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Whenever I read about people's favourite productivity tips or hacks, or how much time they spend with their productivity system, I'm relieved to have left all that behind. My number one tip about productivity is to find work you love, and stop needing to think about productivity at all. (I realise this is an incredibly privileged position to hold, and feel grateful that I'm able to do so, while understanding not everyone can.)


This weekend's project was trying out Kotlin and starting an Android app! There's a lot to take in but I'm really enjoying it so far.


I tried to write a 7-day email course in 7 days. Here's what happened.

Note: This article originally appeared on my short-lived site, Field Trip. Since Field Trip no longer exists I'm republishing its few stories here on my blog.

Early in December I took some time off from my job at Ghost to recover from shingles. In case you haven't heard about shingles, it's basically an adult version of chicken pox, and usually affects older people with compromised immune systems. It comes with a rash, and severe nerve pain that can last for weeks, or even months. For the first week I had shingles I spent most of my time lying immobile on …


Beginner gymnastics... for adults

Note: This article originally appeared on my short-lived site, Field Trip. Since Field Trip no longer exists I'm republishing its few stories here on my blog.

One of my goals for 2016 is to find a sport or exercise I enjoy doing. I've been running on and off for the past couple of years, but I find it so boring that I keep giving up. Rather than pushing myself to do something I don't want to, I've been looking for a fun way to get more exercise.

I was looking at Instagram's "Explore" tab recently, and I saw a video …


Setting up a post-commit git hook

Since I'm working on adding tests to the iOS app for Exist at the moment, I've recently been working on adding a post-commit hook to run my tests automatically. Here are some of the resources I found most useful when setting this up:


Using Fastlane to archive and upload iOS builds

Pushing out a new version of your app is exciting, especially when it includes a big new feature. But I've always found releasing new versions of my app to be a huge pain. It's fiddly, it involves lots of GUI that I wouldn't otherwise interact with, and there's lots of waiting around in-between steps.

I recently took the plunge and set up Fastlane to make this process simpler, easier, and faster. It's been a rocky road to get Fastlane working, and I keep hitting snags in using it, but when it does work, I love it.

I'd never interacted with …


Microblogging with Pelican

I've previously posted some micro posts here, but recently mentioned that I'd created a separate WordPress blog for my micro posts at snippets.bellebcooper.com. I did this in order to create micro posts through the iOS and Mac Micro.blog apps, which can post to Micro.blog hosted blogs or WordPress blogs.

I loved the convenience of being able to post to my microblog from anywhere, but one of the main reasons for Micro.blog to exist is so you can control and own your content, while still reaping the benefits of social interactions around that content.

But my …


Woo Cow Time: Days 2 & 3, and why I'm giving up

It's been a couple of weeks since I stopped working on my side project, Woo Cow Time. Unfortunately I hit enough roadblocks that the app doesn't seem feasible to build for iOS, so I've given up on it for now.

But I did spend another weekend on it before I gave up, so here's an update on what I tried, and where I got stuck.

If you read about Day 1 of working on Woo Cow Time, you'll know it's a cow-themed-Australian-tinged-workout app that lets you combine timed and untimed exercises into the same workout.

As some follow-up from my …


This is a really honest piece by science writer Ed Yong.

Crucially, I tracked how I was doing in a simple spreadsheet. I can’t overstate the importance of that: It is a vaccine against self-delusion.

I Spent Two Years Trying to Fix the Gender Imbalance in My Stories - The Atlantic


How I use Things 3

I wrote about how I use Things 3 back when I was still working at RescueTime. It's now been more than four months since I left RescueTime to work full-time on Hello Code, so here's an update of how I use Things these days.

Capturing tasks

Things 3 new task

I mostly capture tasks directly into the area or project where they'll end up. Things encourages you to capture into the inbox and sort tasks later but I don't spend enough time with it for this approach to work for me. I don't remember to sort or review my tasks, so I need to …

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