It’s been a fun Christmas season for me and my family. And now that New Year’s is here I’m taking a day to work on projects around the house. It’s my way of getting thinking time while accomplishing something. So who knows what kind of crazy ideas I’ll have by the end of the day.
What I’m reading
168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam
This is the latest Bookworm book I’m working on. It’s interesting and makes you reconsider a few things as far as scheduling time goes. But I’ll reserve my full opinion for the Bookworm episode.
Principles by Ray Dalio
I put this one on hold until I’m caught up on the Bookworm books. I fell a little behind on my reading. So I’ll be wrapping up 168 Hours in the next day or so. At that point, Principles will take a front-burner.
PGP - 32: Can You Code On The iPad?
Joe is trying to figure out if an iPad is worth it. Josh is doing well at HPS Grad School. Also, you should join the Guild.
BW - 38: Mindset by Carol Dweck
Your mindset can change how you respond to pretty much everything. The question is whether or not yours is a good one or a bad one. But there are also ways to change them, which is what Mike and Joe go over this week.
BW - 39: The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Jim Huling, Sean Covey
This round we learn why Mike doesn’t care for this book. Joe picked it only because it’s been popular and it was a listener recommendation. But that doesn’t affect their ratings at all.
WTW - 15: All for a Space Gray Keyboard
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.
WTW - 16: Multiple Fountain Pens, My God
Drew needs Joe’s help. It’s about pens.
Books added to the list
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
For as many times as Mihaly has been mentioned on Bookworm, I’m surprised I haven’t added his book to my list yet. So it’s now and the list and will likely migrate it’s way to the Bookworm list as well.
Liminal Thinking by Dave Gray
Josh Rensch and I met for dinner before Christmas and while I was at his house he mentioned this would be a good book to pick up. So like a good reader, I added it to the list.
Interesting Productivity Guild topics
A Productivity Journal
Justin’s journal has been an extremely helpful conversation to me over the last seven to eight months he’s been doing it. And it’s one of the most highly trafficked topics on the Guild. If it’s one that you’ve enjoyed be sure to let him know by replying to the topic itself. It’s sometimes difficult to know if a thing you’re doing is actually having an impact.
Another analog task management system - The 43 Folders
Wilson started this topic and it’s sparked some interesting debate about storing tickler-style papers. So I’d be curious how you do this as well.
18-01: Principles by Ray Dalio
The Pro Book Club members voted for Principles as the January book of choice. So if you’re a Pro member, we’ll be sharing our thoughts on the book over the next 30 days or so.
Words That Challenge
Backing Off Defer Dates: An OmniFocus Experiment — MacSparky
I’ve always admired David’s devotion to defer dates in OmniFocus. But it seems he’s playing around with flagging items from a larger list instead of trying to complete everything available to him on a given day. I’m looking forward to his end result post on this one.
Meditation - Still nothing new here. I’m still going but not seeing any true result as of yet.
Morning Pages - I’ve fallen off this bandwagon a bit. The time involved is so big to me that it’s hard to get the habit to stick. I’m not giving up on it yet, though. I’ll keep pushing on it.
No mobile email - I’m about a month in on this experiment and I STILL find myself launching the Mail app on my phone about once or twice a day. This must have been a deeply rooted habit. Still no negative results from having pulled it so I’ll continue the experiment.
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