The Person

Hard-core family man. Loyalty. Strength. Dedication to one another.

A love of words, writing, reading, listening, singing, praising, rejoicing.

Comfort the frightened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

The Professional

Self-employed web publisher. Programmer. Developer.

Consultant. Aid. Help. Advisor.

Happily employed with Search Engine People.

    Daily Outcomes & Life Review Template

    A template that helps you set the 1-3 things you really want to get done today, followed by a look back at the day prompting you to look at what you did, what you learned, and what goes well.

    To hit all the right notes in a day can be hard. There are so many should‘s that if you count them all up it seems as if they consume the whole day.

    Counting your blessings, looking at what you did for yourself and for others, taking stock of what you learned, these are all things that sound great but fall by the wayside as soon as we really hit the grind.

    As always, let’s make it automatic instead. Let’s add these key notes to our daily template.

    Here’s what that looks like. You can copy and paste this into Evernote or download this ENEX file (right-click and save as…) and import it into Evernote.

    Of course you can use the copy-and-paste version of the template anywhere: put in in Springpad, in todo.txt, wherever.

    In Evernote I have it in my Templates folder. When I close my day and review this note I click to the pinned template in my favorites bar and copy a new version to my Daily Outcomes folder (on Windows I use the shortcut keys CTRL + N, C, N to copy the note template but if you prefer just use the mouse).

    I title each day’s note with the date and name of the day.


    Today’s Successful Outcome:

    End of Day Review

    What did I do today:

    What did I learn?

    What can I improve?

    What kind act did I do?

    What did I enjoy?

    Three Things I’m Grateful For:

    Rethinking Social: Where Do I Invest My (Life)Time?


    These days between roughly 9 AM and 5 PM this is the screen that welcomes me when I (try to) visit a social networking site. Using bookmarklets I can still post but I can’t visit, browse, read, or otherwise kill time.

    Why Block?

    Self-control is a limited resource; I need it for other things.

    Making choices ahead of time and then setting it up so it’s automated and you’re cranking widgets is much more efficient.

    Automate your decisions.

    Yes But Why Block In The First Place?

    checkbox Calm.

    I want things to slow down.

    The hurried rush of this, then that, 10-second touch-base here, press Like there, has got to stop.

    The payback came quickly and is still building. A sense of calm. Expanded focus. Heightened concentration. Much longer time in The Zone. More books that I read more calmly. A richer InstaPaper list. Less media snacking. Balance.

    checkbox Procrastination feeds on distractions.

    "Before writing this post let me check email — oh, and I should be social and not ignore an @reply on Twitter… Well, might as well do a full round then and make sure Facebook and Google+ are covered too."

    It doesn’t take that long. Maybe a minute or two if it’s really just a quick round? Longer if you stumble on "stuff". Much longer if you take into account the task-switching time.

    checkbox I want to make my relationships count.

    The first people to go to are the ones around me. The second my close family and friends I can only reach online. Then my social network.

    Rethinking Social: From 300 To 30 Facebook Friends


    Last week over a period of two days I unfriended most of my Facebook people.

    I went from 300 people I know the names of to 30 people I know. Immediate family, friends. A handful of online people I know from the pre-social web days.

    Easier To Share

    • Sharing with the core is easier when there’s nothing but the core.
    • I wanted to go from having to filter whom I post to, to sharing family news and photos without a second thought.
    • While I can share and exchange anywhere else with any setup, for many sharing == Facebook. I have to be here for and with them.


    Relations consume time, attention, affection. Of each I have a finite amount. Where should I best invest it?

    Besides the question What’s the return of a Like on status update of someone I only know by name I increasingly realized; who cares?

    There’s a difference between the reaction of my mother and you when I show you both a photo of me holding a baby.

    There is a level of caring for that directly influences the level of caring about.

    Lifetime is really precious and I need to use it as genuine, relaxed, and joyful as I can; the relationships I live need to be real.

    It Was Strangely Difficult

    Weird but true.

    Sometimes I clicked away a name and it was a Name, you know? Someone who is someone in the industry. And for a moment it made me feel like "there goes a valuable contact" or "I could be considered important merely by association, merely by the fact that this Person has friended me back".

    I don’t want to be that guy, want to be way beyond all that, super mature and such, but there it was; a pang of oi…

    Other names were hard to click away because it felt like ending an era, ending a period in my life.

    But The Result

    For the first time in a long time I go with real fun and joy to Facebook where I know I’m meeting with my clan. It’s a smaller place but it will do.


    Elsewhere my social web is different.

    Twitter is my public network although there too I trim. I share differently there too.

    I’m rearranging my abode at Google+ Plus, liking the place quite a lot. Less of a water cooler than Twitter it’s a place where I look far beyond the SEO industry I work in.

