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  • 📖 Squarknote #5 • Article by Susan Fowler Rigetti explaining how she uses monthly todo notebooks to achieve her goals




  • 📺 The magic of Textexpander • 9 minute video by Marie Poulin showing how she uses Textexpander to quickly output text she repeatedly needs


  • 🧰 git-standup • Command line tool by kamranahmedse that reminds you what you did on the last working day


  • Take simpler notes!
  • For years, I used a sophisticated combination of three Notion databases to track all my research and writing. It was highly successful at collecting links to things I’d read. But had a negative impact on actually writing. I spent far more time organizing my notes and the relationships between them than actually new content, let alone publishing it.
  • I switched to an old school single folder of markdown files and my writing and publishing took off.
  • Post drafts and notes side-by-side in the same folder
  • Posts distinguished from notes by having a date property in their frontmatter
  • File names prefixed by topic (and any subtopics)
  • Copilot super helpful with inserting repeated patterns (e.g. inserting author names, emoji format indicators, etc)
  • Obsidian:


  • Use an RSS reader to consume all blog and YouTube content in one place in the order and with the UI you prefer
  • Feedbin:
    • use tags to organize feeds by their general category (e.g. “news”, “fitness”, “coding”)
    • Use saved searches to curate more specific topics you’ll be interested in for a little while
    • Use manual searches to research topics you’re interested in one time
    • Star items it makes more sense to consume later (need more time, need to be able to play sound, want to take notes, currently busy, etc)
    • Use app email address to sign up for newsletters so they’ll go to your rss reader instead of your inbox

Time Management

Problem Solving


  • FOCUS – How to Achieve the Superpower of Laser Focus - YouTube • August Bradley 📺
  • fantastic; rewatch and take better notes
  • Decide what matters most
  • Decide when I’ll do what matters most each day (and protect that time block)
  • Squeeze all other stuff around it in the remaining time (none of it is as urgent as it seems)
  • Decide what matters most ahead of time (the night before, before the week begins, etc)
  • Remove distractions (take an inventory of them and remove them)