I take long walks, usually a 3-mile route, several times a week. I listen to podcasts when I go, and I go at different times of the day, depending on what my schedule allows.
If it's multimedia, it goes into Evernote. I use Evernote almost exclusively for recipes and other web clippings.
Yes it is.
Starting Lifehacker in 2005 from scratch and running it till 2009 is still the thing I'm best known for, and it's probably had the greatest reach and impact of all my projects so far. The sheer size of the community and platform opened up unimaginable opportunities for me—the books, the apps, the podcasts, the…
> do you start and finish at the same time each day?
Making three lists, and revising them daily and weekly. You can read more about my stripped-down GTD system here: http://lifehacker.com/335269/practicing-simplified-gtd
Starting new projects is way more exciting and tempting than trudging through all the tedium you have to in order to finish. I have left plenty of unfinished/ignored/half-started projects in my wake, and when I look at them all I get pretty down on myself. First thing I have to do is forgive myself. You won't find the…
I'd like to get better at iOS development, so I'd spend time really digging into Objective-C. I do light development in it now, but I'm kind of flying by the seat of my pants, depending on my open source community to do the heavy lifting.
Erica's great! We worked together here at Lifehacker many moons ago.
ThinkUp has well-defined code style guidelines, so when I review code I ask the submitter to make sure they're using our style before sending it to me. The project requires that all code is thoroughly commented and documented as well, so that helps a lot.
Yep, the standing desk tires out my legs every day, it's surprising how tiring standing mostly still is. That's why I do switch to sitting at some poing in the afternoon. I'm not tracking caloric burn, just steps using the Fitbit, so sadly I don't have hard data on standing desk calorie burn.
Depends on what I'm working on. Tuesdays and Wednesdays I'm spending a few hours doing my shows, so those days are good for lots of quick tasks across several projects before and after the shows. When I want to do deep-dive ThinkUp coding, I tend to wind up doing so on days I don't have too many other things scheduled…
Oh God yes. When that happens (it happens a lot) I switch things up and try another task. If I can't get motivated about ANYTHING, I go for a walk.
Hey all—I gotta run and do a show (come watch: http://live.twit.tv ) but I'll be back afterward to answer anything I didn't get to, so feel free to post more questions.
Truthfully, I don't try to transform people around me into being hyper-productive! I do very consciously choose to work with people who are really good at things I'm not, and I do everything I can to learn from them.
I usually try to "scratch my own itch." All of the software I've built because I needed it myself, and I could imagine it, so I couldn't stop myself from sitting down and making it. Same with blog posts—I try to write the stuff I would want to read myself, or that I think my future self will find useful in a Google…
Since I switched to the standing desk, my back feels better and my posture is good. I'm also able to out-stand anyone in other situations, like long lines, so that's a nice benefit. Came in handy at Comic-Con this year.
Potential burnout is a serious problem for anyone who naturally works hard, or is able to work all the time. It can be tough to stave off, especially in the face of big deadlines. Personally, I get resentful about work if I can't spend time with friends or family or get enough sleep or get time to eat lunch, so I try…
Thanks for having me! Lifehacker hosts one of the best communities on the web, so I'm thrilled to be here today.
My automated stuff is pretty standard: the most obvious one is backups, to the cloud and locally, including my web server data and databases (http://smarterware.org/9572/automatically-back-up-your-web-site-every-night). I rely heavily on TextExpander and canned responses, but that's not quite automatic. I know things…