Different Loadouts for Different Days

What the heck am I talking about? Well… Let’s start with some clarification of the term, just so we’re all on the same page:

From urbandictionary.com:

Equipment, ammunition, tools, and clothing used by a person (typically on active duty in the armed forces).

Loadouts can change depending on time of day, season, terrain, and personal preference.

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How Much Will You Pay to Solve a Problem?

This is a concept which came to light a number of years ago as I tried to mitigate my impulse buying.

I have a weakness for bags, and gadgets, and it was pointed out to me that perhaps I had enough of both. Now… We all know that’s not possible, but it got me thinking. I thought I should take a more deliberate approach to this issue, be smarter about my shopping, and try to buy the right item the first time. Now… We all know that’s not possible, but I was, and am, convinced that trying to get it right, rather than buying stuff on the spur of the moment, is a more effective solution. I have, more or less, eliminated the urge to buy stuff just because it looks interesting. I am also a bit of a design freak, so I do sometimes buy things which just looks interesting (Did I split that semantic hair too thin?).

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Moleskine Pen Holder

I’ve been pondering for a while how to add a pen holder to my Moleskine plain page Reporter notebook. I had a vague idea of the approach I wanted to use, so I was half-way there. Yesterday I got the urge to do a search, and found a lot of entries – to my surprise – but they all miss the mark. I want a simple design, non-destructive, with a minimal impact to the book itself, and with zero impact to the size of the book. After all, what’s the point of getting a small book to put in your pocket, and then adding bulk to it. Let’s face it, even the Reporters aren’t that small. Anyway…

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Indexing and Organizing a Moleskine Notebook

Indexing and Organizing a Moleskine Notebook

(This actually applies to almost any notebook)

The motivation for this comes from not wanting to waste space in my notebook, but wanting to be able to easily find related notes from the past.

You know you never finish even one thought in one sitting, right?

This comes from a programming concept called “threading”

The concept is this: The last piece of data in a block of data is actually the directions to find the next piece of data in that block. So… If the size of each piece of data is limited — in this case a page — when you get near the end of the allotted piece of data, you insert, as the last piece of information, where to find the next part of the piece of data.

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Productivity Principles – What is it, why do I care, and how do I get some?

This will be the first in a series of articles about productivity, incorporating what I’ve learned in thirty years of business experience.Firstly I believe it’s important we understand that what most people call Productivity with a capital ‘P’ is really time management, and time management has been written about and taught in a formal way for a long time. Continue reading