Cortex

Cortex 44: Existential Time Tracking

 

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

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

  welcome thing at that time in my life [TS]

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

  very busy [TS]

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

  breaks throughout the year one time and [TS]

  you don't need an endless ceaseless [TS]

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

  into tiny little shards that never ends [TS]

  now breaks breaks throughout the year [TS]

  it makes life it makes life better mic [TS]

  and you agree you agree now no one's [TS]

  forcing you to be here [TS]

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

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

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

  cottage [TS]

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

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

  hundred percent as it can be you know [TS]

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

  like that bridge you know the bridge [TS]

  that people paint forever [TS]

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

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

  conversation before so I'm not going to [TS]

  redo it [TS]

  I have been i've been alerted to the [TS]

  fact recently that the way that I say [TS]

  the name of my office that makes it [TS]

  sound like its spell [TS]

  mega64 quite a lot [TS]

  the idea of it being mega our office so [TS]

  that is that's the thing so mega office [TS]

  is fully taking shape i have account my [TS]

  thinking couch thinking couch i have a [TS]

  sit stand desk which I have stood at [TS]

  once [TS]

  well I can do it if I need to I want to [TS]

  have a drone now [TS]

  whoo that's a whole thing that I've been [TS]

  playing around with everything about me [TS]

  a drawing for Christmas [TS]

  well Merry Christmas casing nice that [TS]

  we're going [TS]

  ilike Casey jr. thank you very much okay [TS]

  Casey jr. AC Julia I i I'm I'm really [TS]

  enjoying the drone grounded to get what [TS]

  you get [TS]

  I gotta power bebop 2 [TS]

  and we have basically come to the idea [TS]

  that this is my practice drone haha [TS]

  right okay right you know like the [TS]

  really good drones there like a thousand [TS]

  pounds or something [TS]

  this is my drawing learn how to fly a [TS]

  drone [TS]

  so this is your entry-level drone this [TS]

  is my entry level drone we're like it [TS]

  does it does it does a pretty good job [TS]

  and also that the controls are easy to [TS]

  use so I'm getting used to it it's a [TS]

  whole big process you know flying a drum [TS]

  it i don't think it looks easy [TS]

  I come home I'm always impressed by [TS]

  people flying the drones it looks quite [TS]

  hard i only lost control of it once [TS]

  uh-huh i was kind of making it hard to [TS]

  around me in a circle and this I to put [TS]

  this in my youtube video like a video [TS]

  that i just put up at my tattoo I put [TS]

  some drone footage at the end of it and [TS]

  the last clip is like the drone flying [TS]

  around me and then like just it just [TS]

  carries on now in real time that was [TS]

  when I lost control of the drone it was [TS]

  supposed to just keep going around me [TS]

  and I didn't know where he went [TS]

  it was behind me and it just went off an [TS]

  inhibitory but the footage look really [TS]

  good right [TS]

  and through the magic of editing you can [TS]

  cut it the frame before it would be [TS]

  obvious that some really so it looks [TS]

  like your bro it's the frame before it [TS]

  snaps back we're in like the opposite [TS]

  direction as I try and take control of [TS]

  the thing again that is a fantastic [TS]

  fantastic christmas present and i look [TS]

  forward to seeing more drone footage in [TS]

  your future vlogs yes somebody somebody [TS]

  said to me in in the YouTube comments [TS]

  why why haven't you taken the drone [TS]

  higher mhm and it's true because [TS]

  complete fear of the drone like it can [TS]

  go a lot higher than I've taken it but [TS]

  I'd like some so scared of it like it's [TS]

  a really weird feeling to have this [TS]

  thing that i'm both excited about and [TS]

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

  lion [TS]

  it's like you trained it and it's just [TS]

  like a little lion cub but like at some [TS]

  point it's gonna scratch your face off [TS]

  yeah it's a wild creature yeah you're [TS]

  hanging but that's kind of amazing so [TS]

  exciting [TS]

  same time I don't have many right now [TS]

  I'm not a risk-taking person in that way [TS]

  you know like an adrenaline risk-taker [TS]

  right but the drone is is a weird kind [TS]

  of bridge for that it but I love it I [TS]

  love it I i wish i could have seen my [TS]

  face when I opened it it was a surprise [TS]

  that look [TS]

  Luigi will be drawn i think that was a [TS]

  little bit but i'm i'm enjoying a lot [TS]

  and I wish I had more time to go and [TS]

  just fly around parks it's very it's [TS]

  very cool looking and I feel like this [TS]

  is this is another stage down the path [TS]

  of now being like it's like a [TS]

  professional amateur level vlogger prime [TS]

  leak [TS]

  yeah yeah exactly right you no longer [TS]

  just a beginner once you have a drone [TS]

  and you start learning how to make it [TS]

  follow you around one-handed or whatever [TS]

  you're going to do with it then then you [TS]

  know you're moving up there in the [TS]

  blogging world that's exciting very [TS]

  exciting [TS]

  will you let me fly your drone yeah if [TS]

  you want to the terrible the terrible [TS]

  decision but yes do you want to flight [TS]

  yeah i would totally like I've never [TS]

  flown drown I think it would be [TS]

  interested to try to fly it see how high [TS]

  it can go yet so you gotta go go high [TS]

  and go far [TS]

  like don't see the drone anymore that's [TS]

  the goal that's that's what i would want [TS]

  like can't see it and then there's just [TS]

  a button or pressing it comes back right [TS]

  that's where ya work actually yes [TS]

  awesome day perfect is nothing to worry [TS]

  about that [TS]

  mmm i'll fly real high for you Mike [TS]

  value yeah it's so good at yeah we go [TS]

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  support of this show and really have [TS]

  been I've also taken some steps [TS]

  professionally I've I've been doing some [TS]

  more serious things as well [TS]

  no over court xmas one of them is I have [TS]

  started time tracking finally ok [TS]

  yep i have started time tracking that [TS]

  the kind of the reason for this which [TS]

  i'm out i think we're going to get into [TS]

  a little bit later on but the kind of [TS]

  the basic reason is because we are [TS]

  really FM is looking to get a part-time [TS]

  a system for me too to help with some of [TS]

  the work that I do em but before we can [TS]

  kind of go down that road [TS]

  mmm we need to understand what tasks [TS]

  person's gonna take em and because [TS]

  they're going to be you know the kind of [TS]

  the idea is to kind of do contractible [TS]

  billable hours of this person I need to [TS]

  work out how long these things actually [TS]

  do take me to Devon the seventh a severe [TS]

  hangover so i have started time tracking [TS]

  everything that I do work related just [TS]

  also because I figured if I'm gonna go [TS]

  down this route [TS]

  maybe it's time to start realizing just [TS]

  how much time I spent on things [TS]

  mmm [TS]

  mmm out i'm using a service called [TS]

  toggle t oggl toggle is my I think [TS]

  primarily a web service they have apps [TS]

  but they're not great like they have an [TS]

  ok iphone app nothing for the ipad i [TS]

  spoke to their customer service / [TS]

  twitter and looks that they have [TS]

  absolutely no plans for an ipad app even [TS]

  like will let you know if things change [TS]

  means never gonna happen [TS]

  yeah we've we've added to the support [TS]

  queue for future requires like okay yeah [TS]

  goodbye but i have keeping using and [TS]

  friend of the show federico teaching of [TS]

  Max stories workflows he made for the [TS]

  iOS workflow app as a way to do this and [TS]

  I was talking to federico about this and [TS]

  he said if you've been speaking to gray [TS]

  and I said no and he said all because [TS]

  you both started asking me about this at [TS]

  exactly the same time [TS]

  yeah so you you mentioned toggle has [TS]

  recommended to you by federico couple [TS]

  episodes ago [TS]

  yeah at around the time i was saying [TS]

  like I'm looking to switch my time [TS]

  tracking systems because i had outgrown [TS]

  my double together Rube Goldberg machine [TS]

  that i was using to track my time [TS]

  previously which was great but pass it's [TS]

  past its prime and so yeah one of one of [TS]

  the big things i did over court xmas was [TS]

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

  was really rethinking and reworking a [TS]

  lot of things related to my business and [TS]

  one of them was involved in setting up [TS]

  time tracking and I [TS]

  because you recommended this I tried it [TS]

  out i found that same article that [TS]

  federico had written about writing this [TS]

  little workflow to interact with toggle [TS]

  because they have an API yeah so you can [TS]

  write these little scripts that sort of [TS]

  talks directly to the web server so you [TS]

  don't have to use the apps that are on [TS]

  your phone which is nice for a bunch of [TS]

  reasons and i was playing around with it [TS]

  very seriously for a few days and then [TS]

  essentially i harassed the teaching [TS]

  about this because I i started messaging [TS]

  like hey do you think someone could [TS]

  write a script to do the United like [TS]

  that you say thanks to him and this is [TS]

  what he said like it's like i'm working [TS]

  on one for gray is like I'm gonna make [TS]

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

  you understand my level it's okay i'll [TS]

  put some instructions in and then you [TS]

  can have excellent i feel i feel much [TS]

  better than that his his effort was w [TS]

  well spent that because i was harassing [TS]

  him like what I wouldn't lie would like [TS]

  is to be able to control everything in [TS]

  the API the toggle makes available right [TS]

  like everything i can write to the [TS]

  server i want to write to the server and [TS]

  so he was very nice and and wrote [TS]

  another custom version of it that could [TS]

  do more because web api stuff is is a [TS]

  bit beyond my skill level [TS]

