Cortex 44: Existential Time Tracking


00:00:00   it's over did you enjoy cortex miss gray [TS]

00:00:02   did you know what I did to it was a [TS]

00:00:04   welcome thing at that time in my life [TS]

00:00:07   over the last couple of months I've been [TS]

00:00:08   very busy [TS]

00:00:09   ya see if it's good it's good to have [TS]

00:00:12   breaks throughout the year one time and [TS]

00:00:14   you don't need an endless ceaseless [TS]

00:00:17   grind God that pull verizon's your soul [TS]

00:00:21   into tiny little shards that never ends [TS]

00:00:24   now breaks breaks throughout the year [TS]

00:00:28   it makes life it makes life better mic [TS]

00:00:31   and you agree you agree now no one's [TS]

00:00:33   forcing you to be here [TS]

00:00:35   I feel like you're forcing me to be a [TS]

00:00:37   lie now i'm happy to be here yeah yeah [TS]

00:00:41   here but not every week I'm in the [TS]

00:00:44   cottage [TS]

00:00:45   hey i'm in mega office all set up now [TS]

00:00:48   all finished hundred percent well it's a [TS]

00:00:52   hundred percent as it can be you know [TS]

00:00:54   whatever be a hundred percent know it's [TS]

00:00:57   like that bridge you know the bridge [TS]

00:00:58   that people paint forever [TS]

00:01:00   I don't know what you're talking about [TS]

00:01:01   really feel like I've had this exact [TS]

00:01:04   conversation before so I'm not going to [TS]

00:01:06   redo it [TS]

00:01:07   I have been i've been alerted to the [TS]

00:01:09   fact recently that the way that I say [TS]

00:01:12   the name of my office that makes it [TS]

00:01:15   sound like its spell [TS]

00:01:16   mega64 quite a lot [TS]

00:01:20   the idea of it being mega our office so [TS]

00:01:23   that is that's the thing so mega office [TS]

00:01:25   is fully taking shape i have account my [TS]

00:01:28   thinking couch thinking couch i have a [TS]

00:01:30   sit stand desk which I have stood at [TS]

00:01:33   once [TS]

00:01:34   well I can do it if I need to I want to [TS]

00:01:38   have a drone now [TS]

00:01:39   whoo that's a whole thing that I've been [TS]

00:01:43   playing around with everything about me [TS]

00:01:45   a drawing for Christmas [TS]

00:01:46   well Merry Christmas casing nice that [TS]

00:01:49   we're going [TS]

00:01:54   ilike Casey jr. thank you very much okay [TS]

00:01:57   Casey jr. AC Julia I i I'm I'm really [TS]

00:02:01   enjoying the drone grounded to get what [TS]

00:02:03   you get [TS]

00:02:04   I gotta power bebop 2 [TS]

00:02:06   and we have basically come to the idea [TS]

00:02:09   that this is my practice drone haha [TS]

00:02:13   right okay right you know like the [TS]

00:02:15   really good drones there like a thousand [TS]

00:02:18   pounds or something [TS]

00:02:20   this is my drawing learn how to fly a [TS]

00:02:22   drone [TS]

00:02:23   so this is your entry-level drone this [TS]

00:02:25   is my entry level drone we're like it [TS]

00:02:28   does it does it does a pretty good job [TS]

00:02:29   and also that the controls are easy to [TS]

00:02:33   use so I'm getting used to it it's a [TS]

00:02:36   whole big process you know flying a drum [TS]

00:02:38   it i don't think it looks easy [TS]

00:02:40   I come home I'm always impressed by [TS]

00:02:43   people flying the drones it looks quite [TS]

00:02:47   hard i only lost control of it once [TS]

00:02:50   uh-huh i was kind of making it hard to [TS]

00:02:52   around me in a circle and this I to put [TS]

00:02:55   this in my youtube video like a video [TS]

00:02:57   that i just put up at my tattoo I put [TS]

00:02:59   some drone footage at the end of it and [TS]

00:03:02   the last clip is like the drone flying [TS]

00:03:03   around me and then like just it just [TS]

00:03:05   carries on now in real time that was [TS]

00:03:10   when I lost control of the drone it was [TS]

00:03:11   supposed to just keep going around me [TS]

00:03:13   and I didn't know where he went [TS]

00:03:16   it was behind me and it just went off an [TS]

00:03:19   inhibitory but the footage look really [TS]

00:03:22   good right [TS]

00:03:23   and through the magic of editing you can [TS]

00:03:25   cut it the frame before it would be [TS]

00:03:27   obvious that some really so it looks [TS]

00:03:30   like your bro it's the frame before it [TS]

00:03:32   snaps back we're in like the opposite [TS]

00:03:34   direction as I try and take control of [TS]

00:03:36   the thing again that is a fantastic [TS]

00:03:38   fantastic christmas present and i look [TS]

00:03:41   forward to seeing more drone footage in [TS]

00:03:43   your future vlogs yes somebody somebody [TS]

00:03:45   said to me in in the YouTube comments [TS]

00:03:47   why why haven't you taken the drone [TS]

00:03:49   higher mhm and it's true because [TS]

00:03:52   complete fear of the drone like it can [TS]

00:03:55   go a lot higher than I've taken it but [TS]

00:03:57   I'd like some so scared of it like it's [TS]

00:04:00   a really weird feeling to have this [TS]

00:04:02   thing that i'm both excited about and [TS]

00:04:04   terrified off its is it's like owning a [TS]

00:04:07   lion [TS]

00:04:07   it's like you trained it and it's just [TS]

00:04:09   like a little lion cub but like at some [TS]

00:04:12   point it's gonna scratch your face off [TS]

00:04:14   yeah it's a wild creature yeah you're [TS]

00:04:16   hanging but that's kind of amazing so [TS]

00:04:19   exciting [TS]

00:04:20   same time I don't have many right now [TS]

00:04:21   I'm not a risk-taking person in that way [TS]

00:04:23   you know like an adrenaline risk-taker [TS]

00:04:25   right but the drone is is a weird kind [TS]

00:04:28   of bridge for that it but I love it I [TS]

00:04:31   love it I i wish i could have seen my [TS]

00:04:33   face when I opened it it was a surprise [TS]

00:04:35   that look [TS]

00:04:36   Luigi will be drawn i think that was a [TS]

00:04:39   little bit but i'm i'm enjoying a lot [TS]

00:04:42   and I wish I had more time to go and [TS]

00:04:44   just fly around parks it's very it's [TS]

00:04:47   very cool looking and I feel like this [TS]

00:04:49   is this is another stage down the path [TS]

00:04:51   of now being like it's like a [TS]

00:04:54   professional amateur level vlogger prime [TS]

00:04:57   leak [TS]

00:04:58   yeah yeah exactly right you no longer [TS]

00:05:00   just a beginner once you have a drone [TS]

00:05:02   and you start learning how to make it [TS]

00:05:04   follow you around one-handed or whatever [TS]

00:05:06   you're going to do with it then then you [TS]

00:05:08   know you're moving up there in the [TS]

00:05:10   blogging world that's exciting very [TS]

00:05:12   exciting [TS]

00:05:13   will you let me fly your drone yeah if [TS]

00:05:15   you want to the terrible the terrible [TS]

00:05:17   decision but yes do you want to flight [TS]

00:05:19   yeah i would totally like I've never [TS]

00:05:21   flown drown I think it would be [TS]

00:05:22   interested to try to fly it see how high [TS]

00:05:24   it can go yet so you gotta go go high [TS]

00:05:26   and go far [TS]

00:05:27   like don't see the drone anymore that's [TS]

00:05:29   the goal that's that's what i would want [TS]

00:05:31   like can't see it and then there's just [TS]

00:05:33   a button or pressing it comes back right [TS]

00:05:34   that's where ya work actually yes [TS]

00:05:36   awesome day perfect is nothing to worry [TS]

00:05:38   about that [TS]

00:05:39   mmm i'll fly real high for you Mike [TS]

00:05:41   value yeah it's so good at yeah we go [TS]

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00:07:30   support of this show and really have [TS]

00:07:31   been I've also taken some steps [TS]

00:07:34   professionally I've I've been doing some [TS]

00:07:36   more serious things as well [TS]

00:07:38   no over court xmas one of them is I have [TS]

00:07:42   started time tracking finally ok [TS]

00:07:47   yep i have started time tracking that [TS]

00:07:51   the kind of the reason for this which [TS]

00:07:52   i'm out i think we're going to get into [TS]

00:07:54   a little bit later on but the kind of [TS]

00:07:56   the basic reason is because we are [TS]

00:07:59   really FM is looking to get a part-time [TS]

00:08:04   a system for me too to help with some of [TS]

00:08:06   the work that I do em but before we can [TS]

00:08:09   kind of go down that road [TS]

00:08:11   mmm we need to understand what tasks [TS]

00:08:14   person's gonna take em and because [TS]

00:08:16   they're going to be you know the kind of [TS]

00:08:18   the idea is to kind of do contractible [TS]

00:08:20   billable hours of this person I need to [TS]

00:08:22   work out how long these things actually [TS]

00:08:24   do take me to Devon the seventh a severe [TS]

00:08:27   hangover so i have started time tracking [TS]

00:08:29   everything that I do work related just [TS]

00:08:32   also because I figured if I'm gonna go [TS]

00:08:34   down this route [TS]

00:08:35   maybe it's time to start realizing just [TS]

00:08:37   how much time I spent on things [TS]

00:08:39   mmm [TS]

00:08:39   mmm out i'm using a service called [TS]

00:08:41   toggle t oggl toggle is my I think [TS]

00:08:48   primarily a web service they have apps [TS]

00:08:51   but they're not great like they have an [TS]

00:08:53   ok iphone app nothing for the ipad i [TS]

00:08:57   spoke to their customer service / [TS]

00:08:59   twitter and looks that they have [TS]

00:09:00   absolutely no plans for an ipad app even [TS]

00:09:02   like will let you know if things change [TS]

00:09:05   means never gonna happen [TS]

00:09:07   yeah we've we've added to the support [TS]

00:09:09   queue for future requires like okay yeah [TS]

00:09:12   goodbye but i have keeping using and [TS]

00:09:15   friend of the show federico teaching of [TS]

00:09:18   Max stories workflows he made for the [TS]

00:09:20   iOS workflow app as a way to do this and [TS]

00:09:24   I was talking to federico about this and [TS]

00:09:27   he said if you've been speaking to gray [TS]

00:09:28   and I said no and he said all because [TS]

00:09:32   you both started asking me about this at [TS]

00:09:34   exactly the same time [TS]

00:09:35   yeah so you you mentioned toggle has [TS]

00:09:38   recommended to you by federico couple [TS]

00:09:41   episodes ago [TS]

00:09:42   yeah at around the time i was saying [TS]

00:09:44   like I'm looking to switch my time [TS]

00:09:47   tracking systems because i had outgrown [TS]

00:09:48   my double together Rube Goldberg machine [TS]

00:09:52   that i was using to track my time [TS]

00:09:54   previously which was great but pass it's [TS]

00:09:57   past its prime and so yeah one of one of [TS]

00:10:01   the big things i did over court xmas was [TS]

00:10:06   had a period of about 10 days where i [TS]

00:10:10   was really rethinking and reworking a [TS]

00:10:12   lot of things related to my business and [TS]

00:10:16   one of them was involved in setting up [TS]

00:10:18   time tracking and I [TS]

00:10:21   because you recommended this I tried it [TS]

00:10:24   out i found that same article that [TS]

00:10:25   federico had written about writing this [TS]

00:10:28   little workflow to interact with toggle [TS]

00:10:29   because they have an API yeah so you can [TS]

00:10:32   write these little scripts that sort of [TS]

00:10:33   talks directly to the web server so you [TS]

00:10:35   don't have to use the apps that are on [TS]

00:10:37   your phone which is nice for a bunch of [TS]

00:10:39   reasons and i was playing around with it [TS]

00:10:42   very seriously for a few days and then [TS]

00:10:44   essentially i harassed the teaching [TS]

00:10:47   about this because I i started messaging [TS]

00:10:48   like hey do you think someone could [TS]

00:10:52   write a script to do the United like [TS]

00:10:55   that you say thanks to him and this is [TS]

00:10:57   what he said like it's like i'm working [TS]

00:10:59   on one for gray is like I'm gonna make [TS]

00:11:00   it be easier and then i'll send it to [TS]

00:11:02   you understand my level it's okay i'll [TS]

00:11:05   put some instructions in and then you [TS]

00:11:07   can have excellent i feel i feel much [TS]

00:11:09   better than that his his effort was w [TS]

00:11:12   well spent that because i was harassing [TS]

00:11:14   him like what I wouldn't lie would like [TS]

00:11:15   is to be able to control everything in [TS]

00:11:18   the API the toggle makes available right [TS]

00:11:21   like everything i can write to the [TS]

00:11:22   server i want to write to the server and [TS]

00:11:25   so he was very nice and and wrote [TS]

00:11:28   another custom version of it that could [TS]

00:11:29   do more because web api stuff is is a [TS]

00:11:32   bit beyond my skill level [TS]

00:11:34   I was like looking through it and I'm [TS]

00:11:36   like I have no idea what any of this is [TS]

00:11:38   doing [TS]

00:11:38   yeah the web api stuff gets really [TS]

00:11:40   complicated and really program very very [TS]

00:11:42   fast yeah but but once he did that I [TS]

00:11:45   then took the thing that he gave to me [TS]

00:11:47   and i modified it really extensively to [TS]

00:11:51   work with the way I want my own system [TS]

00:11:53   to work and I have come up with we can [TS]

