My Day-To-Day

My Day-To-Day: Lift App, Part 2

This post is the final part in a two part series. Be sure to read Part 1.

At the beginning of January, I shared that I was going to give Lift App a trial for about a month, and then see how well it integrated itself into my day-to-day routine.

Specifically, I had set aside four goals that I wanted to accomplish over the next three weeks (which have since passed), and then I was going to see how well I had stuck to the goals, as well as how well Lift App actually worked at getting me to stick to my goals.

So the result?

My Preferred Web Page Screenshot Tool, Take 2: Awesome Screenshot

I no longer use this extension. You can read a technical explanation as to why on this page.

As you guys know, I like to keep a list of tools that I use on a day-to-day base to help get work done. And early last year, I shared that I was a fan of Screen Capture by Google.

Unfortunately, as Chrome has updated, the plugin has not and I began to experience more and more issues with it crashing, not saving screenshots, and generally not working. When this happens, I do what everyone else opts to do: look for a new solution.

For the past several weeks, I’ve been using Awesome Screenshot and I’m a big fan of it.

My Day-To-Day: Lift App, Part 1

When it comes to my phone, I’m one of those types of people who usually likes to keep a relatively clean home screen (and I even use folders in order to make sure I only have one home screen so I don’t have to swipe, but that’s fodder for an entirely other post).

Of course, this means that I keep myself relatively limited on the applications that I have installed and that I use. I’m not one for much having anything more than what I need when it comes to my phone.

Sure, I have just a small set of applications that are fun – who doesn’t? – but the majority of the applications on my phone serve a very distinct purpose for helping me get things done.

And one of the latest apps that I’ve been trying out recently is Lift App.

Granted, I’m one of those who’s willing to give each application a fair shake for about a month, so this may-or-may-not still be installed later this year, but so far, I’m really digging it.

My Day-To-Day: Pocket

As much as I enjoy RSS (and the constant improvements to Feedly), it’s evident that the way in which we are sharing their content is changing.

After all, RSS is primarily meant for syndication, right?

But I think that more we are using social networks to share their content, and then discuss their content more than we once did. Honestly, I’m not really a fan of fragmenting discussions across a variety of networks, but that’s content for another post.

Anyway, as much as I still enjoy using RSS, following links from Twitter, or things shared on other sites and networks, I’ve been a little bit frustrated with the whole experience of trying to keep up with the content I want to read, and then having a solution for going back to reference it.

My Day-To-Day: Updating Old Blog Posts

For anyone that’s maintained blog for any length of time, you’ve likely hit a point where you’ve changed the format of your blog, changed the content of your blog, changed the way you write, or simply gotten better at actually publishing content.

And if any of the above are you true, it’s likely that you’ve had to determine whether or not you want to go back and work through the process of updating old blog posts or leave them as they are.

Depending on how long you’ve been blogging, this could be a huge task; for others, it may not take more than a couple of hours.

My Day-To-Day: Taking Notes

When it comes to taking notes, I’m a bit obsessive about it. In fact, I used to carry a notebook with me everywhere – literally – in case any kind of idea, thought, or something I forgot to do (or needed to do) struck me wherever I was.

For me, it wasn’t enough to jot down a note in whatever piece of paper I had available – I needed I make sure I had a “catch all” notebook of sorts. This is a habit that I developed in college (in fact, I actually still have some of those notebooks in a drawer!) and has persisted ever since.

Despite the fact that I don’t think I’ll ever really stop using notebooks, I have been trying to go as digital as possible. Case in point: Not long ago, I shared how I take notes using Bamboo Paper.

But for quick little notes, personal reminders, and ideas, that’s a bit overkill right?

My Day-To-Day: Path

Earlier this year, I talked a little bit about how I deal with social media during the day-to-day. In that article, I shared that I’m a big fan of Path. In fact, I said this:

Yep – I actually use Path. I know, I know, few do, right? But the thing about Path is that my immediate family and my closest friends all use it so I’m actually able to get the benefit of using that particular application more so than any other.

Months later, I’ve continued to scale back my social media involvement to the point where I’ve killed my Facebook account, I don’t use Instagram or any other social service, but have continued to use Path as they’ve continued to grow their service, and I’ve enjoyed every feature – and the frequency thereof – that they’ve rolled out throughout the year.

At this point, the only two social networks that I’m currently using are Twitter and Path.

My Day-To-Day: Taking Notes with Bamboo Paper

For the most part, I try to keep the majority of the work that I do stored digitally. This usually includes using tools like:

When it comes to taking notes, I’m no different. Now, I’m not 100% digital – there’s still nothing tops sketching in a moleskine or on paper – however, there’s something to be said for being able to carry nothing but an iPad and a stylus for taking notes.

And when it comes to that, I’ve found no better application than Bamboo Paper

My Day To Day: Using Reminders To Get Things Done

Earlier this year, I talked about how I use Things to help get things done. Since that post, a few things have changed.

As I alluded to last week, I’ve been purging a lot of stuff in my online life in an attempt to greatly increase the signal to noise ratio such that I’ve really only got the things I need to get done (or things that I enjoy doing) in order to make sure that I am as focused as can be with as few distractions as possible.

One of the transitions that I’ve been working on in the last few months is migrating my “Getting Things Done” model from Things to Apple’s Reminders application.

My Day-To-Day: Hero Academy

Almost everything I share on this blog has something to do with WordPress, JavaScript, some general programming, or “how I get stuff done” content. I rarely talk about anything else other than that.

But, like the rest of you guys, there are other things that I do with my day other than everything listed above.

And one of those things is video games – and as of late (read: the past few months), that game has been Hero Academy.