designing your life

Workout App - Seven Minutes to a Healthier You!

Do you have ten minutes to workout? No? Really...

How about seven?

At some point you have to admit you at least have seven minutes a day to do some form of exercise. When you are ready to admit it take a look at this awesome web app by Gretchen Reynolds. The image below will link to the app which should run in your web browser.

You can do this from your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, whatever... no excuses. Oh and also, the interaction design is top notch too.

A Few Words of Wisdom On the Creative Process

Really enjoyed watching this video. Its a few years old but the advice is timeless. Ira Glass talks about the growing pains every creative professional faces. I love it when something is explained in a way that helps you explain to a beginner how what you are currently experiencing fits into the bigger picture.

Have faith in your taste, keep showing up, keep doing the work.

Revisiting the Art of Work.. GTD

I've been a productivity geek for years. I own (and use) a label maker, I have a shelf full of books on the subject and my iPhone has more podcasts, apps and ebooks on productivity than I care to admit. But there is one resource I come back to again and again. The youtube video of David Allen speaking at Google. I wouldn't say it's the most inspiring talk ever but there are some real gems that reveal themselves to you especially after you've been doing GTD for a few years. I think his control / perspective matrix is genius. The big insight for me is too much control can put you out of control. The first time I read his book, Getting Things Done, I watched this video and thought I understood his point. It wasn't until about a year later that I realized I was missing something. I began to notice that I really dreaded doing the weekly reviews, they were time consuming and left me feeling more stressed.  Too much control put me out of control. What I needed was a healthy does of perspective.

Enjoy the video!

The control / perspective portion starts at 24 min.