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Monthly Review: January 2017

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Last month's review. All monthly reviews.

What went well this month

  • Exist year in review user reports. We launched annual reviews for all Exist users and they went down really well. We'll definitely continue these in future years.
  • Working weekday mornings at RescueTime. I started out working 2 ...

2017 planner setup update


I published my 2017 planner setup post at the end of November but in December I was lucky enough to receive an offer to join the team at RescueTime. I spent December wrapping up my final freelance writing projects and getting set up for my new role.

Changing from freelancing ...

Thoughts on switching to Android

A while ago I wrote about my experience testing out Android as I'd started thinking about switching over from iOS.

When the Google Pixel phones were released in October I did end up making the switch to Android. Since I'm using Android full-time now, and I have a ...

2016 fountain pen recap


I recently wrote about the planners and notebooks I tried throughout 2016. Not long after I got my regular Traveler's Notebook I decided to try fountain pens. I'd always been turned off by fountain pens, thinking they were too fancy and corporate for me. But I'd come ...

Quick reminder: if you're using the word "for," use a while (two words); if you're omitting "for," use "awhile" (one word). E.g. "stand here awhile" vs. "stand here for a while".

Quite enjoyed this video on active reading methods.

Monthly Review: December 2016


Last month's review. All monthly reviews.

What went well this month

  • Christmas. I'm not actually a fan of Christmas, or of driving to the country, but since we went away for a few days over Christmas I did enjoy the forced break from work and other responsibilities. It ...

2016 Planner recap

Planner stack

I've already posted about my planner setup for 2017.

For this post I wanted to share some of the notebooks and planners I used throughout 2016 and how they worked (or didn't) for me.



I've had a single A5 hardcover Leuchtturm 1917 notebook on my desk ...

Here's something I've been doing for a while that's really handy:

  1. View your wish list on Amazon
  2. Filter the list by items with price drops
  3. Sort by lowest price

I keep my Amazon wish list up-to-date even though it's more effort than just hitting "want to ...

Nice to know I'm not the only one disappointed in Apple's software quality lately.

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