  I was like looking through it and I'm [TS]

  like I have no idea what any of this is [TS]

  doing [TS]

  yeah the web api stuff gets really [TS]

  complicated and really program very very [TS]

  fast yeah but but once he did that I [TS]

  then took the thing that he gave to me [TS]

  and i modified it really extensively to [TS]

  work with the way I want my own system [TS]

  to work and I have come up with we can [TS]

  talk about it more detail later like I'm [TS]

  still playing around with it but just as [TS]

  you have moved from the step of no time [TS]

  tracking at all to work time tracking i [TS]

  am i'm experimenting with this season [TS]

  doing time tracking for my whole life [TS]

  so what I'm trying to do is actually [TS]

  just have a timer running if I am [TS]

  conscious about like I want to have a I [TS]

  want to have an overview now not just of [TS]

  my hardcore work but now that i have a [TS]

  stronger [TS]

  better more flexible in many ways system [TS]

  like let me push this to the absolute [TS]

  max at least for a little while and see [TS]

  what that tells me about myself because [TS]

  i found that the first time I started [TS]

  doing time tracking you learn a lot [TS]

  about yourself that you don't [TS]

  necessarily realize oh boy do you yeah [TS]

  and so I'm taking that I'm taking that [TS]

  like I've done the first stage of this [TS]

  i'm doing the second stage of this but [TS]

  this is what this is this is what I am [TS]

  dying to hear from you Mike because I [TS]

  always push people to do time tracking [TS]

  and what I'm always trying to do is I'm [TS]

  mentioning mentioning like one key case [TS]

  right I'm always telling you like oh you [TS]

  need to know the value of your of your [TS]

  of your time you know in terms of [TS]

  dollars right that's always the thing [TS]

  that I'm harping on but if you can get [TS]

  someone down that path now we can have [TS]

  the conversation about like what is your [TS]

  work they really look like Mike so i'll [TS]

  say before before we dig into this and [TS]

  and before i have to go to the corner [TS]

  and cry for a little while having only [TS]

  been doing this for a couple of weeks [TS]

  I've already started to have the full of [TS]

  should I track everything like I've had [TS]

  that thought like should I track the [TS]

  time that i'm reading Twitter like so i [TS]

  can see how you gone down that route [TS]

  even I can see the value in knowing what [TS]

  i'm doing all times i'm not going to [TS]

  start doing that yet but i can see that [TS]

  if I continue to keep doing this like I [TS]

  think i will I can see myself getting to [TS]

  that point quite quite easily actually [TS]

  seems like a logical step [TS]

  yeah I would seriously recommend not [TS]

  doing that at the start I don't want to [TS]

  do it right now it's too much [TS]

  yeah exactly like I would honestly wait [TS]

  something like six months of just [TS]

  tracking your work time before you even [TS]

  think about trying to track everything [TS]

  because it's it's enough to do just the [TS]

  work time like I'm constantly forgetting [TS]

  timers as it is rightly was constantly [TS]

  in I've been looking forward to this [TS]

  conversation and reading it in equal [TS]

  measure because one like I think it's [TS]

  like a really good thing for us to get [TS]

  into but the offer is like I know where [TS]

  it's going [TS]

  I know that you're gonna push me to do [TS]

  the how much is my time worth thing and [TS]

  I really don't want to do that yet [TS]

  like I a viscerally do not want to start [TS]

  doing those calculations [TS]

  but here we are so let me tell you what [TS]

  I have learned so far having only done [TS]

  this for about two weeks [TS]

  mmm basic that I've learned some key [TS]

  things and I don't know how I feel about [TS]

  them there are times in the week where [TS]

  the sheer amount of my time that his [TS]

  podcast editing is concerning em the [TS]

  recording time the amount of time i [TS]

  spend recording is about why expected by [TS]

  the editing time is way out of whack [TS]

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

  spending way more time editing then you [TS]

  thought that you return I thought yeah [TS]

  okay that's not too surprising me [TS]

  because that the shows are so the shows [TS]

  are scheduled right yeah like this is [TS]

  this is the whole the whole lesson to [TS]

  learn from all of these things is you [TS]

  can't trust your brain for anything [TS]

  about your brains terrible at everything [TS]

  it ever does right [TS]

  yes I like your brain is an adversary [TS]

  like Gordon incompetent it's one of the [TS]

  two all the time like a brain how much [TS]

  time do I spend an editing I 20 minutes [TS]

  that is no idea where is where is that [TS]

  you can look at a calendar and see that [TS]

  you have booked in recording slots [TS]

  yep so I'm not surprised that you have a [TS]

  better sense of that but yes so the [TS]

  editing is taking longer than you think [TS]

  I'm like so there are a couple of shows [TS]

  that for our whack so like there's this [TS]

  show and there's another show that I had [TS]

  it when I add it very differently like [TS]

  I'd listened to the entire thing and [TS]

  spend a lot of time on it so when when I [TS]

  do those shows it pushes the numbers up [TS]

  significantly quickly in the week [TS]

  because anything to do this at the start [TS]

  of the week so that like throws out of [TS]

  whack for like three quarters of the [TS]

  week right because i'm aware of those I [TS]

  know how long they take me lake so [TS]

  that's that the problem that I have is [TS]

  all of my other shows [TS]

  mhm shows that I thought took me 20 [TS]

  minutes to edit and take me about 45 mm [TS]

  and I am NOT happy about [TS]

  yeah and that that's what that's what [TS]

  can kill you because you have a bunch of [TS]

  shows that probably fall into that [TS]

  category [TS]

  oh it's like everything yeah right [TS]

  you're yet you're losing half as much [TS]

  time as you thought you actually had it [TS]

  takes me two to three times the amount [TS]

  of time nightfall it took em and this [TS]

  has been a really harsh realized [TS]

  ocean like I was talking to a dinner [TS]

  about this and I was like I explained it [TS]

  to her she's like yeah it takes about 45 [TS]

  minutes [TS]

  she's like I know this looks like i say [TS]

  i'll be back in about 20 minutes i'm [TS]

  going to go ahead and upgrade and she [TS]

  knows I'm going 45 right like in my mind [TS]

  it only takes 20 minutes [TS]

  mm and I I'm very uncomfortable about [TS]

  this because i have now opened my idea [TS]

  to the fact that my brain has no idea [TS]

  what it's doing like right i was [TS]

  convinced that was how long it took me [TS]

  to a show like that but I'm not just off [TS]

  by a little bit [TS]

  it's like a factor of to a minimum mhm [TS]

  this is why it is so so important to do [TS]

  because you you just cannot trust [TS]

  yourself to have any sense of how long [TS]

  it really takes you to do things and [TS]

  this is his wife or for anybody [TS]

  listening if you if you work for [TS]

  yourself you're working for a company if [TS]

  you care at all about how you are [TS]

  spending your time just do some time [TS]

  tracking on the things that are like [TS]

  most important to you and you feel like [TS]

  you will see it revealed how your time [TS]

  is really being spent like you whatever [TS]

  you think you're doing you're going to [TS]

  discover where you are surprisingly [TS]

  wrong about yourself [TS]

  so one thing that I was wrong about that [TS]

  i'm happy with is the amount of time it [TS]

  takes me to prepare so I spend more time [TS]

  preparing for shows then I thought I did [TS]

  hmm that's something i'm happy to know [TS]

  so why is that why is that what you mean [TS]

  so I like I spend more time putting our [TS]

  documents together and doing research [TS]

  and that is the type of time that I'm [TS]

  pleased that i put in power because I [TS]

  thought that I wasn't spending enough [TS]

  time preparing like i spend about as [TS]

  much time as i thought i should be to [TS]

  make a good show right [TS]

  ok ok I see I see what you're saying [TS]

  alright that's good [TS]

  like I was maybe self conscious of it [TS]

  but I was wrong to be it kind of felt [TS]

  like if I'm not doing adequate [TS]

  preparation kinda like a fraud them [TS]

  right that like i should be prepared for [TS]

  the show's to make the best show that I [TS]

  can make and there were times where I [TS]

  was like I'm not doing enough of this [TS]

  so it's like some kind of just like [TS]

  winging it blew em but that's not the [TS]

  case like when I look at the actual [TS]

  number [TS]

  those like I'm spending about as much if [TS]

  not more time than I thought that I [TS]

  should be so I'm happy about that and [TS]

  the thing is like the Edit is the same [TS]

  side of it right which is like making [TS]

  the show better i do any editing i agree [TS]

  with that but it's it's because i had a [TS]

  real idea in my mind of how long that [TS]

  took me like I didn't have a time for [TS]

  the preparing because I I tend to do [TS]

  show prep for seven days for each show [TS]

  like I'm always doing it you know I've [TS]

  known as an idea comes to me or as a [TS]

  story comes to me like i'll pick it up [TS]

  as I go like I'm not sitting down for [TS]

  like a block of time and doing it well [TS]

  that's how i do the edits I sit down for [TS]

  a block the time so I thought it took me [TS]

  this amount of time but I'm really wrong [TS]

  about that and and that is that's what's [TS]

  concerning to me the preparing stuff i [TS]

  don't feel like it's a real sock of time [TS]

  because it's happening in these little [TS]

  bits and it's also just time really well [TS]

  spent [TS]

  it looks like this yeah this show exists [TS]

  because you put a bunch of time into the [TS]

  show notes right all of your shows are [TS]

  better if you put time into the show [TS]

  notes a ahead of time so that's that [TS]

  that's that's great to find out that and [TS]

  perhaps perhaps you had the feeling like [TS]

  you're doing it less because of course [TS]

  in any conversation like conversations [TS]

  evolved as they go on and they're never [TS]

  going to follow the show notes entirely [TS]

  so there is there is an element of even [TS]

  for the most prepared conversation both [TS]

  parties are still sort of winging it [TS]

  throughout that conversation but it's [TS]

  the right kind of winging its like [TS]

  informed winging exactly exactly so [TS]

  maybe that's why you were feeling that [TS]

  way a little bit but yeah the editing [TS]

  time you know something something else [TS]

  that's maybe maybe something can be done [TS]

  about that my god i don't know what do [TS]

  you think [TS]

  not yet not yet ok so I've been thinking [TS]

  about it I've been talking about it and [TS]

  it is a clear thing that I could do [TS]

  something about it but I'm not ready [TS]

  like okay i am not ready to let go of [TS]

  what I considered to be an important [TS]

  part of the creation of the shows that I [TS]

  do em like I feel like many of the shows [TS]

  that I do are as good as they are [TS]

  because of the Edit typo in and select [TS]

  the difference i think i've explained [TS]

  this like a show like this i go back and [TS]

  listen to the whole thing for most of my [TS]

  other weekly shows I don't do that but [TS]

  what I do is I take notes as the shows [TS]

  going on and then I go in to fix those [TS]

  points [TS]

  looks like i'm editing whilst we're [TS]

  recording because i know in the things [TS]

  that need to be fixed and then I go in [TS]

  and just fix it to each one of those [TS]

  points [TS]

  who what that does is it means that i [TS]

  can get the show's out especially the [TS]

  topic based shows that the weekly kind [TS]

  of news focus shows they can come out in [TS]

  a timely fashion which is important to [TS]

  me but I also feel like I can put a lot [TS]

  of added time into them because of the [TS]

  way that I do it but unfortunately it's [TS]

  taking longer than I thought but I don't [TS]

