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February 20, 2018 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 24 minutes
This week, Dan and Merlin talk a little too much about Harry Potter, but also manage to cover some other media properties as well as the shockingly limited options for British casting. Dan has a new task management app, and Merlin decides to give it a spin too. The need for help from the jackals who make Cash's iPad app is escalated.
In a somewhat classic style, the conversation moves to considering Big Issues around work, friction, modality, usability, and apps for pound-sign productivity.
Twitter, its apps, and its perplexing (lack of?) company direction are discussed. Merlin has something like a razor for this.
Dan is told that he is upset.
November 28, 2017 at 10:45AM • 1 hour 49 minutes
This week, we discuss walking the line between creativity and productivity. How do you approach getting your creative work done? Are you a planner, or do you fly by the seat of your pants and go where the muse leads? Also, what would prompt you to walk away from social media if you had more than a half-million followers? Plus, we weigh in on a couple listener emails. Vitas Luckus is our Photographer of the Week.
September 28, 2017 at 4:30PM • 1 hour 22 minutes
Whitson Gordon (editor-in-chief of HowToGeek) joins Tommy and Adam to continue the discussion about finding a solid productivity balance in a world saturated with work tools and life hacks.
August 29, 2017 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 26 minutes
TOPIC: Don't provoke Dan.
This week, Dan and Merlin (once again) complain about what works and what just kiiiinda works with smart devices. Who's winning the voice control game, and who's struggling to play catchup? Ecosystems!
Next up, the boys talk about some surprisingly handy and useful cases for that befuddling Apple TV remote. Also, Dan needs your help to back up Cash's Windows box. Merlin has an important request, too.
Also provided are scientific updates on how much a scale weighs.
Finally, Merlin offers a whole goddamned book's worth of awesome productivity advice via a cheap notebook and five (5) daily bullet points.
August 21, 2017 at 12:00AM • 42 minutes
This week on Supercharged, Tommy and Adam consider productivity, and when to much effort to be productive exacerbates the problem the effort attempts to solve.
February 21, 2017 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 38 minutes
TOPIC: You're living in the future!
This week, Merlin is in a bit of a tizzy as he tries to make coffee, redo his ads, and change his productivity system at the same time. Todoist and the evolving landscape of task apps are discussed. Dan likes Trello and Merlin likes tearing everything down and maybe just starting over.
iPhone call ID and blocking apps get the treatment and Merlin has some recommendations.
Dan has some questions about comics, and the boys reminisce about The Simpsons. As you do.
Things get a little dark as your hosts look at deploying web ad (and tracker) blocking as survival and safety OPSEC.
This leads to the donning of Futurist Hats and some subsequent speculation about the unfathomable things we might expect from our devices in the coming years.
September 9, 2016 at 7:00AM • 38 minutes
In this best-of episode, Dave and Mike Vardy sit down to talk productivity and all aspects of working from home.
July 19, 2016 at 5:15PM • 1 hour 42 minutes
TOPIC: Way of the future.
This week, Dan and Merlin continue their discussion on updates to their systems and their productivity worlds. In particular: how have new technologies and critical masses of users led to wanting or needing fewer intermediary communications layers?
For years, email was more than just the lingua franca; it was that one internet communication protocol that every user could be counted upon to have and use.
But, today? Options, baby, options! Sometimes for worse, but, so often, for much better.
July 12, 2016 at 3:30PM • 1 hour 37 minutes
TOPIC: Updates on Productivity and a modern Kobayashi Maru Scenario
This week, Dan and Merlin start a new series on updates. Which sounds really boring, but it isn't, we swear.
This time out, the boys start by diving deep on how and why just so much of their productivity systems have changed over the years. Innumerable ways in which technology and life has evolved to where so many of the old systems seem fiddly, unnecessary, or both.
[This is a good one.]
March 30, 2016 at 10:30AM • 51 minutes
Motivation / Staying Productive
Flow theory postulates three conditions that have to be met to achieve a flow state:
- One must be involved in an activity with a clear set of goals and progress. This adds direction and structure to the task.
- The task at hand must have clear and immediate feedback. This helps the person negotiate any changing demands and allows them to adjust their performance to maintain the flow state.
- One must have a good balance between the perceived challenges of the task at hand and their own perceived skills. One must have confidence in one's ability to complete the task at hand.
- What things easily distract you when you need to get work done
- Make a list of these things
- Twitter, imgur, reddit, tv, music
- Clear these distractions
- Use a distraction free setting
- Get comfortable
- Change your setting
- Workout metaphor
- Hard to slack
- Don't have to do it every day
Just 5 minutes
- I use this technique with my kids for studying
- 5 minutes doesn't really work for me
- Instead I say write 5 lines
- Sunk cost fallacy works in our favor
- I'm already here. I have something started. I might as well keep going.
Push the peanut forward
- You don't have to love it
- You recognize that you just need to make some progress
- Commit to sit down and get started
- Used by writer
- Set a timer, at least 5 minutes
- Don't use the IDE
- Don't write actual code, just pseudo code
- Don't think just let the pseudo code flow
- Sit down in front of your computer
- Set a 20 minute timer
- You must take a 5 minute break
- The importance of the break, related to exercise
David Burns MD
- Write down, on a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied do you think that you will feel by completing the work that you need to do
- Write down, on a scale of 1 to 10, how painful will it be to do the work
- Do this before as an estimate and then after recording the actual
- Keep a running list and refer to it often
February 8, 2016 at 6:00AM • 1 hour 3 minutes
Dave and Aaron welcome productivity expert Mike Vardy onto the show, and pick his brain for the best ways to manage inboxes, especially the ones in our email apps.
November 30, 2015 at 5:00AM • 31 minutes
Dave and Aaron chat about the hidden costs behind the items on their todo lists, and how to plan for better productivity.