00:11:58   talk about it more detail later like I'm [TS]

00:12:00   still playing around with it but just as [TS]

00:12:03   you have moved from the step of no time [TS]

00:12:06   tracking at all to work time tracking i [TS]

00:12:10   am i'm experimenting with this season [TS]

00:12:13   doing time tracking for my whole life [TS]

00:12:17   so what I'm trying to do is actually [TS]

00:12:19   just have a timer running if I am [TS]

00:12:23   conscious about like I want to have a I [TS]

00:12:26   want to have an overview now not just of [TS]

00:12:29   my hardcore work but now that i have a [TS]

00:12:32   stronger [TS]

00:12:33   better more flexible in many ways system [TS]

00:12:36   like let me push this to the absolute [TS]

00:12:39   max at least for a little while and see [TS]

00:12:43   what that tells me about myself because [TS]

00:12:45   i found that the first time I started [TS]

00:12:48   doing time tracking you learn a lot [TS]

00:12:50   about yourself that you don't [TS]

00:12:52   necessarily realize oh boy do you yeah [TS]

00:12:55   and so I'm taking that I'm taking that [TS]

00:12:57   like I've done the first stage of this [TS]

00:12:58   i'm doing the second stage of this but [TS]

00:13:00   this is what this is this is what I am [TS]

00:13:02   dying to hear from you Mike because I [TS]

00:13:05   always push people to do time tracking [TS]

00:13:07   and what I'm always trying to do is I'm [TS]

00:13:09   mentioning mentioning like one key case [TS]

00:13:11   right I'm always telling you like oh you [TS]

00:13:13   need to know the value of your of your [TS]

00:13:14   of your time you know in terms of [TS]

00:13:16   dollars right that's always the thing [TS]

00:13:17   that I'm harping on but if you can get [TS]

00:13:20   someone down that path now we can have [TS]

00:13:23   the conversation about like what is your [TS]

00:13:25   work they really look like Mike so i'll [TS]

00:13:28   say before before we dig into this and [TS]

00:13:31   and before i have to go to the corner [TS]

00:13:33   and cry for a little while having only [TS]

00:13:35   been doing this for a couple of weeks [TS]

00:13:36   I've already started to have the full of [TS]

00:13:39   should I track everything like I've had [TS]

00:13:40   that thought like should I track the [TS]

00:13:43   time that i'm reading Twitter like so i [TS]

00:13:45   can see how you gone down that route [TS]

00:13:47   even I can see the value in knowing what [TS]

00:13:50   i'm doing all times i'm not going to [TS]

00:13:52   start doing that yet but i can see that [TS]

00:13:54   if I continue to keep doing this like I [TS]

00:13:56   think i will I can see myself getting to [TS]

00:13:58   that point quite quite easily actually [TS]

00:14:00   seems like a logical step [TS]

00:14:01   yeah I would seriously recommend not [TS]

00:14:04   doing that at the start I don't want to [TS]

00:14:06   do it right now it's too much [TS]

00:14:07   yeah exactly like I would honestly wait [TS]

00:14:09   something like six months of just [TS]

00:14:11   tracking your work time before you even [TS]

00:14:12   think about trying to track everything [TS]

00:14:13   because it's it's enough to do just the [TS]

00:14:16   work time like I'm constantly forgetting [TS]

00:14:18   timers as it is rightly was constantly [TS]

00:14:20   in I've been looking forward to this [TS]

00:14:23   conversation and reading it in equal [TS]

00:14:25   measure because one like I think it's [TS]

00:14:27   like a really good thing for us to get [TS]

00:14:28   into but the offer is like I know where [TS]

00:14:31   it's going [TS]

00:14:32   I know that you're gonna push me to do [TS]

00:14:35   the how much is my time worth thing and [TS]

00:14:39   I really don't want to do that yet [TS]

00:14:41   like I a viscerally do not want to start [TS]

00:14:44   doing those calculations [TS]

00:14:46   but here we are so let me tell you what [TS]

00:14:49   I have learned so far having only done [TS]

00:14:51   this for about two weeks [TS]

00:14:53   mmm basic that I've learned some key [TS]

00:14:56   things and I don't know how I feel about [TS]

00:14:58   them there are times in the week where [TS]

00:15:01   the sheer amount of my time that his [TS]

00:15:02   podcast editing is concerning em the [TS]

00:15:06   recording time the amount of time i [TS]

00:15:08   spend recording is about why expected by [TS]

00:15:12   the editing time is way out of whack [TS]

00:15:15   ok so what way out of whack as in you're [TS]

00:15:16   spending way more time editing then you [TS]

00:15:19   thought that you return I thought yeah [TS]

00:15:20   okay that's not too surprising me [TS]

00:15:23   because that the shows are so the shows [TS]

00:15:25   are scheduled right yeah like this is [TS]

00:15:27   this is the whole the whole lesson to [TS]

00:15:29   learn from all of these things is you [TS]

00:15:30   can't trust your brain for anything [TS]

00:15:31   about your brains terrible at everything [TS]

00:15:33   it ever does right [TS]

00:15:35   yes I like your brain is an adversary [TS]

00:15:38   like Gordon incompetent it's one of the [TS]

00:15:40   two all the time like a brain how much [TS]

00:15:42   time do I spend an editing I 20 minutes [TS]

00:15:44   that is no idea where is where is that [TS]

00:15:46   you can look at a calendar and see that [TS]

00:15:48   you have booked in recording slots [TS]

00:15:50   yep so I'm not surprised that you have a [TS]

00:15:52   better sense of that but yes so the [TS]

00:15:55   editing is taking longer than you think [TS]

00:15:56   I'm like so there are a couple of shows [TS]

00:15:58   that for our whack so like there's this [TS]

00:16:01   show and there's another show that I had [TS]

00:16:03   it when I add it very differently like [TS]

00:16:05   I'd listened to the entire thing and [TS]

00:16:08   spend a lot of time on it so when when I [TS]

00:16:11   do those shows it pushes the numbers up [TS]

00:16:14   significantly quickly in the week [TS]

00:16:16   because anything to do this at the start [TS]

00:16:18   of the week so that like throws out of [TS]

00:16:20   whack for like three quarters of the [TS]

00:16:21   week right because i'm aware of those I [TS]

00:16:24   know how long they take me lake so [TS]

00:16:26   that's that the problem that I have is [TS]

00:16:29   all of my other shows [TS]

00:16:30   mhm shows that I thought took me 20 [TS]

00:16:33   minutes to edit and take me about 45 mm [TS]

00:16:37   and I am NOT happy about [TS]

00:16:39   yeah and that that's what that's what [TS]

00:16:42   can kill you because you have a bunch of [TS]

00:16:44   shows that probably fall into that [TS]

00:16:45   category [TS]

00:16:46   oh it's like everything yeah right [TS]

00:16:49   you're yet you're losing half as much [TS]

00:16:50   time as you thought you actually had it [TS]

00:16:52   takes me two to three times the amount [TS]

00:16:53   of time nightfall it took em and this [TS]

00:16:57   has been a really harsh realized [TS]

00:17:00   ocean like I was talking to a dinner [TS]

00:17:02   about this and I was like I explained it [TS]

00:17:04   to her she's like yeah it takes about 45 [TS]

00:17:05   minutes [TS]

00:17:06   she's like I know this looks like i say [TS]

00:17:08   i'll be back in about 20 minutes i'm [TS]

00:17:10   going to go ahead and upgrade and she [TS]

00:17:11   knows I'm going 45 right like in my mind [TS]

00:17:14   it only takes 20 minutes [TS]

00:17:15   mm and I I'm very uncomfortable about [TS]

00:17:18   this because i have now opened my idea [TS]

00:17:22   to the fact that my brain has no idea [TS]

00:17:24   what it's doing like right i was [TS]

00:17:26   convinced that was how long it took me [TS]

00:17:28   to a show like that but I'm not just off [TS]

00:17:30   by a little bit [TS]

00:17:31   it's like a factor of to a minimum mhm [TS]

00:17:34   this is why it is so so important to do [TS]

00:17:38   because you you just cannot trust [TS]

00:17:40   yourself to have any sense of how long [TS]

00:17:43   it really takes you to do things and [TS]

00:17:45   this is his wife or for anybody [TS]

00:17:48   listening if you if you work for [TS]

00:17:51   yourself you're working for a company if [TS]

00:17:53   you care at all about how you are [TS]

00:17:55   spending your time just do some time [TS]

00:17:58   tracking on the things that are like [TS]

00:18:01   most important to you and you feel like [TS]

00:18:03   you will see it revealed how your time [TS]

00:18:06   is really being spent like you whatever [TS]

00:18:08   you think you're doing you're going to [TS]

00:18:10   discover where you are surprisingly [TS]

00:18:12   wrong about yourself [TS]

00:18:14   so one thing that I was wrong about that [TS]

00:18:17   i'm happy with is the amount of time it [TS]

00:18:19   takes me to prepare so I spend more time [TS]

00:18:22   preparing for shows then I thought I did [TS]

00:18:24   hmm that's something i'm happy to know [TS]

00:18:26   so why is that why is that what you mean [TS]

00:18:29   so I like I spend more time putting our [TS]

00:18:32   documents together and doing research [TS]

00:18:33   and that is the type of time that I'm [TS]

00:18:37   pleased that i put in power because I [TS]

00:18:40   thought that I wasn't spending enough [TS]

00:18:41   time preparing like i spend about as [TS]

00:18:44   much time as i thought i should be to [TS]

00:18:46   make a good show right [TS]

00:18:47   ok ok I see I see what you're saying [TS]

00:18:49   alright that's good [TS]

00:18:50   like I was maybe self conscious of it [TS]

00:18:52   but I was wrong to be it kind of felt [TS]

00:18:55   like if I'm not doing adequate [TS]

00:18:56   preparation kinda like a fraud them [TS]

00:18:58   right that like i should be prepared for [TS]

00:19:01   the show's to make the best show that I [TS]

00:19:03   can make and there were times where I [TS]

00:19:05   was like I'm not doing enough of this [TS]

00:19:07   so it's like some kind of just like [TS]

00:19:08   winging it blew em but that's not the [TS]

00:19:11   case like when I look at the actual [TS]

00:19:13   number [TS]

00:19:13   those like I'm spending about as much if [TS]

00:19:16   not more time than I thought that I [TS]

00:19:18   should be so I'm happy about that and [TS]

00:19:21   the thing is like the Edit is the same [TS]

00:19:22   side of it right which is like making [TS]

00:19:24   the show better i do any editing i agree [TS]

00:19:26   with that but it's it's because i had a [TS]

00:19:30   real idea in my mind of how long that [TS]

00:19:33   took me like I didn't have a time for [TS]

00:19:35   the preparing because I I tend to do [TS]

00:19:38   show prep for seven days for each show [TS]

00:19:40   like I'm always doing it you know I've [TS]

00:19:42   known as an idea comes to me or as a [TS]

00:19:44   story comes to me like i'll pick it up [TS]

00:19:46   as I go like I'm not sitting down for [TS]

00:19:48   like a block of time and doing it well [TS]

00:19:50   that's how i do the edits I sit down for [TS]

00:19:52   a block the time so I thought it took me [TS]

00:19:54   this amount of time but I'm really wrong [TS]

00:19:57   about that and and that is that's what's [TS]

00:19:59   concerning to me the preparing stuff i [TS]

00:20:01   don't feel like it's a real sock of time [TS]

00:20:03   because it's happening in these little [TS]

00:20:06   bits and it's also just time really well [TS]

00:20:09   spent [TS]

00:20:10   it looks like this yeah this show exists [TS]

00:20:12   because you put a bunch of time into the [TS]

00:20:14   show notes right all of your shows are [TS]

00:20:16   better if you put time into the show [TS]

00:20:18   notes a ahead of time so that's that [TS]

00:20:20   that's that's great to find out that and [TS]

00:20:23   perhaps perhaps you had the feeling like [TS]

00:20:25   you're doing it less because of course [TS]

00:20:27   in any conversation like conversations [TS]

00:20:29   evolved as they go on and they're never [TS]

00:20:31   going to follow the show notes entirely [TS]

00:20:33   so there is there is an element of even [TS]

00:20:36   for the most prepared conversation both [TS]

00:20:38   parties are still sort of winging it [TS]

00:20:40   throughout that conversation but it's [TS]

00:20:42   the right kind of winging its like [TS]

00:20:43   informed winging exactly exactly so [TS]

00:20:47   maybe that's why you were feeling that [TS]

00:20:48   way a little bit but yeah the editing [TS]

00:20:50   time you know something something else [TS]

00:20:53   that's maybe maybe something can be done [TS]

00:20:56   about that my god i don't know what do [TS]

00:20:57   you think [TS]

00:20:58   not yet not yet ok so I've been thinking [TS]

00:21:02   about it I've been talking about it and [TS]

00:21:04   it is a clear thing that I could do [TS]

00:21:06   something about it but I'm not ready [TS]

00:21:08   like okay i am not ready to let go of [TS]

00:21:12   what I considered to be an important [TS]

00:21:13   part of the creation of the shows that I [TS]

00:21:15   do em like I feel like many of the shows [TS]

00:21:18   that I do are as good as they are [TS]

00:21:19   because of the Edit typo in and select [TS]

00:21:22   the difference i think i've explained [TS]

00:21:23   this like a show like this i go back and [TS]

00:21:25   listen to the whole thing for most of my [TS]

00:21:27   other weekly shows I don't do that but [TS]

00:21:29   what I do is I take notes as the shows [TS]

00:21:31   going on and then I go in to fix those [TS]