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

  like i would be kind of losing part of [TS]

  my voice of the shows who now there [TS]

  might be you know I'm starting to think [TS]

  about ok which shows the most important [TS]

  for that which shows met at least like [TS]

  I'm trying to start like roll these [TS]

  things around in my brain but like I'm [TS]

  not like mentally ready to let go of [TS]

  anything like that yet [TS]

  understandable understandable and you [TS]

  know it's like how I I would never pass [TS]

  the editor of this show to anybody [TS]

  because this is like the most of all of [TS]

  them but like it's like with the other [TS]

  shows [TS]

  I mean you know why that is right [TS]

  because of the type of added that we do [TS]

  on this show it needs our opinion [TS]

  yeah but like all of my shows have that [TS]

  to a degree but it's not a strong right [TS]

  at the atom is more your sliding up and [TS]

  down the spectrum of this and cortex is [TS]

  a show which is at the most extreme end [TS]

  of that and i only have this opinion [TS]

  about my other shows because i do this [TS]

  one because it's changed the way that I [TS]

  edit so like I more now than like two [TS]

  years ago I feel like my editing is part [TS]

  of the voice and tone of voice and like [TS]

  character of the show than it was before [TS]

  I've gotten into your mind might have [TS]

  destroyed me so bad you want to take [TS]

  over and add it in for me that I do not [TS]

  I do not want my job is simply just you [TS]

  know just to keep infecting you with [TS]

  ideas and then watch them take root [TS]

  so like we're going to talk about year [TS]

  of less again like this is parts like [TS]

  when I was originally thinking about [TS]

  what my year of less might look like [TS]

  we might be handing over some editing [TS]

  work but now I don't think that's going [TS]

  to be how it is going to be in 2017 who [TS]

  there is there is a silver lining to all [TS]

  of this i do not work for intense [TS]

  periods of time for as long as I thought [TS]

  I did this is the other thing i have [TS]

  universally found that people discover [TS]

  right if there's if there's serious if [TS]

  they're doing the time tracking right [TS]

  you almost always realize your way [TS]

  overestimating how much time you're [TS]

  really working so I again I've maybe [TS]

  done this on one quiet week and one busy [TS]

  week right [TS]

  yeah it's still very preliminary it's [TS]

  still very early however i am walking [TS]

  out the I maybe work between 20 to 30 [TS]

  hours a week who an intense time so this [TS]

  includes like recording shows editing [TS]

  shows preparing for shows and dealing [TS]

  with sponsors look like and maybe having [TS]

  calls about things like that is like [TS]

  solid working time and I'm pleased with [TS]

  these numbers but what's not trackable [TS]

  or a couple of things really is thinking [TS]

  em about work and also dealing with the [TS]

  little things that pop up so like saw my [TS]

  ask me a question [TS]

  someone might send me a quick email that [TS]

  takes a two second reply but these [TS]

  things happen for as long as i am awake [TS]

  right so i may only work for five hours [TS]

  on that wednesday but I could do a half [TS]

  an hour's work at nine and hours work at [TS]

  10-1 hours work at 12-1 hours work at [TS]

  6pm mhm and it is the one I've realized [TS]

  is that it is that the fact that this [TS]

  work can happen for as long as i am [TS]

  awake is what makes it feel like i am [TS]

  always working [TS]

  yeah whoo so I don't want to do anything [TS]

  about this right there are ways that I [TS]

  can make this better [TS]

  I could not look at my email other than [TS]

  a specific time of the day I could not [TS]

  open slack over then a specific time of [TS]

  the day like I know I can do all of that [TS]

  but I don't want to do that that's not [TS]

  how I want [TS]

  to work like by currently I like to work [TS]

  the way that I do which is to always be [TS]

  walking right i will interject here and [TS]

  just say that while for many people i [TS]

  would recommend exactly the things that [TS]

  you just mentioned i would not recommend [TS]

  them to you like I still think that your [TS]

  business and your involvement in it [TS]

  really benefits from you being around [TS]

  and available to a lot of different [TS]

  people and a lot of different hours like [TS]

  I i really think that your availability [TS]

  makes a big difference to how well relay [TS]

  is doing so you eat even if you wanted [TS]

  to crank it down like I think you are in [TS]

  a very difficult position to even do [TS]

  that [TS]

  so the thing that is doing though it is [TS]

  making me feel better knowing this [TS]

  good good good because I am realizing [TS]

  like I feel like I'm really busy all the [TS]

  time but it turns out I'm not as busy as [TS]

  i thought i was like i am not working [TS]

  but might the thing I used to say was [TS]

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

  look that's how i felt and now i [TS]

  understand where that feeling is coming [TS]

  from and now I'm able to fight it like [TS]

  I'm able to answer back to my brain when [TS]

  it gets in that mode we like okay then [TS]

  smart guy open toggle look at your poor [TS]

  the day right oh 3 hours so like this is [TS]

  not a hard look at me like I only work [TS]

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

  tracked my time when i worked at the [TS]

  bank i would be really keen on seeing [TS]

  what that look like because I think it'd [TS]

  probably be less because like you said [TS]

  this is not like my kids chatting with [TS]

  someone you know that's not billable [TS]

  hours like when i checked into somebody [TS]

  at work i'm going for lunch or like this [TS]

  is like pure time where I'm like this is [TS]

  100-percent work i am like doing this [TS]

  and doing that like it [TS]

  this is like what I genuinely feel like [TS]

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

  people who not everyone but most people [TS]

  people are not in consistent constant [TS]

  intense work from nine to five humans do [TS]

  not work like that no human humans can't [TS]

  work like that and i think this is this [TS]

  is the really clear distinction to draw [TS]

  is you know like what in my old time [TS]

  tracking system i was only tracking the [TS]

  really valuable hours like did I just [TS]

  spent the previous 40 minutes really [TS]

  writing yes or now right if the answer [TS]

  was no I wouldn't track it and it's [TS]

  again nobody does eight hours a day of [TS]

  that kind of work right where you are [TS]

  really focused value generating work [TS]

  right but everybody can be kind of like [TS]

  at work for a really long time and doing [TS]

  a bunch of low-level stuff that makes [TS]

  you feel like I've been working all day [TS]

  yep right but like but how how much real [TS]

  value creation has occurred here i have [TS]

  a weird job so my numbers i reckon a [TS]

  higher than most people like for example [TS]

  this week Monday Tuesday Wednesday will [TS]

  be over six hours with him but that is [TS]

  like because the type of stuff that I do [TS]

  is incredibly time-intensive like little [TS]

  speaking to somebody for two hours and [TS]

  then working on it for what turns out to [TS]

  be an hour like those things can add up [TS]

  quite a lot who and what I have really [TS]

  noticed is like so last Friday I had [TS]

  seven hours of work that i logged no I [TS]

  felt like crap last Friday back right [TS]

  and this week like I've been doing a [TS]

  consistent like six hours a day [TS]

  no but I feel okay because I knew it was [TS]

  busy week little and it's like this is [TS]

  confirming that feeling and I'm yeah [TS]

  more tired and we always been really [TS]

  strange i've noticed I've been sleeping [TS]

  in more this week than last week who [TS]

  have been working up a little bit later [TS]

  like it is really open my eyes to how I [TS]

  work in a really interesting way to have [TS]

  you pay attention to that guilt you'll [TS]

  see that those those overworked times [TS]

  like you're gonna pay for one way or [TS]

  another I still I still love an envious [TS]

  of your you're busy week and not busy [TS]

  week [TS]

  because you have a bit of that like [TS]

  averaging out effect occurring there [TS]

  ok which I still think is is fantastic [TS]

  but i'm really glad to hear that you are [TS]

  able to push back against your own brain [TS]

  a little bit with the when your brain [TS]

  says like I've been working all day [TS]

  it's like okay but how much really yeah [TS]

  and and just the knowledge of that the [TS]

  ability to push back on that a little [TS]

  bit i think can really help reduce like [TS]

  feelings of busyness and stress in [TS]

  overwhelming this but you are totally [TS]

  right there [TS]

  the the main thing that is untrackable [TS]

  by even the best system is the thinking [TS]

  about work time that is a futile thing [TS]

  to try to track and that is something [TS]

  that is like outside the system and kind [TS]

  of around it all the time and and that [TS]

  that is again one thing when you like [TS]

  running your own company are doing your [TS]

  own thing is very hard to get away from [TS]

  that [TS]

  yeah but just trying to be trying to be [TS]

  mindful of it i think is is very helpful [TS]

  like am I thinking about work and doing [TS]

  anything about it now or is it just [TS]

  something that's on the back of my mind [TS]

  which is causing me stress like even [TS]

  just trying to be aware of that sort of [TS]

  stuff within the context of a time [TS]

  tracking system is is very helpful so [TS]

  it's been a very strange couple of weeks [TS]

  but good i think overall like I've [TS]

  learned some valuable things and do it's [TS]

  already made me kind of rethink what I [TS]

  thought 2017 is going to be like for me [TS]

  wow I know right because i was i was [TS]

  moving down a road and will astonish [TS]

  just make me take like I've taken and [TS]

  soon a junction right like who the the [TS]

  goal is still the same but the way that [TS]

  I'm planning on achieving that goal is [TS]

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  we had spoken about year of less a lot [TS]

  last year right that was your theme of [TS]

  2016 was the year of less common me Lulu [TS]

  and as we're approaching the end of the [TS]

  year I kind of said that that was my [TS]

  plan for 2017 like my plan 2016 was make [TS]

  a business work like make it really work [TS]

  that is your plan like just do it [TS]

  this machine off the ground and just [TS]

  make it go so much and also like buy a [TS]

  house I could be coming at all like but [TS]

  2017 for me like I want to look at what [TS]

  year of less looks like em and my i [TS]

  originally considered that year of less [TS]

  would be less content creation he so [TS]

  less shows less editing because [TS]

  fundamentally they are the most [TS]

  time-intensive things that I do is [TS]

  making the shows [TS]

  mhm but then I was like but i like that [TS]

  but right now it's like the reason that [TS]

