Some Days Just Seem To Have Their Purpose

I’ve been pretty busy in the last few days simplifying everything around me.

Without a particular reason and with no visible sign, I felt the urge to get rid of things that take up my space and time:

  • At home, I have sorted through a few shelves of old documents, carefully scanning some and storing or throwing away the rest.
  • I went through some really old business cards and threw most of them away, keeping only a few
  • In my Evernote, I have sorted hundreds of old notes and files I no longer needed. I installed SimpleNote for my quick note taking while on the go.
  • On my laptop, I have removed most of the icons from my desktop and task bar. I have uninstalled quite a few applications even on top of my regular cleanups.
  • I got rid of some apps on my iPhone. I added a few too: SimpleNote for note taking on the go and Day One (which I have owned for quite some time) for taking daily notes.
  • I changed WordPress theme for this and some other blogs. I tidied up sidebars so that they look much simpler and better.

Listed like this, the last few days seem like one big spring cleaning.

It’s crazy, but some days just seem to have their own purpose.

You wake up and the plan is already in your mind. Steps of the plan may not be clear but the need to follow them is unbelievably strong and real.The need to act in a certain way and to reach some inner feeling of balance takes priority over most of your other plans for the day.  You don’t always know why, but you take steps one after another until you get the feeling of accomplishment.

And then you stop and notice the obvious: you have just made things much simpler. Again.

DEVONthink Back to School offer: 35% off



I’ve been taking great interest in the DEVONthink suite of products lately, testing trials of different editions in my search of the perfect tool to start my paperless office.

DEVONthink products are well known among Apple users as some of the most sophisticated and powerful tools available today. There’s quite a steep learning curve for most products but luckily great documentation is available as well as numerous how-to posts online.

DEVONthink Personal is the easiest way to get started with two more editions available as advanced feature upgrades. Priced high enough, DEVONthink Personal costs around $50. However, just for the months of September (sadly, not the whole month but only until September 24th), it’s available with a 35% discount, making it a lot more attractive.

Click this link if you’re interested (apparently the website will offer you to upgrade to the Pro version while still maintaining the 35% discount):

DEVONthink Back To School: 35% off

Remember Everything You Want (Kindle eBook FREE today only)

Hi everyone, I just got a tip from one of the readers that a really nice Kindle book – Remember Everything You Want and Manage the Rest – is free on Amazon this weekend. To be precise, it’s been on sale from Thursday and will back to its normal price some time this Saturday.

I’ve been lucky to still get it for free so if you have spare two minutes – hurry up  and do the same, reviews for the book are quite positive and it’s probably going to take you just a few clicks to download and a few hours max to read. I will read the book and post my review here.

The ebook description is quite comprehensive but if you want even more info, please head to the official page of the book and read about its launch: Remember Everything – Book Launch.

Remember Everything You Want and Manage the Rest is a practical guide for anyone who wishes to improve their memory and learning and master information in a knowledge intensive world. It merges rapid memorization and long-term memory improvement techniques with information and knowledge management to provide a comprehensive solution for students, professionals, and life-long learners. The book contains a wealth of easy-to-follow examples.

Update April 16, 2014: Version 1.1 (higher-resolution images, updated step-by-step guidelines and software illustrations, and more)

Memorization is not enough
"Create a memory palace and store everything in your brain." Does this really work? Yes - mnemonic techniques allow you to memorize a large fact file, learn foreign languages, and give an important speech completely from memory. Consequently, we cover the most effective memory improvement methods and accompany them with real-life examples.

But to really keep what you have learned, you have to reinforce it. This book scratches more than the surface when it comes to the most powerful memory technique of all - Practicing recall using effective methods and modern computer software.

Besides, what do you want to remember in the first place?
There is more information on the Internet than you would ever want to remember - and a lot of it will be outdated in a few years. Don't "download" it all into your brain or your computer. Instead, become smart about extracting the important information, taking notes, and organizing what is relevant for your life, business, research, or studies, so that you can re-find and use it with ease while it is relevant.

What can you expect from this book?
  • A comprehensive set of memory improvement techniques: Learn and review faster, pass exams, memorize foreign language vocabulary with confidence, and improve your memory in all areas of your life.
  • You learn how to extract, organize, and review information from all kinds of sources, including the web, books and e-books, videos, etc., using modern, mostly free computer software.
  • Re-find your information with ease, build your own digital library, and create bibliographies with the click of a few buttons.
  • You learn how to take and manage notes in innovative ways, including techniques such as mind mapping and outlining.
  • A very effective method to improve your attention span and concentration.
  • Techniques to beat absent-mindedness and stress.
  • A wealth of references and resources.
  • Easy-to-follow real-life examples.
Kindle Edition: Check Amazon for Pricing Digital Only

8 weeks with Nozbe

As much as I’d like to avoid posting about Nozbe my third post in a row, I feel I had spent enough time with the solution to share more findings with you.

I’ve been using Nozbe for about 8 weeks now and have just paid for my first month of its use. I transferred my workflow and most of my tasks into Nozbe without much of a problem, but a few imperfections with the app kept me from paying for the whole year of service.

Whether I’ll stay with Nozbe or not – I’m not sure, but I can already see that there are things I really like. There are things I really miss too, so it’s just going to be a decision of what’s more important – benefit of new features or disadvantage of not having some basic (in my view) functionality.

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Nozbe client for iPhone and iPad


Just in time to celebrate Nozbe‘s 6 years in business, a new Nozbe client for iOS devices (iPhone/iPad) is available as of today!

I’ve just downloaded the app and must say I’m impressed:

  • it feels snappy enough on my rather dated iPhone 4 – scrolling through the lists is very smooth 
  • there’s fully-featured comments support: checklists, etc! Wohoo! :)
  • sync is faster and less visible, just the way it should be
  • design makes the most of the available space – in addition to labels, some contexts are shown using icons
  • both screen orientations are supported, I haven’t decided yet which one I like most
  • best of all: the new Nozbe app is FREE! This means you can now fully test whether Nozbe is the right tool for you without having to pay anything – free accounts have enough features to be useful. Register here!

All in all, it’s a great and welcome start.

Well done Nozbe!