Colin Devroe

Photographer. Podcaster. Blogger. Reverse Engineer.

Scott McNulty on making time to read

Scott McNulty gets asked about how he reads so many books every year. His answer?

You just have to make time for it. You know that time you spend doing something other than reading for pleasure? If you spent that time reading instead, you’d read more.

I get asked this same question about building apps, blogging, photographing, etc. Same answer. You will always make time for things you really care about.

The Weekly Index, extending the Bullet Journal (audio)

Recorded October 1, 2017.

Eliza and I have extended the Bullet Journal to include a Weekly Index – a two-page spread showing the entire week in one snapshot. It has been working for us for several months.


Amber Leigh Turner on Bullet Journaling

Amber Leigh Turner on trying bullet journaling:

And I was hooked. I knew this was a way to not only help me get back on track and focused, but would pull me out of the rut and the mess I made. I needed some way to keep track of my goals in my personal life, business life, and in my hobbies. I had so many things I want to accomplish, so many things to look forward to, so many things that I wanted to start tracking and build better, healthier habits.

I’ve been using this method for quite some time now. So has Eliza and many others I know. Eliza and I have modified the method slightly (which is encouraged) and I intend to continue journaling for the foreseeable future.

If you haven’t yet tried Bullet Journaling, grab any notebook near you (you don’t need to buy a special one) and start today. Give it 30 days like Amber did and you’ll be hooked too.

John Quincy Adams on GTD

Not really.

Maria Popova on the always excellent Brain Pickings re: John Quincy Adams and his thoughts on getting things done, learning, and wasting time:

Years earlier, in observing his own habits of mind in the course of his voracious self-education, Adams had become aware of the meager correlation between effort exerted and results obtained when a clarity of purpose is lacking — even the mightiest discipline, after all, is wasted without a clear direction.

The entire post is worth a read.

This quoted bit stuck out at me because of a personal hack that I do to ensure I get things done and don’t just spin my wheels. I give myself insanely tight windows to get things accomplished. While writing my first iOS app, a project that is extracurricular for me, I give myself only an hour or two at most each morning to work on it. I sometimes wake at 5:30a and have to finish what I’m doing by 7:30a so I can make it to work on time. This constraint means I need to be wholly focused on the tasks I need to get done.

Quincy Adams also talks about the nature of time being spent on learning because it is in those times that you learn what do didn’t even know you were ignorant about. I find these moments spring up all the time. I might be intentionally researching something only to stumble on a completely different field of research that I need to do. I love those times and apparently Quincy Adams finally embraced those times later on in life and used them to help others.

I can’t believe he didn’t know Orion until he was almost 50. I wonder what I will stumble across at 50 that I wish I hadn’t missed?