A friend of mine just bought a new BMW because he’s living the Software dream. We’re currently about 2 hours out of Sydney and I’ve been slowly going out of my mind. I don’t do downtime well.
I’ve been trying various strategies to prevent myself chewing off my own face out of frustration, almost all of which have cost me data and will add even more money to Telstra’s bloated, greedy pockets.
My mate and I are both developers, so much of the trip has been spent listening to podcasts.
We tried out a few new ‘casts. Clockwork is “Four people, four topics” in no more than 30 minutes. We probably won’t subscribe; it was more of a long form digest where we prefer in-depth discussions or really unique news, and our interests didn’t really resonate with the hosts.
I wanted to find some productivity podcasts because I’m tired of getting in my own way when it comes to inflicting my own brand of fucking rad on the world. Sadly, after two episodes I’ve decided I’ll not be listening to the Time Hackers podcast again. One felt like the entire thing was a read for Audible.com through her affiliate link (which wasn’t called out as an affiliate link). The other was about how having a boss is the best thing ever because they get angry at you when you procrastinate because how dare you! I am glad I’m not her employee. We also washed out on 168 Opportunities because it shared with Time Hackers a really ironic trait: The hosts weren’t succinct and the information not dense enough.
(I was tempted to listen No Such Thing As A Fish, a podcast by the QI elves about 4 interesting facts that plays a lot like the show, but I decided to be serious instead because… I made poor choices?)
Podcasts aside, my fingers got itchy, so I played Alphabear (If you want to find it in the iOS App Store instead… Go do that). It’s what Scrabble would be, if Scrabble was single-player, had special powers and bears. And because it’s about spelling words, it’s technically educational!
I mopped out my email. I’ve been trying Inbox and I think I kinda get the premise, possibly? It’s annoying I can’t apply multiple labels from the mobile app and I’m not entirely sure that marking things ‘done’ is archiving them but… I deleted 200 of 403 messages, so… huzzah?
That made me go and categorize Evernote notes because what’s more productive then pouring pointless hours into a productivity system? Actually doing work, like buying USD for an upcoming trip to the States (Anyone who wants to catch up with me between the 19th of July and the 2nd August in SF, let me know!)
Started writing this blog article, so of course I had to update my Google Analytics plugin. And install it and the WordPress app on my phone. The WordPress App can connect to self-installs of WordPress which is pretty neat.
I didn’t play any of the 3DS games or read any of the books I planned. I did, however, add a bunch of stuff to my reading list, including Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey, author of the freaking amazing Wool books. Once we settled on using the Ruby Rogues podcast to save my from insanity, I picked up Astro City from a pick, along with Three Parts Dead. That should help on the plane trip to the States, at least.
Overall productivity score… Probably about even. I managed to get a lot more done then I expected on actual tasks, but didn’t bring anything to completion. I did, however, get a bunch of new ideas and write this blog post hunched over my tiny phone screen, so that’s a plus.
Thank you for driving DylanLacey coaches, we hope you enjoyed your trip… And please fly next time.