00:21:33   points [TS]

00:21:34   looks like i'm editing whilst we're [TS]

00:21:36   recording because i know in the things [TS]

00:21:38   that need to be fixed and then I go in [TS]

00:21:40   and just fix it to each one of those [TS]

00:21:41   points [TS]

00:21:42   who what that does is it means that i [TS]

00:21:43   can get the show's out especially the [TS]

00:21:45   topic based shows that the weekly kind [TS]

00:21:47   of news focus shows they can come out in [TS]

00:21:50   a timely fashion which is important to [TS]

00:21:51   me but I also feel like I can put a lot [TS]

00:21:54   of added time into them because of the [TS]

00:21:55   way that I do it but unfortunately it's [TS]

00:21:58   taking longer than I thought but I don't [TS]

00:22:00   want to let it go yet because i feel [TS]

00:22:02   like i would be kind of losing part of [TS]

00:22:04   my voice of the shows who now there [TS]

00:22:07   might be you know I'm starting to think [TS]

00:22:08   about ok which shows the most important [TS]

00:22:11   for that which shows met at least like [TS]

00:22:13   I'm trying to start like roll these [TS]

00:22:15   things around in my brain but like I'm [TS]

00:22:17   not like mentally ready to let go of [TS]

00:22:21   anything like that yet [TS]

00:22:23   understandable understandable and you [TS]

00:22:25   know it's like how I I would never pass [TS]

00:22:28   the editor of this show to anybody [TS]

00:22:29   because this is like the most of all of [TS]

00:22:31   them but like it's like with the other [TS]

00:22:33   shows [TS]

00:22:34   I mean you know why that is right [TS]

00:22:36   because of the type of added that we do [TS]

00:22:37   on this show it needs our opinion [TS]

00:22:42   yeah but like all of my shows have that [TS]

00:22:44   to a degree but it's not a strong right [TS]

00:22:47   at the atom is more your sliding up and [TS]

00:22:50   down the spectrum of this and cortex is [TS]

00:22:53   a show which is at the most extreme end [TS]

00:22:55   of that and i only have this opinion [TS]

00:22:57   about my other shows because i do this [TS]

00:22:59   one because it's changed the way that I [TS]

00:23:01   edit so like I more now than like two [TS]

00:23:04   years ago I feel like my editing is part [TS]

00:23:07   of the voice and tone of voice and like [TS]

00:23:11   character of the show than it was before [TS]

00:23:13   I've gotten into your mind might have [TS]

00:23:15   destroyed me so bad you want to take [TS]

00:23:18   over and add it in for me that I do not [TS]

00:23:21   I do not want my job is simply just you [TS]

00:23:24   know just to keep infecting you with [TS]

00:23:26   ideas and then watch them take root [TS]

00:23:29   so like we're going to talk about year [TS]

00:23:32   of less again like this is parts like [TS]

00:23:34   when I was originally thinking about [TS]

00:23:36   what my year of less might look like [TS]

00:23:38   we might be handing over some editing [TS]

00:23:40   work but now I don't think that's going [TS]

00:23:41   to be how it is going to be in 2017 who [TS]

00:23:44   there is there is a silver lining to all [TS]

00:23:47   of this i do not work for intense [TS]

00:23:52   periods of time for as long as I thought [TS]

00:23:54   I did this is the other thing i have [TS]

00:23:56   universally found that people discover [TS]

00:23:59   right if there's if there's serious if [TS]

00:24:01   they're doing the time tracking right [TS]

00:24:04   you almost always realize your way [TS]

00:24:06   overestimating how much time you're [TS]

00:24:08   really working so I again I've maybe [TS]

00:24:13   done this on one quiet week and one busy [TS]

00:24:16   week right [TS]

00:24:17   yeah it's still very preliminary it's [TS]

00:24:18   still very early however i am walking [TS]

00:24:21   out the I maybe work between 20 to 30 [TS]

00:24:26   hours a week who an intense time so this [TS]

00:24:29   includes like recording shows editing [TS]

00:24:32   shows preparing for shows and dealing [TS]

00:24:34   with sponsors look like and maybe having [TS]

00:24:37   calls about things like that is like [TS]

00:24:38   solid working time and I'm pleased with [TS]

00:24:41   these numbers but what's not trackable [TS]

00:24:44   or a couple of things really is thinking [TS]

00:24:47   em about work and also dealing with the [TS]

00:24:52   little things that pop up so like saw my [TS]

00:24:55   ask me a question [TS]

00:24:56   someone might send me a quick email that [TS]

00:24:59   takes a two second reply but these [TS]

00:25:01   things happen for as long as i am awake [TS]

00:25:03   right so i may only work for five hours [TS]

00:25:08   on that wednesday but I could do a half [TS]

00:25:12   an hour's work at nine and hours work at [TS]

00:25:15   10-1 hours work at 12-1 hours work at [TS]

00:25:19   6pm mhm and it is the one I've realized [TS]

00:25:24   is that it is that the fact that this [TS]

00:25:27   work can happen for as long as i am [TS]

00:25:29   awake is what makes it feel like i am [TS]

00:25:31   always working [TS]

00:25:33   yeah whoo so I don't want to do anything [TS]

00:25:37   about this right there are ways that I [TS]

00:25:39   can make this better [TS]

00:25:40   I could not look at my email other than [TS]

00:25:42   a specific time of the day I could not [TS]

00:25:44   open slack over then a specific time of [TS]

00:25:46   the day like I know I can do all of that [TS]

00:25:47   but I don't want to do that that's not [TS]

00:25:50   how I want [TS]

00:25:51   to work like by currently I like to work [TS]

00:25:54   the way that I do which is to always be [TS]

00:25:57   walking right i will interject here and [TS]

00:26:00   just say that while for many people i [TS]

00:26:03   would recommend exactly the things that [TS]

00:26:05   you just mentioned i would not recommend [TS]

00:26:07   them to you like I still think that your [TS]

00:26:11   business and your involvement in it [TS]

00:26:14   really benefits from you being around [TS]

00:26:17   and available to a lot of different [TS]

00:26:19   people and a lot of different hours like [TS]

00:26:22   I i really think that your availability [TS]

00:26:25   makes a big difference to how well relay [TS]

00:26:27   is doing so you eat even if you wanted [TS]

00:26:30   to crank it down like I think you are in [TS]

00:26:32   a very difficult position to even do [TS]

00:26:34   that [TS]

00:26:35   so the thing that is doing though it is [TS]

00:26:38   making me feel better knowing this [TS]

00:26:42   good good good because I am realizing [TS]

00:26:45   like I feel like I'm really busy all the [TS]

00:26:50   time but it turns out I'm not as busy as [TS]

00:26:53   i thought i was like i am not working [TS]

00:26:57   but might the thing I used to say was [TS]

00:27:00   i'm working for as much as I'm awake [TS]

00:27:02   look that's how i felt and now i [TS]

00:27:05   understand where that feeling is coming [TS]

00:27:06   from and now I'm able to fight it like [TS]

00:27:10   I'm able to answer back to my brain when [TS]

00:27:13   it gets in that mode we like okay then [TS]

00:27:16   smart guy open toggle look at your poor [TS]

00:27:18   the day right oh 3 hours so like this is [TS]

00:27:24   not a hard look at me like I only work [TS]

00:27:27   20 hours a week because if i would have [TS]

00:27:31   tracked my time when i worked at the [TS]

00:27:33   bank i would be really keen on seeing [TS]

00:27:36   what that look like because I think it'd [TS]

00:27:38   probably be less because like you said [TS]

00:27:41   this is not like my kids chatting with [TS]

00:27:44   someone you know that's not billable [TS]

00:27:46   hours like when i checked into somebody [TS]

00:27:47   at work i'm going for lunch or like this [TS]

00:27:50   is like pure time where I'm like this is [TS]

00:27:53   100-percent work i am like doing this [TS]

00:27:56   and doing that like it [TS]

00:27:57   this is like what I genuinely feel like [TS]

00:28:00   a 40-hour workweek actually is the most [TS]

00:28:02   people who not everyone but most people [TS]

00:28:05   people are not in consistent constant [TS]

00:28:08   intense work from nine to five humans do [TS]

00:28:10   not work like that no human humans can't [TS]

00:28:13   work like that and i think this is this [TS]

00:28:15   is the really clear distinction to draw [TS]

00:28:17   is you know like what in my old time [TS]

00:28:21   tracking system i was only tracking the [TS]

00:28:25   really valuable hours like did I just [TS]

00:28:28   spent the previous 40 minutes really [TS]

00:28:31   writing yes or now right if the answer [TS]

00:28:34   was no I wouldn't track it and it's [TS]

00:28:37   again nobody does eight hours a day of [TS]

00:28:40   that kind of work right where you are [TS]

00:28:42   really focused value generating work [TS]

00:28:46   right but everybody can be kind of like [TS]

00:28:49   at work for a really long time and doing [TS]

00:28:52   a bunch of low-level stuff that makes [TS]

00:28:55   you feel like I've been working all day [TS]

00:28:57   yep right but like but how how much real [TS]

00:29:00   value creation has occurred here i have [TS]

00:29:04   a weird job so my numbers i reckon a [TS]

00:29:07   higher than most people like for example [TS]

00:29:10   this week Monday Tuesday Wednesday will [TS]

00:29:13   be over six hours with him but that is [TS]

00:29:16   like because the type of stuff that I do [TS]

00:29:18   is incredibly time-intensive like little [TS]

00:29:20   speaking to somebody for two hours and [TS]

00:29:21   then working on it for what turns out to [TS]

00:29:23   be an hour like those things can add up [TS]

00:29:26   quite a lot who and what I have really [TS]

00:29:29   noticed is like so last Friday I had [TS]

00:29:33   seven hours of work that i logged no I [TS]

00:29:36   felt like crap last Friday back right [TS]

00:29:40   and this week like I've been doing a [TS]

00:29:42   consistent like six hours a day [TS]

00:29:44   no but I feel okay because I knew it was [TS]

00:29:46   busy week little and it's like this is [TS]

00:29:49   confirming that feeling and I'm yeah [TS]

00:29:50   more tired and we always been really [TS]

00:29:52   strange i've noticed I've been sleeping [TS]

00:29:54   in more this week than last week who [TS]

00:29:56   have been working up a little bit later [TS]

00:29:58   like it is really open my eyes to how I [TS]

00:30:03   work in a really interesting way to have [TS]

00:30:05   you pay attention to that guilt you'll [TS]

00:30:07   see that those those overworked times [TS]

00:30:09   like you're gonna pay for one way or [TS]

00:30:11   another I still I still love an envious [TS]

00:30:13   of your you're busy week and not busy [TS]

00:30:16   week [TS]

00:30:17   because you have a bit of that like [TS]

00:30:18   averaging out effect occurring there [TS]

00:30:21   ok which I still think is is fantastic [TS]

00:30:24   but i'm really glad to hear that you are [TS]

00:30:27   able to push back against your own brain [TS]

00:30:29   a little bit with the when your brain [TS]

00:30:32   says like I've been working all day [TS]

00:30:34   it's like okay but how much really yeah [TS]

00:30:36   and and just the knowledge of that the [TS]

00:30:39   ability to push back on that a little [TS]

00:30:40   bit i think can really help reduce like [TS]

00:30:44   feelings of busyness and stress in [TS]

00:30:48   overwhelming this but you are totally [TS]

00:30:51   right there [TS]

00:30:52   the the main thing that is untrackable [TS]

00:30:55   by even the best system is the thinking [TS]

00:30:58   about work time that is a futile thing [TS]

00:31:00   to try to track and that is something [TS]

00:31:03   that is like outside the system and kind [TS]

00:31:05   of around it all the time and and that [TS]

00:31:10   that is again one thing when you like [TS]

00:31:11   running your own company are doing your [TS]

00:31:13   own thing is very hard to get away from [TS]

00:31:15   that [TS]

00:31:16   yeah but just trying to be trying to be [TS]

00:31:20   mindful of it i think is is very helpful [TS]

00:31:23   like am I thinking about work and doing [TS]

00:31:27   anything about it now or is it just [TS]

00:31:28   something that's on the back of my mind [TS]

00:31:30   which is causing me stress like even [TS]

00:31:32   just trying to be aware of that sort of [TS]

00:31:34   stuff within the context of a time [TS]

00:31:36   tracking system is is very helpful so [TS]

00:31:38   it's been a very strange couple of weeks [TS]

00:31:41   but good i think overall like I've [TS]

00:31:43   learned some valuable things and do it's [TS]

00:31:46   already made me kind of rethink what I [TS]

00:31:48   thought 2017 is going to be like for me [TS]

00:31:52   wow I know right because i was i was [TS]

00:31:55   moving down a road and will astonish [TS]

00:31:58   just make me take like I've taken and [TS]

00:32:00   soon a junction right like who the the [TS]

00:32:03   goal is still the same but the way that [TS]

00:32:05   I'm planning on achieving that goal is [TS]

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00:33:29   we had spoken about year of less a lot [TS]

00:33:32   last year right that was your theme of [TS]

00:33:34   2016 was the year of less common me Lulu [TS]

00:33:37   and as we're approaching the end of the [TS]

00:33:39   year I kind of said that that was my [TS]

00:33:41   plan for 2017 like my plan 2016 was make [TS]

00:33:46   a business work like make it really work [TS]

00:33:49   that is your plan like just do it [TS]

00:33:52   this machine off the ground and just [TS]

00:33:54   make it go so much and also like buy a [TS]

00:33:57   house I could be coming at all like but [TS]

