This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will…
My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, or the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit…
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…
Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but peace!
I like to improve things, to an over-optimisation fault at times, and a bit of post-taking-care-of-myself inspiration led me to sketch out a "where am I" document of important bits of my life at the moment.
It's not really a list of one type of thing, it's just a list, some of the things have as explanation "this is how I want to do it" and some have "this is how I do it" and other general notes. The list items themselves are subject to a lot of reorganisation and refactoring at times, so take this as a mostly-complete snapshot from memory. I'll edit this in situe later, correcting any grammar / spelling / logic errors as I find them, and probably write a better summary, but for now I wanted to commit to getting this done by making it public as it stands. It's not something I'll continually maintain, just a "showing my working out", mostly as a future point of reference for myself.
These are time based and are NOT tasks (at least I can't get them to feel right within my workflowy conventions).
- 3 things to do today
- 3 things to do this week
- 3 things to do this month
- 3 things to do this 6 months
- 3 things to do this year
I need to:
- record the goals somewhere
- record the start and stop of them
- record whether or not I completed them
Frequency Counting / Event Tracking
I want to track things like how often I drink water, cook my own dinner, or spend money. I can then line this up goals and with stuff from questionaires.
Not sure what to use for this, probably needs to be something accessible on my mobile with a priority on low barrier to use.
Also want to be able to track things like:
- stuff I want to buy
- stuff I want to do
So it needs to support tags and filtering / graphing results based on these, also want it to support exporting, and entering bulk data at a later time (import).
I cannot remember to do stuff. I can however react quickly enough to things like texts and calls because I normally have my phone with me, so I want a way to setup reminders for things to be delivered by a text or call. And I want to be able to hold myself accountable, so have a real person who can make sure I do stuff as well, which means I need to be able to have reminders that just remind me, and ones that remind me and check that i did the thing, and if not, remind me again, and at a set number of reminders contact my "sponsor" and let them know to pester me too. Looked at building something like this for myself along with the frequency counter thing (datum or beeminder might work for that though, this I'm not sure) however haven't got the time to invest at the moment.
Worflowy! Working in an outline works well for me (though I only use hierarchy for categories not for projects) given my investment in things like org-mode, but org-mode isn't portable enough for me at the moment, so a compromise that works well for me with some modifications of my own is workflowy.
The low barrier to use / maintenance is essential to me, and sharing is nice too (though ideally with my system you would need to be able to share a search rather than just one node).
Google calendar, I just need to be able to mark down things happening so me and kim can see what's ahead. Should check it more often than I do. We just use one shared calendar rather than maintaining a complex system.
I've used blade wiki, emacs with deft and org-mode, and at the moment standardised on Evernote. I have some gripes, mostly with the available formatting (I want easier code snippets!) However the ability to store my scanned / photographed notes OCRed alongside my typed notes, and clippings from the web, turns out to be the killer feature for me. My system here is pretty simple, I don't use folders at the moment (maybe later, and only in the same convention as my use of hierarchy in workflowy), I hide everything but the note list and note panel, sort my notes by last updated (following the idea that this should naturally sort my most used items to the top of my search results) and then use the incremental search to drill down, tagging stuff liberally as I go. I use it for everything from work notes, to blog posts, personal journalling, and weekly reviews. I try to keep my individual notes as small as possible, each focused on just one thing. I also create index pages with links to other information to make it easy to find stuff.
I do like to use a pad and pencil a lot too, and for those I like the idea of having a system like this https://gist.github.com/3444793, however I haven't taken the time to decide on a convention yet. Bookmarking I handle seperately through diigo.
These all go in a dropbox folder called Scanner Uploads and are later sorted into a sub folder of the documents / photos folders in my dropbox.
Some also go in my evernote.
Naming convention for these is YYYY-MM-DD HH.MM.SS KEYWORDS.EXTENSION
These all go in a dropbox folder called Camera Uploads and are later sorted into a sub folder of the photos / documents folders in my dropbox.
Some also go in my evernote.
Naming convention is the same as for scanned documents above.
Notes go in my evernote, tasks go in my workflowy, resources go in a sub folder of the projects folder in my dropbox.
The link that ties all these resources together are the IDs I give them (which becomes a tag / keyword in workflowy / evernote). For work related projects, this is a jira ID. Maybe I need a jira system for personal projects too, I don't know, currently I procrastinate too much and do too little work on personal projects. The jira is there as an audit trail. because I delete stuff from workflowy a while after I complete it during spring cleaning raids on it.
For work projects we maintain a project wiki page, which we use as a kind of homepage to keep people up to date and get new people up to speed quickly. I haven't decided yet whether or not I want to maintain a wiki of my own (probably using blade wiki) for my personal projects, or just have them as a page in Evernote. It will most likely be in evernote to keep things simple, however I'll evolve my conventions for that as I put it more into practise.
I need to update my system so it:
- auto sorts stuff based on whether I am the to recipient or the cc recipient
- DMZ stuff so I can start using inbox zero
- sort out my labels, reduce the number of them and use them mostly for archiving
Probably more stuff, need to look at scott hanselmans blog, and stuff from the 43 folders guy who popularized / created inbox zero, I'm pretty bad with email at the moment, however I don't get too much of it that i need to respond to outside of work so it's not caused me too many problems.
These are a collection of suspension files labelled 1 to 31 and january to december, they sit in a box to the left of my desk which I try to keep clear. Each morning I look through that days file and resort it back, moving around any of the notes as I need to.