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me and oskar kayaking in El Nido

About the author: Oskar Faarkrog is my business partner and we live together in Bangkok. He’s the founder of SkinnyFatTransformation.com with 100,000 monthly readers and you can learn more about his Body-Transformation Coaching program by Clicking Here.


When I first met Oskar he was living in Copenhagen and I was living nearby in the Swedish student city Lund. At the time we were both business students with websites that were just becoming popular.

Some time after we got to know each other, I taught Oskar the fundamentals of how to use OneNote for commonplacing (it took maybe 30 minutes).

And then, the second time we met, Oskar had made a commonplace section for every major part of his life, and said the system was making him a lot more organized and productive.

Since then, Oskar has changed his commonplace system several times over.

In this guest post, he’ll give you a rough outline of what he uses his commonplace for, and he’ll also give a number of tips (not specifically tied to commonplacing) that you can use to scale what you’re doing and save time.

His advice will be especially useful if you’re a free agent, you work with marketing, or if you do most of your work online or on your computer.

Now then, I’ll let Oskar get on with what he has to say. . .

[ENTER OSKAR]


Since meeting Ludvig 2 years ago, I’ve concluded that in contrast to most people I’ve across (online and IRL), he spends all his peak working hours on bettering himself for the long-term.

That’s also why he publishes just a few articles a month, but when he does publish, you know it’s going to be unique, high quality content with a lot of actionable steps.

And as many of you know, one of Ludvig’s top actionable advice is to start your own Commonplace system.

A commonplace (in some form) should be used by everyone who is looking to become a better version of themselves, because it lets you store a massive amount of important information and quickly find it when you need it.

Having such a system is partially what enabled Ludvig to start one of the most successful business podcasts in Sweden at age 25 and thereby make a good living by building his own brand rather than working a normal corporate job in IKEA, and stalling his personal development. . .

Because of Ludvig’s fast success at most of the things I’ve seen him try his hand at (including various projects before the podcast), I’ve taken note and started taking my own commonplacing more seriously. I started thinking about how I can make it more scalable, and how I can include it for more areas of my life. . .

And it has paid off big time.

Since I first began commonplacing, on the advice of Ludvig, I’ve been able to quit one of the best master degrees in Denmark, build the biggest website in my niche, and become the #1 body-transformation coach for skinny-fat men.

In this article, I will show you parts of my own Commonplace system that I use to save a massive amount of time managing my business, and thereby being able to allocate more time into my own personal development.

It’s nice to make money on your own terms when you’re still young, but not at the expense of your self-development. Ludvig said it well:

And don’t worry, my way of Commonplacing is not a copy/paste of the advice you will find in the Ultimate Commonplacing System.

Even though I started out based on Ludvig’s fundamentals, I have now come up with a completely different approach that works for my personality.

Let’s get started:

Commonplacing Is Not An Option. It’s A Must

About 1 year ago, Ludvig and I were walking down a street in Stockholm in a highly intoxicated state and I mentioned that we should start an online marketing consultancy.

At the time, I didn’t have a commonplace system on my phone, but Ludvig did so he wrote down the idea.

The day after, we discussed the idea in-depth and Ludvig came up with a long-term strategy to create a marketing agency.

Fast forward one year later and:

  • We’re both making our living online from our own brands and living together in Bangkok.
  • Our marketing agency is registered in Sweden, and we have more client opportunities lined up for it than we have time to work on.

This is a great position to be in: We have our solid online small businesses that require a minimal amount of time, thereby giving us plenty of time to work on our marketing agency and self-development, both which will pay off big time by the time we’re both 30.

All of this is largely the result of commonplacing.

It’s crazy to think about, but if Ludvig didn’t write down that marketing agency idea, it would never have happened.

And that’s why commonplacing is a must rather than an option.

Noting down ideas is essential because your best ideas often come throughout the day when you least expect it, like when you’re walking and talking, and not when you’re studying a book. (At least that’s how it is for me.)

My Approach to Commonplacing

My main software for commonplacing is now SimpleNote.

