Friday, March 07, 2014
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Have you ever had a situation where you know the right thing to do, but hesitate to make it happen? This has been my situation with respect to maintaining my several social media profiles. These aren't paid gigs, mind you. I've been weening myself from Social Media; but, don't really want to leave those properties hanging without updates.
Yet, that's exactly what I've done. The proper thing to do would be to create an editorial calendar where I pick themes for certain days, weeks, or months, depending on the site. Basically, you schedule the subjects in advance so that you don't have to break your head thinking about what to write.
So, with the help of Hootsuite, it is easy to schedule posts in advance. It is very easy and preferable to schedule posts because it frees you up to spend your time doing stuff that pays during working hours. You can devote the less busy hours to cramming posts in advance.
Thus, I find myself scheduling posts for March 2014, tonight.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Since January, I have been on the slow carb diet described by Tim Ferriss in his second book, The 4 Hour Body. Essentially, you avoid all carbs during the week and go crazy on Saturday to avoid downshifting your metabolism.
The largest part of what I have been eating consists of beans, vegetables, and meat. The diet generally consists of eating the same boring foods over and over. You can mix it up, if you like. However, for simplicity, consistency, and improving your odds of success, it is better to limit your choices.
Even so, I am fortunate that my job has a cafeteria that tries to offer healthy food. Most chefs and dieticians consider carbs as part of a balanced diet, so most meals have rice, pasta, or bread. Fortunately, our cafeteria allows me to substitute other servings. If all fails, I can hit the salad bar.
This is all to say that I get some variety in my meals, which is very helpful in keeping up the diet. My only challenge is supper, which I keep simple.
My mistake was not weighing myself prior to starting. Based on my weight history, I think I was around 180 pounds. My weight now hovers around 168 pounds. I don't know for certain how much weight I have shed; but, I am at least looking better.
I still have a ways to go. I keep having setbacks during the week where I am given food that is not in the plan. So, I end up eating carbs during the week on occasion.
Overall, I would recommend the slow carb diet. It's not a lot of fun; but it works and is simple. There is no starving involved.
One alternative that also works is intermittent fasting, in which you don't eat anything every couple days. That is, you fast for one day, then eat normally for two days. It is more challenging to maintain.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
I recently wrote about my growing preference for using Google Keep rather than my long time and trusty Evernote. The problem with Evernote is that over time, it has accumulated features and a ton of notes. Evernote works well; but it is slow for me to use it for quick notes. Google Keep, on the other hand, is light weight and fast for quick notes. It is not as full featured as Evernote; but I overlook that for what I need. Well, it turns out that my situation is not an either-or.
Rather, it is and-or. Keep has a sharing intent that lets you email a note, or export it to another app..., including Evernote. So, as soon as I am through with a note, I can archive it to Evernote.
Yes, you can archive in Keep too; but it counts against your Drive storage quota. Evernote, on the other hand, is unlimited storage. What I love about Evernote is the unlimited storage and, ironically, the search function, which is better than Google's. The ability to scan text in images has been very helpful in the past.
The idea now is to use Keep as a sort of workspace and Evernote as an archive.
There are a whole bunch of features that make Evernote indispensable for me, such as finding notes by location. I don't see myself leaving it for Keep. But, for working notes, I think keep has my attention.