June 17, 2019

Reflections on three years of spaced repetition with Anki

I was looking at my Anki deck stats the other day and realized that I have been using it for just over three years now. During that time I have added 20k cards and reviewed 140k. On average I spent 17 minutes each day to review 130 cards. Since this amounts to over 300 hours of my life at this point, I figured it would be worth reflecting on this habit and deciding whether it is a worthwhile investment of time going forward. Read more

April 15, 2019

Save entire webpages for reference With SingleFile

I’ve been reading through a lot of Tiago Forte’s writing on his members-only publication Praxis. Since reading through his series on progressive summarization, I have become more concientious with regards to saving the “work-in-progress” artifacts of my thinking process to Evernote. Often this involves a link to a piece of content, a couple highlights, and a bullet point or two about key takeaways. The problem It’s pretty easy to surface relevant notes using the Search function if I’ve added enough contextual info to the note, but less so if it’s just a link. Read more

June 5, 2017

Essential productivity apps for Mac users

Once a year I try to reevaluate my “personal tech stack” to see if I am using fundamental tools as effectively as possible. Not just bigger tools such as todo lists, calendars, and note-taking, but also the smaller utility apps that get used so frequently they blend into our daily work routine. Our fluency with the tools we use every day is the foundation of personal productivity1 , so it makes sense to optimize even small interactions2 such as switching between windows. Read more

May 9, 2015

Blinkist Daily – using scarcity to incentivize your behaviour

I’m a big fan of Blinkist, which is a subscription service that provides really well-written summaries of popular non-fiction books. These aren’t the SparkNotes you remember from your high school days—each summary is split into thematic bites, and the information is presented in a form that is already partially synthesized. Each day Blinkist offers free access to one of their new summaries through Blinkist Daily. I find that the curation of books they use for Blinkist Daily is very high-quality, and I can usually find at least 2 summaries per week that I am interested in. Read more

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