Inside SimpleNote, I have the following sections:

  • Bangkok (my favorite things to do in Bangkok, events in Bangkok, important addresses such as hospitals, VISA information).
  • Copy/Paste
  • Daily Routine (notes on optimizing my daily routine).
  • Daily Lessons (notes about lessons I come across throughout the day).
  • Diet (notes about how my diet makes me feel).
  • Lesson Summaries (summaries of my daily lessons, diet and workout).
  • Money (money I owe and money people owe me. I use this to ensure I stay out of debt).
  • Momentus Transformation (the marketing agency I have with Ludvig).
  • Private Cook (I keep track of our private cook here. The money we give her for groceries, the hours she works and so on).
  • Personal Training Client Files (client files for my personal training clients).
  • Personal Training Copy/paste (separate copy/paste folder for my clients).
  • Personal Training Sales (notes on how to optimize my sales funnel for online coaching).
  • Skinny-Fat Transformation Biz (long-term ideas, strategies and notes for my Skinny-Fat Transformation website).
  • Skinny-Fat Transformation Content (content ideas for Skinny-Fat Transformation).
  • Study (notes from books I study).
  • To-Do (my daily to do lists that I write out every Sunday for the coming week, list of errands to do and shopping list).
  • Travel Destinations.
  • Workout (when I come across something new in the gym or learn something new about working out, it goes here).
  • Writing (when I learn something new about writing it goes here).

Here’s how my SimpleNote system looks:

Oskars commonplace sections in SimpleNote

And then I use EverNote for the following things:

  • Yearly health checkups.
  • Accounting.
  • Shared folders with Ludvig where we share different study material for work (copy, study, steal as Ludvig calls it).

Finally, I use Google Sheets for the following:

  • Tracking my coaching clients’ weekly training progression and body-composition changes. Using Google Sheets gives me a much better overview compared to using expensive personal training software that costs over 500 USD per year.
  • Tracking my weekly blood pressure, blood sugar and waist measurement. This is a great way to prevent obesity or bad health on creeping up on you.

The key takeaways

The takeaway is that you want to think about your commonplace system as a way to create “shortcuts” in your brain, so that you will have more thoughts and ideas about the important areas of your life.

The key is to come up with a system that works best for you.

Hopefully this gives you inspiration to start experimenting.

Pros and Cons of EverNote and SimpleNote

Ludvig uses EverNote and I use SimpleNote.

These two software are the exact opposites of each other and I will list the pros and cons of each below so you can get an idea of which one might fit you better:

Pros of SimpleNote:

  • Simplicity: There are no “functions” inside it to change the fonts, add images, add voice recordings, make presentations or any of that fancy stuff. It’s just a white back ground and text.
  • Speed: It opens faster than any other notes app I tried.
  • Sync: It synchronizes faster than any other notes app I tried.
  • Structure of thoughts: the lack of formatting forces you to write your ideas and lessons with structure and organize your sections in a very clear and concise way. Doing this has the indirect benefit of helping you to memorize a lot of your commonplace system (even if you have bad memory like I do).

Cons of SimpleNote:

  • Lack of formatting.
  • Can’t insert images or videos.
  • Can’t clip content.
  • Can’t automate your accounting.

Basically, SimpleNote is not super scalable, but if you have many ideas every day, then it helps you capture them fast and easy. I don’t do a lot of searching in my system(s), but when I write things down I usually remember them, so that’s the 80/20 of commonplacing for me.

And that’s why I like SimpleNote.

Pros of EverNote:

  • You can change formatting.
  • You can send things directly to evernote from your email.
  • You can create both tags and notebooks.
  • You can insert images, photos and audio.

Cons of EverNote

  • It doesn’t sync as fast.
  • The formatting doesn’t look great when you scan handwritten notes (very big).
  • If you have ADD there might be too many functions distracting you.

I personally use both SimpleNote and EverNote, but I only use EverNote for the functions that I can’t find inside SimpleNote.

Three Examples of How Commonplacing Scales Over Time

Example 1: Saving Mentions

commonplace mention

I got the email above as a result of one of my Skinny-Fat Transformation email newsletter autoresponders

I immediately saved the email because it might be useful for future marketing materials.

I do this with every testimonial and mention I get, and it scales big time.

As of writing this text, I’m working on marketing materials for my coaching and I needed to include some testimonials to prove that my clients actually get real results.

Because I’ve been saving testimonials for 3 years, I now have hundreds of testimonials from readers and clients and I can find one for almost any scenario I come across.

If you have a business, how about you start doing the same thing?

Example 2: Summarizing Daily Lessons

My daily lessons are all messy inside SimpleNote.

I combine daily lessons from my workouts, diet, online marketing, coaching sales process and much more. I typically have more ideas every day than I can act on…

However, when I feel I need to reflect (usually once every 30-60 days), I’ll go in and make different sections inside EverNote and manually copy each daily lesson into the right section (I don’t just copy it but actually write it out again for clarifying and forcing myself to process the lessons).

By doing so, I memorize the daily lessons long-term and this really scales because then I don’t make the same mistakes over and over!

Example 3: Committing to The Most Important Daily Lessons

Another thing I believe scales a lot over time is to play the losers game.

In my case, it’s to avoid making the top mistakes I make that drive me away from my goals.

