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On self editing

Trey Heath

Lifehacker provides some nice tips on editing your own work. 

 As any writer or editor will tell you, critiquing someone else's work is much easier than deconstructing your own, because outside eyes bring a fresh perspective. To approach your own work critically, you need to simulate this "outsider" perspective by viewing it in a form other than the one you wrote it in.
If you typed it, print it out. Give it a quick read-through, then wield your red pen and start slashing.

There are some other great tips as well, but I'd also add two more. 

1. Always read your piece from the bottom up. This forces you to read the paragraphs independently. The biggest problem with editing your own work is reading what you actually wrote instead of what you thought you wrote.

2. Along with checking adjectives and adverbs as Lifehacker suggests, I'd add check pronouns. Confusing pronoun use can really kill the meaning of a sentence.

On Alfred 2.0

Trey Heath

The Verge on one of Alfred 2.0's new features.

Called Workflows, it's a set of triggers, actions, inputs, and outputs that can be dragged into place and connected on a canvas, letting users create simple multi-step programs in an easy-to-use visual language.

Awesome. 

On Podcasting

Trey Heath

One thing I absolutely enjoy more than any other project is PodCatalyst, a bi-monthly podcast I do that covers economic development.

It's a pretty niche podcast covering some heavy topics, but I have a blast.

If you need an outlet and writing is just too time consuming, I highly recommend it.

Productivity Intervention

Trey Heath

I have long known that I have a problem. 

I am, and have been for many years, a productivity addict. I read workflow books, listen to productivity podcasts and constantly think about how to change up my system. 

Where my habit really starts to become destructive is when I get to the application category. I love productivity apps. 

Several months ago, I read a random blog post asking why so many developers create ToDo apps. There is a simple answer — I buy all of them. 

Just in the last few months, I've purchased FoldingText and Clear, changed up my workflow in an attempt to adopt each system just to see how I liked it. 

But in the end, no matter the app, I always come back to my scorned lover, Omnifocus. 

I've recently been spending a lot of time thinking about my addiction to workflow shake ups when I came across this post from www.bettermess.com:

I know, I know this sounds insane, but here goes the super gimmicky three steps I plan to help me better use my tools, increase my quality of life and improve my personal productivity:
Step 1. I’m going to take a good, long hard look at what I use and determine what’s working for me.
Step 2. I’m not going to change any of that.
Step 3. I’m going to take all that time that would be spent experimenting and use it to actually do stuff.

This post was the kick in the pants I needed to overhaul my anti-productive productivity habits. 

But in order to move forward, I need to confess why I always fall off the wagon. 

1. Even though I love Omnifocus and know it's always been the top performer for me, I continually get overwhelmed by it. 

2. I have a nerdy desire to run all of my projects through a text only system like FoldingText, Task Paper or NValt. 

3. Local apps are my preference, but I often need to collaborate with others on many different projects which doesn't jive with an app like Omnifocus. 

4. I love note pads and having something that exists on paper resonates with me. 

All of these things push me to scrap my perfectly efficient Omnifocus system and jump into something else. 

In the coming weeks, I plan on going over each point and how I've been able to satisfy each urge while still maintaining a great system.