21st Week of 2021
- New: Add git-bug as an interesting distributed issue tracker.
New: Add the Improve the reliability of the Open Science collections project.
The current free knowledge efforts: are based on the health of a collection of torrents. This project aims to create a command line tool or service that makes it easier to automate the seeding of ill torrents.
New: Add the Monitor and notify on disk prices project.
Diskprices.com sorts the prices of the disks on the different amazon sites based on many filters. It will be interesting to have a service that monitors the data on this site and alerts the user once there is a deal that matches its criteria.
Reorganization: Move the automation of computer file management project to the projects page.
- Reorganization: Move the dying projects below the seeds as they are less important.
Reorganization: Split the life automation article into life management and process automation.
I understand life management as the act of analyzing yourself and your interactions with the world to define processes and automations that shape the way to efficiently achieve your goals.
I understand process automation as the act of analyzing yourself and your interactions with the world to find the way to reduce the time or willpower spent on your life processes.
New: Introduce the time management concept.
Time management is the process of planning and exercising conscious control of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity. It involves a juggling act of various demands upon a person relating to work, social life, family, hobbies, personal interests, and commitments with the finiteness of time. Using time effectively gives the person "choice" on spending or managing activities at their own time and expediency.
New: Start analyzing the ways to reduce the time spent doing unproductive tasks.
By minimizing the context switches and managing the interruptions.
Improvement: Explain how to improve your efficiency by better using your everyday tools.
Improvement: Add two more ways to avoid loosing time in unproductive tasks.
- New: Explain how to improve efficiency by taking care of yourself.
- New: Explain how to prevent blocks by efficiently switching mental processes.
New: Introduce the task management concept.
Task management is the process of managing a task through its life cycle. It involves planning, testing, tracking, and reporting. Task management can help either individual achieve goals, or groups of individuals collaborate and share knowledge for the accomplishment of collective goals.
Improvement: Introduce the main task management tools.
The inbox does not refer only to your e-mail inbox. It is a broader concept that includes all the elements you have collected in different ways: tasks you have to do, ideas you have thought of, notes, bills, business cards, etc…
The task manager tool to make your interaction with the tasks easier. You can start with the simplest task manager, a markdown file in your computer with a list of tasks to do. Annotate only the actionable tasks that you need to do today, otherwise it can quickly grow to be unmanageable.
Improvement: Add the benefits when you do task management well, and the side effects if you do it wrong.
- Improvement: Add a small guide on how to introduce yourself into task management.
Task Management Workflows⚑
New: Introduce the main task management workflows.
Task management can be done at different levels. All of them help you in different ways to reduce the mental load, each also gives you extra benefits that can't be gained by the others. Going from lowest to highest abstraction level we have:
- Task plan.
- Day plan.
- Week plan.
- Month plan.
- Semester plan.
In the commit I've detailed the Pomodoro technique and the task, day and week plans.
New: Explain the difference of surfing the hype flow versus following a defined plan.
New: Introduce the interruption management concept.
Interruption management is the life management area that gathers the processes to minimize the time and willpower toll consumed by interruptions.
The article proposes a way to analyze your existent interruptions and define how can you improve your interaction with them. I've applied it both to my work and personal interruptions.
Improvement: Explain what to do once you have the interruption analysis.
Work Interruption Analysis⚑
- Improvement: Add analysis of instant message interruptions.
Personal Interruption Analysis⚑
- Improvement: Add analysis of instant message interruptions.
- Reorganization: Move the accounting automation to money management.
New: Introduce the tool management section.
Most of the tasks or processes we do involve some kind of tool, the better you know how to use them, the better your efficiency will be. The more you use a tool, the more it's worth the investment of time to improve your usage of it.
Whenever I use a tool, I try to think if I could configure it or use it in a way that will make it easier or quicker. Don't go crazy and try to change everything. Go step by step, and once you've internalized the improvement, implement the next.
- New: Explain how I configure and interact with email efficiently.
Instant Messages Management⚑
- New: Explain how I configure and interact with chat applications efficiently.
- Improvement: Add xkcd comics that gather the essence and pitfalls of process automation.
New: Introduce how to contribute to the free knowledge initiative.
One of the early principles of the internet has been to make knowledge free to everyone. Alexandra Elbakyan of Sci-Hub, bookwarrior of Library Genesis, Aaron Swartz, and countless unnamed others have fought to free science from the grips of for-profit publishers. Today, they do it working in hiding, alone, without acknowledgment, in fear of imprisonment, and even now wiretapped by the FBI. They sacrifice everything for one vision: Open Science.
If you want to know how to contribute, check the article.
- Reorganization: Refactor the vim_automation article into vim and vim_plugins.
Forking this garden⚑
- New: Explain how to fork the blue book.
Reorganization: Reorder the sections of the site navigation menu.
Give more importance to Coding, Activism and Life Management, reducing the Software Architecture and Data Analysis sections.
Reorganization: Move the tasks tools from the task management article to their own.