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

  of attract time is because it didn't [TS]

  really feel like work like it is my job [TS]

  but I was [TS]

  really love doing it mm so is that the [TS]

  right stuff to do less off i'm not sure [TS]

  like I'm not sure that I would be happy [TS]

  with the balance after that right like [TS]

  making less or like turning down that my [TS]

  thought was like okay maybe stop one or [TS]

  two shows that you're doing right now [TS]

  and stop taking on any new projects my [TS]

  love new project that you do my favorite [TS]

  thing you always get very excited when [TS]

  you have a new podcast in the works or [TS]

  like anything right like the vlog who I [TS]

  shouldn't be doing that [TS]

  no every number everything says you [TS]

  should not be doing this but i love it [TS]

  like it is it is like a hobby now like [TS]

  it is just this little creative thing [TS]

  that I get to do and I've kind of come [TS]

  to the realization that that is not what [TS]

  I should be coming down [TS]

  I should not be taken away or slimming [TS]

  the reason I'm doing this blue like the [TS]

  primary reason that I wanted this [TS]

  business to exist is so i could support [TS]

  myself to do these things I don't have a [TS]

  business so i can run a business [TS]

  right right because that's what I would [TS]

  end up doing my business would exist so [TS]

  I could enjoy being mr. businessperson [TS]

  right and some people do like that but [TS]

  that's not what I do it yeah that's [TS]

  that's that's the thing but that's not [TS]

  your thing you know it was like I think [TS]

  I mentioned this on the show a long time [TS]

  ago which was like when I would talk to [TS]

  people my old job and tell them that I [TS]

  was leaving to start my own thing and [TS]

  people used to say to me I've always [TS]

  dreamed of running my own business if [TS]

  you're hired cast and so that's not a [TS]

  dream right like what is the thing and [TS]

  they like i know i just want to have my [TS]

  own business [TS]

  ok I think that's the type of person [TS]

  that like will run a business because [TS]

  they like the business which is a [TS]

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

  come from like for me it's like and I [TS]

  think this is the same for you like I [TS]

  think your goals is a slightly different [TS]

  than mine but it's the businesses a [TS]

  means to the end and the end is like [TS]

  whatever it is and for me it's to just [TS]

  make the stuff that I love and I think [TS]

  for you it's maybe more time [TS]

  to have control of your life no yeah and [TS]

  they are like what is caused by the [TS]

  business and so maybe what I need to do [TS]

  is remove some of the business so that's [TS]

  where you're going to try to cut down on [TS]

  things [TS]

  assistant editor ah ok alright this is [TS]

  good this is good [TS]

  so what we are currently like the the [TS]

  reason I am time tracking is so we can [TS]

  work out how many hours could I give [TS]

  away to someone else [TS]

  hmm right because we know if we want to [TS]

  if we really want to bring somebody on [TS]

  we have to give them a significant [TS]

  amount of time so it's worth it for [TS]

  everyone right so we are looking at [TS]

  hiring somebody on a part-time contract [TS]

  basis i will just take a very slight [TS]

  break right now to say please do not [TS]

  send me any applications this is going [TS]

  to be a form or process thing [TS]

  your comment in the reddit is not an [TS]

  application [TS]

  yeah and email is not an application [TS]

  like until like there is a and i will [TS]

  talk about it i will tell the world when [TS]

  it is there we what we are going to [TS]

  create a real job posting the outlines [TS]

  what we need from someone [TS]

  what they need and what they can expect [TS]

  right like it's going to be a real thing [TS]

  so please if you are interested [TS]

  do not send me anything because it is [TS]

  it's not it's not the way right like [TS]

  we're going to have a real way now if [TS]

  you've been listening to this show you [TS]

  know like we spent a lot of time talking [TS]

  about great hiring someone and like the [TS]

  process and we don't have that process [TS]

  in place there will be one but we're [TS]

  early in this is right like right now [TS]

  we're like still working out what all [TS]

  this person do like that kind of thing [TS]

  yeah right now you're even feeling out [TS]

  what are the one of the areas of [TS]

  responsibility that the person could [TS]

  even have yet we don't even know how [TS]

  many hours is going to be back yeah you [TS]

  have no idea you need to do more time [TS]

  tracking to find that out exactly what [TS]

  primarily right now what this person [TS]

  will be doing is helping me of [TS]

  coordinating and management of our [TS]

  sponsorship process the most business [TS]

  apart of our business who it is like [TS]

  talking to people over emails arranging [TS]

  and having call telephone calls booking [TS]

  inventory [TS]

  into our system so like when somebody [TS]

  was a spot and putting it into [TS]

  spreadsheets and systems that we have [TS]

  and then ideally as well this person [TS]

  will kind of help with some copywriting [TS]

  so helping us put together the bullet [TS]

  points that we give to our house so they [TS]

  can talk about the company's and [TS]

  sponsoring group that is what this [TS]

  person will probably be doing and I in a [TS]

  weird way and I think it's where I enjoy [TS]

  running our business but it's not the [TS]

  thing I enjoy the most [TS]

  and this is the thing that I could [TS]

  conceivably give to somebody else to [TS]

  help move if I think of my workers art [TS]

  em then it's harder for me to give some [TS]

  of that stuff away to someone like if [TS]

  somebody fill them for me on cortex [TS]

  right like that would be great for my [TS]

  for my graphs you know but that's not [TS]

  gonna happen because we were in the [TS]

  shower right this mean you can't give [TS]

  these things exactly and it would never [TS]

  happen i feel maybe get like an [TS]

  impersonator but great-great-great-great [TS]

  impersonator on the show I guess you [TS]

  could look into that maybe I could just [TS]

  like try and do your voice whore like [TS]

  you know just cut together clips from [TS]

  your YouTube videos and you know like [TS]

  yeah like the sound of this [TS]

  alright i'm going to start getting a lot [TS]

  more stuff right on this show I think [TS]

  it's been ok so like I'm just thinking [TS]

  that maybe what i can do is like start [TS]

  to pass off a lot of other things that [TS]

  don't need to need my input spreadsheets [TS]

  do not need me right right and so this [TS]

  is kind of where I'm coming from [TS]

  so yeah so year of less i think is gonna [TS]

  happen but it is significantly different [TS]

  why I expect it was gonna be this is the [TS]

  whole value of doing the time tracking [TS]

  and thinking about what you're doing and [TS]

  just being more aware of your work and [TS]

  instead of having in your mind like a [TS]

  like a big blob that's just labeled work [TS]

  you know if you're doing time tracking [TS]

  like you're you're pulling out the [TS]

  different pieces you are thinking about [TS]

  the more intentionally and then this [TS]

  this allows you to kind [TS]

  of siphon it off in your mind into [TS]

  different categories and and this is [TS]

  this is exactly how i started like you [TS]

  know I'm the one not super valuable [TS]

  category that I did track because I just [TS]

  want to be aware of it was what I've [TS]

  I've through everything else under the [TS]

  category of administration right so when [TS]

  I was tracking time like am i doing [TS]

  email ok is administration am i doing [TS]

  stuff related to taxes this is [TS]

  administration am I fixing a typo on the [TS]

  website this is administration is this [TS]

  like essentially anything that needs to [TS]

  get done but is not related to revenue [TS]

  production or product production like [TS]

  all of this just as filed under [TS]

  administration to know one of mine is [TS]

  called what sponsor off the care plans [TS]

  are after carrying that that is like but [TS]

  such person has an email that they need [TS]

  but like the deal is already done now [TS]

  it's just like little bits and bobs [TS]

  right right there's aftercare that needs [TS]

  to have like fixing URL or like [TS]

  delivering a contract like it's it's [TS]

  things that just happen afterwards [TS]

  they're not you know they are not [TS]

  directly revenue-generating but they [TS]

  need to occur right there things that [TS]

  need to happen and it and it was being [TS]

  aware of [TS]

  not even the sheer amount of hours that [TS]

  I was spending on administration stuff [TS]

  but but simply becoming aware of [TS]

  ok which subcategories in this [TS]

  administration land [TS]

  can I get someone to help me with and [TS]

  and that was what started it off for me [TS]

  you know getting an assistant in the [TS]

  first place was was like you said does [TS]

  this this spreadsheet that I'm just [TS]

  putting some data into just does it need [TS]

  to be my fingers putting in this data [TS]

  now it doesn't right so like to start [TS]

  building things up from there and you [TS]

  know it's it's been nothing but great [TS]

  and you know I've also had the same [TS]

  experience that you did where you talked [TS]

  about how edina was aware that like oh [TS]

  you think something's going to take 20 [TS]

  minutes but it actually takes you 45 [TS]

  minutes I was really aware with a lot of [TS]

  the administration stuff related to [TS]

  posting the podcast [TS]

  I realized through time tracking the [TS]

  same kind of thing like I thought this [TS]

  was a 45-minute job tops but turns out [TS]

  all of the steps took me a whole [TS]

  afternoon and I didn't know this but my [TS]

  wife always did like I'm just gonna post [TS]

  the show I'll be right back center [TS]

  actually like he's gone for the whole [TS]

  like for the next three hours you [TS]

  emerged from the cave two days later the [TS]

  area I'd yes like he thinks he's gonna [TS]

  be right back but he never is like this [TS]

  is takes a long time to flip all of the [TS]

  switches and like do all the things to [TS]

  make a thing go live and and so that was [TS]

  one of these cases like ok these steps [TS]

  does it have to be me doing this [TS]

  no it doesn't have to be me doing this [TS]

  also the time tracking is showing me [TS]

  like I'm losing a whole afternoon every [TS]

  week to this when I mentally think I'm [TS]

  not losing that time it's like okay this [TS]

  one this one is going to get passed off [TS]

  to somebody else and then light and for [TS]

  me the year of last last year [TS]

  letting go of a lot of the reins to that [TS]

  kind of stuff was was a big deal but it [TS]

  was you know the end of it was just [TS]

  great it was fantastic to do so right [TS]

  now my time tracking is is quite basic [TS]

  Lu so I'm interested to kind of see how [TS]

  little bit how you're doing it because [TS]

  all I'm doing right now is I have got [TS]

  some projects and tags little that's all [TS]

