A-Players: Week of April 5th

I don't know about any of you reading this, but for me this week was a doozy. I tackled half a dozen shifts at work, repainting & cleaning my room, and a whole gamut of personal projects that I wanted to get done this week over my spring break. It all equated to not a lot of sleep, and not a lot of free time, but thankfully it did total up to a productive week in the end, and part of that is this week's links. Read ahead, and enjoy.

  • What doesn't get scheduled, doesn't get done – SimplicityBliss - Starting in on that round of OmniFocus reading I mentioned in my Homescreen post, Sven Fechner talks here about integrating one's schedule into an OmniFocus GTD setup. I would've thought that putting most of one's tasks into a calendar as well as OmniFocus would be counterintuitive, but after reading the article the idea is intriguing to me. I've always had a rather empty calendar aside from work and some odd appointments, so actually allotting time to tasks would be a foreign, but possibly good, practice for me to try out. Worth a read if you're at all interested in the GTD method or productivity, as is the entire Simplicitybliss site for that matter.

  • Telling. - David Smith - An excellent little real-life reminder from David Smith's day about making sure to not get too caught up in memorializing the important moments in our lives with our gadgets, rather than enjoying the moments themselves. Occasionally I'll catch myself swiping around my phone whilst out with my girlfriend, and it's something I make sure to consciously reign back on. A good reminder for us all I think. Live life.

  • Weekends Are For Shopping - Casey Neistat on YouTube - Casey Neistat is a filmmaker best characterized by his off-the-wall unique style of creativity and what I would describe as "Ron-Swanson-like" dedication to his self-assigned morals. He's always made terrific short films that I've enjoyed, but he recently started making daily vlogs that impossibly keep the same caliber of quality as his longer films all while focusing in on his daily hustle as a filmmaker in NYC. I've really been enjoying seeing these in my subscriptions feed every 24 hours or so, and if you've never seen any of Casey's work, now is the time to start.

  • Picking the right bag for a trip: a simple set of rules - Analog Senses - A response to Ben Brook's post from earlier this week, in which Alvaro Serrano shares his own set of (pirate-like 😉) rules towards travel-packing. I'm not a frequent traveler but I consider myself no stranger to the bag-choosing struggle. Between school, work, photography outings and anywhere else I might be going I find myself toting all manner of bags filled with all manner of gear, and so while Alvaro's piece doesn't directly apply to me at the time, I'll be sure and keep his sizing recommendations in mind when I'm packing light in the future, and in general I'm just a nerd about this sort of thing so of course I'm going to link it here!

  • Daring Fireball: The Apple Watch - This past Wednesday was the day Apple lifted the Apple Watch press embargo, and so I woke up that day to a whole variety of reviews to read and watch. I'm sure many of you will have already read it, but I consider John Gruber's review of the watch to be the best written one so far. I appreciated the topics and details he touched upon and I think he just gets it in a way that more mainstream tech-journalism doesn't. His point of view is much more from the Apple-tech-news circle that I find myself fitting into, and so I think it was a little better suited to me than sites like The Verge that aim to cater to a wider audience. If you're reading this links post, you're probably the former, and so Gruber's post should definitely warrant a read if you haven't already.

  • ☆ Thoughts On Apple Watch Leading Up To Pre-Orders — The Hungry and Foolish - On the day leading up to the Apple Watch preorders, Kevin Wild explains why even with the initial round of reviews' skepticism, he'll still be going ahead with his preorder. With the two primary downsides from early reviewers being that the watch isn't much - if any - less distracting than an iPhone, and that its a little slow, I think I find myself erring the same way as Kevin and not feeling too bad about my decision to preorder. I've had a Pebble smart watch for several months now and have come to balance its often-buzzing influence in my life, and while I'd prefer the Apple Watch wasn't slow, I'm still looking forward to being there for the first generation of an Apple product and getting to witness the gold rush of apps this coming year far too much to make slower speeds discourage me. I'm excited for April 24th to roll around, and Kevin's piece here only reaffirms that.