Whims That Work

Whims That Work

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We Really Gotta Talk About Team Management
Sep 17 • 47 min
As Joe and Drew both grow their respective businesses, their usual task management talk transitions to a similar topic: team management. Drew gives the floor to Joe, who talks about why he manages projects and not people, and how to find the right system.…
A Brick and Mortar Space
Sep 3 • 43 min
Drew bought a coffee shop. He tells the story, and talks about how it’s changing his productivity habits. Coffee Bar’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/coffeebarredding/) Waffle Happy Hour (https://www.instagram.com/coffeebarredding/) Feast…
Downtime Accountability Group
Jul 16 • 38 min
Joe turns this episode into a confessional and makes a vulnerable statement: He’s a phone addict. Drew and Joe discuss our modern tendency to spend too much time on our devices, Joe reveals how he’s dealing with it, and Drew covers the ways that iOS 12…
Back to a Digital Task Manager
Jul 2 • 38 min
An episode dedicated to a singular topic: Joe is back to using OmniFocus. OmniFocus Procourse Todoist Things Desktop-Class Productivity for iPad Keyhouse Morning Pages
Move from One Phase to Another
Jun 18 • 45 min
Drew talks about his new business venture, Keyhouse! After Joe introduced Procourse last week, this conversation continues the same dialogue on freelance work becoming something bigger. Keyhouse ProCourse
The Whole Working on the Internet Dilemma
Jun 4 • 41 min
Joe talks about his new business venture, ProCourse! This leads to a conversation about the natural evolution from freelancer to business owner, and all of the challenges that come with it: Setting goals (or choosing not to), getting buried in email,…
Now Somehow an Employer
May 21 • 42 min
Joe transcends the typical mailbox and gets a UPS box of his own. This leads to a conversation about home offices, which leads to a conversation about wanting to appear legitimate, which leads to an unexpected conversation about learning how to take on…
Do the Work at the Beginning
May 7 • 41 min
Drew has learned from his past mistakes, but is still trying to make everything a bit more optimized. How many times must his desktop overflow before he sets up a file management script or two? Joe shares his own workflows and methods, and the two discuss…
You Had a Windows Phone?
Apr 23 • 42 min
Drew has some recording difficulties, which leads to a conversation about redundancy and what happens when something breaks. Joe asks some questions brought about from last week’s conversations, and the two reveal their pre-iPhone hardware stances. Then,…
A Thing Against Printers
Apr 9 • 41 min
A tech glitch Drew experiences leads to a wide-ranging discussion about tech support, automated cars, and the pros and cons of being an early adopter. Joe is not as convinced about living on the cutting edge. Drew’s label maker A typical label maker…
A Very Web Developer Solution
Mar 26 • 42 min
Drew has some chair problems. Standing desks are discussed, which (of course) leads to a conversation about the future of iPads. Then, Joe discusses his new notes app solution. Slack, built with Electron Jekyll Discourse Disqus Joe’s Personal Discourse…
Moving from Tool to Tool
Mar 12 • 40 min
Drew gives Joe a surprise check-in to see how his pen-and-paper task management system is working. A new distraction-less phone is hitting the market, and it leads to a conversation about what distracts us, and the different ways to avoid it. The episode…
That’s Too Many Emails, Man
Feb 26 • 40 min
An old topic (from episode 1!) resurfaces. Joe’s been testing out Setapp and gives his perspective. Then, the two talk new apps, email, and when distraction turns into addiction. Stoner Setapp Todoist Ulysses Bartender Clean My Mac Expressions Paw…
For the Sake of Mental Freedom
Feb 12 • 42 min
Drew gets an office that’s juuuust close enough to the street for a passing ambulance to be featured as this week’s special guest. Joe and Drew share their new time banks, talk time-tracking, and distraction. Flow Bookworm Joe’s Time Bank A Tactical List…
Is It Even Good to Have Goals?
