Announcing Work. Life. Creativity.

Today I am proud to take the vale off of a new project – Work. Life. Creativity. As I mentioned last week, it is an online community devoted to discussing the topics of personal productivity, self growth, work/life balance and creative solutions. I am really excited and proud of the work that was done to get it to the point where we can have a “soft launch” and ask folks to take a look.
The centerpiece of it all is really the forums. Expect lots of chatter about lots of interesting topics there. I have been spending a lot of time in there lately and plan to continue doing so. Also expect some cross posting of topics between here and there. I expect as interesting stuff comes up in the forums at WLC that I would like to opine further on here.
Head on over and take a look. You will not be disappointed.

Video Review: Levenger Circa Steno

My first ever video review and, boy, am I excited. This features a new Levenger product that I have been waiting to be released for some time now. Here is the thing though, it is not yet on their website. It is that new! My friend Eric Senf was kind enough to pick it up for me from the Levenger Store on a recent trip to Chicago.
Give it a look and let me know in the comments if you would like to see more of this kind of stuff.

Levenger Circa Steno Review from Patrick Rhone on Vimeo.

Remainders 07.25.2008

It has been a while since I did a remainders post (or any post for that matter) and have a lot of stuff saved up. That being said, due to aforementioned time passage, you may have seen some of these already. Yet, into the breach I go…
Stepcase Lifehack has been doing a good series called Back to Basics about getting back to the bare bones of GTD. Here is a sampling:
* Back to Basics: Capture Your Ideas
* Back to Basics: Your Inbox
* Back to Basics: Processing
I personally find these sorts of little refreshers helpful in staying on the right path. I never tire of reading them.
I also will never tire of Merlin Mann dropping the mad science on the troubles with e-mail overload as he does in the post NYT: Businesses Fight the Email Monster They Helped Create.
Here is a post that resonated with me from Unclutterer… What to do if you are organized and your partner isn’t. Luckily, Princess Bethany and I deal pretty well with this issue (and I will leave it to you dear reader to decide whom is who in this equation).
Kelly Forrister of DavidCo recommends using that too-late-to-start-anything 4pm Friday slot in your workday for a context she calls @BrainToast. That is, regular maintenance type things that we all seem to forget way too often.
Linda Stone asks – Is it Time to Retire the Never-Ending List? Hmmm…. Princess Bethany has regular fantasies about completing everything on her “Big List”.
Perhaps you are stuck getting through that list. Well, here is a good primer on How to Jump Start a Listless Action List at Tool for Thought.
By now, I am sure you are aware of my affinity for the simple daily todo list. Here is one take on how to format such a list.
Finally, my beautiful and brilliant wife, Princess Bethany, offers up her Top Ten List of How to be Productive With a New Baby.

People are allowed to have their own opinions… But they are NOT allowed to have their own facts.

Overheard on the radio today.

The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A Death! What’s that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating …and you finish off as an orgasm.

George Carlin