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Import an OmniFocus Completed Task Report into Evernote via AppleScript

This OmniFocus AppleScript allows you to specify a time frame (e.g. Today, Yesterday, Last Week, etc.) of completed OmniFocus tasks to export into Evernote.

This is what the report looks like:

OmniFocus Completed Task Report Imported to Evernote

Here are some ideas to expand this script:

* organize the results by Folder
* make the note title start with YYYY-MM-DD
* send this report via email

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Food ID

I *really* want this idea to become reality. Check it out and let me know what you think.

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Chaos Proof Your Habits and Routines

When I became a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid (one of the best jobs on the planet), I learned just how difficult keeping habits and routines while traveling really is. While I still struggle with this challenge, there are a few tips I’d like to pass on to help you keep moving towards your goals, posthaste.

Enjoy and pass along to your chaotic good friends.

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Have you created your own Personal API?

If so, tell me about it :)

If not, head on over and read my latest blog post, Quantify Thyself: Creating a Personal Life API, that describes how to create one.

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Automate Thyself, Then Go Forth and Multiply Your Robots

I’ve written a two part series about creating bots to automate various aspects of your life. The first part, Automate Your Life With a Bot Army, was published today and the second post is coming soon.

If you have automated something in your life that has been a game changer, let me know and I’ll add it to the second post.

ACTION: Commit to automating at least one system/process per week. Imagine the outcome after 1 year!

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Present your next slide deck like a BOSS WIZARD

I just published a blog post over at SendGrid that shows you how to create an amazing interactive presentation. The goal is to help you up your presentation game :)

You can check out the final result in action here:

The source code is available at Github.

Happy Hacking!

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How to: Uploading to Slideshare with Keynote

Slideshare is a great tool to share your presentation slides; however, as of this writing, you can not upload Keynote slides. For those of us living in the land of Apples, we have to execute a few more steps to get our slides posted. Following are a guide that should help you get your slides, including the notes and embedded videos, in a condition that is as close to your intention as possible.

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Personal Productivity for Developers: Getting in the Zone

If you are a developer or involved in creative work, I urge you to check out the blog post I wrote for SendGrid titled: Personal Development for Developers.

The goal of the post is to provide you with a system that will allow you to find more “Zone” time. All feedback is welcome. Enjoy!

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Making Evernote Useful

It took me a long time to get Evernote. I felt like with Simplenote and Notational Velocity, why would I need to complicate my note taking with yet another app. Two things made me revisit Evernote, Tim Falls uses it religiously and he is one of the most productive people I know and SimpleNote sync had started to become slow and unreliable for me. In this post I’ll share three key use cases that have made Evernote a welcome part of my workflow.

Attending Events

In particular, the offline notebook feature (this requires a premium subscription) is what makes using Evernote valuable for managing events. As a Developer Evangelist with SendGrid, I attend a ton of events and managing them all is non-trivial; especially, while at the event. It’s a given that for portions of any event, Internet access will be flaky at best.

Prior to each event I store all the key details about the event into an offline notebook, such as:

  • Agendas and schedules
  • Maps from my hotel to the venue and surrounding areas
  • List of people I want to meet and their contact information.
  • Hotel & Airline information.
  • Key pieces of information from the website, or sometimes I’ll just store the entire website in Evernote.

Managing Business Cards

I dislike carrying around any type of paper, even business cards. Yet, I don’t always have time to input all the business cards into digital format, especially while attending the event. As a compromise, I used take pictures of the business cards with the iPhone camera, but the problem is that then I have a bunch of business cards mixed in with my other pictures and it becomes easy to lose any sense of organization. So instead, I’ll create a note in Evernote for that event and take the photo from within the app, adding any relevant notes.

Managing Receipts

In the same way I manage the business cards, I do the same with receipts.

I also found the Mac Power Users Podcast episode dedicated to Evernote to be valuable in discovering the virtues of Evernote.

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Cleanliness

In an attempt to motivate myself to complete all my weekend chores, I turn to Benjamin Franklin:

Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.

Of course, keeping everything clean appears to be a never ending task that can consume your whole life if you let it. Where is the limit? I’m not sure, but I do find that the time spent (at least once a week) creating order in your life, through ordinary household chores and GTD weekly reviews, definitely helps keep my world flowing smoother.

If you need some motivation to get you going, check out “Everything in its Place, Finally and Forever” and “I Don’t Want Stuff Any More, Only Things” from one of my favorite blogs, Raptitude.com.