# Dropbox/bin

It’s so easy to see the inefficiencies in someone else’s workflows, but so hard to see them in your own. When you do finally root out some clumsiness in your setup—no matter how small—and replace it with a more streamlined system, it’s a cause for celebration. This is a small celebratory post. I’ve kept my…

# When and why I automate

Way back in February, there was a Back to Work episode in which Merlin talked about how easy it is to waste time on “productivity”—spending more time on automating a task than you’ll ever get back on the savings that automation gives you. I was going to write a little post on that topic but…

# Invoice email generator redux

Here’s the reason I wanted to develop the Python applescript library I posted yesterday: a command-line script for automatically generating invoicing emails. The email includes The name and address of the client. A subject line that identifies the project and the invoice number. A body that includes the invoice number, the amount, and the due…

# Scanners live in vain

I’ve been using the scanner at work a lot recently and decided I was spending too much time clicking and dragging. I wrote a little script to cut down on the nonsense. What we have isn’t a dedicated scanner; it’s one of those multifunction copier/printer/scanners from Brother. We’re a small place, and don’t need much…

# Summaries

Following up on this post on note-taking, I now have a set of scripts for turning my Siri-dictated plain-text notes into a nice PDF summary that includes links to specific pages within the document I’m summarizing. The scripts are in this GitHub repository. I’m not especially proud of these scripts. They were whipped together quickly…

# Notes on notes

Shortly after the 24:00 mark in the latest episode of Gabe Weatherhead’s Generational podcast, Gabe’s guest, Walton Jones, starts talking about his system for annotating and summarizing academic papers. If you can listen to that 8- to 10-minute stretch without being inspired to improve your own methods for managing the flood of information in your…

# The method

What with the holiday and my multipost diversion into time zones and Twitter archives, I forgot to link to this interview with Glenn Fleishman over at Macdrifter. Go read it now if you haven’t; I’ll be here when you get back. First, I think what Gabe did is kind of unfair. Most of these writer’s…

# 2:40

As I made my tea tonight, I thought about how just a little bit of thinking about a little annoyance was able to make my life a little better. Here’s how I make tea at home: I make hot water by running cold water into a Pyrex measuring cup, putting the cup in the microwave,…

# Irons in the fire

I’m have a few productivity-related projects going on at the moment. My progress on all of them are being slowed by some unavoidable and some avoidable roadblocks: Several projects at work (i.e., things I get paid for) need my attention. I can’t decide which productivity project should get the most attention, so I keep bouncing…

# Cheap

You may have heard that the FTP (and more) client Forklift is on sale in the Mac App Store for only 99¢, down from its regular $29.99. Dan Frakes asked on Twitter: ForkLift fans: Convince me to buy this during the$1 sale when I already have Transmit. Anything compelling?  — Dan Frakes (@danfrakes) Tue May…