I spent the morning setting up Obsidian Sync, and Obsidian itself, across all of my devices. Obsidian.md is an impressive tool. Fingers crossed for the experience being a positive one. One month was spent with the core plugins only.

    Today, four community plugins were added.

    Happy times 😁

    I haven’t posted much in the past two weeks. I’ve been busy.

    Some like to use buzz words like ‘Hyper Focused’ but that’s not it.

    I was simply focused and set priorities each day to coincide with my current values. I’ve achieved a lot in this space of time.

    Two books read and four books to go until I reach my book goal for 2024. I’m sure I will pass my target this year. I have managed to read for 34 days in a row through Apple Books. I’m hooked on using the app.

    The next book on my list to read. Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky is great so far. Plenty of relatable content.

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    Luckily, I have already made a few changes to how I consume content and make myself available to family and friends.

    I created an account with Onmivore app and installed Obsidian yesterday.

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    I am seeing the advantages of pulling my Omnivore articles into Obsidian and linking my thoughts/notes together.

    #omnivore #obsidianmd #obsdmd

    I finished reading the first book of the year.

    Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There is definitely food for thought coming from the book.

    I have already made changes to my life and said no a few times.

    Reflections by CodeMacLife — Issue 9

    A change to the Weekly Review Well. That didn’t go as planned. I mean the one post each week. I messed up with my busy workload. Or did I? It’s been two weeks since I last sent out an issue. It was intentional. I have been reading a book called Essentialism by Gregory McKeown, and it has made me aware of what I am doing with my time. The last two weeks have been busy with returning to work and committing myself to family endeavours.

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    Another nice feature of Upnote is the colo(u)r syntax for coding, which has made the experience of jotting down my web dev notes a pleasure to use.

    Upnote lets me know when a tag is open, too.

    I thought I would blog differently today. I’m using Upnote on Ultramarine Linux. It is a perfect combination to use when I am in the coffee shop.

    Upnote is great note-taking app with a one-off payment. It is affordable, fast and cross-platform.

    One Year of Twos!

    A chance encounter with an app changed how I write things down. I know I have mentioned this many times before, but I will briefly mention it again (briefly). At the start of 2023, I had a disastrous experience with a popular note-taking app, which meant losing an entire project for work. There was no way of recovering the data, and the app’s customer support had no way of recovering what I had lost either.

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    I set myself a target of reading for 30 minutes per day and a target of six books this year within the Apple Books app.

    Apple Books is a great place to discover new books and audiobooks. I have also found some of the books I wanted to be cheaper than other eBook sellers.

    #AppleBooks 📙

    14.01.2024 SUN — Planning for the week ahead

    The weekly review works for me. One of the best things I have introduced to my routine schedule in the weekly review. It is a time when I can reflect on the week gone and plan for the week ahead. After listening to a podcast by Carl Pullein, I thought I would give the approach a try. His Golden 10 approach helped me understand that it is better to go into each day with an idea of what is in store for you.

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    Did you know you can import an article into Apple Books? I have been using it to read articles later and annotate. I am able to create collections for different topics.

    The benefit of separating my bullet journal into a personal and work notebook means I can focus on one or the other without distraction. Occasionally, I will have an anchor reference between each notebook for anything important I need to be aware of (known as threading).

    13.01.2025 SAT — Plenty of writing

    Today, I went along with the usual routine I have every Saturday — running my son to all of these different clubs. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to start writing about using the Twos app for one year. I managed to write 2222 words within an hour. Pretty impressive by my standards. This includes proofreading and editing. Creating the images for the blog post took longer than writing the post.

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    12.01.2024 FRI — A positive week at work

    The working week went better than expected There was no doubt that the week was going to be a successful one, but you never know what could happen. I have to say it was a great week at work. Tiring, busy, and exhausted by the evenings. It was the first week to test out my new Bullet Journal for work. By eliminating the clutter and keeping my notebook barebones, I was able to focus on what matters.

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    11.01.2024 — BuJo for work

    I decided to separate my personal bullet journal for work because I wanted to make sure my personal stuff to stay, well, personal and private. The start of 2024 I set up a new Bullet Journal (BuJo) for work with all the key information. Key dates, including holidays. Training days. Additional CPD events. Meetings. Weekly goals/task. Collections (projects). The process is tedious at first. I have found, through experience, to remove the parts of the BuJo system I don’t need in work.

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    10.01.2024 — Hiding behind a logo

    Social media identity Working in education has a few drawbacks. One of them is the paranoia of being online when parents, carers, or students could find your account. Everything posted could be used against you. I don’t want that to happen to me, but it is a reality I must acknowledge. I wouldn’t post anything that would cause offence (not knowingly) because it is not in my nature to be like that.

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    09.01.2024 TUE — The Weekly Review is back!

    The Weekly Review is back. I fell off the blogging horse at the end of 2023 due to work commitments and other things going on in my life. I had to focus my attention to what was essential. My energy levels were tested at the time and I needed to reserve them for the task in hand. Anyway, I have returned with issue 8. In this post, I mentioned how I was using micro.

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