00:33:59   2017 for me like I want to look at what [TS]

00:34:02   year of less looks like em and my i [TS]

00:34:06   originally considered that year of less [TS]

00:34:09   would be less content creation he so [TS]

00:34:15   less shows less editing because [TS]

00:34:19   fundamentally they are the most [TS]

00:34:21   time-intensive things that I do is [TS]

00:34:23   making the shows [TS]

00:34:25   mhm but then I was like but i like that [TS]

00:34:29   but right now it's like the reason that [TS]

00:34:34   i can sit with like six or seven hours [TS]

00:34:36   of attract time is because it didn't [TS]

00:34:40   really feel like work like it is my job [TS]

00:34:42   but I was [TS]

00:34:43   really love doing it mm so is that the [TS]

00:34:48   right stuff to do less off i'm not sure [TS]

00:34:53   like I'm not sure that I would be happy [TS]

00:34:55   with the balance after that right like [TS]

00:34:58   making less or like turning down that my [TS]

00:35:01   thought was like okay maybe stop one or [TS]

00:35:04   two shows that you're doing right now [TS]

00:35:05   and stop taking on any new projects my [TS]

00:35:07   love new project that you do my favorite [TS]

00:35:11   thing you always get very excited when [TS]

00:35:13   you have a new podcast in the works or [TS]

00:35:15   like anything right like the vlog who I [TS]

00:35:19   shouldn't be doing that [TS]

00:35:20   no every number everything says you [TS]

00:35:24   should not be doing this but i love it [TS]

00:35:27   like it is it is like a hobby now like [TS]

00:35:30   it is just this little creative thing [TS]

00:35:32   that I get to do and I've kind of come [TS]

00:35:36   to the realization that that is not what [TS]

00:35:38   I should be coming down [TS]

00:35:39   I should not be taken away or slimming [TS]

00:35:44   the reason I'm doing this blue like the [TS]

00:35:49   primary reason that I wanted this [TS]

00:35:51   business to exist is so i could support [TS]

00:35:53   myself to do these things I don't have a [TS]

00:35:56   business so i can run a business [TS]

00:35:58   right right because that's what I would [TS]

00:36:00   end up doing my business would exist so [TS]

00:36:03   I could enjoy being mr. businessperson [TS]

00:36:05   right and some people do like that but [TS]

00:36:08   that's not what I do it yeah that's [TS]

00:36:09   that's that's the thing but that's not [TS]

00:36:11   your thing you know it was like I think [TS]

00:36:13   I mentioned this on the show a long time [TS]

00:36:15   ago which was like when I would talk to [TS]

00:36:16   people my old job and tell them that I [TS]

00:36:18   was leaving to start my own thing and [TS]

00:36:19   people used to say to me I've always [TS]

00:36:21   dreamed of running my own business if [TS]

00:36:23   you're hired cast and so that's not a [TS]

00:36:25   dream right like what is the thing and [TS]

00:36:28   they like i know i just want to have my [TS]

00:36:30   own business [TS]

00:36:31   ok I think that's the type of person [TS]

00:36:32   that like will run a business because [TS]

00:36:35   they like the business which is a [TS]

00:36:36   totally valid who but it's not where I [TS]

00:36:40   come from like for me it's like and I [TS]

00:36:42   think this is the same for you like I [TS]

00:36:44   think your goals is a slightly different [TS]

00:36:45   than mine but it's the businesses a [TS]

00:36:47   means to the end and the end is like [TS]

00:36:51   whatever it is and for me it's to just [TS]

00:36:53   make the stuff that I love and I think [TS]

00:36:56   for you it's maybe more time [TS]

00:36:57   to have control of your life no yeah and [TS]

00:37:00   they are like what is caused by the [TS]

00:37:03   business and so maybe what I need to do [TS]

00:37:05   is remove some of the business so that's [TS]

00:37:08   where you're going to try to cut down on [TS]

00:37:10   things [TS]

00:37:10   assistant editor ah ok alright this is [TS]

00:37:16   good this is good [TS]

00:37:17   so what we are currently like the the [TS]

00:37:19   reason I am time tracking is so we can [TS]

00:37:23   work out how many hours could I give [TS]

00:37:27   away to someone else [TS]

00:37:29   hmm right because we know if we want to [TS]

00:37:32   if we really want to bring somebody on [TS]

00:37:34   we have to give them a significant [TS]

00:37:35   amount of time so it's worth it for [TS]

00:37:37   everyone right so we are looking at [TS]

00:37:41   hiring somebody on a part-time contract [TS]

00:37:43   basis i will just take a very slight [TS]

00:37:46   break right now to say please do not [TS]

00:37:47   send me any applications this is going [TS]

00:37:51   to be a form or process thing [TS]

00:37:53   your comment in the reddit is not an [TS]

00:37:56   application [TS]

00:37:57   yeah and email is not an application [TS]

00:37:59   like until like there is a and i will [TS]

00:38:02   talk about it i will tell the world when [TS]

00:38:04   it is there we what we are going to [TS]

00:38:06   create a real job posting the outlines [TS]

00:38:09   what we need from someone [TS]

00:38:11   what they need and what they can expect [TS]

00:38:13   right like it's going to be a real thing [TS]

00:38:15   so please if you are interested [TS]

00:38:19   do not send me anything because it is [TS]

00:38:21   it's not it's not the way right like [TS]

00:38:23   we're going to have a real way now if [TS]

00:38:25   you've been listening to this show you [TS]

00:38:26   know like we spent a lot of time talking [TS]

00:38:29   about great hiring someone and like the [TS]

00:38:31   process and we don't have that process [TS]

00:38:33   in place there will be one but we're [TS]

00:38:37   early in this is right like right now [TS]

00:38:39   we're like still working out what all [TS]

00:38:40   this person do like that kind of thing [TS]

00:38:42   yeah right now you're even feeling out [TS]

00:38:44   what are the one of the areas of [TS]

00:38:46   responsibility that the person could [TS]

00:38:47   even have yet we don't even know how [TS]

00:38:49   many hours is going to be back yeah you [TS]

00:38:50   have no idea you need to do more time [TS]

00:38:52   tracking to find that out exactly what [TS]

00:38:54   primarily right now what this person [TS]

00:38:56   will be doing is helping me of [TS]

00:38:57   coordinating and management of our [TS]

00:38:59   sponsorship process the most business [TS]

00:39:02   apart of our business who it is like [TS]

00:39:04   talking to people over emails arranging [TS]

00:39:07   and having call telephone calls booking [TS]

00:39:10   inventory [TS]

00:39:11   into our system so like when somebody [TS]

00:39:12   was a spot and putting it into [TS]

00:39:14   spreadsheets and systems that we have [TS]

00:39:15   and then ideally as well this person [TS]

00:39:18   will kind of help with some copywriting [TS]

00:39:20   so helping us put together the bullet [TS]

00:39:22   points that we give to our house so they [TS]

00:39:23   can talk about the company's and [TS]

00:39:25   sponsoring group that is what this [TS]

00:39:27   person will probably be doing and I in a [TS]

00:39:32   weird way and I think it's where I enjoy [TS]

00:39:35   running our business but it's not the [TS]

00:39:38   thing I enjoy the most [TS]

00:39:40   and this is the thing that I could [TS]

00:39:43   conceivably give to somebody else to [TS]

00:39:46   help move if I think of my workers art [TS]

00:39:49   em then it's harder for me to give some [TS]

00:39:52   of that stuff away to someone like if [TS]

00:39:55   somebody fill them for me on cortex [TS]

00:39:56   right like that would be great for my [TS]

00:39:59   for my graphs you know but that's not [TS]

00:40:02   gonna happen because we were in the [TS]

00:40:03   shower right this mean you can't give [TS]

00:40:06   these things exactly and it would never [TS]

00:40:08   happen i feel maybe get like an [TS]

00:40:10   impersonator but great-great-great-great [TS]

00:40:13   impersonator on the show I guess you [TS]

00:40:15   could look into that maybe I could just [TS]

00:40:16   like try and do your voice whore like [TS]

00:40:20   you know just cut together clips from [TS]

00:40:21   your YouTube videos and you know like [TS]

00:40:24   yeah like the sound of this [TS]

00:40:26   alright i'm going to start getting a lot [TS]

00:40:28   more stuff right on this show I think [TS]

00:40:30   it's been ok so like I'm just thinking [TS]

00:40:33   that maybe what i can do is like start [TS]

00:40:36   to pass off a lot of other things that [TS]

00:40:39   don't need to need my input spreadsheets [TS]

00:40:44   do not need me right right and so this [TS]

00:40:49   is kind of where I'm coming from [TS]

00:40:50   so yeah so year of less i think is gonna [TS]

00:40:54   happen but it is significantly different [TS]

00:40:57   why I expect it was gonna be this is the [TS]

00:40:59   whole value of doing the time tracking [TS]

00:41:03   and thinking about what you're doing and [TS]

00:41:06   just being more aware of your work and [TS]

00:41:08   instead of having in your mind like a [TS]

00:41:11   like a big blob that's just labeled work [TS]

00:41:14   you know if you're doing time tracking [TS]

00:41:16   like you're you're pulling out the [TS]

00:41:18   different pieces you are thinking about [TS]

00:41:20   the more intentionally and then this [TS]

00:41:22   this allows you to kind [TS]

00:41:24   of siphon it off in your mind into [TS]

00:41:27   different categories and and this is [TS]

00:41:29   this is exactly how i started like you [TS]

00:41:31   know I'm the one not super valuable [TS]

00:41:35   category that I did track because I just [TS]

00:41:37   want to be aware of it was what I've [TS]

00:41:39   I've through everything else under the [TS]

00:41:42   category of administration right so when [TS]

00:41:44   I was tracking time like am i doing [TS]

00:41:46   email ok is administration am i doing [TS]

00:41:49   stuff related to taxes this is [TS]

00:41:50   administration am I fixing a typo on the [TS]

00:41:53   website this is administration is this [TS]

00:41:55   like essentially anything that needs to [TS]

00:41:58   get done but is not related to revenue [TS]

00:42:02   production or product production like [TS]

00:42:05   all of this just as filed under [TS]

00:42:07   administration to know one of mine is [TS]

00:42:09   called what sponsor off the care plans [TS]

00:42:14   are after carrying that that is like but [TS]

00:42:16   such person has an email that they need [TS]

00:42:19   but like the deal is already done now [TS]

00:42:21   it's just like little bits and bobs [TS]

00:42:23   right right there's aftercare that needs [TS]

00:42:25   to have like fixing URL or like [TS]

00:42:28   delivering a contract like it's it's [TS]

00:42:30   things that just happen afterwards [TS]

00:42:32   they're not you know they are not [TS]

00:42:34   directly revenue-generating but they [TS]

00:42:36   need to occur right there things that [TS]

00:42:38   need to happen and it and it was being [TS]

00:42:42   aware of [TS]

00:42:43   not even the sheer amount of hours that [TS]

00:42:46   I was spending on administration stuff [TS]

00:42:48   but but simply becoming aware of [TS]

00:42:50   ok which subcategories in this [TS]

00:42:52   administration land [TS]

00:42:54   can I get someone to help me with and [TS]

00:42:58   and that was what started it off for me [TS]

00:43:00   you know getting an assistant in the [TS]

00:43:02   first place was was like you said does [TS]

00:43:04   this this spreadsheet that I'm just [TS]

00:43:06   putting some data into just does it need [TS]

00:43:08   to be my fingers putting in this data [TS]

00:43:11   now it doesn't right so like to start [TS]

00:43:13   building things up from there and you [TS]

00:43:16   know it's it's been nothing but great [TS]

00:43:19   and you know I've also had the same [TS]

00:43:22   experience that you did where you talked [TS]

00:43:24   about how edina was aware that like oh [TS]

00:43:26   you think something's going to take 20 [TS]

00:43:28   minutes but it actually takes you 45 [TS]

00:43:30   minutes I was really aware with a lot of [TS]

00:43:32   the administration stuff related to [TS]

00:43:34   posting the podcast [TS]

00:43:36   I realized through time tracking the [TS]

00:43:39   same kind of thing like I thought this [TS]

00:43:41   was a 45-minute job tops but turns out [TS]

00:43:45   all of the steps took me a whole [TS]

00:43:47   afternoon and I didn't know this but my [TS]

00:43:51   wife always did like I'm just gonna post [TS]

00:43:53   the show I'll be right back center [TS]

00:43:55   actually like he's gone for the whole [TS]

00:43:57   like for the next three hours you [TS]

00:44:00   emerged from the cave two days later the [TS]

00:44:02   area I'd yes like he thinks he's gonna [TS]

00:44:05   be right back but he never is like this [TS]

00:44:08   is takes a long time to flip all of the [TS]

00:44:10   switches and like do all the things to [TS]

00:44:12   make a thing go live and and so that was [TS]

00:44:14   one of these cases like ok these steps [TS]

00:44:16   does it have to be me doing this [TS]

00:44:18   no it doesn't have to be me doing this [TS]

00:44:20   also the time tracking is showing me [TS]

00:44:22   like I'm losing a whole afternoon every [TS]

00:44:24   week to this when I mentally think I'm [TS]

00:44:27   not losing that time it's like okay this [TS]

00:44:29   one this one is going to get passed off [TS]

00:44:31   to somebody else and then light and for [TS]

00:44:34   me the year of last last year [TS]

00:44:36   letting go of a lot of the reins to that [TS]

00:44:40   kind of stuff was was a big deal but it [TS]

00:44:43   was you know the end of it was just [TS]

00:44:45   great it was fantastic to do so right [TS]

