Hi, everyone. My name is Brian. My wife and I have moved around a bit (Italy, New York,…), but we have been living in Bay Area for the past seven years.
We have always been very organized people. We have followed a GTD-lite mentality for many years, tidy our house using Marie Kondo’s ideas, and are lifelong learners (foreign languages and philosophy are favorite topics). Last April we bought a new house and in June we welcomed our first child. During the months of baby bonding leave, after the initial period of mind-shattering sleep deprivation, we started updating our systems to match our updated reality.
In October, we looked at BuJo, but the physical aspect didn’t work for us. We then decided to try one more swing at OmniFocus. We had tried it a few times in the past, but it never really clicked.
This time we read Kourosh’s book, Rosemary’s book, and watched the MacSparky Field Guide. And…everything clicked. We’ve been making minor tweaks for the past few months as we get some empirical experience, but it would not be an exaggeration to say that it has changed our lives.
We mixed in a few other books like Deep Work, Essentialism, Atomic Habits, and Make Time as we wanted to focus on attention, distraction, sessions, and the doing of the meaningful work. I have been dissatisfied for some time about the one-dimensionality of todo lists, where everything looks the same and we just get faster at checking things off. I didn’t want my tombstone to read, “Checked off a bunch of todo lists.” By focusing much more on reviews (morning and night, weekly, monthly,…) and working without distraction from curated lists and working towards things which have meaning, our lives have been transformed.
We’re wrapping up the project with “Automation February”, where we look at ways to automate and free our minds and attention for more deep work.
I was thrilled to find The Guild to exchange ideas with others who have similar passions are are striving to live life a little bit better, a little bit more reflectively.
Anyway, I’m glad to be here.