  I'm doing so a project might be sure [TS]

  recording a tag might be cortex and [TS]

  that's over so I can just keeping it [TS]

  like super basic because you can add all [TS]

  these like descriptions of the task [TS]

  stuff like that and i'm not really doing [TS]

  any of that right now I'm trying to make [TS]

  it simple as I can for myself to just be [TS]

  adding in movement that sound like a [TS]

  reasonable system to you and here's the [TS]

  thing it's it's so personal doing [TS]

  something like this it entirely comes [TS]

  down to what are you trying to get out [TS]

  of it and you know when I talk people [TS]

  into this i always suggest like just [TS]

  start with the simplest thing it's like [TS]

  I went decided to go really high level [TS]

  movement you know yeah and i think [TS]

  that's that's perfectly fine like a bit [TS]

  if anybody starting time tracking [TS]

  against like just track your your best [TS]

  high value [TS]

  hours in like leave it at that right [TS]

  that's totally fine because I think what [TS]

  what happens is you either discover that [TS]

  this is like basically there's a [TS]

  feedback loop that happens with some [TS]

  people and so some people do time [TS]

  tracking and then they'll stop and [TS]

  they'll realize like okay I have some [TS]

  insights I have some idea about how my [TS]

  time is being spent but I don't feel the [TS]

  need to keep doing this all the time but [TS]

  for some people it ends up becoming a [TS]

  positive feedback loop where you you [TS]

  feel okay I've started this i'm getting [TS]

  value out of this and then it can make [TS]

  more sense to try two more fine-grain [TS]

  down what is actually occurring and so [TS]

  obviously i'm in that second camp and [TS]

  now you know it's been a long time since [TS]

  I've been time tracking I've been [TS]

  spending a lot of time with toggle and [TS]

  this is why I was harassing federico to [TS]

  give me every option because i'm going [TS]

  to use them all to do this what i would [TS]

  say as fine grain as i think is [TS]

  reasonable but probably most people [TS]

  would think isn't is an unreasonable [TS]

  amount of detail but the the high level [TS]

  picture for me is I want to be able to [TS]

  see how much time just in total do I [TS]

  spend on cortex and how much time do I [TS]

  spend on hello internet how much time do [TS]

  I spend on the YouTube videos and i do [TS]

  have breakdowns in there like it's going [TS]

  to be interesting to me to see how much [TS]

  time is spent [TS]

  editing vs recording or how much time is [TS]

  spent writing verses working with the [TS]

  animator think those things are [TS]

  interesting but ultimately it really is [TS]

  that like that that high-level stuff is [TS]

  where most of the value can come out of [TS]

  so I think as long as you have like a a [TS]

  reasonable high-level break down that [TS]

  makes sense to you about what you want [TS]

  to be keeping track of and what is [TS]

  important to you i think that's fine but [TS]

  you know you can get you can get really [TS]

  crazy with this i'm just thinking that [TS]

  this is this is slightly crazy but I set [TS]

  up a little lamb system with toggle [TS]

  using a rapier the other if this then [TS]

  that service i set up a timer that [TS]

  starts automatically [TS]

  when I should be awake oh and the timer [TS]

  is called sleeping in [TS]

  oh right so that's amazing so at the [TS]

  minute my alarm goes off a timer starts [TS]

  which is called sleeping in i like that [TS]

  and I'll tell you that is really [TS]

  effective to getting you out of bed [TS]

  because you know you sort of like half [TS]

  awake and when you're self-employed [TS]

  there's a bit of like does it matter if [TS]

  I get up now or five minutes from now [TS]

  no it doesn't like but now it does [TS]

  because someone's watching exactly i [TS]

  have a black-colored top-level category [TS]

  in my system called sleeping in and I [TS]

  want to see that Barbie as small as [TS]

  possible and so that's that's that's an [TS]

  example of like one of these things that [TS]

  like maybe a little bit far but I feel [TS]

  like I actually want to know how much [TS]

  time do I end up spending sleeping past [TS]

  when I think I should be up and then [TS]

  there's also acts as like a little [TS]

  motivator and so it's like that as long [TS]

  as it's like a few minutes that's fine [TS]

  but i just want to see and knowing that [TS]

  is there is really helpful [TS]

  yeah i'm close to like setting up those [TS]

  ABS stuff to just do some automatic [TS]

  things like that i don't really need to [TS]

  be pressing buttons to track when i [TS]

  record shows gonna know how long doing [TS]

  that for you and so this would just be [TS]

  that like rapiers I can never webservice [TS]

  it's like it's as if this then that [TS]

  there's a little bit more advanced of [TS]

  some of the stuff they can do and it's a [TS]

  paid service as well right i think it [TS]

  exists there is a paid component [TS]

  yeah it's free to a certain level and [TS]

  paid after that so there would be things [TS]

  that I could do that could watch my [TS]

  google calendar and it is automatically [TS]

  log time based on an entry blue and I [TS]

  find that kind of thing really [TS]

  interesting this is if i was going to [TS]

  set like another theme of my year i'm [TS]

  really interested in making my computers [TS]

  and my technology work for me [TS]

  who so one of them is and i'm going to [TS]

  spend some time talking about switching [TS]

  my to-do system at some point soon on [TS]

  this show as I'm looking at moving to do [TS]

  list because it also has a Web API [TS]

  so you can get all of these systems [TS]

  talking to each other [TS]

  yeah and that is becoming an [TS]

  increasingly interesting idea of [TS]

  proposition to me who I am putting input [TS]

  into these systems and all it does is [TS]

  just sit there Lou there is no reason [TS]

  why these things can't be taking the [TS]

  input and turn them into something of [TS]

  use to me and so that's why I'm starting [TS]

  to look at anything with an automation [TS]

  is it is a total win right like it it [TS]

  just it pays dividends for forever so i [TS]

  actually just because I'm curious to see [TS]

  I do have a top-level project which is [TS]

  called automation because I do want to [TS]

  see like how much time does it take me [TS]

  to actually implement these systems [TS]

  right and to actually get these things [TS]

  working and to think about like what is [TS]

  what is the payoff in these and this is [TS]

  also the case of like okay we talked [TS]

  about it a bunch on the podcast i end up [TS]

  feeling like i'm working on this stuff a [TS]

  bunch but the actual time tracking data [TS]

  reveals like this is the time you spend [TS]

  on automating the time tracking thing [TS]

  itself or like I spent a bunch of time [TS]

  reworking my email system to do some [TS]

  stuff automatically like this is a [TS]

  trivial portion of the time you spend [TS]

  working and I'm also tracking it in a [TS]

  time when it is going to be a [TS]

  ludicrously lots right it's like between [TS]

  the start of december until now i have [TS]

  spent 10 hours and 53 minutes working on [TS]

  various forms of like setting up my [TS]

  systems and they sit this is a time when [TS]

  I'm redoing my entire time tracking i [TS]

  redid my entire email and i'm also [TS]

  redoing a whole bunch of stuff related [TS]

  to my own task management and this is [TS]

  the kind of thing that like this level [TS]

  happens maybe once every two years on [TS]

  average and so it's just it's really [TS]

  interesting just to see in the data is [TS]

  like this is a trivial amount of time [TS]

  that will dramatically decrease as we go [TS]

  forward but that just keeps paying [TS]

  dividends forever out into the future so [TS]

  I'm not even really doing thinking about [TS]

  doing these types of automation things [TS]

  to save time [TS]

  it is to have these systems doing [TS]

  something that I cannot guarantee which [TS]

  is remembering yes yes it is like [TS]

  computers won't get this stuff wrong my [TS]

  brain does exactly and so I want these [TS]

  types of like redundant systems to be [TS]

  occurring things to be triggering things [TS]

  to be firing not like I'm really like [TS]

  that you know there are two people in my [TS]

  life that I'm taking this inspiration [TS]

  from greatly which is you and federer go [TS]

  and the way you to work is something of [TS]

  great interest to me clearly right here [TS]

  and and and I want to be like you both [TS]

  the way that you work you know i i've [TS]

  seen some of the things that Federico's [TS]

  able to do with these automation systems [TS]

  and they are frankly mind-blowing and [TS]

  and I really want to be able to start [TS]

  relying on this stuff more especially as [TS]

  there is a chance that i am about to [TS]

  start working with another person [TS]

  look closely yeah you know that I work [TS]

  with quite a few people in my life are [TS]

  very close basis but the way that I [TS]

  would potentially be working with an [TS]

  assistant is very different and I feel [TS]

  like that's going to start to change the [TS]

  way that I work significantly and so [TS]

  yeah that that's going to be quite an [TS]

  interesting change and so I figure while [TS]

  some going through all of this how about [TS]

  I start set putting some systems in [TS]

  place to get a virtual cloud assistant [TS]

  as well yeah having stuff work [TS]

  automatically for you is fantastic and I [TS]

  i was playing around with some of the [TS]

  same things of you know the way my like [TS]

  essentially the way my flights end up in [TS]

  my system it's like okay I can have this [TS]

  information pulled out and then just [TS]

  auto added into the time tracker like [TS]

  great so I don't need to be running a [TS]

  time or anything that's like all [TS]

  monoplane right now it's like nope this [TS]

  just fires off automatically I never [TS]

  have to think about it and it's just [TS]

  there it is there as part of the data [TS]

  and anything that can happen [TS]

  automatically is is a big is a big win [TS]

  access is actually really enjoyed that [TS]

  was digging around in [TS]

  workflow and I wanted to write a little [TS]

  workflow that could pull out like the [TS]

  exercise and mindfulness data [TS]

  automatically but it seems like i can't [TS]

  quite do that was like uh here's the [TS]

  thing i just like this data right there [TS]

  i just want to automate it and pull it [TS]

  out eventually that will happen right [TS]

  but not right now I still need to be [TS]

  flipping flipping switches manually but [TS]

  anytime you can set something up [TS]

  automatically and then just never think [TS]

  about it again [TS]