00:44:47   now my time tracking is is quite basic [TS]

00:44:49   Lu so I'm interested to kind of see how [TS]

00:44:53   little bit how you're doing it because [TS]

00:44:55   all I'm doing right now is I have got [TS]

00:44:57   some projects and tags little that's all [TS]

00:44:59   I'm doing so a project might be sure [TS]

00:45:02   recording a tag might be cortex and [TS]

00:45:04   that's over so I can just keeping it [TS]

00:45:06   like super basic because you can add all [TS]

00:45:07   these like descriptions of the task [TS]

00:45:09   stuff like that and i'm not really doing [TS]

00:45:10   any of that right now I'm trying to make [TS]

00:45:12   it simple as I can for myself to just be [TS]

00:45:14   adding in movement that sound like a [TS]

00:45:16   reasonable system to you and here's the [TS]

00:45:20   thing it's it's so personal doing [TS]

00:45:24   something like this it entirely comes [TS]

00:45:27   down to what are you trying to get out [TS]

00:45:30   of it and you know when I talk people [TS]

00:45:33   into this i always suggest like just [TS]

00:45:35   start with the simplest thing it's like [TS]

00:45:38   I went decided to go really high level [TS]

00:45:40   movement you know yeah and i think [TS]

00:45:43   that's that's perfectly fine like a bit [TS]

00:45:45   if anybody starting time tracking [TS]

00:45:46   against like just track your your best [TS]

00:45:50   high value [TS]

00:45:50   hours in like leave it at that right [TS]

00:45:52   that's totally fine because I think what [TS]

00:45:55   what happens is you either discover that [TS]

00:45:58   this is like basically there's a [TS]

00:46:01   feedback loop that happens with some [TS]

00:46:03   people and so some people do time [TS]

00:46:05   tracking and then they'll stop and [TS]

00:46:08   they'll realize like okay I have some [TS]

00:46:09   insights I have some idea about how my [TS]

00:46:11   time is being spent but I don't feel the [TS]

00:46:13   need to keep doing this all the time but [TS]

00:46:16   for some people it ends up becoming a [TS]

00:46:17   positive feedback loop where you you [TS]

00:46:19   feel okay I've started this i'm getting [TS]

00:46:22   value out of this and then it can make [TS]

00:46:24   more sense to try two more fine-grain [TS]

00:46:28   down what is actually occurring and so [TS]

00:46:32   obviously i'm in that second camp and [TS]

00:46:35   now you know it's been a long time since [TS]

00:46:37   I've been time tracking I've been [TS]

00:46:39   spending a lot of time with toggle and [TS]

00:46:41   this is why I was harassing federico to [TS]

00:46:44   give me every option because i'm going [TS]

00:46:46   to use them all to do this what i would [TS]

00:46:50   say as fine grain as i think is [TS]

00:46:53   reasonable but probably most people [TS]

00:46:54   would think isn't is an unreasonable [TS]

00:46:57   amount of detail but the the high level [TS]

00:46:59   picture for me is I want to be able to [TS]

00:47:03   see how much time just in total do I [TS]

00:47:06   spend on cortex and how much time do I [TS]

00:47:08   spend on hello internet how much time do [TS]

00:47:09   I spend on the YouTube videos and i do [TS]

00:47:13   have breakdowns in there like it's going [TS]

00:47:17   to be interesting to me to see how much [TS]

00:47:19   time is spent [TS]

00:47:20   editing vs recording or how much time is [TS]

00:47:22   spent writing verses working with the [TS]

00:47:25   animator think those things are [TS]

00:47:27   interesting but ultimately it really is [TS]

00:47:29   that like that that high-level stuff is [TS]

00:47:32   where most of the value can come out of [TS]

00:47:35   so I think as long as you have like a a [TS]

00:47:37   reasonable high-level break down that [TS]

00:47:41   makes sense to you about what you want [TS]

00:47:43   to be keeping track of and what is [TS]

00:47:45   important to you i think that's fine but [TS]

00:47:48   you know you can get you can get really [TS]

00:47:50   crazy with this i'm just thinking that [TS]

00:47:52   this is this is slightly crazy but I set [TS]

00:47:54   up a little lamb system with toggle [TS]

00:47:56   using a rapier the other if this then [TS]

00:47:59   that service i set up a timer that [TS]

00:48:01   starts automatically [TS]

00:48:04   when I should be awake oh and the timer [TS]

00:48:07   is called sleeping in [TS]

00:48:10   oh right so that's amazing so at the [TS]

00:48:14   minute my alarm goes off a timer starts [TS]

00:48:18   which is called sleeping in i like that [TS]

00:48:19   and I'll tell you that is really [TS]

00:48:21   effective to getting you out of bed [TS]

00:48:24   because you know you sort of like half [TS]

00:48:26   awake and when you're self-employed [TS]

00:48:28   there's a bit of like does it matter if [TS]

00:48:30   I get up now or five minutes from now [TS]

00:48:33   no it doesn't like but now it does [TS]

00:48:35   because someone's watching exactly i [TS]

00:48:38   have a black-colored top-level category [TS]

00:48:42   in my system called sleeping in and I [TS]

00:48:45   want to see that Barbie as small as [TS]

00:48:48   possible and so that's that's that's an [TS]

00:48:51   example of like one of these things that [TS]

00:48:52   like maybe a little bit far but I feel [TS]

00:48:55   like I actually want to know how much [TS]

00:48:58   time do I end up spending sleeping past [TS]

00:49:01   when I think I should be up and then [TS]

00:49:03   there's also acts as like a little [TS]

00:49:04   motivator and so it's like that as long [TS]

00:49:06   as it's like a few minutes that's fine [TS]

00:49:08   but i just want to see and knowing that [TS]

00:49:11   is there is really helpful [TS]

00:49:12   yeah i'm close to like setting up those [TS]

00:49:15   ABS stuff to just do some automatic [TS]

00:49:17   things like that i don't really need to [TS]

00:49:20   be pressing buttons to track when i [TS]

00:49:21   record shows gonna know how long doing [TS]

00:49:24   that for you and so this would just be [TS]

00:49:26   that like rapiers I can never webservice [TS]

00:49:29   it's like it's as if this then that [TS]

00:49:30   there's a little bit more advanced of [TS]

00:49:32   some of the stuff they can do and it's a [TS]

00:49:34   paid service as well right i think it [TS]

00:49:36   exists there is a paid component [TS]

00:49:38   yeah it's free to a certain level and [TS]

00:49:40   paid after that so there would be things [TS]

00:49:41   that I could do that could watch my [TS]

00:49:43   google calendar and it is automatically [TS]

00:49:45   log time based on an entry blue and I [TS]

00:49:48   find that kind of thing really [TS]

00:49:50   interesting this is if i was going to [TS]

00:49:52   set like another theme of my year i'm [TS]

00:49:54   really interested in making my computers [TS]

00:49:58   and my technology work for me [TS]

00:50:01   who so one of them is and i'm going to [TS]

00:50:04   spend some time talking about switching [TS]

00:50:06   my to-do system at some point soon on [TS]

00:50:09   this show as I'm looking at moving to do [TS]

00:50:12   list because it also has a Web API [TS]

00:50:16   so you can get all of these systems [TS]

00:50:18   talking to each other [TS]

00:50:20   yeah and that is becoming an [TS]

00:50:23   increasingly interesting idea of [TS]

00:50:27   proposition to me who I am putting input [TS]

00:50:30   into these systems and all it does is [TS]

00:50:32   just sit there Lou there is no reason [TS]

00:50:35   why these things can't be taking the [TS]

00:50:37   input and turn them into something of [TS]

00:50:39   use to me and so that's why I'm starting [TS]

00:50:42   to look at anything with an automation [TS]

00:50:45   is it is a total win right like it it [TS]

00:50:47   just it pays dividends for forever so i [TS]

00:50:50   actually just because I'm curious to see [TS]

00:50:52   I do have a top-level project which is [TS]

00:50:55   called automation because I do want to [TS]

00:50:58   see like how much time does it take me [TS]

00:51:00   to actually implement these systems [TS]

00:51:03   right and to actually get these things [TS]

00:51:05   working and to think about like what is [TS]

00:51:07   what is the payoff in these and this is [TS]

00:51:09   also the case of like okay we talked [TS]

00:51:11   about it a bunch on the podcast i end up [TS]

00:51:12   feeling like i'm working on this stuff a [TS]

00:51:14   bunch but the actual time tracking data [TS]

00:51:17   reveals like this is the time you spend [TS]

00:51:20   on automating the time tracking thing [TS]

00:51:23   itself or like I spent a bunch of time [TS]

00:51:24   reworking my email system to do some [TS]

00:51:26   stuff automatically like this is a [TS]

00:51:28   trivial portion of the time you spend [TS]

00:51:33   working and I'm also tracking it in a [TS]

00:51:36   time when it is going to be a [TS]

00:51:38   ludicrously lots right it's like between [TS]

00:51:42   the start of december until now i have [TS]

00:51:45   spent 10 hours and 53 minutes working on [TS]

00:51:50   various forms of like setting up my [TS]

00:51:52   systems and they sit this is a time when [TS]

00:51:56   I'm redoing my entire time tracking i [TS]

00:51:59   redid my entire email and i'm also [TS]

00:52:03   redoing a whole bunch of stuff related [TS]

00:52:06   to my own task management and this is [TS]

00:52:07   the kind of thing that like this level [TS]

00:52:09   happens maybe once every two years on [TS]

00:52:12   average and so it's just it's really [TS]

00:52:14   interesting just to see in the data is [TS]

00:52:16   like this is a trivial amount of time [TS]

00:52:18   that will dramatically decrease as we go [TS]

00:52:20   forward but that just keeps paying [TS]

00:52:22   dividends forever out into the future so [TS]

00:52:25   I'm not even really doing thinking about [TS]

00:52:27   doing these types of automation things [TS]

00:52:29   to save time [TS]

00:52:30   it is to have these systems doing [TS]

00:52:34   something that I cannot guarantee which [TS]

00:52:36   is remembering yes yes it is like [TS]

00:52:40   computers won't get this stuff wrong my [TS]

00:52:43   brain does exactly and so I want these [TS]

00:52:48   types of like redundant systems to be [TS]

00:52:50   occurring things to be triggering things [TS]

00:52:52   to be firing not like I'm really like [TS]

00:52:55   that you know there are two people in my [TS]

00:52:56   life that I'm taking this inspiration [TS]

00:52:58   from greatly which is you and federer go [TS]

00:52:59   and the way you to work is something of [TS]

00:53:03   great interest to me clearly right here [TS]

00:53:06   and and and I want to be like you both [TS]

00:53:09   the way that you work you know i i've [TS]

00:53:12   seen some of the things that Federico's [TS]

00:53:14   able to do with these automation systems [TS]

00:53:16   and they are frankly mind-blowing and [TS]

00:53:19   and I really want to be able to start [TS]

00:53:22   relying on this stuff more especially as [TS]

00:53:25   there is a chance that i am about to [TS]

00:53:27   start working with another person [TS]

00:53:29   look closely yeah you know that I work [TS]

00:53:32   with quite a few people in my life are [TS]

00:53:35   very close basis but the way that I [TS]

00:53:37   would potentially be working with an [TS]

00:53:39   assistant is very different and I feel [TS]

00:53:42   like that's going to start to change the [TS]

00:53:43   way that I work significantly and so [TS]

00:53:46   yeah that that's going to be quite an [TS]

00:53:47   interesting change and so I figure while [TS]

00:53:51   some going through all of this how about [TS]

00:53:53   I start set putting some systems in [TS]

00:53:55   place to get a virtual cloud assistant [TS]

00:53:59   as well yeah having stuff work [TS]

00:54:03   automatically for you is fantastic and I [TS]

00:54:07   i was playing around with some of the [TS]

00:54:08   same things of you know the way my like [TS]

00:54:12   essentially the way my flights end up in [TS]

00:54:14   my system it's like okay I can have this [TS]

00:54:17   information pulled out and then just [TS]

00:54:18   auto added into the time tracker like [TS]

00:54:20   great so I don't need to be running a [TS]

00:54:22   time or anything that's like all [TS]

00:54:24   monoplane right now it's like nope this [TS]

00:54:26   just fires off automatically I never [TS]

00:54:28   have to think about it and it's just [TS]

00:54:30   there it is there as part of the data [TS]

00:54:32   and anything that can happen [TS]

00:54:33   automatically is is a big is a big win [TS]

00:54:37   access is actually really enjoyed that [TS]

00:54:39   was digging around in [TS]

00:54:40   workflow and I wanted to write a little [TS]

00:54:44   workflow that could pull out like the [TS]

00:54:46   exercise and mindfulness data [TS]

00:54:48   automatically but it seems like i can't [TS]

00:54:50   quite do that was like uh here's the [TS]

00:54:52   thing i just like this data right there [TS]

00:54:53   i just want to automate it and pull it [TS]

00:54:55   out eventually that will happen right [TS]

00:54:57   but not right now I still need to be [TS]

00:54:58   flipping flipping switches manually but [TS]

00:55:00   anytime you can set something up [TS]

00:55:02   automatically and then just never think [TS]

00:55:04   about it again [TS]

00:55:05   I feel like it's such a huge win it [TS]

00:55:06   really is one last thing with that with [TS]

00:55:08   the time tracking though is I think like [TS]

00:55:12   you've been doing it for two weeks and [TS]

00:55:14   that's great but you really can't trust [TS]

00:55:19   the data until you've been doing it for [TS]

00:55:21   a little while she'll has you do always [TS]

00:55:23   have this in the beginning this there's [TS]

