My Biggest Productivity Challenge To Date

I guess in many ways I must be a glutton for punishment. That's one of the main issues with trying to live a productive life. It can go one of two ways. 

1) You could take the fact that you are able to achieve more and realise that you have got more time to relax, to spend time doing things you really enjoy (I miss gaming! No, it's not a mistake by not putting spending time with wife and girls here, I ALWAYS make time for them).

OR

2) You could take the fact you are able to achieve more and....try to achieve yet more still!

Unfortunately, my next project firmly sits in the second camp and it's not going to be a quick-fire one either. 

Essentially, the mind-maps have already started for the creation of two books. One, is going to be focused on Productivity in the Home and Workplace. Now this could be a 10,000 page spectacular with the amount of resources available so I have decided to make it based solely on myself and my day-to-day routines and ideas, as well as quoting my influences and providing resources for everyone to tap into. I'm really looking forward to researching this as I'm going to pick up so many more tips from the books I'll buy, sites I'll visit etc so this is really going to help my productivity side improve more. 

The second book, is the real challenge. I'm looking to provide an in-depth analysis of the software that I use day-to-day on my Mac and iOS devices. This is going to include interviews with the developers (permission pending of course) as well as work-flows, sample scripts, video tutorials (iBooks version only - pending permission from developers of course). 

One challenge here comes with nailing, in detail, each piece of software I use. I use a LOT. And there are far better people out there than me using it day-to-day as well, so I will be researching with these people I have contact with to try and improve my daily workflows and present them to you in the book. 

Another challenge is the speed in which software changes, meaning I am signing up for the development of an idea that is going to need revision on a fairly regular basis. New software will come. I've just changed my Calendar application to BusyCal as an example, which has more functionality than the one I was using before which was good but shall remain nameless. However, my passion for Apple and the Productivity that the hardware and software provide means that this will be a challenge I gratefully accept. This is a fantastic opportunity to give something positive back to the Mac community that has helped me so much. 

It's a long project, I'll keep you posted as to it's progress on this blog. Current timeline on my outline measures at between 12-18 months dependant on how many developers I can get on board with assisting me. 

Wish me luck!