Drew’s Unsplash ( Derek Sivers’ Books page (
It’s 2018! How are Joe and Drew spending their mornings? Drew shares about a new upgrade to his analogue game, and Joe asks an interesting question: If you’re a book person, how does it feel to want to share that information with others? Morning Pages ( Libby ( Oak ( Pilot Metropolitan ( LAMY Safari ( Monteverde Invincia ( OmniFocus ( Bookworm ( Benjamin Franklin: An American Life ( 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think ( The Lonely City ( 'A Lonely One’ ( Steal Like an Artist ( The Artist’s Way ( Big Magic (
Drew needs Joe’s help. It’s about pens. Kaweco AL Sport ( Pilot G2 ( Bookworm ( TWSBI on Goulet Pen ( Lamy Safari ( Pilot Varisty ( Leuchtturm1917 ( Midori Traveler’s Notebook ( Tools & Toys Review of the Midori ( Things ( Field Notes Reporter’s Notebook ( Panobook ( Pilot Hi-Tec-C ( Lamy Safari Ballpoint Pen ( Fisher Space Pen ( Machine Era Pen (
Right before recording, Drew took a look at his Mac’s desktop. This prompted some discussion. Also, a home automation talk. Joe’s not a fan. Ubersicth ( Hazel ( PostgreSQL 10 ( Docker for Mac ( Shush ( Fantastical ( Mac Bartender ( Ferrite ( Editing Podcasts on iOS with Ferrite - Six Colors ( MacBook prototype with cellular ( Philips Hue Bulb ( August Lock ( iHome SmartPlug (
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