00:55:26   two things that are happening that [TS]

00:55:27   there's one is your setting up and [TS]

00:55:31   getting used to the system in the first [TS]

00:55:32   place which can be like quite a mental [TS]

00:55:35   shift like you were like you were saying [TS]

00:55:37   as well just to kind of forgetting about [TS]

00:55:39   timers sometimes and you just have to [TS]

00:55:42   think about it you're even thinking [TS]

00:55:43   about like how do you categorize stuff [TS]

00:55:46   and then this can also end up causing [TS]

00:55:48   like a bit of an observer effect where [TS]

00:55:52   you can end up feeling like you're kind [TS]

00:55:53   of performing for the clock because [TS]

00:55:55   you're much more aware of like I am time [TS]

00:55:58   tracking now I should really be doing [TS]

00:56:00   something right [TS]

00:56:02   like this this is a like the Hawthorne [TS]

00:56:04   effect like any kind of observance will [TS]

00:56:06   increase productivity on a temporary [TS]

00:56:08   basis like there's an observer effect [TS]

00:56:11   here it's just that the observer is you [TS]

00:56:13   and so i think it's it's useful just to [TS]

00:56:17   be aware that if you can establish this [TS]

00:56:20   is a habit you end up with like truer [TS]

00:56:23   data later on when this is just [TS]

00:56:25   something that's just part of what [TS]

00:56:27   you're doing every single day [TS]

00:56:29   yeah like what I'm seeing right now just [TS]

00:56:31   like early trends isn't exactly what [TS]

00:56:34   exactly it's not data that i can build [TS]

00:56:37   on upon because I mean I've had like two [TS]

00:56:40   weeks especially with the way that my [TS]

00:56:42   counter flow the way I structure i need [TS]

00:56:44   like multiple multiple weeks we get a [TS]

00:56:47   really good idea of whatever even if [TS]

00:56:49   like quiet week busy week is even a [TS]

00:56:51   thing [TS]

00:56:52   yeah that's an excellent point right [TS]

00:56:54   this might be entirely in your mind [TS]

00:56:57   yep right here just thinking like Oh My [TS]

00:56:59   Week With gray it's so relaxing there's [TS]

00:57:01   only 11 show to do like it's quiet week [TS]

00:57:04   very little work but it might not be the [TS]

00:57:06   case [TS]

00:57:06   yeah i've renamed it to like roll in a [TS]

00:57:08   meadow week you know [TS]

00:57:09   yeah yeah that's right that sounds about [TS]

00:57:11   right but yes that's just the thing to [TS]

00:57:14   be aware of and and and yes a good point [TS]

00:57:16   you if you can establish it as a habit [TS]

00:57:19   it's it's fantastic and again the thing [TS]

00:57:22   that I'm i'm attempting to do which I [TS]

00:57:24   find is so much harder than I would have [TS]

00:57:27   guessed at the start is with all my [TS]

00:57:29   crazy workflows adapted from federico [TS]

00:57:32   stuff you in toggle what I love is if [TS]

00:57:37   you start a new timer it automatically [TS]

00:57:39   stop the old one so you don't need to be [TS]

00:57:40   like stop the old timer start the new [TS]

00:57:43   one I've been setting it up so that i [TS]

00:57:45   can just on my phone like press a bunch [TS]

00:57:47   of buttons and it will automatically [TS]

00:57:49   start like a very specific new timer and [TS]

00:57:52   what I want my goal to be is that for [TS]

00:57:55   this season essentially like I wake up [TS]

00:57:57   and I'm always just starting a new timer [TS]

00:58:00   right that like throughout the day [TS]

00:58:02   there's no point that I ever like stop a [TS]

00:58:04   timer [TS]

00:58:04   I'm always just starting something new [TS]

00:58:06   until the end of the day and then I [TS]

00:58:08   stopped it but when you're doing very [TS]

00:58:10   intensive time tracking and without what [TS]

00:58:12   I am finding absolutely fascinating is [TS]

00:58:15   how intentional it forces you to be [TS]

00:58:20   about the whole day and like the first [TS]

00:58:23   few days that i was doing this like I'm [TS]

00:58:24   having a hard time logging eight hours [TS]

00:58:28   of what i'm doing like this there's so [TS]

00:58:30   much like unintentional time we think [TS]

00:58:31   like what exactly am i doing in this [TS]

00:58:33   moment like what is what is this thing [TS]

00:58:35   like i have found that absolutely [TS]

00:58:38   fascinating to observe like not just not [TS]

00:58:41   just the work hours but like all the [TS]

00:58:44   hours [TS]

00:58:45   what are you doing and being aware of [TS]

00:58:48   how often your brain kind of slips into [TS]

00:58:51   like I'm not really thinking about what [TS]

00:58:52   I'm doing mode and and trying to fight [TS]

00:58:54   that like existential time tracking its [TS]

00:58:58   it's only is it totally is [TS]

00:59:01   but i have i have two categories that I [TS]

00:59:04   i put [TS]

00:59:05   in my system which are unintentional [TS]

00:59:08   video games and unintentional media [TS]

00:59:10   consumption books already a game like [TS]

00:59:19   here is the thing that is a sibling if [TS]

00:59:23   you pay attention to it that is like a [TS]

00:59:25   subjective experience that can happen [TS]

00:59:27   and i think it happens to a lot of [TS]

00:59:29   people where it's like did you mean to [TS]

00:59:31   watch a bunch of youtube videos or did [TS]

00:59:34   it just sort of happened and it's an [TS]

00:59:36   hour later I will notice that i have [TS]

00:59:38   been like accidentally playing super [TS]

00:59:41   Mario's run through this wink [TS]

00:59:44   whoo yeah so it's like I need to go and [TS]

00:59:47   do that thing just started two games [TS]

00:59:49   right exactly right but that but that's [TS]

00:59:51   that's how your brain gets you right [TS]

00:59:53   that's how your brain tricks you like oh [TS]

00:59:54   we're just gonna get one more you know [TS]

00:59:56   pink coin that's all it's going to be we [TS]

00:59:58   just got to finish that one right and [TS]

00:59:59   then [TS]

00:59:59   then [TS]

01:00:00   like two hours later but but i think [TS]

01:00:03   that is a perfect example of a like a [TS]

01:00:05   category that I'm i'm just being aware [TS]

01:00:07   of as a thing because I also think it's [TS]

01:00:10   important to to divide it into [TS]

01:00:13   intentional vs unintentional like what I [TS]

01:00:16   don't want to do is be tracking a [TS]

01:00:18   category like video games because video [TS]

01:00:21   games are our form of enjoyable [TS]

01:00:22   recreation for me but what I'm trying to [TS]

01:00:25   see this season with the time tracking [TS]

01:00:27   is like I want to shift more of my video [TS]

01:00:31   game and media consumption time from the [TS]

01:00:34   unintentional category 2 the intentional [TS]

01:00:37   category like that's that's one of these [TS]

01:00:40   things that I'm trying to see what like [TS]

01:00:41   my leisure time [TS]

01:00:42   how am i spending it and and just how to [TS]

01:00:44   be more intentional about the things [TS]

01:00:46   that I'm doing [TS]

01:00:47   you keep saying season the great TV show [TS]

01:00:51   this season this season of grey's life [TS]

01:00:54   oh yeah okay [TS]

01:01:00   oh it's cool out no it's a I I didn't [TS]

01:01:04   realize that i didn't realize I was [TS]

01:01:06   doing it [TS]

01:01:07   ok so sometimes i I've i will realize [TS]

01:01:13   that I don't like a word and I'll end up [TS]

01:01:16   trying to find a better word to describe [TS]

01:01:17   what it is that I'm thinking about and [TS]

01:01:20   for me want one of these things just [TS]

01:01:22   happen i will try to fix it in the [TS]

01:01:24   future but i don't i don't know how much [TS]

01:01:25   I can do it is i've always thought in [TS]

01:01:27   terms of quarters but I've just never [TS]

01:01:30   liked that and so in a bunch of my [TS]

01:01:32   documents and other things essentially [TS]

01:01:34   anywhere that i had the word like [TS]

01:01:36   quarter [TS]

01:01:37   I've switch this over to think about [TS]

01:01:39   seasons like seasons make way more sense [TS]

01:01:42   to me so its season as in like fall and [TS]

01:01:45   summer not season as in this season on [TS]

01:01:49   ratio but you don't really mean for on [TS]

01:01:51   some what do you mean q1 q2 q3 q4 well [TS]

01:01:56   it i mean you know [TS]

01:02:00   yes but not really didn't know it [TS]

01:02:03   because i'm not actually the reason I [TS]

01:02:06   can hear that the reason why I kinda [TS]

01:02:09   didn't like you want you to q3 q4 is [TS]

01:02:11   what I'm thinking about my own [TS]

01:02:13   basically like I had just come out of [TS]

01:02:15   luck you ask the question like you're [TS]

01:02:17   pulling on a little thread is really fun [TS]

01:02:21   to watch you scramble 1 i'm not [TS]

01:02:23   scrambling what I'm trying to do is [TS]

01:02:24   thinking about like how much do I have [TS]

01:02:26   to explain to give you a satisfactory [TS]

01:02:28   answer no I guess I tell you I I let me [TS]

01:02:31   see if I can help you like you don't [TS]

01:02:33   work [TS]

01:02:34   january too much like April it's not [TS]

01:02:36   like that [TS]

01:02:38   exactly yeah but it is still cut into [TS]

01:02:40   four but it's not for by three [TS]

01:02:43   yeah that that's about right and and [TS]

01:02:46   really it in turn it i'm also using [TS]

01:02:49   season because it in some ways like my [TS]

01:02:52   business intentionally really slows down [TS]

01:02:55   over the summer and so the summer season [TS]

01:02:57   is almost like not even like it's very [TS]

01:03:00   different from all of the other ones and [TS]

01:03:02   so it almost feels like actually kind of [TS]

01:03:04   have three seasons that I really need to [TS]

01:03:06   think about work which is spring fall [TS]

01:03:08   and winter so basically like talking [TS]

01:03:12   about the quarters was just overly [TS]

01:03:13   precise and I was aware like it kind of [TS]

01:03:16   bothered me when I talked about my [TS]

01:03:17   quarterly reviews because if i look back [TS]

01:03:20   on like documents a little notes to [TS]

01:03:23   myself that I create I realize it's [TS]

01:03:25   actually well I tend to do three of [TS]

01:03:28   these a year and their era x where it [TS]

01:03:31   feels like okay just just like now I [TS]

01:03:33   just came out of a really big [TS]

01:03:35   i'm doing a huge review session and it's [TS]

01:03:38   like and this was very much like it is [TS]

01:03:40   winter i'm thinking about what is coming [TS]

01:03:41   up [TS]

01:03:42   I tend to do one in April and then I [TS]

01:03:45   tend to do another really big one when i [TS]

01:03:47   come back after the summer in in the [TS]

01:03:50   Ottoman like September and that's why I [TS]

01:03:52   was just thinking like these quarters [TS]

01:03:53   don't mean anything [TS]

01:03:55   I don't like this word it's not an [TS]

01:03:56   accurate description for what i'm doing [TS]

01:03:58   and i'm always I always hate things that [TS]

01:04:01   are overly precise I'm just always aware [TS]

01:04:03   of that and so I feel like I'm going to [TS]

01:04:04   stop using this word in my own documents [TS]

01:04:07   in my own little planning things so that [TS]

01:04:09   that's that's the answer to why I'm [TS]

01:04:11   using the word season is that's sort of [TS]

01:04:13   mentally how I'm thinking about things [TS]

01:04:16   instead of talking about quarters that [TS]

01:04:18   answer your question like it does [TS]

01:04:20   I'm glad that amuses you you don't do [TS]

01:04:22   you know you quickly reviews anymore you [TS]

01:04:24   to season recaps know it's seasonal [TS]

01:04:26   reviews its season recaps there's no [TS]

01:04:29   show [TS]

01:04:30   there's no show each ball that could be [TS]

01:04:33   recapping the previous season [TS]

01:04:34   essentially do that because it [TS]

01:04:36   okay maybe that can be part of the [TS]

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01:06:57   2017 theme for cgpgrey you mean year of [TS]

01:07:01   less was like you know that was a thing [TS]

01:07:03   you have do you have a 20-17 thing is a [TS]

01:07:07   year of more I know why you're asking [TS]

01:07:09   this bike because you want to know ahead [TS]

01:07:12   of time what your theme for next year is [TS]

01:07:14   going to be haha [TS]

01:07:18   we're done we're done thanks listen in a [TS]

01:07:20   rule i did i do have I do have a theme [TS]

01:07:26   this is all this year it's going to be a [TS]

01:07:28   little bit more vague and it's not going [TS]

01:07:31   to be a surprise for clothes listeners [TS]

01:07:34   to the show but i'm i'm saying that this [TS]

01:07:37   year is going to be the year of knew [TS]

01:07:40   that which is the thing I had kind of [TS]

01:07:43   trialed and started thinking about in my [TS]

01:07:46   previous season review in September when [TS]

01:07:49   I came back after that summer and I [TS]

01:07:51   mentioned on the show at some point but [TS]

01:07:53   I've been toying around with with this [TS]

01:07:55   idea for the upcoming year and in some [TS]

01:08:00   ways I don't like it because it doesn't [TS]

01:08:01   quite strike at the heart of what i'm [TS]

01:08:04   doing but I can't come up with a better [TS]

01:08:07   way to summarize in my own mind like [TS]

01:08:11   what what is it that I'm aiming for in [TS]

01:08:14   the same way that the year of less was [TS]

