This is why I'm living in the Post-PC era and you should too

I decided to go “all iPad” in the beginning of the year 2014. At first it was some problems on how to do all the stuff I did on my Macbook Air, but I found solutions for everything quite fast. And now almost one year after, I don't want to go back. I don't miss computers at all. Not even the slightest. My iPad and iPhone is my content creation devices, and my Macbook Air is now my content consuming device, connected to my HDTV and used as a media center only. It's easier, faster and more fun to create content on the iPad!

Post-PC


I'm already living in the post-pc era

  • Since January 2014
  • I don't miss computers at all
    • Not even the slightest
    • I think it's easier, faster and more fun to not use them
  • I use my iPad and iPhone to create all my content. They are my content creation devices and not only for content consuming.
    • Videos
    • Blogs / Articles
    • Music / Audio
    • Photos / Images
    • Websites
    • Scripts
    • Workflows
  • I only use my MacBook Air as a media center now, connected to my HDTV for consuming media only. Music listening, watching movies and streaming video.

To get the desktop web experience I use the Puffin web browser

  • To manage my Apple community
    • Change posts categories
    • Unblock users
    • Add categories
    • Add links
    • Change description text
  • For working with my blog design
    • Edit the blog template
    • Add and move widgets
    • Edit HTML
    • Change logo and color codes
    • Adjust size and positions
    • … And more
  • For working with my YouTube channel
    • Working with playlists
    • Change channel design
    • Block users
    • Manage comments
    • Manage fans
    • Manage channel settings
    • … And more

Blogging

  • I don't use Office apps like Word, Pages or Excel much or even Rich Text Formatting (RTF) at all.
    • So apps like Blogsy is terrible in my experience
  • I prefer Markdown and plain text format
    • For all my writings
    • There is a lot of apps available that supports Markdown
    • Markdown makes it easier to blog because it uses plain text and that format is universal and works everywhere. On any device.
    • You can easily convert the final Markdown article to any format you want. For example HTML.
  • I'm using the amazing app Editorial with Markdown
  • I'm pasting the final HTML code directly on Blogger.com on the web
    • No need for a special blogger app when using Markdown
    • So simple to do and so fast
    • Doesn't matter which blog service you use. Works with all of them.

Video editing

  • I use the excellent iMovie iOS app
    • Amazing app. I use it everyday for all my videos
    • I record video in iMovie on my iPhone
      • Airdrop the whole iMovie project to iPad
    • I video edit on iPad
      • Because the iPad version is much better than the iPhone version. The iPhone version has no audio waveform visible for example.
      • It's easy, fun and fast to edit on the iPad!
  • For audio and podcast recording I use the app Opinion for the iPhone
    • I often record audio separately for my videos
    • It's great to edit the audio clips with this app
    • Makes it possible to record one sentence at a time and then put it all together. That way of recording fits me perfectly fine.
    • I Airdrop the finished audio to the iMovie project on iPad

To for example create Youtube video thumbnails, I use Apple's Keynote app

  • It's great because you can use a Keynote template with the exact right aspect ratio for that
  • And it's a fun app to use!

I recommend trying go “all iPad”

  • If you have the privilege to do so
  • I'm sure most users could use an iPad instead of a computer
  • I'm glad I already living in the post-pc era, its the future of computing

Why?

  • For me it doesn't matter how thin, light or fast the Macbook Air is. The iPad will always be thinner, lighter and faster to use.
  • The iPad (and iPhone) will always be more portable than a computer. It makes it possible to work anywhere at anytime.
  • The apps are actually better. Some apps do things that no desktop app can. For example Editorial.
  • Creating and working with your fingers has a special feeling. It makes it more personal somehow. It makes you come closer to the content.
    • For example video editing and music making. Touch control by your fingers is way more natural than any mouse or keyboard. The artist in you comes out to play when working with your hands.
  • Touch keyboards makes you write faster. Trust me, you do. They have so many features built-in like auto correction, suggestions, swiping, shortcuts and a lot more that makes it easier, faster and more fun to type!
  • The new extension support in iOS 8 makes it possible to do really advanced stuff that is not as easy to do on a computer. For example just select a quote and an extension like Clips formats a complete blog post using markdown for you and sends it to your favorite editor totally automatically.
  • It's not as expensive to buy an iPad as it is to buy a Macbook Air

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Watch my video about me living in the post-pc era

This is how I use the GTD "Getting Things Done" methodology - I hope it can help you understand it

I've been using the “Getting Things Done (GTD)” methodology for a quite long time now, and it's so important to me so I can't even see me living without it. It's like a philosophy for me. It's my life. I could never be as productive and creative as I am without it.

So I thought it's time to revise how I use GTD. So below you find version 2.0 of how I use this methodology to be as productive as possible. I hope it can help you understand this better and maybe start using this methodology you too? Enjoy and please share!

GTD v2.0


Inbox

  • Empty your head with all your thoughts and ideas into the inbox
    • Deal with them as soon as you have time
      • Takes less then 2 minutes, do them directly
      • Stuff you have to do but doesn't have time for now, move to actions or a specific project
      • Stuff you eventually will do but not are sure of, move to someday/maybe
      • Stuff that are not a doable task, delete or move to reference
    • Do it often
      • Very important before you go to sleep for example
      • Personally I do it twice a day. Morning and evening

Actions

  • Tasks that you plan to do
  • Review often
    • Defer those that is farther away
    • Flag those that should be done next

Flags

  • It's the “Next Actions” feature in GTD
  • Flag an action when it's time to do it and it will be in your today's list
    • Defer it to hide it until it's time to focus on it

Projects

  • It's like lists
    • Could be simple or advanced
    • Collects tasks under the same topic
    • Could be nested
  • Should have a due date
  • Should be used when a single task is not enough to make something done
  • Review often

Someday/maybe

  • Stuff that you eventually will do or maybe not
  • Delete tasks from here if they have been there for more than three months or so
  • Doesn't have to be reviewed so often. Maybe once a month or so

Reference

  • Not a doable task, could be a link, Info, facts or just a thought.
    • I usually don't save references in my task management system. I use Evernote, Dayone or Drafts for that
      • Could be important to save anyway. To get a clear mind.

Contexts

  • They are very important to me. It's like lists from many projects. So for example if you are at your desk, check that context to see what tasks you have to do, or if you are in your car, check what you have to do there, and so on.
    • Very effective
  • I can view the world through contexts (like: what’s next up for me to do when I’m sitting at my desk). This is a powerful feature that helps people look at the world, and what they do in it.
  • It's a place
    • You can even be notified about the tasks when you are at a specific place, in some task management software like Omnifocus for example.
  • It's a person
    • Your boss or spouse for example
  • It's a thing you use
    • Your car, computer or phone for example
  • In a way contexts is like tags to help you organize tasks better. But use them carefully and only for places, persons and things.

Defer (start date)

  • It's much better to use than due dates
  • It's awesome together with flag feature

Due dates

  • Should mainly be set on Projects
    • In rare cases also on a single action that should be done on an exact date
  • See them as the last date and time to do a task
  • If you have a single action that need to be done on an exact date and time, use a calendar for that task instead

Review

  • It's one of the most important features in the GTD methodology
  • Review often
  • It's a way to go through your tasks and see what should be done
    • Move to actions
    • Flag items
    • Delete
    • Move or create projects
  • I usually review every third day
    • If you use defer correctly then you just have to review tasks that you want to see at that specific date

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My video about my GTD system of choice - Omnifocus