  I feel like it's such a huge win it [TS]

  really is one last thing with that with [TS]

  the time tracking though is I think like [TS]

  you've been doing it for two weeks and [TS]

  that's great but you really can't trust [TS]

  the data until you've been doing it for [TS]

  a little while she'll has you do always [TS]

  have this in the beginning this there's [TS]

  two things that are happening that [TS]

  there's one is your setting up and [TS]

  getting used to the system in the first [TS]

  place which can be like quite a mental [TS]

  shift like you were like you were saying [TS]

  as well just to kind of forgetting about [TS]

  timers sometimes and you just have to [TS]

  think about it you're even thinking [TS]

  about like how do you categorize stuff [TS]

  and then this can also end up causing [TS]

  like a bit of an observer effect where [TS]

  you can end up feeling like you're kind [TS]

  of performing for the clock because [TS]

  you're much more aware of like I am time [TS]

  tracking now I should really be doing [TS]

  something right [TS]

  like this this is a like the Hawthorne [TS]

  effect like any kind of observance will [TS]

  increase productivity on a temporary [TS]

  basis like there's an observer effect [TS]

  here it's just that the observer is you [TS]

  and so i think it's it's useful just to [TS]

  be aware that if you can establish this [TS]

  is a habit you end up with like truer [TS]

  data later on when this is just [TS]

  something that's just part of what [TS]

  you're doing every single day [TS]

  yeah like what I'm seeing right now just [TS]

  like early trends isn't exactly what [TS]

  exactly it's not data that i can build [TS]

  on upon because I mean I've had like two [TS]

  weeks especially with the way that my [TS]

  counter flow the way I structure i need [TS]

  like multiple multiple weeks we get a [TS]

  really good idea of whatever even if [TS]

  like quiet week busy week is even a [TS]

  thing [TS]

  yeah that's an excellent point right [TS]

  this might be entirely in your mind [TS]

  yep right here just thinking like Oh My [TS]

  Week With gray it's so relaxing there's [TS]

  only 11 show to do like it's quiet week [TS]

  very little work but it might not be the [TS]

  case [TS]

  yeah i've renamed it to like roll in a [TS]

  meadow week you know [TS]

  yeah yeah that's right that sounds about [TS]

  right but yes that's just the thing to [TS]

  be aware of and and and yes a good point [TS]

  you if you can establish it as a habit [TS]

  it's it's fantastic and again the thing [TS]

  that I'm i'm attempting to do which I [TS]

  find is so much harder than I would have [TS]

  guessed at the start is with all my [TS]

  crazy workflows adapted from federico [TS]

  stuff you in toggle what I love is if [TS]

  you start a new timer it automatically [TS]

  stop the old one so you don't need to be [TS]

  like stop the old timer start the new [TS]

  one I've been setting it up so that i [TS]

  can just on my phone like press a bunch [TS]

  of buttons and it will automatically [TS]

  start like a very specific new timer and [TS]

  what I want my goal to be is that for [TS]

  this season essentially like I wake up [TS]

  and I'm always just starting a new timer [TS]

  right that like throughout the day [TS]

  there's no point that I ever like stop a [TS]

  timer [TS]

  I'm always just starting something new [TS]

  until the end of the day and then I [TS]

  stopped it but when you're doing very [TS]

  intensive time tracking and without what [TS]

  I am finding absolutely fascinating is [TS]

  how intentional it forces you to be [TS]

  about the whole day and like the first [TS]

  few days that i was doing this like I'm [TS]

  having a hard time logging eight hours [TS]

  of what i'm doing like this there's so [TS]

  much like unintentional time we think [TS]

  like what exactly am i doing in this [TS]

  moment like what is what is this thing [TS]

  like i have found that absolutely [TS]

  fascinating to observe like not just not [TS]

  just the work hours but like all the [TS]

  hours [TS]

  what are you doing and being aware of [TS]

  how often your brain kind of slips into [TS]

  like I'm not really thinking about what [TS]

  I'm doing mode and and trying to fight [TS]

  that like existential time tracking its [TS]

  it's only is it totally is [TS]

  but i have i have two categories that I [TS]

  i put [TS]

  in my system which are unintentional [TS]

  video games and unintentional media [TS]

  consumption books already a game like [TS]

  here is the thing that is a sibling if [TS]

  you pay attention to it that is like a [TS]

  subjective experience that can happen [TS]

  and i think it happens to a lot of [TS]

  people where it's like did you mean to [TS]

  watch a bunch of youtube videos or did [TS]

  it just sort of happened and it's an [TS]

  hour later I will notice that i have [TS]

  been like accidentally playing super [TS]

  Mario's run through this wink [TS]

  whoo yeah so it's like I need to go and [TS]

  do that thing just started two games [TS]

  right exactly right but that but that's [TS]

  that's how your brain gets you right [TS]

  that's how your brain tricks you like oh [TS]

  we're just gonna get one more you know [TS]

  pink coin that's all it's going to be we [TS]

  just got to finish that one right and [TS]

  then [TS]

  then [TS]

  like two hours later but but i think [TS]

  that is a perfect example of a like a [TS]

  category that I'm i'm just being aware [TS]

  of as a thing because I also think it's [TS]

  important to to divide it into [TS]

  intentional vs unintentional like what I [TS]

  don't want to do is be tracking a [TS]

  category like video games because video [TS]

  games are our form of enjoyable [TS]

  recreation for me but what I'm trying to [TS]

  see this season with the time tracking [TS]

  is like I want to shift more of my video [TS]

  game and media consumption time from the [TS]

  unintentional category 2 the intentional [TS]

  category like that's that's one of these [TS]

  things that I'm trying to see what like [TS]

  my leisure time [TS]

  how am i spending it and and just how to [TS]

  be more intentional about the things [TS]

  that I'm doing [TS]

  you keep saying season the great TV show [TS]

  this season this season of grey's life [TS]

  oh yeah okay [TS]

  oh it's cool out no it's a I I didn't [TS]

  realize that i didn't realize I was [TS]

  doing it [TS]

  ok so sometimes i I've i will realize [TS]

  that I don't like a word and I'll end up [TS]

  trying to find a better word to describe [TS]

  what it is that I'm thinking about and [TS]

  for me want one of these things just [TS]

  happen i will try to fix it in the [TS]

  future but i don't i don't know how much [TS]

  I can do it is i've always thought in [TS]

  terms of quarters but I've just never [TS]

  liked that and so in a bunch of my [TS]

  documents and other things essentially [TS]

  anywhere that i had the word like [TS]

  quarter [TS]

  I've switch this over to think about [TS]

  seasons like seasons make way more sense [TS]

  to me so its season as in like fall and [TS]

  summer not season as in this season on [TS]

  ratio but you don't really mean for on [TS]

  some what do you mean q1 q2 q3 q4 well [TS]

  it i mean you know [TS]

  yes but not really didn't know it [TS]

  because i'm not actually the reason I [TS]

  can hear that the reason why I kinda [TS]

  didn't like you want you to q3 q4 is [TS]

  what I'm thinking about my own [TS]

  basically like I had just come out of [TS]

  luck you ask the question like you're [TS]

  pulling on a little thread is really fun [TS]

  to watch you scramble 1 i'm not [TS]

  scrambling what I'm trying to do is [TS]

  thinking about like how much do I have [TS]

  to explain to give you a satisfactory [TS]

  answer no I guess I tell you I I let me [TS]

  see if I can help you like you don't [TS]

  work [TS]

  january too much like April it's not [TS]

  like that [TS]

  exactly yeah but it is still cut into [TS]

  four but it's not for by three [TS]

  yeah that that's about right and and [TS]

  really it in turn it i'm also using [TS]

  season because it in some ways like my [TS]

  business intentionally really slows down [TS]

  over the summer and so the summer season [TS]

  is almost like not even like it's very [TS]

  different from all of the other ones and [TS]

  so it almost feels like actually kind of [TS]

  have three seasons that I really need to [TS]

  think about work which is spring fall [TS]

  and winter so basically like talking [TS]

  about the quarters was just overly [TS]

  precise and I was aware like it kind of [TS]

  bothered me when I talked about my [TS]

  quarterly reviews because if i look back [TS]

  on like documents a little notes to [TS]

  myself that I create I realize it's [TS]

  actually well I tend to do three of [TS]

  these a year and their era x where it [TS]

  feels like okay just just like now I [TS]

  just came out of a really big [TS]

  i'm doing a huge review session and it's [TS]

  like and this was very much like it is [TS]

  winter i'm thinking about what is coming [TS]

  up [TS]

  I tend to do one in April and then I [TS]

  tend to do another really big one when i [TS]

  come back after the summer in in the [TS]

  Ottoman like September and that's why I [TS]

  was just thinking like these quarters [TS]

  don't mean anything [TS]

  I don't like this word it's not an [TS]

  accurate description for what i'm doing [TS]

  and i'm always I always hate things that [TS]

  are overly precise I'm just always aware [TS]

  of that and so I feel like I'm going to [TS]

  stop using this word in my own documents [TS]

  in my own little planning things so that [TS]

  that's that's the answer to why I'm [TS]

  using the word season is that's sort of [TS]

  mentally how I'm thinking about things [TS]

  instead of talking about quarters that [TS]

  answer your question like it does [TS]

  I'm glad that amuses you you don't do [TS]

  you know you quickly reviews anymore you [TS]

  to season recaps know it's seasonal [TS]

  reviews its season recaps there's no [TS]

  show [TS]

  there's no show each ball that could be [TS]

  recapping the previous season [TS]

  essentially do that because it [TS]

  okay maybe that can be part of the [TS]

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  2017 theme for cgpgrey you mean year of [TS]

  less was like you know that was a thing [TS]

  you have do you have a 20-17 thing is a [TS]

  year of more I know why you're asking [TS]

  this bike because you want to know ahead [TS]

  of time what your theme for next year is [TS]

  going to be haha [TS]

  we're done we're done thanks listen in a [TS]

  rule i did i do have I do have a theme [TS]

  this is all this year it's going to be a [TS]

  little bit more vague and it's not going [TS]

  to be a surprise for clothes listeners [TS]

  to the show but i'm i'm saying that this [TS]

  year is going to be the year of knew [TS]

  that which is the thing I had kind of [TS]

  trialed and started thinking about in my [TS]

  previous season review in September when [TS]

  I came back after that summer and I [TS]

  mentioned on the show at some point but [TS]