01:08:15   also like a kind of terrible description [TS]

01:08:17   of what was actually occurring but in my [TS]

01:08:19   mind seemed like the right label so that [TS]

01:08:22   this year is is going to be the year of [TS]

01:08:25   new that's the theme you what I don't [TS]

01:08:28   know Mike this is this has come about [TS]

01:08:30   because like i was aware that when I was [TS]

01:08:35   doing the year of last like one of the [TS]

01:08:36   things that was trying to do is pull [TS]

01:08:39   myself out of the business too [TS]

01:08:42   try and free up some of my time for [TS]

01:08:46   possibly other things and you're less [TS]

01:08:50   was incredibly successful and I feel [TS]

01:08:52   like the year of less is now just going [TS]

01:08:54   to be the life of less than this is this [TS]

01:08:56   is the thing that I feel like I have [TS]

01:08:58   internalized and is now part of my [TS]

01:09:00   decision-making process like I'm really [TS]

01:09:03   aware when I'm thinking about projects i [TS]

01:09:04   think of them all in terms of the year [TS]

01:09:06   of less and about ability to hand them [TS]

01:09:09   off or went with a finish in a way that [TS]

01:09:12   I just didn't year-and-a-half ago before [TS]

01:09:14   I really started this so that has been [TS]

01:09:17   very much internalized but 2016 for me [TS]

01:09:21   it was a funny year because it was a [TS]

01:09:26   really successful year for me but it [TS]

01:09:31   also felt like even though I was [TS]

01:09:33   removing myself from the business and [TS]

01:09:36   gaining back sometime I didn't feel like [TS]

01:09:40   I was a mulga mating that additional [TS]

01:09:43   time into anything new [TS]

01:09:47   like I wasn't necessarily doing anything [TS]

01:09:49   with that time that that wasn't just [TS]

01:09:52   like more administration work like or [TS]

01:09:56   something else and so i'm i'm aware with [TS]

01:10:00   the year of knew that what I'm trying to [TS]

01:10:03   do what I actually spent a bunch of my [TS]

01:10:07   seasonal review planning for and and [TS]

01:10:09   setting up is trying to amalgamate a [TS]

01:10:13   bunch of that time into more useful [TS]

01:10:15   batches that give me the opportunity to [TS]

01:10:19   do other stuff in any form and so some [TS]

01:10:25   of these like I don't have a very clear [TS]

01:10:27   plan here it's just like I have a list [TS]

01:10:29   of personal projects and some side [TS]

01:10:32   projects that i have wanted to work on [TS]

01:10:34   for a long time but in 2016 essentially [TS]

01:10:37   made very little progress on because i [TS]

01:10:40   wasn't really using the additional time [TS]

01:10:42   gained in blocks in in a useful way [TS]

01:10:46   that's something that's on my mind I'm [TS]

01:10:49   also just aware of [TS]

01:10:51   with the year of new part of what i'm [TS]

01:10:54   trying to do is align my working [TS]

01:10:57   calendar with my wife's working calendar [TS]

01:11:00   so that when she is not working i can [TS]

01:11:03   also be there more and so we can have [TS]

01:11:05   the possibility of doing something new [TS]

01:11:07   like maybe traveling somewhere which [TS]

01:11:10   usually when she has off unless it's the [TS]

01:11:13   summer i would always find myself just [TS]

01:11:16   too busy to really go away somewhere [TS]

01:11:19   else so there's a lot of things for me [TS]

01:11:22   that are in this label but it's related [TS]

01:11:25   to just trying out new things and some [TS]

01:11:29   novel experiences like this is this is [TS]

01:11:32   all for me what I'm thinking of is like [TS]

01:11:33   the year of New York new stuff does the [TS]

01:11:38   air of new main year of more i think the [TS]

01:11:42   time tracking will have to show that [TS]

01:11:43   right because there's just realize that [TS]

01:11:45   there's like a bias effect when you do [TS]

01:11:47   things that are different than what you [TS]

01:11:50   normally do your your brain tends to [TS]

01:11:52   think of these things as taking up more [TS]

01:11:54   time more like you're being really busy [TS]

01:11:56   and I just know i'm i'm aware like [TS]

01:11:58   wanting to a little bit breakout of like [TS]

01:12:04   the 2016 routine that I was in like they [TS]

01:12:08   were just they were like a lot of [TS]

01:12:09   scheduled times and and like one project [TS]

01:12:14   right after another and so it's just [TS]

01:12:16   it's trying to give me more additional [TS]

01:12:18   time by rearranging like when is my free [TS]

01:12:22   time when is my work time in terms of [TS]

01:12:25   more like I don't know if there will be [TS]

01:12:28   any more public facing projects like I'm [TS]

01:12:32   not sure if anybody who who follows me [TS]

01:12:34   would feel like oh wow look at this [TS]

01:12:37   cornucopia of things that graze is [TS]

01:12:39   producing like this one feels much much [TS]

01:12:42   less business-related and it's much more [TS]

01:12:46   personal and that makes sense [TS]

01:12:49   yeah this is why i like this is you know [TS]

01:12:52   there's always trade-offs in life and [TS]

01:12:53   this is this is like it took a lot of [TS]

01:12:55   thinking about and planning for and and [TS]

01:12:59   setting this up so this is one of these [TS]

01:13:00   cases where it's like well [TS]

01:13:02   i am going to have to take some work and [TS]

01:13:05   energy out of the business and redirect [TS]

01:13:08   it to the personal if this is if this is [TS]

01:13:11   going to happen so yeah I would say this [TS]

01:13:14   is much more of a personal one then it [TS]

01:13:15   is like a is not like the year of [TS]

01:13:19   starting a whole bunch of new businesses [TS]

01:13:21   all of which are going to be public like [TS]

01:13:23   that is not what the year of new is that [TS]

01:13:25   makes more sense [TS]

01:13:26   yeah it's it's one of these things like [TS]

01:13:29   it's interesting talking out loud to [TS]

01:13:32   someone about it because I'm realizing [TS]

01:13:33   how hard it is for me to articulate what [TS]

01:13:36   in my head seems like a a clear path an [TS]

01:13:41   idea but it when the words come out it [TS]

01:13:44   is not as sharp as something like the [TS]

01:13:46   year of less where this there's a very [TS]

01:13:48   clear goal and this is this is what I'm [TS]

01:13:50   aiming for but the year of new a bit [TS]

01:13:54   more vague than last year but that's [TS]

01:13:56   what my theme is we got to talk about [TS]

01:13:58   evident why mike vick is washed clothes [TS]

01:14:02   at xmas is usually a time of relaxation [TS]

01:14:04   a time of winding down for all Evernote [TS]

01:14:10   decided to take court xmas and go on the [TS]

01:14:12   exact opposite direction they had a very [TS]

01:14:15   very busy court xmas period a very [TS]

01:14:17   successful cortex this period i'm sure [TS]

01:14:19   depends on your metrics so in in kind of [TS]

01:14:25   mid-december there was a big brouhaha we [TS]

01:14:30   have Evernote and privacy who so they [TS]

01:14:33   changed their privacy policy to cater [TS]

01:14:35   for some new features and the idea was [TS]

01:14:39   that Evernote would start using the one [TS]

01:14:41   that is machine learning as a way to [TS]

01:14:44   help them create kind of news new [TS]

01:14:46   features and new technology so that they [TS]

01:14:48   would be kind of using the information [TS]

01:14:50   you put into your notes to make [TS]

01:14:52   suggestions to you and to kind of make [TS]

01:14:54   your experience better machine learning [TS]

01:14:56   machine have to add it to every project [TS]

01:14:58   everything neural networks them if you [TS]

01:15:01   haven't gotten your network there's no [TS]

01:15:02   point [TS]

01:15:03   take your product whatever it is [TS]

01:15:05   sprinkle a little AI on it will be much [TS]

01:15:07   better [TS]

01:15:08   that's how those investment monies come [TS]

01:15:10   in yeah [TS]

01:15:11   however the policy that Evernote [TS]

01:15:13   provides and created [TS]

01:15:15   stated that employees everyone employees [TS]

01:15:18   were periodically checking people's [TS]

01:15:21   notes to ensure that the machine was [TS]

01:15:23   doing the right thing that it was [TS]

01:15:24   categorizing and correctly [TS]

01:15:26   mm that's bad enough [TS]

01:15:29   because it was automatically opting [TS]

01:15:32   everybody in the worst part was it [TS]

01:15:35   explicitly stated in the privacy policy [TS]

01:15:38   you cannot opt out of our employees [TS]

01:15:40   looking at your content [TS]

01:15:42   yeah the internet basically set itself [TS]

01:15:47   on fire over this [TS]

01:15:49   yeah which-which I don't blame people [TS]

01:15:50   about rightly sources again [TS]

01:15:53   your service is marketed as essentially [TS]

01:15:57   like a brain like here here is your [TS]

01:15:59   digital brain just put everything you [TS]

01:16:02   ever want to remember into this thing [TS]

01:16:05   and it's very rare that a privacy policy [TS]

01:16:08   is so explicit and telling you what it's [TS]

01:16:11   gonna do you usually they're a bit more [TS]

01:16:14   vague about what's going to happen [TS]

01:16:16   they're just like no we're doing this [TS]

01:16:19   mhm so Evernote then went kind of on a [TS]

01:16:22   tumble as at first they kind of said [TS]

01:16:25   don't worry everything's otherwise so [TS]

01:16:28   you know they're not going to know who [TS]

01:16:29   the note belongs to this didn't change [TS]

01:16:31   people's anger right which I kind of [TS]

01:16:34   gets not the point [TS]

01:16:35   it's not the point that they can say all [TS]

01:16:37   this note belongs to Mike it's like [TS]

01:16:39   these are is my things like you [TS]

01:16:42   shouldn't be reading them [TS]

01:16:44   yeah and also whenever a company talk [TS]

01:16:46   about their data being an anonymized you [TS]

01:16:48   know I've seen enough examples of how [TS]

01:16:50   trivial it is 2d anonymize the data [TS]

01:16:53   yeah and then and also it's like you [TS]

01:16:55   have your own name in your own note [TS]

01:16:57   right like yeah it your you anonymizing [TS]

01:17:00   that like it's so did somebody read the [TS]

01:17:03   note to make sure it was adequately an [TS]

01:17:05   anonymous before redacted it because I [TS]

01:17:08   could literally have a note in my [TS]

01:17:10   Evernote which had your personal [TS]

01:17:12   information right yeah I could have [TS]

01:17:14   saved your address your phone number and [TS]

01:17:17   your name into an Evernote note right [TS]

01:17:19   because of their business card app [TS]

01:17:22   because they had which save notes [TS]

01:17:26   right anywho eventually after a few days [TS]

01:17:30   of just a torrent of feedback Evernote [TS]

01:17:35   backtracked on all of this [TS]

01:17:37   they published a blog post saying that [TS]

01:17:40   they would stop this initiative and [TS]

01:17:41   spoke about how privacy's the center of [TS]

01:17:44   what they do and that they will be [TS]

01:17:46   forever revising their privacy policy to [TS]

01:17:48   strengthen this in the future and they [TS]

01:17:51   are now going to push ahead with their [TS]

01:17:53   machine learning program but without [TS]

01:17:55   employees looking at notes unless you [TS]

01:17:58   explicitly opt-in em now i'll be sure to [TS]

01:18:02   do that i still am not completely like [TS]

01:18:06   confident and comfortable with this [TS]

01:18:08   because my expectation is this optimum [TS]

01:18:10   will be a little box that pops up is [TS]

01:18:11   like hey would you like machine learning [TS]

01:18:15   mnu go ahead yeah I would but then it's [TS]

01:18:18   like tick to say you accept the privacy [TS]

01:18:20   policy [TS]

01:18:22   mm-hmm and that privacy policy is that [TS]

01:18:25   you can let people look at it [TS]

01:18:27   no company should ever automatically [TS]

01:18:29   opt-in anybody for anything never good [TS]

01:18:32   or bad you should always with any [TS]

01:18:35   automatic opt-in feels like there's [TS]

01:18:38   something bad behind it [TS]

01:18:39   yeah yeah it does because that's what [TS]

01:18:41   that's why it's an auto opt-in or hit [TS]

01:18:43   like we just want to move right past as [TS]

01:18:45   quickly as possible then ever not [TS]

01:18:48   released Evernote 8708 is a full [TS]

01:18:50   overhaul of the ios app is it though and [TS]

01:18:53   they're saying because here's my review [TS]

01:18:58   of Evernote eight Evernote eight it's [TS]

01:19:01   less green yeah it's that the Evernote [TS]

01:19:04   you always knew and there are now colors [TS]

01:19:06   to make your text [TS]

01:19:08   it'sit's I mean I saw there was a you [TS]

01:19:12   know as because you know you know how [TS]

01:19:14   like when a company gets acquired now [TS]

01:19:16   your responses like our now I i saw [TS]

01:19:20   Evernote eight in the developer notes in [TS]

01:19:24   the update on my phone and like all new [TS]

01:19:26   version of Evernote it's like here we go [TS]

01:19:28   again right like is another all-new [TS]

01:19:30   update and updated it opened it took a [TS]

01:19:35   look and I have to say was actually [TS]

01:19:37   quite relieved [TS]

01:19:38   that it was not another just like [TS]

01:19:41   tremendous radical redesign of the whole [TS]

01:19:44   thing but then I was baffled by this [TS]

01:19:46   this huge like press campaign about how [TS]

01:19:49   different it is like this thing seems [TS]

01:19:52   essentially exactly the same you just [TS]

