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Jonathan Davis
Attends University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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My sister is entering high school and is really smart but not as organized as she could be. I'm thinking of setting her up with a GTD system. Inbox, calendar, etc. Can someone recommend a GTD program that can work with her iPhone and Mac? I use Omnifocus but am considering her getting used to a system before shelling out money for something like Omnifocus. Leaning towards Todoist, thoughts? 
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I'd have to say +1 on Todosit. I actually switch from OmniFocus to Todosit since it integrates with IFTTT which is a major part of my workflow.
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So I have my school email address, personal email address, and an iCloud account. I have certain important emails forward to my iCloud account to notify me that it's important. I both want to still receive these notifications but also maintain inbox zero. I was also thinking about adding my iCloud account to my personal Gmail. So should I keep the iCloud email account separate or should I manage it with Gmail?
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Fastmail.com is tops for managing all my email.
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My Omnifocus GTD review process is taking too long. It can take up to three hours or so and I'd like to have it take an hour or so. Please help me cut it down! Here are the following tasks that I have in my review:

empty head
add drafts to Omnifocus inbox
process inbox (assign proj, context, and defer/due date)
clear Omnifocus inbox
add tasks from Omnifocus to calandar
plan for week
look at family events
look at upcoming week in calandar
inbox zero
empty backpack and clear out
respond to FB messages
respond to tweets
respond to texts
respond to reddit inbox
respond to emails
read pocket articles for 20 min
review Somday/Maybe list

It seems doable but I know for example that processing my inbox, assigning projects/context to tasks, and planning my tasks for my week in my calendar take the longest. Any help or assistance would be appreciated. 

So what am I doing wrong?
How can I cut this down?
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Thanks so much +Evan Kline I appreciate it. That is really helpful!
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MPU's with there own websites or blogs, what hosting and such do you use?
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Have a 2010 white MacBook and thinking its time to upgrade to an SSD. What have been your experiences after upgrading to am SSD?
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I wanted the SSD to go in my mid 2012 MBP but the $300+ put me off. I went with the $74 1TB hybrid drive and it has made such a difference! I can only imagine what the SSD would've done. Nonetheless, I'm very happy with the hybrid drive and certainly with the cost.  Took me about five minutes to replace the HD and then cloned it with Super Duper. That took a bit longer . . . 

As everyone says, it's like getting a new computer.
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Love the latest episode with Kourosh Dini talking about task management. Has anybody purchased either of his books? Curious how people's workflows changed after reading them.
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+Jonathan Davis The one problem I have with this episode is that it's going to make me buy a pro subscription. :)
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Jonathan Davis

General Discussion  - 
 
My sister is entering high school and is really smart but not as organized as she could be. I'm thinking of setting her up with a GTD system. Inbox, calendar, etc. Can someone recommend a GTD program that can work with her iPhone and Mac? I use Omnifocus but am considering her getting used to a system before shelling out money for something like Omnifocus. Leaning towards Todoist, thoughts? 
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Remember the Milk! Simple but effective.
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My Omnifocus GTD review process is taking too long. It can take up to three hours or so and I'd like to have it take an hour or so. Please help me cut it down! Here are the following tasks that I have in my review:

empty head
add drafts to Omnifocus inbox
process inbox (assign proj, context, and defer/due date)
clear Omnifocus inbox
add tasks from Omnifocus to calandar
plan for week
look at family events
look at upcoming week in calandar
inbox zero
empty backpack and clear out
respond to FB messages
respond to tweets
respond to texts
respond to reddit inbox
respond to emails
read pocket articles for 20 min
review Somday/Maybe list

It seems doable but I know for example that processing my inbox, assigning projects/context to tasks, and planning my tasks for my week in my calendar take the longest. Any help or assistance would be appreciated. 

So what am I doing wrong?
How can I cut this down?
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+Wilson Ng first off thanks so much for the very detailed comment. First for Reddit I just have a few useful subs that I find helpful that work for me, not too much time and unsubscribed from the main subs. As for Twitter and FB, I mostly use FB to message people and Twitter is mostly automated. 

I like the idea of scheduling on Friday. It's a chill day and a great way to prepare for the weekend.

You and +John Scullen have hit it on the head, there really is a difference between reviewing and planning.

The duration and review cycle seems really key, good tip. Thanks so much for the help!
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People that sync two or more Macs together, what do you use to do it?
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That's awesome +Manny Fernandez. The Synology looks like a great storage solution too, when I start having an actual job and I'm no longer a student that would definitely be something I'd be interested in. I'd also recommend using BitTorrent Sync. Does your family also backup to a Time Capsule too? Can you do this to the Synology instead?
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How do people backup Dropbox?
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I see Dropbox as a tool for work in progress (across devices) than for final storage/archive. Because of NDAs, legal restrictions and else (personal concern), DropBox sees limited use.
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How are people backing up there photo collection with Google Photos?

I'm exporting all my photos to JPEG from Lightroom on to a folder on an external drive then selecting all the photos and then uploading. To my understanding I otherwise would have to go folder by folder to upload.
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I've kind of gone about it the crazy... Takes a really long time way of just the app on my phone. As far as I can tell it goes into the photos app tells it to download the file then uploads it maybe. I haven't actually gone onto my laptop to re download a file and see the size... So I wouldn't recommend it. Plus, it doesn't do background downloading as far as I can tell (or at least not a significant portion). It's taken a long time, at about 3,000 photos of 17,000. I just have been looking in the app and at all of the new creations it makes and spending time looking at old photos and it is backing them up as I do it. Like I said, probably not how I would recommend. For me, I'm not really using it as a back up, more interested in the classification part. I figured if I'm working on a project, and can't find the photo I'm looking for, just search in google for the "things" in it and hopefully find it along with when it was taken and then I could find the full resolution on on photos. It's pretty cool all of the creations it makes. After its fully backed up, I'm probably going to go back and see if I can export a lot of them back to photos.
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I've started getting back into finding uses for Launch Center Pro, what are your uses for it?
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Hehe, I realised that I was somewhat regularly adding certain reminders to omnifocus (especially charging devices that don't regularly need charging - hello Pebble, FitBit and Kindle!), plus certain shopping things.

There's a lot you can automate with DayOne too - I'm exploring Gifttt at the moment too for some other things in addition to LCP/Workflow options :)
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Education
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    2012 - present
  • De La Salle Institute
    2008 - 2012
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 I love taking photos and enjoy every minute of it. When I take photos, I feel that it is that precious time to myself. I can shoot what I want and am free to see the world through my own lens.

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  • real life
  • street photography
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Quotes I Like:

"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."-Robin Williams

"A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words." -Ansel Adams

"Knowing how to do everything is not the goal. Knowing that you can learn is everything."-Scott Rinckenberger (part of Chase Jarvis team)

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.”-Chris Rudolph

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” -Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” -Ansel Adams


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