  I've been toying around with with this [TS]

  idea for the upcoming year and in some [TS]

  ways I don't like it because it doesn't [TS]

  quite strike at the heart of what i'm [TS]

  doing but I can't come up with a better [TS]

  way to summarize in my own mind like [TS]

  what what is it that I'm aiming for in [TS]

  the same way that the year of less was [TS]

  also like a kind of terrible description [TS]

  of what was actually occurring but in my [TS]

  mind seemed like the right label so that [TS]

  this year is is going to be the year of [TS]

  new that's the theme you what I don't [TS]

  know Mike this is this has come about [TS]

  because like i was aware that when I was [TS]

  doing the year of last like one of the [TS]

  things that was trying to do is pull [TS]

  myself out of the business too [TS]

  try and free up some of my time for [TS]

  possibly other things and you're less [TS]

  was incredibly successful and I feel [TS]

  like the year of less is now just going [TS]

  to be the life of less than this is this [TS]

  is the thing that I feel like I have [TS]

  internalized and is now part of my [TS]

  decision-making process like I'm really [TS]

  aware when I'm thinking about projects i [TS]

  think of them all in terms of the year [TS]

  of less and about ability to hand them [TS]

  off or went with a finish in a way that [TS]

  I just didn't year-and-a-half ago before [TS]

  I really started this so that has been [TS]

  very much internalized but 2016 for me [TS]

  it was a funny year because it was a [TS]

  really successful year for me but it [TS]

  also felt like even though I was [TS]

  removing myself from the business and [TS]

  gaining back sometime I didn't feel like [TS]

  I was a mulga mating that additional [TS]

  time into anything new [TS]

  like I wasn't necessarily doing anything [TS]

  with that time that that wasn't just [TS]

  like more administration work like or [TS]

  something else and so i'm i'm aware with [TS]

  the year of knew that what I'm trying to [TS]

  do what I actually spent a bunch of my [TS]

  seasonal review planning for and and [TS]

  setting up is trying to amalgamate a [TS]

  bunch of that time into more useful [TS]

  batches that give me the opportunity to [TS]

  do other stuff in any form and so some [TS]

  of these like I don't have a very clear [TS]

  plan here it's just like I have a list [TS]

  of personal projects and some side [TS]

  projects that i have wanted to work on [TS]

  for a long time but in 2016 essentially [TS]

  made very little progress on because i [TS]

  wasn't really using the additional time [TS]

  gained in blocks in in a useful way [TS]

  that's something that's on my mind I'm [TS]

  also just aware of [TS]

  with the year of new part of what i'm [TS]

  trying to do is align my working [TS]

  calendar with my wife's working calendar [TS]

  so that when she is not working i can [TS]

  also be there more and so we can have [TS]

  the possibility of doing something new [TS]

  like maybe traveling somewhere which [TS]

  usually when she has off unless it's the [TS]

  summer i would always find myself just [TS]

  too busy to really go away somewhere [TS]

  else so there's a lot of things for me [TS]

  that are in this label but it's related [TS]

  to just trying out new things and some [TS]

  novel experiences like this is this is [TS]

  all for me what I'm thinking of is like [TS]

  the year of New York new stuff does the [TS]

  air of new main year of more i think the [TS]

  time tracking will have to show that [TS]

  right because there's just realize that [TS]

  there's like a bias effect when you do [TS]

  things that are different than what you [TS]

  normally do your your brain tends to [TS]

  think of these things as taking up more [TS]

  time more like you're being really busy [TS]

  and I just know i'm i'm aware like [TS]

  wanting to a little bit breakout of like [TS]

  the 2016 routine that I was in like they [TS]

  were just they were like a lot of [TS]

  scheduled times and and like one project [TS]

  right after another and so it's just [TS]

  it's trying to give me more additional [TS]

  time by rearranging like when is my free [TS]

  time when is my work time in terms of [TS]

  more like I don't know if there will be [TS]

  any more public facing projects like I'm [TS]

  not sure if anybody who who follows me [TS]

  would feel like oh wow look at this [TS]

  cornucopia of things that graze is [TS]

  producing like this one feels much much [TS]

  less business-related and it's much more [TS]

  personal and that makes sense [TS]

  yeah this is why i like this is you know [TS]

  there's always trade-offs in life and [TS]

  this is this is like it took a lot of [TS]

  thinking about and planning for and and [TS]

  setting this up so this is one of these [TS]

  cases where it's like well [TS]

  i am going to have to take some work and [TS]

  energy out of the business and redirect [TS]

  it to the personal if this is if this is [TS]

  going to happen so yeah I would say this [TS]

  is much more of a personal one then it [TS]

  is like a is not like the year of [TS]

  starting a whole bunch of new businesses [TS]

  all of which are going to be public like [TS]

  that is not what the year of new is that [TS]

  makes more sense [TS]

  yeah it's it's one of these things like [TS]

  it's interesting talking out loud to [TS]

  someone about it because I'm realizing [TS]

  how hard it is for me to articulate what [TS]

  in my head seems like a a clear path an [TS]

  idea but it when the words come out it [TS]

  is not as sharp as something like the [TS]

  year of less where this there's a very [TS]

  clear goal and this is this is what I'm [TS]

  aiming for but the year of new a bit [TS]

  more vague than last year but that's [TS]

  what my theme is we got to talk about [TS]

  evident why mike vick is washed clothes [TS]

  at xmas is usually a time of relaxation [TS]

  a time of winding down for all Evernote [TS]

  decided to take court xmas and go on the [TS]

  exact opposite direction they had a very [TS]

  very busy court xmas period a very [TS]

  successful cortex this period i'm sure [TS]

  depends on your metrics so in in kind of [TS]

  mid-december there was a big brouhaha we [TS]

  have Evernote and privacy who so they [TS]

  changed their privacy policy to cater [TS]

  for some new features and the idea was [TS]

  that Evernote would start using the one [TS]

  that is machine learning as a way to [TS]

  help them create kind of news new [TS]

  features and new technology so that they [TS]

  would be kind of using the information [TS]

  you put into your notes to make [TS]

  suggestions to you and to kind of make [TS]

  your experience better machine learning [TS]

  machine have to add it to every project [TS]

  everything neural networks them if you [TS]

  haven't gotten your network there's no [TS]

  point [TS]

  take your product whatever it is [TS]

  sprinkle a little AI on it will be much [TS]

  better [TS]

  that's how those investment monies come [TS]

  in yeah [TS]

  however the policy that Evernote [TS]

  provides and created [TS]

  stated that employees everyone employees [TS]

  were periodically checking people's [TS]

  notes to ensure that the machine was [TS]

  doing the right thing that it was [TS]

  categorizing and correctly [TS]

  mm that's bad enough [TS]

  because it was automatically opting [TS]

  everybody in the worst part was it [TS]

  explicitly stated in the privacy policy [TS]

  you cannot opt out of our employees [TS]

  looking at your content [TS]

  yeah the internet basically set itself [TS]

  on fire over this [TS]

  yeah which-which I don't blame people [TS]

  about rightly sources again [TS]

  your service is marketed as essentially [TS]

  like a brain like here here is your [TS]

  digital brain just put everything you [TS]

  ever want to remember into this thing [TS]

  and it's very rare that a privacy policy [TS]

  is so explicit and telling you what it's [TS]

  gonna do you usually they're a bit more [TS]

  vague about what's going to happen [TS]

  they're just like no we're doing this [TS]

  mhm so Evernote then went kind of on a [TS]

  tumble as at first they kind of said [TS]

  don't worry everything's otherwise so [TS]

  you know they're not going to know who [TS]

  the note belongs to this didn't change [TS]

  people's anger right which I kind of [TS]

  gets not the point [TS]

  it's not the point that they can say all [TS]

  this note belongs to Mike it's like [TS]

  these are is my things like you [TS]

  shouldn't be reading them [TS]

  yeah and also whenever a company talk [TS]

  about their data being an anonymized you [TS]

  know I've seen enough examples of how [TS]

  trivial it is 2d anonymize the data [TS]

  yeah and then and also it's like you [TS]

  have your own name in your own note [TS]

  right like yeah it your you anonymizing [TS]

  that like it's so did somebody read the [TS]

  note to make sure it was adequately an [TS]

  anonymous before redacted it because I [TS]

  could literally have a note in my [TS]

  Evernote which had your personal [TS]

  information right yeah I could have [TS]

  saved your address your phone number and [TS]

  your name into an Evernote note right [TS]

  because of their business card app [TS]

  because they had which save notes [TS]

  right anywho eventually after a few days [TS]

  of just a torrent of feedback Evernote [TS]

  backtracked on all of this [TS]

  they published a blog post saying that [TS]

  they would stop this initiative and [TS]

  spoke about how privacy's the center of [TS]

  what they do and that they will be [TS]

  forever revising their privacy policy to [TS]

  strengthen this in the future and they [TS]

  are now going to push ahead with their [TS]

  machine learning program but without [TS]

  employees looking at notes unless you [TS]

  explicitly opt-in em now i'll be sure to [TS]

  do that i still am not completely like [TS]

  confident and comfortable with this [TS]

  because my expectation is this optimum [TS]

  will be a little box that pops up is [TS]

  like hey would you like machine learning [TS]

  mnu go ahead yeah I would but then it's [TS]

  like tick to say you accept the privacy [TS]

  policy [TS]

  mm-hmm and that privacy policy is that [TS]

  you can let people look at it [TS]

  no company should ever automatically [TS]

  opt-in anybody for anything never good [TS]

  or bad you should always with any [TS]

  automatic opt-in feels like there's [TS]

  something bad behind it [TS]

  yeah yeah it does because that's what [TS]

  that's why it's an auto opt-in or hit [TS]

  like we just want to move right past as [TS]

  quickly as possible then ever not [TS]

  released Evernote 8708 is a full [TS]

  overhaul of the ios app is it though and [TS]

  they're saying because here's my review [TS]

  of Evernote eight Evernote eight it's [TS]

  less green yeah it's that the Evernote [TS]

  you always knew and there are now colors [TS]

  to make your text [TS]

  it'sit's I mean I saw there was a you [TS]

  know as because you know you know how [TS]

  like when a company gets acquired now [TS]

  your responses like our now I i saw [TS]

  Evernote eight in the developer notes in [TS]

  the update on my phone and like all new [TS]

  version of Evernote it's like here we go [TS]

  again right like is another all-new [TS]

  update and updated it opened it took a [TS]

  look and I have to say was actually [TS]

  quite relieved [TS]

  that it was not another just like [TS]

  tremendous radical redesign of the whole [TS]

  thing but then I was baffled by this [TS]

  this huge like press campaign about how [TS]

  different it is like this thing seems [TS]

  essentially exactly the same you just [TS]

  took out all the green right now there's [TS]

  just a little little green buttons but [TS]

  if I want to file a note if I want to [TS]

  categorize anything it's just as much of [TS]

  a pain in the ass as it always was like [TS]

  okay well you're the same app ever notes [TS]

  play them whatever that's my review I i [TS]

  will say it does feel a little bit [TS]

  quicker like one of my main problems of [TS]

