Zen and the Art Of Work

Towards the end of 2016, my friend Kourosh Dini published a video course entitled Zen and the Art Of Work. I'd been a big fan of his previous work, notably the books Creating Flow with OmniFocus and Workflow Mastery however I wasn't sure what to expect, given that this was the first time I was exposed to Kourosh's video work.

I wasn't disappointed at all. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that these videos are a triumph.

The course contains 16 modules with 14 exercises, as well as an introduction and conclusion video. Each video is narrated by Kourosh and the attention to details on the aesthetics is something to behold. Even the backgrounds for the slides that appear were specially designed - no Keynote templates on show here! The music that introduces the videos is calming, as you would expect from such an accomplished pianist and the content of each video has been carefully curated to offer the right amount of information. Not too much so as to overwhelm and not too little. Each video is between 10-15 minutes long, just the right amount of time to keep your focus.

Covering topics such as habit formation, building systems, working on large projects and creating sessions of work, there is enough in this course to satisfy experienced and amateurs alike.

So take a look at the course here and see if it's for you. You won't be disappointed.

Workflow Mastery

One of the most valuable books I have ever read since becoming interested in Productivity has been Creating Flow with OmniFocus by Kourosh Dini. Not only was it a complete guide on how a master uses a tool like OmniFocus, it also touched a lot on the theory behind WHY we should adopt various productivity techniques.

It's thanks to this book that I was able to read another title from the same author - Workflow Mastery. Workflow Mastery is not a book tied to any particular task management application at all. Far from it, the words contained within are all about us, human beings and how we can manipulate our environments, our thoughts and build foundations for workflows that will lead to a greater return on our efforts.

It feels like it needs to have the word Zen contained within the title somewhere because the amount I learned on how to work with focus, make clear decisions, slay the dragon of procrastination and stop bouncing from one task to another, is truly staggering.

I can't recommend this book enough.

Link - Working from an iPhone

There are people that scoff at the idea of being able to work from a device as small as an iPhone. I know this because, until recently, I was one of them.

Advances in Cloud storage technology and in-sync applications have made this more of a reality and this article by Ryan Christoffel at MacStories goes into lengthy detail about how he has been able to make it work.

Even if the idea of working from an iPhone doesn't appeal to you, I'm sure you'd love to find out how you can make using it more efficient. If so, then read this article and see what you think. You'll come away with something from it, I guarantee.

Backing up via Time Machine to a Synology NAS

As my business grows ever-reliant on a functional laptop, ensuring that I have a reliable backup plan is one of the most important parts of weekly workflow.

Fortunately, I have a Synology NAS device at home, which is able to take Time Machine backups from my Macbook Pro.

I'm not going to run through the instructions. The team at Synology have done a far better job with this article than I ever could!

Also, if you would like a visual demonstration of how to set your Synology NAS device up to receive Time Machine backups, check out Don McAllister's tutorial over at ScreenCasts Online.

Link - Top iPad Productivity Apps by Asian Efficiency

Asian Efficiency is one of my favourite Productivity resources because not only do they talk about the approach behind the productivity (which is all important), they also write about the applications that can be used to support these approaches.

In this post, Thanh walks us through his top applications for productivity on the iPad. Thankfully, the shopping list for me here was minimal because I owned the majority of them, however I did take a look at Zinio for my magazine reading, which I haven't looked at for a while, as well as Zoom on the iPad, which I've been using on macOS for a few months now.

Great list of applications that isn't too long.

Read it here