I’m getting closer to offering international fulfillment, having spent some time investigating options and associated costs. If you’re curious about e-commerce, read onward; there’s a juicy Google spreadsheet at the end of it that auto-estimates the cost for Amazon+FBA and a Shopify/Stripe/Shipwire service stack. >>> Continue reading
Most of my productivity forms are based on how I understand the production process. It occurred to me that I should write it down to use as a map. Click to download the PDF. 1 Comment
Taco: One Productivity App to Rule Them All?
Troy Davis, creator of the cloud-based logging service Papertrail, suggested that I might find his current Kickstarter of interest. Taco is a meta-service that aggregates all your to-dos, tickets, and tasks from other services into one place where you can see everything. There’s a video on their Kickstarter page that gives a murky glimpse at the product…I’m keeping an eye on this. It would be interesting if the Emergent Task Planner could somehow interface with their printing functionality.
Printed Task Timer Pad Survey
I’m planning on printing some nice versions of the 2013 Emergent Task Timer (ETT). I’m not sure how popular it will be, but I am pretty sure that I can recoup costs over time even if it’s a dud. It’s just exciting to try to expand the product line!
I’ve set up a short survey where you can express your preferences for a particular design candidate, along with a few questions about binding options and usage. Let me know what you think…I really appreciate it!
I’ve already sent the survey to subscribers of the DAVE SEAH NEW PRODUCT MAILING LIST; which I use to send out information about new products that are coming to market. If you’re interested in getting on the list, sign up here!
I received a comment about the vertical orange bubble columns, which I use to visually split the day into a morning, afternoon, and evening. The comment was that the reader’s day didn’t align with these periods for lunch regularly, and therefore implied a kind of structure. I didn’t want to add vertical alternating background columns because this seems very busy (see ETT2 Wide Color to see what I’m talking about).
So I made two new alternatives:
Revision 3 removes the orange bubbles and replaces the vertical dot lines around 12 and 6 with solid ones to help provide some structure.
Revision 3A adds explicit times to the form, which looks cool. The back side of the form still uses fill-in bubbles for the time, since people might want to use them to extend either the early morning or late evening.
You can download these revisions on the main ETT 2013 post if you’d like to try them out.
UPDATE: If you’re interested in printed products, take this survey and let me know what you’d like to see.
Reader Nancy solved a problem with the hour columns in the revised for 2013 Emergent Task Timer. The hours are now written in directly above each column, instead of over the hour boundaries; the image above shows the difference. It’s subtle, but I think it makes it a lot easier to make the connection between quarter-hours and the time. Thanks Nancy!
Here’s a quick link to the download on the original post if you’d like to check it out.
I also got a preliminary quote from my commercial printer, and I think I’ll take a chance and print 500 75-sheet pads for sale on Amazon. Once I’m happy with the wording and sure that the design is good, I’ll send it to press and see what happens! If you have any feedback or suggestions, now’s a good time to chime in! :-)
I’ve been tracking my time to see if my “feeling unproductive” was supported by data; as I wrote in the Assessment section of last week’s Groundhog Day Resolutions Review, it seemed possible that I was over-emphasizing the number of negative moments and creating a false sense of slackness.
I’ve been using the Emergent Task Timer (ETT). This is the older cousin of the Emergent Task Planner (ETP), and it was originally created so I could see where my time actually went in the foggy early days of my productivity journey. After a few days of using the ETT again I was surprised to find it wasn’t as easy-to-use as I remembered, so I’ve made an enhanced version to match my current design thinking.
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