  Evernote is it took so long to do [TS]

  anything like you press a button and it [TS]

  felt like it took longer than it should [TS]

  to open the note and I've played around [TS]

  with it a little because like I've [TS]

  completely moved on forever like my news [TS]

  it for nothing now who any just pressing [TS]

  the + button to open a new notice feel [TS]

  quicker that now there's that there's a [TS]

  really interesting wired article about [TS]

  all of this and they spend an incredible [TS]

  amount of time with this in this article [TS]

  talking about their machine learning [TS]

  lose but it does it in a way that all [TS]

  companies talk about machine learning [TS]

  which drives me bonkers [TS]

  everything is what machine learning [TS]

  could do figure out growth in the future [TS]

  google drive me mad at this right now [TS]

  like every presentation they have to [TS]

  talk about Google assistant and they [TS]

  show these videos which are amazing but [TS]

  it doesn't do any of this stuff it's [TS]

  like this is what google assistant could [TS]

  do in the future right [TS]

  yeah so like this article talks about [TS]

  how like soon you might be able to take [TS]

  a photo of a whiteboard after meeting [TS]

  stick in Evernote and the app will [TS]

  automatically pull out action items and [TS]

  add them to your to-do list that would [TS]

  be amazing when it does it if ever but [TS]

  like I could say that like just so you [TS]

  know like in the future [TS]

  machine learning will be applied to [TS]

  cortex and we'll do all of your thinking [TS]

  for you it's true story that's how it's [TS]

  gonna happen [TS]

  yeah I I really and I just love that [TS]

  like a big part of their redesign wasn't [TS]

  the redesign like Evernote eight was [TS]

  going to be about like laying the [TS]

  foundations of machine learning but like [TS]

  three weeks before [TS]

  what they like burn that bridge of [TS]

  everyone yeah but and they're saying [TS]

  like our in in this like big piece [TS]

  because a big like kind of like a big [TS]

  editorial piece of wired and they looked [TS]

  talking about how like they need access [TS]

  to our data and they promised to be [TS]

  transparent you ruined it like we've [TS]

  spent a lot of time talking about [TS]

  Evernote because i think is one of the [TS]

  products that like i would say maybe of [TS]

  all of the apps that we use a large [TS]

  portion of other base users just because [TS]

  they've been around for so long [TS]

  yeah yeah that yeah everyone has been [TS]

  around for four ever [TS]

  it's like 10 years something little you [TS]

  know I remember using Evernote very [TS]

  early on in my bank career but it seems [TS]

  like a good like 10 12 years ago [TS]

  something like that now look there is a [TS]

  chance that like you've ever used it all [TS]

  you're using it but like at this point [TS]

  they are just they all like the old [TS]

  elephant [TS]

  yeah well I mean this is the other [TS]

  reason the company sort of interesting [TS]

  is that is this discussion around being [TS]

  like the first dead unicorn into this [TS]

  this idea like this is a company that a [TS]

  ton of venture money has been poured [TS]

  into the did incredible expanding and [TS]

  that's had this very long period of [TS]

  seeming like it had no idea what it was [TS]

  doing and I as the joco is busy selling [TS]

  socks right when nobody cared that [TS]

  they've the company is like downsized I [TS]

  think it's an interesting thing to see [TS]

  especially because like everyone it [TS]

  seems fundamentally like such a simple [TS]

  thing I know we've discussed it before [TS]

  but just like baffled and why they have [TS]

  all of these offices and so many [TS]

  employees and all of this this other [TS]

  stuff so i think it's it's an [TS]

  interesting company and to discuss it's [TS]

  obviously it's a thing that I want to [TS]

  succeed because I'm tied to what I have [TS]

  nowhere else to go so it has to but it [TS]

  is it's frustrating and sort of weird to [TS]

  see like the privacy policy thing was [TS]

  obviously very upsetting and it's like [TS]

  okay I'm glad you backtracked but it's [TS]

  concerning that this was a this was your [TS]

  idea in the first place yeah [TS]

  and the like brand-new Evernote eight [TS]

  which is exactly the same but with [TS]

  promises of machine learning it feels [TS]

  like chinese the new socks like our I i [TS]

  have a hard time imagining that like [TS]

  that the best machine learning people in [TS]

  the world when they think of where [TS]

  they're going to work [TS]

  Evernote is the first place on their [TS]

  list of where they might want to work [TS]

  like it's it's a very it just feels [TS]

  weird it feels weird it feels like [TS]

  you're making a bunch of promises as I [TS]

  don't want to see Evernote our promises [TS]

  like I want to want to see this thing [TS]

  like work really well it's complicated [TS]

  people to file notes in a convenient way [TS]

  on my iPad it which is still just [TS]

  infuriating again and again this is my [TS]

  own particular use of Evernote but like [TS]

  I never opened up Evernote and add a [TS]

  note that way I'm always using the share [TS]

  sheet and sending something to evernote [TS]

  and then dealing with it later but [TS]

  Evernote is one of the like the very few [TS]

  apps where I feel like I have to go to [TS]

  my mac to do a bunch of stuff in any [TS]

  kind of timely fashion because i don't [TS]

  want to tap 10,000 times to sort my [TS]

  notes but I was the first thing I [TS]

  checked and open that app like oh can i [TS]

  categorize stuff more easily [TS]

  nope i will be Carrie as though to see [TS]

  if in this update it finally does the [TS]

  thing which supposedly is a feature of [TS]

  the pro service which is the ability to [TS]

  download all of your notes onto your [TS]

  device and I've had that toggle like [TS]

  download everything please have the [TS]

  target on all of my devices never works [TS]

  never works [TS]

  not ever which is a great thing to [TS]

  discover like when you're flying on an [TS]

  airplane you want to look through a [TS]

  bunch of notes for a project that you're [TS]

  working on like oh they're not here or [TS]

  the notebooks that it does download my [TS]

  absolute favorite thing is by download [TS]

  it means download the text but no [TS]

  attachments okay great thanks thanks [TS]

  so i'll be curious to see if that [TS]

  actually works this time around but I [TS]

  haven't had time to test that out let [TS]

  alone give it time to actually download [TS]

  the thousands and thousands of notes [TS]

  that I have [TS]

  I feel sorry for you I feel sorry for me [TS]

  to Mike like he just starting out you [TS]

  tried everything you just stuck with you [TS]

  stuck with him [TS]

  yeah microsoft onenote people please [TS]

  don't recommend it to me again I if I [TS]

  haven't been able to explain to you yet [TS]

  why it's not useful for me i'm not going [TS]

  to achieve that just please don't [TS]

  recommend 10-4 i'm fully aware it [TS]

  doesn't work for me but thanks all i [TS]

  have a recommendation me know what is it [TS]

  like Microsoft make this app it's called [TS]

  OneNote oh thank you [TS]

  it does what you need yeah i'm sure it [TS]

  does except for the parts that i need [TS]

  you're not using it right [TS]

  yeah that I'm holding it wrong use [TS]

  OneNote better [TS]

  yeah that's a great solution that [TS]

  soldier and court xmas the cortex [TS]

  subreddit for keeping themselves [TS]

  entertained was the show was was having [TS]

  its seasonal break and I I there are a [TS]

  couple of things that popped out to me [TS]

  that i really enjoyed one of them is a [TS]

  google doc which was created by this [TS]

  they're ready user dr. open mind where [TS]

  they are going through the show and [TS]

  they're up to episode 37 and they're [TS]

  going through and writing out the things [TS]

  that they have learned from the show but [TS]

  they're not like completely as you would [TS]

  expect them to be [TS]

  mhm so like there are lessons in there [TS]

  but there are also like pieces of [TS]

  information about us looking for example [TS]

  how to be more productive gray feels [TS]

  more productive if he works while the [TS]

  dishwasher or laundry machine working [TS]

  it's true if it's true things but [TS]

  they'll kick weird thinks its kind of [TS]

  her out like a it's an interesting thing [TS]

  to look through this document and select [TS]

  what did this person pick out ya know [TS]

  this is really fun to see it's like [TS]

  somebody's personal trip through cortex [TS]

  and making notes as they go along about [TS]

  various things so here I think this is [TS]

  definitely something to just take a [TS]

  little look through its it's very [TS]

  interesting to see what somebody else [TS]

  gets out of the show and [TS]

  to put a lot of work to compile it all [TS]

  together into this big document but I [TS]

  definitely I definitely was interested [TS]

  to flip through the pages and see what [TS]

  they were getting out of the various [TS]

  episodes and also there is something [TS]

  that which i have i have wished for for [TS]

  a long time and it's finally happened [TS]

  yep somebody has taken a part of our [TS]

  show and create an animation and they [TS]

  picked a great moment which was actually [TS]

  absolute 37 we're talking about stickers [TS]

  in iOS 10 live and who I have watched [TS]

  this video three times and I find new [TS]

  hilarious things in every time so i'm [TS]

  going to put it in the show notes i [TS]

  really recommend people watch it the [TS]

  animation style is like super weird in [TS]

  like a great way and it really reminds [TS]

  me of grade-a under a i could see i [TS]

  could see that I could see that [TS]

  yes it's like super bare bones but full [TS]

  of inside jokes and everything is [TS]

  written in comics ass which which i love [TS]

  yeah it's it's it's a fun little [TS]

  animation to look at it's very microsoft [TS]

  paint yet I looking and the thing that [TS]

  I'm aware of is is the person who put [TS]

  together he spent a ton of time on it [TS]

  because as someone who's done animation [TS]

  like I'm always just so aware of all of [TS]

  the cuts and all of the changes that [TS]

  have to happen on the screen and the [TS]

  video is so fast in some places so is [TS]

  this is is a huge amount of work but I [TS]

  have to say I'm i really enjoyed it and [TS]

  it was very funny to hear that little [TS]

  segment of you and me talking about you [TS]

  sending me stickers with like dopey [TS]

  music playing underneath it the whole [TS]

  time right it's just in it made that [TS]

  thing very entertaining so looks like a [TS]

  fun cortex this project for someone and [TS]

  listeners should check it out [TS]