    Evernote Data Pruning: How To Keep Evernote Useful

    The best way to keep your data clean & useful is to regularly do some easy tending and pruning.


    Face it, when you started using Evernote you weren’t sure what to put in. Or you followed the idea of "dump everything in it" to the letter and now every search has way too many irrelevant results. Or you realize that your "how to use Evernote as a cookbook" period is over and you no longer need those entries.

    Or you wish you would have tagged some notes. Or you would like to move personal notes to one notebook and article clippings to another.

    An easy way to tend to this data household chore is by doing a search for notes created on that day in the years before.

    Example: if today is December 28 then I can find the notes I made on December 28, 2009 by typing:

    created:20091228 -created:20091229

    The format there is since date, before date, and the result is a list of notes created on the since date only.

    To view other years I simply change the year. My data goes back to 2005 when I started to use Evernote so it takes 5 searches.

    I’m done with my data pruning in 1-2 minutes usually.


    • I delete a lot of material that is outdated or no longer piques my interest.
    • See times gone by as I come across log entries.
      evernote data pruning date search
    • Add or remove tags
    • Move items to new notebooks
    • Consolidate notes, tags or notebooks
    • Tweet older but interesting material
    • See the big(ger) picture in areas of interest
    • Get ideas for blog posts, articles


    I use the same pruning procedure in PersonalBrain. The reports tab lets you pick a start/end date.It’s a bit more clicking with the calendar it has but it’s pretty cool to have your data in order.

    Review: Mini Notebook + Windows CE, WiFi, 7” Display [“SmartBook”]

    Think of a SmartBook as a Windows Mobile PocketPC with a larger screen and a near-normal sized keyboard.

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    You’re Just Being Interesting With Your “Information Overload”

    Twitter’s Ev thinks Twitter can help you overcome Information Overload.

    That’s Sillicon Valley thinking. Information "overload" is a Sillicon Valley type of problem. Such problems are mostly a matter of choice, exist in a very small sub-culture — and have virtually no baring on the real lives of normal people. Continue Reading…

    Why Being Productive & Creative Isn’t About the Time of Day

    Mornings are pretty cool. I like to see the sun hesitantly flow into the day. I like the feeling of being “there” sooner than anybody else. And of course of getting so much done before the rest of the world starts their day.

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    The Return of the Nickname

    Not having an online presence is starting to be as odd as not having a telephone number at all. A “what’s up with you then?”

    Besides the fact that it is just … odd … it’s also increasingly impractical. Like not having a car to extend the range within which you can work, not having an online presence is limiting the number of times you’re going to be accepted for a job.

    Why You Have To Be Present Online

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    When nary the geek could get online and “do” HTML to make a web page, online presence needn’t apply to everyone.

    When Geocities made What You See Is What You Get (sort of…) web page designers or when Blogger launched – you still didn’t need an online presence because back then being online was just that: being online.

    Since the rise of social media and now social networking it has become: being online.

    Nicknames & The Second Profile

    Back in the day” we used nicknames. Remember? Online was dangerous and you needed to remain somewhat anonymous.

    So when Jane would join a fishing board she would be “flylady18” or when John would sign into his parenting forum he’d be “DaDude” or something.

    What we experience now is that by being online as ourselves, we have no privacy. The lady going to the beach while “sick” is spotted via Facebook and fired. The disgruntled employee airing via Twitter has made a company enemy for life.


    So the next wave will be regular people maintaining multiple social networking accounts; one under their own real name and at least one other under an assumed name.

    These nickname profiles will enable people to be themselves online without fear. To vent. To talk about books, songs, movies, artists, that are otherwise just “not done”.

    They’ll allow people to be on vacation, post to their close friends and relatives and not have the boss expect them to therefore be in reach of the telephone and thus work.

    See also:

    Piracy and the Future of Content

    I love reading. Good books, great storytelling.

    Movies. Movies too. From heart wrenching Sophie’s Choice to "must see again" Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

    Oh and music! Let’s not forget about music. Sure, you might want to after you see me do a silly high-hat groove-that-bass move in the kitchen – but music sure does add that *snap*, doesn’t it? Right on…

    And have you seen some of these articles? Some issues of the New York Times read like a monthly magazine – only it comes out daily! Hellooo!

    All this stuff, all this content comes from somewhere; it’s made by people who need to earn a solid, reliable long-term living. Just like you.

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    How I Blocked Myself From Twitter For 3 Days

    I’m a bit hesitant to say this but I blocked myself from Twitter and other (social) media snacking for 3 days – and I liked it.

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    Custom Queries for Evernote

    Custom Queries for Evernote

    Custom Queries for Evernote

    How I Use Projects in Evernote (and tie them back to actions)

    12 Month + Some People Tickler File

    Recurrence in Evernote GTD