Weekend Coffee Talk: Mind, Body, Business & Books (#15)

Ask and you shall receive! After I wrote about my Evernote system for managing a recurring to-do list, a few friends chimed in with more sophisticated solutions, which I would be remiss not to share!

  • Elysa uses Wunderlist: "You can create a recurring task that has sub-tasks and all those sub-tasks will repeat under the umbrella."
  • Sarah uses Things: "It's expensive ($50) but there's a 30-day trial. I got a tutorial and it's brilliant. Lets you tag things with time increments, priority increments, place them in projects and areas of work, set deadlines, AND create recurring to-dos"
  • Kuty is an Asana master: "I use asana and it allows you to have a task that has subtasks. And you can copy that entire structure each time you want to have it 'recur'. I think Asana's shines when you have a team you want to collaborative with on a todo list."
  • Alexis uses FLOW: "Lets me assign to myself AND my team), and it allows for recurring tasks."
  • ChaChanna and Cat use Todoist: "Todoist works for me because I can break stuff down by day and it syncs across all platforms."

Now without further ado, fodder for your weekend coffee talk!


"I have no reason not to go to my desk after breakfast and work there until lunch, so I work three or four hours in the morning. And it’s not all covering blank paper with beautiful phrases…

I begin by answering a letter or two — there’s a lot of junk in your life as a writer, most people have junk in their lives — but I try to give about three hours to the project at hand and to move it along.

There’s a danger if you don’t move it steadily that you kind of forget what it’s about, so you must keep in touch with it. . . . I’ve been maintaining this schedule since … 1957."

—John Updike, BrainPickings.org


"16. You aren’t that apple’s first customer: Shoppers are constantly picking up produce, dropping it, and putting it back, explains another former grocery worker, so beware. “I’ve seen kids take a bite and put the item back. It took me a long time to start eating fresh fruits and vegetables again after working in a store,” she says.

17. The carts never get cleaned: Babies will do their business on carts, chicken juice will leak and who knows if anyone cleaned up after that? If you’re worried about germs, give carts a quick swipe with sanitizing wipes."

—Consumerist, 17 Supermarket Tricks, Tips And Insider Secrets You're Probably Clueless About


"He aims to persuade the world that it too has reached “peak email,” that the decades-old medium has entered its final, fatal decline. For many of us, email is so tightly integrated into how we manage our lives that abandoning it seems about as likely as giving up the written word itself. Moskovitz wants to show us we’re wrong, that we’ve maxed out on email as a useful tool and that it’s simply dragging us down.

...Releasing people from their dependency on email isn’t just about personal peace of mind. As he tells it, this will — in aggregate — free up the time and mental space needed to move the species forward.

“All the email and meetings, all that work about work, all this soul-sucking effort, is not real work. It’s a distraction,” Rosenstein says. “If we can get rid of that distraction so we can actually get some work done, that just totally opens the doors.”

—Dustin Moskovitz, Email's About to Die


Just for Fun

Oh my . . . NO. This Spider Makes Fake Spiders. But Why?

And a two-year-old in diapers skateboards better than most of us ever will:

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That's it for now . . . have a wonderful weekend!