To identify these mistakes, I take a deep look at my monthly lesson summaries, and hand-write the top 3-5 on a piece of paper.

I then take a photo of the hand-written paper and make the handwriting my background on my iPhone.

top daily lessons summary note pic

This serves 3 purposes:

  1. Memorize your lessons: The hand-writing makes me memorize my top 3-5 lessons even more than writing them on my laptop.
  2. Produce a powerful association: Seeing my hand-written lessons every single time I open my phone produces a powerful association. Especially in the morning before I start the day’s work.
  3. Commit to follow through with the lessons: By writing the lessons in hand and making them your background, you commit to follow through with the lessons and avoid making the mistakes you made in the past.

I find this to be one of those small things that do a lot of good over time.

4 Time-Saving Strategies

How Oskar Faarkrog built a commonplace system

Besides storing life-changing ideas, you also want to use your commonplace to save time—because it’s your most important asset.

I can safely say that right now, I save at least 5 hours per week because of my commonplace, and as I take on more responsibility and expand my system I will save even more time.

(Although I will admit that this is not one of my strong sides, and I could probably save more time if I were a bit more systematic.)

1) Create a “Copy-Paste” Section to Have Important Information at Hand When Needed

The best strategy I use to save time is having a section I call “Copy/Paste”

In this section I put:

  • Bank accounts.
  • Important addresses.
  • Important links for my landing pages.
  • Links to my popular articles.
  • Links to client forms, guides and documents.
  • Affiliate links.

I find this section extremely useful because whenever I need a link, address or bank account—things I have to access on a daily basis in my work— I can find it within 5 seconds in my Commonplace.

This was the very first thing Ludvig suggested I use back in the day, and it remains one of my most-used commonplace sections.

For example, right now I’m working on a sales funnel and advertisements for one of my favorite supplements called Athletic Greens.

At the same time, I’m also working on 4-5 other funnels with 30-40 tabs open at the same time (yes, I multi-task for a living).

While working on these things I constantly need to use 4-5 links related to Athletic Greens alone, and 10-15 links for my other funnels too.

In the past, I used to just look for each link individually, and then I would end up going crazy. But now, I have all my important links stored in my commonplace system, so they’re very easy to find.

2) Optimize Your Browser Bookmarks

Another thing that saves me a lot of time is to have great bookmarks in my browser.

For example, I most often use my browser to access a software called ClickFunnels, which I use almost every day when I’m working on my business.

This software is very heavy and slow to load, so I would normally go to my ClickFunnels bookmark, and then I would have to click my way to the specific “funnel” (marketing workflow) I wanted to work with.

Then, one day I decided to make bookmarks for the most important funnels I’m working on so that I could access them from my browser in one click rather than finding them from the ClickFunnels main page and it made a huge difference.

Now I use this principle with every bookmark I make: The bookmark needs to take me to the exact page I will be working on.

[Note from Ludvig: I do this as well, but not even nearly as much as Oskar does. One way I do this is that I have a direct link to the specific DropBox team-folder of our podcast, rather than the generic “DropBox.com” domain. This saves me at least 4 clicks each time.]

3) Automate Business Accounting With EverNote

One thing that can be very time-consuming (and boring) when you get into business, is accounting.

You’re out eating for business and then you get a receipt.

Then you have to store that receipt in a way that’s easy to find.

In the beginning, I would take photos of my receipt, then email the photo to myself, and then save the photo inside a folder once I got on my laptop.

This was a lot of manual hassle that made me dread accounting.

Then, Ludvig showed me how to use the EverNote (scannable) app to scan receipts directly into an EverNote folder/tag, so I created an accounting folder for my business and started scanning receipts into it as soon as I got them.

Now I can easily locate all receipts and organize them for when I need it.

I also found a way to automate my client invoices:

  1. I connected my Shopify webshop with Invoicify (which is a software that creates automatic invoices).
  2. Inside Invoicify I changed the email address that my own invoices are sent to, to my EverNote email address.
  3. I then made sure that every email that is sent to my EverNote email goes to my accounting folder as default.

By doing these two things, I have pretty much automated my accounting.

All my receipts and invoices are organized by month now, and can easily be found inside Evernote.

All I do now is put my numbers into a spreadsheet once every 2-3 months and then send my numbers to the Danish tax authorities at the end of the year.

4) Another Scalable Time-Saving Tip: Optimize the Basics

After studying the successful online marketer (and founder of Facebook ads), Noah Kagan, I learned that you can save a massive amount of time by optimizing your basics.

For example:

  1. Get the fastest internet connection you can.
  2. Speed up your laptop trackpad (or mouse) to the maximum.
  3. Upgrade your laptop to the fastest you can get.
  4. Get a plug-in like Alfred (for Mac) so you can quickly find files.

