Posts with the Podcast tag

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Nested Folders 21: Boundaries

In this episode of Nested Folders, Scotty and I discussed the importance of defining and managing boundaries, as well as how we might need to shift them in the context of significant change.

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Automators 45: LaunchCuts, Feedback, and More!

In this week's episode of Automators, David and I dove into our pile of feedback. As well as looking at Launchcuts, we also looked a how you can file feedback when things are broken on iOS (as some actions break in Shortcuts from time to time!), and reviewed our Streamdeck setup and more.

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Automators 43: Capture and Review

In this episode of Autmators, David and I took a headlong plunge into automating our capture and review processes. As we mentioned on the show, automated capture is a double-edged sword - capturing too much can lead to overwhelm, but I also find automated capture to be a problem solver as then I don't have to do the actual capturing myself, something that could be dangerous!

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Nested Folders 16: The Maker and the Manager

According to the internet there are two kinds of people. What kinds these people are varies dramatically depending on the meme in question, but on this week's episode of Nested Folders, Scotty and I looked at the idea of the Maker and the Manager.

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Nested Folders 15: Staying on the Rails

In the latest episode of Nested Folders, Scotty and I discussed our systems and mechanisms to keep consistent in our workflows and systems to avoid going off the rails, as well recognising as those tell tale signs that signal it happening.

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Automators 41: Automated Health Tracking

In this week's episode of Automators, David and I dove into health tracking. As it's the start of the year I've been trying to figure out what my health goals are - but I couldn't let them get away from me without a little automation!

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Nested Folders 13: The Year End Review

Scotty and I discussed our approaches to year-end reviews, reflecting on what has been and planning for what is to come. Some questions we ask ourselves: What did I do this year that was awesome? Why did that work so well? What do I want to do next year? What could I have improved?

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Automators 39: Automating iBeacons

On this week's episode of Automators, David and I dove into the wonderful world of iBeacons! We explored our uses for these handy location triggers including taking them on the road with us. As well as this, we looked at which iBeacons really work for us, and what apps give you the most benefit.

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Automators 38: Simon Leeb and Pushcut

On this week's episode of Automators we got to tallk to Simon Leeb, creator of Pushcut. As well as diving into the origins of Pushcut, we also explored Simon's home automation setup before wandering into the wonderful world of iBeacons!

Keeping Track of My Someday & Maybe Tasks with Git

Someday and maybe tasks and projects are one of those things where I can never seem to find the perfect system. I’ve tried putting these things in OmniFocus and tagging them, using Trello (which I still use, but for different purposes) and I know there has been more than one paper planner over the years!

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Automators 37: Mac Maintenance & Management Magic

In episode 37 of Automators David and I got our enchanted brooms ready and went to town on maintaining and managing your Mac. We did our best to get out all the cobwebs and find a way to automate all of this, while there may not be a robot vacuum for your Mac, there are plenty of tools you can use to make the magic happen automatically - good whether it’s your system or one you end up managing because the owner relies on you to do it!

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Automators 35: Automating Business with Don McAllister

In the latest episode of Automators David and I got a chance to talk to Don McAllister about the systems and processes he has built over the years to automate ScreenCastsOnline. As a recent addition to their team, it was a fun look behind that side of the curtain, and I hope the system and processes Don has in place will inspire you!

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Automators 34: Getting Cozy with Regular Expressions

When David first talked about doing a show on Regular Expressions I confess I was a little nervous, how do you explain something so text based in audio? Well, it turns out that with a lot of determination and research you can - and hopefully you won't confuse everyone on the way!

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Automators 33: Packing List Extravaganza in Drafts

It's no secret that I love to travel - and I also love to be organized! Making a packing list is great fun, until you forget something so in this episode of Automators David and I decided to find as many ways as we could to solve the problem of creating a packing list. Naturally our techniques overlapped in a few places, but we still came up with a variety of solutions - which you can use to solve other problems too.

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Nested Folders 6: Is It Worth Automating?

As many people know, automation is a topic near and dear to my heart - therefore I often think about automating something before I really know what that something is! Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Really it depends on the circumstance - so Scotty and I talked about it!

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Nested Folders 5: How We Weekly Review

In episode 5 of Nested Folders Scotty and I dived into our weekly review routines. It was also good to review traps we've both previously fallen into with our reviews - I've been considering making a printed list of how I do my weekly review and if I do so I'm also going to make a list of "not to do" on it - as a reminder of those lessons that I've learned over the years!

Relay's 5th Anniversary Live Show

This week I was fortunate enough to be able to go to San Francisco and take part in a very special live show to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Relay FM - a podcast network now old enough for kindergarten!

