The Netbook still kicking

A little proof that you can still get some work done while listening to music and surfing the web with Trisquel 7 and 2GB of ram in a 7 year old Toshiba NB505 netbook in 2017.

Tonight I ssh’d into my Linux web server zipped up my WordPress wp-content folder and backed up the database. I then downloaded the backups via wget. 🙂

The future is a grim place

With all our advancements in work and productivity… Including the standing desk, people still eat at their desk in the future.

With all the advice on Medium and countless other places about workplace productivity… This is what we have to look forward to. 😉

Field Notes pocket notebooks have arrived!

These tiny notebooks are extemely useful and I almost always keep one in my front pocket right next to my phone.

It beats fumbling with my phone to take a quick note.

Wednesday notebooks and pencil
My Wednesday purchase from included a gift two pack of notebooks and a Field Notes pencil.

These have become a tiny obsession over the last two years as I have tried and abondoned several note taking and productivity apps. None have been as quick or flexible as a pocket notebook.

When at my desk I generally slap it next to my keyboard to jot down anything I need quicker than I could switch to OneNote, Evernote, Google Keep, SimpleNote or whatever.

When away from my desk I can fold it along the spine and scribble something during a “walking” meeting. Tiny notebooks are hardly a revelation, people have been using them forever.

Before you ask, I don’t put passwords or sensitive information in these things. That’s what a password manager is for. 🙂


Focus yourself with “Airplane Mode”

I’ve discovered that my most productive work is done between the hours of 8 and 11 am. It’s when I do my best coding, feel as though I’m most creative and almost moving on autopilot.

How I Airplane Mode myself to maintain focus

My key to productivity includes switching the phone to Power Saver and Airplane Mode before my commute to work and leaving it there until 10 or 11 am.

During which time quickly I check and reply to email, review my projects for the day and usually knock out at least good hour of uninterrupted coding or design work.

Airplane mode & Power saver
I engage “Airplane Mode” when I need to focus.

Airplane Mode along with Do not Disturb blocks everything so my focus can remain on my task at hand. I find that notification spam is greatest in the morning. Apps are designed to build habits and push notifications on us as soon as we wake up pulling from important tasks.

Priority 0nly is a good compromise if you can’t risk being unavailable to selected contacts.

Priority only is a good compromise to allow alarms and important contacts reach you if being completely off the grid is not an option.

It works for me and might work for you

I’ve been doing this now for a few months and find that 8am to 11am is the sweet spot where I would normally get interrupted by meaningless notifications but never anything so important that couldn’t wait until I switch back on afterwards.

Don’t be afraid to miss notifications, they’ll be there waiting when you return.