On Friday mornings, I head out for a big breakfast out. No lunch these days. I’ll go to Black Bear Diner or perhaps Country Way or Anny’s Restaurant. They all offer the one day a week of big food I like. I used to do the same on my one day per week in the office at Cisco.
My Acer Chromebook is very cool these days and I usually take it to Starbucks along with the Nexus 7 2013. I like both for what they do and neither require super human strength to lug around. I had wondered how much of my T60 tasks would be rendered on the Chromebook and now it appears that almost 90% of my tasks are effortlessly done. Some things are more difficult on the Nexus 7 but what I really enjoy on it is consumption.
I also enjoy a workflow I’ve tried to normalize which is my EverNote note creation, use of Google Calendar for all tasks and events. I don’t need a more structured todo or “any.do” thing which I have tried before. It does not work. GTD is overkill for me and I seem to subconsciously rebel against it when I try. What I need is a simple method of setting a reminder of a thing on a particular day, have the system remind me, and have it show up within my daily calendar events. I could use a different calendar I guess; but even that is too much for me. I think a lot of people find a usefulness to GTD or other more heavy duty reminders; but for me, creating the event and setting a reminder in Google Calendar is all I need. For more detailed recording and tracking, Evernote now has a scheduler for reminders and I can set the note to remind me of a more significant endeavor. It shows up on all my devices.
There is no more workflow to the “Events by Mike” approach. I don’t like things which require more learning, require me to test tools, track the tool instead of the event. For me, I reach a point where I’m more concerned about the tool itself than what its tracking. I also require something that is the same across all platforms I use. I want my Nexus 5 phone to see the same events as my chromebook as my regular laptop. Some of the tools I’ve seen are really silos of your information and you are held captive by the tool and the actually tracking of the event becomes a secondary focus.
I’ve been here at IBM now for three months. In the middle of a crazy project which will wind up in February. I’m going to hit the road in February for a week. Not sure where I will go; but it has to be better than this place and will involve trains and planes. It won’t be to Japan or Singapore or India this time. I’ll take a second trip later this year for 10 days and venture toward a trip to Japan I still want to take.
Gonna get dressed here soon and do the breakfast thing out. I will eat big!