01:19:54   took out all the green right now there's [TS]

01:19:56   just a little little green buttons but [TS]

01:19:58   if I want to file a note if I want to [TS]

01:20:02   categorize anything it's just as much of [TS]

01:20:05   a pain in the ass as it always was like [TS]

01:20:07   okay well you're the same app ever notes [TS]

01:20:10   play them whatever that's my review I i [TS]

01:20:12   will say it does feel a little bit [TS]

01:20:14   quicker like one of my main problems of [TS]

01:20:17   Evernote is it took so long to do [TS]

01:20:19   anything like you press a button and it [TS]

01:20:22   felt like it took longer than it should [TS]

01:20:23   to open the note and I've played around [TS]

01:20:26   with it a little because like I've [TS]

01:20:28   completely moved on forever like my news [TS]

01:20:31   it for nothing now who any just pressing [TS]

01:20:34   the + button to open a new notice feel [TS]

01:20:36   quicker that now there's that there's a [TS]

01:20:38   really interesting wired article about [TS]

01:20:41   all of this and they spend an incredible [TS]

01:20:43   amount of time with this in this article [TS]

01:20:44   talking about their machine learning [TS]

01:20:46   lose but it does it in a way that all [TS]

01:20:49   companies talk about machine learning [TS]

01:20:50   which drives me bonkers [TS]

01:20:53   everything is what machine learning [TS]

01:20:56   could do figure out growth in the future [TS]

01:20:59   google drive me mad at this right now [TS]

01:21:01   like every presentation they have to [TS]

01:21:03   talk about Google assistant and they [TS]

01:21:05   show these videos which are amazing but [TS]

01:21:08   it doesn't do any of this stuff it's [TS]

01:21:10   like this is what google assistant could [TS]

01:21:12   do in the future right [TS]

01:21:15   yeah so like this article talks about [TS]

01:21:17   how like soon you might be able to take [TS]

01:21:19   a photo of a whiteboard after meeting [TS]

01:21:21   stick in Evernote and the app will [TS]

01:21:22   automatically pull out action items and [TS]

01:21:24   add them to your to-do list that would [TS]

01:21:26   be amazing when it does it if ever but [TS]

01:21:29   like I could say that like just so you [TS]

01:21:31   know like in the future [TS]

01:21:33   machine learning will be applied to [TS]

01:21:34   cortex and we'll do all of your thinking [TS]

01:21:36   for you it's true story that's how it's [TS]

01:21:39   gonna happen [TS]

01:21:39   yeah I I really and I just love that [TS]

01:21:42   like a big part of their redesign wasn't [TS]

01:21:45   the redesign like Evernote eight was [TS]

01:21:47   going to be about like laying the [TS]

01:21:49   foundations of machine learning but like [TS]

01:21:51   three weeks before [TS]

01:21:52   what they like burn that bridge of [TS]

01:21:54   everyone yeah but and they're saying [TS]

01:21:58   like our in in this like big piece [TS]

01:22:00   because a big like kind of like a big [TS]

01:22:01   editorial piece of wired and they looked [TS]

01:22:04   talking about how like they need access [TS]

01:22:05   to our data and they promised to be [TS]

01:22:07   transparent you ruined it like we've [TS]

01:22:10   spent a lot of time talking about [TS]

01:22:11   Evernote because i think is one of the [TS]

01:22:13   products that like i would say maybe of [TS]

01:22:15   all of the apps that we use a large [TS]

01:22:18   portion of other base users just because [TS]

01:22:20   they've been around for so long [TS]

01:22:22   yeah yeah that yeah everyone has been [TS]

01:22:24   around for four ever [TS]

01:22:26   it's like 10 years something little you [TS]

01:22:29   know I remember using Evernote very [TS]

01:22:32   early on in my bank career but it seems [TS]

01:22:36   like a good like 10 12 years ago [TS]

01:22:38   something like that now look there is a [TS]

01:22:40   chance that like you've ever used it all [TS]

01:22:42   you're using it but like at this point [TS]

01:22:45   they are just they all like the old [TS]

01:22:48   elephant [TS]

01:22:50   yeah well I mean this is the other [TS]

01:22:51   reason the company sort of interesting [TS]

01:22:53   is that is this discussion around being [TS]

01:22:55   like the first dead unicorn into this [TS]

01:22:59   this idea like this is a company that a [TS]

01:23:01   ton of venture money has been poured [TS]

01:23:03   into the did incredible expanding and [TS]

01:23:06   that's had this very long period of [TS]

01:23:09   seeming like it had no idea what it was [TS]

01:23:12   doing and I as the joco is busy selling [TS]

01:23:15   socks right when nobody cared that [TS]

01:23:17   they've the company is like downsized I [TS]

01:23:21   think it's an interesting thing to see [TS]

01:23:24   especially because like everyone it [TS]

01:23:26   seems fundamentally like such a simple [TS]

01:23:28   thing I know we've discussed it before [TS]

01:23:29   but just like baffled and why they have [TS]

01:23:31   all of these offices and so many [TS]

01:23:33   employees and all of this this other [TS]

01:23:35   stuff so i think it's it's an [TS]

01:23:36   interesting company and to discuss it's [TS]

01:23:40   obviously it's a thing that I want to [TS]

01:23:42   succeed because I'm tied to what I have [TS]

01:23:43   nowhere else to go so it has to but it [TS]

01:23:46   is it's frustrating and sort of weird to [TS]

01:23:50   see like the privacy policy thing was [TS]

01:23:52   obviously very upsetting and it's like [TS]

01:23:54   okay I'm glad you backtracked but it's [TS]

01:23:57   concerning that this was a this was your [TS]

01:23:59   idea in the first place yeah [TS]

01:24:01   and the like brand-new Evernote eight [TS]

01:24:04   which is exactly the same but with [TS]

01:24:06   promises of machine learning it feels [TS]

01:24:08   like chinese the new socks like our I i [TS]

01:24:12   have a hard time imagining that like [TS]

01:24:14   that the best machine learning people in [TS]

01:24:17   the world when they think of where [TS]

01:24:19   they're going to work [TS]

01:24:20   Evernote is the first place on their [TS]

01:24:22   list of where they might want to work [TS]

01:24:24   like it's it's a very it just feels [TS]

01:24:28   weird it feels weird it feels like [TS]

01:24:30   you're making a bunch of promises as I [TS]

01:24:33   don't want to see Evernote our promises [TS]

01:24:35   like I want to want to see this thing [TS]

01:24:37   like work really well it's complicated [TS]

01:24:39   people to file notes in a convenient way [TS]

01:24:42   on my iPad it which is still just [TS]

01:24:45   infuriating again and again this is my [TS]

01:24:49   own particular use of Evernote but like [TS]

01:24:50   I never opened up Evernote and add a [TS]

01:24:52   note that way I'm always using the share [TS]

01:24:55   sheet and sending something to evernote [TS]

01:24:57   and then dealing with it later but [TS]

01:24:59   Evernote is one of the like the very few [TS]

01:25:01   apps where I feel like I have to go to [TS]

01:25:02   my mac to do a bunch of stuff in any [TS]

01:25:04   kind of timely fashion because i don't [TS]

01:25:06   want to tap 10,000 times to sort my [TS]

01:25:08   notes but I was the first thing I [TS]

01:25:10   checked and open that app like oh can i [TS]

01:25:11   categorize stuff more easily [TS]

01:25:13   nope i will be Carrie as though to see [TS]

01:25:16   if in this update it finally does the [TS]

01:25:19   thing which supposedly is a feature of [TS]

01:25:22   the pro service which is the ability to [TS]

01:25:25   download all of your notes onto your [TS]

01:25:27   device and I've had that toggle like [TS]

01:25:31   download everything please have the [TS]

01:25:33   target on all of my devices never works [TS]

01:25:36   never works [TS]

01:25:38   not ever which is a great thing to [TS]

01:25:40   discover like when you're flying on an [TS]

01:25:42   airplane you want to look through a [TS]

01:25:43   bunch of notes for a project that you're [TS]

01:25:44   working on like oh they're not here or [TS]

01:25:47   the notebooks that it does download my [TS]

01:25:49   absolute favorite thing is by download [TS]

01:25:51   it means download the text but no [TS]

01:25:54   attachments okay great thanks thanks [TS]

01:25:57   so i'll be curious to see if that [TS]

01:25:59   actually works this time around but I [TS]

01:26:00   haven't had time to test that out let [TS]

01:26:02   alone give it time to actually download [TS]

01:26:04   the thousands and thousands of notes [TS]

01:26:06   that I have [TS]

01:26:07   I feel sorry for you I feel sorry for me [TS]

01:26:11   to Mike like he just starting out you [TS]

01:26:13   tried everything you just stuck with you [TS]

01:26:15   stuck with him [TS]

01:26:16   yeah microsoft onenote people please [TS]

01:26:18   don't recommend it to me again I if I [TS]

01:26:21   haven't been able to explain to you yet [TS]

01:26:23   why it's not useful for me i'm not going [TS]

01:26:25   to achieve that just please don't [TS]

01:26:26   recommend 10-4 i'm fully aware it [TS]

01:26:29   doesn't work for me but thanks all i [TS]

01:26:31   have a recommendation me know what is it [TS]

01:26:33   like Microsoft make this app it's called [TS]

01:26:36   OneNote oh thank you [TS]

01:26:38   it does what you need yeah i'm sure it [TS]

01:26:41   does except for the parts that i need [TS]

01:26:42   you're not using it right [TS]

01:26:44   yeah that I'm holding it wrong use [TS]

01:26:46   OneNote better [TS]

01:26:47   yeah that's a great solution that [TS]

01:26:50   soldier and court xmas the cortex [TS]

01:26:54   subreddit for keeping themselves [TS]

01:26:56   entertained was the show was was having [TS]

01:27:01   its seasonal break and I I there are a [TS]

01:27:04   couple of things that popped out to me [TS]

01:27:06   that i really enjoyed one of them is a [TS]

01:27:10   google doc which was created by this [TS]

01:27:14   they're ready user dr. open mind where [TS]

01:27:17   they are going through the show and [TS]

01:27:19   they're up to episode 37 and they're [TS]

01:27:21   going through and writing out the things [TS]

01:27:23   that they have learned from the show but [TS]

01:27:27   they're not like completely as you would [TS]

01:27:31   expect them to be [TS]

01:27:32   mhm so like there are lessons in there [TS]

01:27:35   but there are also like pieces of [TS]

01:27:37   information about us looking for example [TS]

01:27:41   how to be more productive gray feels [TS]

01:27:43   more productive if he works while the [TS]

01:27:45   dishwasher or laundry machine working [TS]

01:27:47   it's true if it's true things but [TS]

01:27:50   they'll kick weird thinks its kind of [TS]

01:27:53   her out like a it's an interesting thing [TS]

01:27:54   to look through this document and select [TS]

01:27:56   what did this person pick out ya know [TS]

01:27:59   this is really fun to see it's like [TS]

01:28:01   somebody's personal trip through cortex [TS]

01:28:04   and making notes as they go along about [TS]

01:28:06   various things so here I think this is [TS]

01:28:09   definitely something to just take a [TS]

01:28:11   little look through its it's very [TS]

01:28:12   interesting to see what somebody else [TS]

01:28:14   gets out of the show and [TS]

01:28:17   to put a lot of work to compile it all [TS]

01:28:18   together into this big document but I [TS]

01:28:21   definitely I definitely was interested [TS]

01:28:23   to flip through the pages and see what [TS]

01:28:25   they were getting out of the various [TS]

01:28:26   episodes and also there is something [TS]

01:28:29   that which i have i have wished for for [TS]

01:28:32   a long time and it's finally happened [TS]

01:28:34   yep somebody has taken a part of our [TS]

01:28:38   show and create an animation and they [TS]

01:28:43   picked a great moment which was actually [TS]

01:28:46   absolute 37 we're talking about stickers [TS]

01:28:49   in iOS 10 live and who I have watched [TS]

01:28:52   this video three times and I find new [TS]

01:28:55   hilarious things in every time so i'm [TS]

01:28:58   going to put it in the show notes i [TS]

01:29:00   really recommend people watch it the [TS]

01:29:03   animation style is like super weird in [TS]

01:29:07   like a great way and it really reminds [TS]

01:29:10   me of grade-a under a i could see i [TS]

01:29:12   could see that I could see that [TS]

01:29:14   yes it's like super bare bones but full [TS]

01:29:17   of inside jokes and everything is [TS]

01:29:19   written in comics ass which which i love [TS]

01:29:22   yeah it's it's it's a fun little [TS]

01:29:24   animation to look at it's very microsoft [TS]

01:29:26   paint yet I looking and the thing that [TS]

01:29:29   I'm aware of is is the person who put [TS]

01:29:31   together he spent a ton of time on it [TS]

01:29:34   because as someone who's done animation [TS]

01:29:37   like I'm always just so aware of all of [TS]

01:29:39   the cuts and all of the changes that [TS]

01:29:40   have to happen on the screen and the [TS]

01:29:42   video is so fast in some places so is [TS]

01:29:45   this is is a huge amount of work but I [TS]

01:29:48   have to say I'm i really enjoyed it and [TS]

01:29:50   it was very funny to hear that little [TS]

01:29:53   segment of you and me talking about you [TS]

01:29:56   sending me stickers with like dopey [TS]

01:29:59   music playing underneath it the whole [TS]

01:30:01   time right it's just in it made that [TS]

01:30:03   thing very entertaining so looks like a [TS]

01:30:05   fun cortex this project for someone and [TS]

01:30:07   listeners should check it out [TS]