Jan 29 • 51 min
The morning routines conversation from the last episode prompts a bit of followup. Drew asks a daunting question: Is it good to have goals? Also, Joe asks Drew about his latest online project. Phantom Thread There Will Be Blood Lincoln Gangs of New York…
I Don’t Think Anyone Likes Homework
Jan 15 • 51 min
It’s 2018! How are Joe and Drew spending their mornings? Drew shares about a new upgrade to his analogue game, and Joe asks an interesting question: If you’re a book person, how does it feel to want to share that information with others? Morning Pages…
Multiple Fountain Pens, My God
Jan 1 • 25 min
Drew needs Joe’s help. It’s about pens. Kaweco AL Sport Pilot G2 Bookworm TWSBI on Goulet Pen Lamy Safari Pilot Varisty Leuchtturm1917 Midori Traveler’s Notebook Tools & Toys Review of the Midori Things Field Notes Reporter’s Notebook Panobook Pilot…
All for a Space Gray Keyboard
Dec 18, 2017 • 45 min
Right before recording, Drew took a look at his Mac’s desktop. This prompted some discussion. Also, a home automation talk. Joe’s not a fan. Ubersicth Hazel PostgreSQL 10 Docker for Mac Shush Fantastical Mac Bartender Ferrite Editing Podcasts on iOS with…
A New Toy
Dec 3, 2017 • 51 min
It’s new iPhone season and Joe and Drew both found themselves upgrading to the X. So, what would a technology podcast be without a discussion about home screens?Links:Filmic ProRode smartLav+ Lavalier Sennheiser ClipMicTangerineScratches and ScuffsJoe’s…
Decreasing in Searchability, Increasing in Awesomeness
Nov 20, 2017 • 31 min
Joe continues delving into the world of podcasting equipment, Drew continues to delve into the world of paper. More conversation on switching from digital to analog tools, and the many uses of whiteboards.Links:Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack…
The Opposite of What I Needed but Exactly What I Wanted
Nov 6, 2017 • 50 min
Joe gets a new podcasting setup. Drew talks about his latest experience working with pen and paper. A book sparks a conversation around the future of reading, note-keeping, and the often-discussed subject of input. Links:Shure BETA 87AShure BETA 58AChris…
Paper Works
Oct 23, 2017 • 53 min
Joe isn’t the biggest fan of Halloween. Drew finally sees the light. The two talk about paper versus digital, RSS versus Twitter, and using social networks instead of being used by them.Links:Productivity GuildMindNodeMindManagerThings 3DraftsHURRY…
I’m Going to Have a Problem Tomorrow Because I’m Saying This Now
Oct 9, 2017 • 59 min
Drew went on a cruise, and worked at sea. Joe did NOT enjoy the redesign of a certain productivity app. The two share computer horror stories (though one of them has frustratingly never had any real problems), and Joe reveals a major new…
Can’t You Just Say What the ‘Content’ Is??
Sep 25, 2017 • 45 min
Drew thinks “content” is a dirty word. Joe thinks giving two hours every week to pondering questions seems like a whole lot of time. Also, more conversation on space for silence. Show notes: If you ever hear me use the phrase “create content” without…
It’s All Hacked Together
Sep 11, 2017 • 44 min
Bread followup! Ulysses. Workflows, Launch Center Pro, URL schemes, and the very different ways that Drew and Joe view these tools. Show notes: Ulysses Setapp Gemini 2 Timing Pagico Workflow The Five Minute Journal Positivity & Mindfulness Joe’s Headed…
Whole Wheat
Aug 21, 2017 • 50 min
Ulysses and the subscription model for apps. Medium versus Jekyll. Also, Joe bakes some sourdough bread. Show notes: Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation The last episode of Whims That Work Ulysses Day One Scrivener Productivity Guild TextExpander…
I Could Just Do It for 10,000
Aug 7, 2017 • 49 min
Joe and Drew talk about working from home, freelancing, and keeping your own schedule. Also of note: A new package from Joe’s secret admirer. Show notes: ‘The CEO of Barstool Sports says she measures job candidates' responsiveness by texting them at odd…
A Beautiful Utopia of Input
Jul 24, 2017 • 49 min
Joe goes to MacStock and sparks a discussion on the subject of conferences. Drew takes a deep dive into the strength of ‘Input’ and the helpful benefits of personality assessments. Also…Joe considers blacksmithing? Show notes: MacStock World Domination…
Burn Energy, Gain Energy
Jul 10, 2017 • 54 min
Joe gets a new computer, and the purchase sparks some discussion on the merits of the touch bar. It’s…good? Drew provides some iOS 11 note-taking updates, and brings up the topic of Twitter and the idea of meaningful distractions. Show notes: HFS+ Cortex…
Books Are Expensive
Jun 26, 2017 • 68 min
Drew goes to the library, Joe gives an all-important nap update, and the two talk about note-taking habits, memorization, and task managers. Show notes: Oyster The Past and Future City Prizmo Go Jesus’ Son Will Patton’s narrated books Siempo 'Kill Your To…
The Better Off These Things Get
Jun 19, 2017 • 49 min
WWDC 2017 is over, and a new iPad may or may not have been bought. Apple's updates are discussed, along with the future of productivity and how tech like augmented reality and voice assistants might come into play. Show notes: JoeBuhlig.com Coffman.co…
Soybeans & Modbooks
Jun 6, 2017 • 70 min
Drew learns about soybean breeding and growing up on a farm, Joe learns about long-forgotten 2000s-era technology, and each host considers what got them interested in the topic of productivity and how it's impacted them today. Show notes: Soybean flowers…