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Nested Folders 3: Building Bookends

Episode 3 of Nested Folders has landed, in it we talk about building bookends - those magical periods of time in the run up to something in which we get everything done that we need to! I also trick Scotty into doing maths, and most important of all: Scotty has a new mic.

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Automators 29: The Dark Dungeon with Adam Tow

In episode 29 of Automators we got to talk to Adam Tow - creator of awesome automations. I met Adam at the Automators WWDC meet up this year and he demoed some of his wonderful shortcuts for me. I've seen them before and even tried them out, but once I saw Adam demoing them David and I knew we had to get him on the show to share how this all works!

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Nested Folders Episode 2: No(n) Zero Day

In this latest episode of Nested Folders I introduced Scotty to the idea of the Non Zero Day. I stumbled across this a few years ago on Reddit and thought that it was a great idea, do something towards your goals every day. It might not seem like rocket surgery but saying it out loud and then reviewing your efforts can make a big difference - especially for those larger goals!

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Introducing Nested Folders, a Productivity Podcast

Today I’m launching a new podcast called Nested Folders with a friend of mine Scotty Jackson. Scotty and I met when we started testing early versions of OmniFocus 3 together, I believe our first real encounter was me helping him replicate a bug report so he could nail down the steps to email in. (Coincidentally this is also where I met Ryan Dotson who I ended up writing Build Your OmniFocus Workflow with - who would have guessed that people eager to do an early beta test of OmniFocus would also be good people to make productivity related content with?!)

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Automators 24: Automating with AirTable

In the latest episode of Automators David and I went crazy over AirTable - we use it to plan Automators which makes our life so much easier, that combined with the automations you can attach to this meant it was the perfect topic for an episode of Automators!

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Pushcut: Smart Notifications Kick Off Your Shortcuts

As I've talked about on Automators before, I have used Zapier to send notifications to my iPhone which trigger Shortcuts - this means that I can have a series of automated actions happen and follow it up with something I need to manually do. I've been using PushBullet and Pushover to do this - I've tried both and they're both good, but they're designed for notifications and the URLs triggering automations is not something it was designed to do. Additionally PushBullet still hasn't been updated for the iPhone X(s) screen format. Pushover has been updated more recently, but it still doesn't quite match up with what Pushcut can do as a dedicated app.

Supercomputer 27: Into the Weeds

This week I got to join Alex Cox and Matthew Cassinelli on Supercomputer where we got into the weeds of automation, especially on how I use Drafts. We also looked at using AirTable and Zapier and some of the many possibilities available to us with these amazing tools.

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Automators 18: Terminal Automation with John Siracusa

On episode 18 of Automators David and I interviewed John Siracusa, web developer, Perl fan, and former reviewer of Mac OS X (as it was then) for Ars Technica. John was a wonderful guest on the show - we talked about what automation he does, and doesn't do - as well as the how and the why! Like many of our listeners John is very much a Mac first user - I hope you enjoy the show!

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Automators 16: Myke Hurley

In episode 16 of Automators we got to interview Myke Hurley, co-founder of Relay FM! Myke told us about how he uses automation - check out the episode to learn more!

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Automators 14: Automated Journalling

Episode 14 of Automators is all about journalling - when David suggested the topic for this episode I jumped on it. I subscribed to Day One last year and have been trying to improve my usage of it, this episode forced me to go figure out some automations to make it easier - thankfully since recording I've been journalling more consistently than ever!

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Automators 10: Zapier

Episode 10 of Automators is all about Zapier. David and I both recently dove into Zapier plans and thought it would be a great topic for an episode - after all, we use it to automate Automators!

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Automators 9: Scriptable with Simon B. Støvring

Episode 9 of Automators is all about Scriptable, a great app released for iOS 12 which allows you to control your device with JavaScript. We were fortunate enough to have the developer of Scriptable, Simon B. Støvring come on the podcast to tell us about the app and some of the things it can do.

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Automators 8: Automated Document Filing

Episode 8 of automators is all about filing documents automatically. We we said in the episode, one of the keys to success is good naming and structure - and I made a screencast which shows you how you can use Keyboard Maestro to rename files in a specific format that we need for our project slides at work - with incrementing numbers in the middle of the document name.

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Automators 2: Email Automation

Episode 2 of Automators is all about automating email. We all have email, and there are a lot of things you can do to automate it - from filters, to mail merges, and complete automation of sending emails.

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Automators 1: Automating Calendar Events

This week's episodes of The Automators is focused on calendar event creation. There are many ways you can automatically create calendar events, and it's useful to be able to do so, to avoid losing information. You can also use calendar events as a trigger to do something - which we cover towards the end. Below there are details of all the automations we cover, including 4 (really, four!) screencasts.