These things are really simple but they increase your productivity a lot if you work on your laptop most of the day.

For example, something I do a lot in my coaching program is to review my clients’ documents when emailing with them (their coaching questionnaire, training program and diet plan).

To do so, I have a system in place where I name all my client files “Name / Document Type”, so if my client’s name is Logan Rando and I want to review his training program, I will name the file “Logan Rando Training Program” and then use Alfred to quickly search for his training program.

Alfred example

Using Alfred is much faster than using Apple’s spotlight which is slower and has poor usability.

[Note from Ludvig: I dislike many things about Mac/Apple, and therefore have stuck to PC, but the program Alfred is so awesome that I might consider changing in the future. Whenever I see Oskar using it, I get jealous. If you have Mac, you absolutely must get it.]

Also, when I sit at a friend’s laptop and its hardware is slow and the trackpad is at a medium setting, I’m thinking: “that’s a lot of wasted hours each week!”

And these things will scale over time.

If I can save 5 hours per week by just having a simple system for copy/pasting stuff, just imagine how much time I will save after commonplacing for 2, 5, 10 years, when I’ve thought up more advanced systems…like when I have employees, and multiple assets to keep me occupied.

Find Your Own Way to Commonplace

Ludvig’s way of commonplacing differs a lot from mine and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Ludvig likes to take his time and put everything perfectly into place and he spends a lot more time than me on learning, studying and organizing information (for the long-term) than I do.

That’s because he’s a comprehensivist.

In contrast, I have massive ADD so I need a simple and quick system that enables me to quickly open it, note down my thoughts, ideas or lessons and then move on with experimenting, playing around with new software or doing new things.

Another thing to take into account is that Ludvig manages multiple assets/projects, while I’m currently focused mainly on my website and online business.

For Ludvig, the best software right now is EverNote since it lets him create systems to scale long-term and provide oversight into his different projects.

For me, the best software right now is SimpleNote since it limits my options and forces me to process my thoughts and ideas in a clear and concise way.

Therefore, the key takeaway from this article is not to copy Ludvig’s or my approach, it’s to take what you need and use it to create your own Commonplacing system.

I hope you will find many of these tips helpful and I’m happy to answer any questions you might have.

//Oskar Oskar

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Comments

  1. This is some good stuff.

    If I come up with any question I will not hesitate to ask thanks .

    Btw this intro would have been a lot more fun if you had written:

    “When I first met Oskar he was living in the mud, but now, with my help, he has become a millionaire”.

    Heheh :D

  2. Hey Oskar
    – Great article. Lots of stuff I can use. Gonna check out the Alfred program and learn to adjust to a higher speed on my mouse pad now.

    One Quick question: you said you had been commonplacing for about 2 years but you have been saving testimonials/mentions for 3 years. How did you change your way of filing these mentions? *If* you did.

    • Great question Gary.

      Previously I would copy/paste emails into word files or screenshot YouTube comments and put them into folders.

      This was a tedious and time-consuming process.

      Right now, I use EverNote to directly clip screenshots of mentions into my Mentions folder.

  3. ValueLimo says:

    Which of these things would you recommend I do even if I do nothing online I am not an entrepreneur? All I do is finance stuff maybe 3 hours per day and hopefully more in the future when I can make it more of a job.

  4. Good to see another serious person’s take on commonplacing. I got TUCS and while I learned a lot of new things and got many new ideas for how to think, I have yet to put more than 3-5 to work. But so far the results are very positive. I guess the big results come from making something that helps you grow over time (in terms of personal development) and supplement your skillset or income (like you say Oskar).

  5. I dont have pc how can I get Alfred app or similar good program for searching my files if named systematically

  6. David Sandelberger says:

    Hello Oskar,

    I just looked at your online page and though I am most definitely not part of your typical crowd you have certainly caught my attention as a diligent up-and-coming young entrepreneur.

    I have some serious questions which I am hoping you will do the courtesy of answering for me.

    1: How did you get started when you first got the idea to commonplace for your online business ?

    2: What might you do-to get started-if you were running an small electronics company? Pretend you are the manager of 12 employees who all form manual work in private homes. (I am thinking mainly information and administration)

    I know these are some quite time-requiring questions, but I would be very appreciative if you would look them over and do your best.

    And hopefully it may be helpful for others who read in the future.

    • 1: I started out with using OneNote and organising all my thoughts and ideas into different sections. As I became more busy and couldn’t spend as much time on my laptop taking notes, I had to find a new tool that was more mobile friendly so I could take notes when I was in transit, in the gym and so on so on. SimpleNote was much better for that purpose. The exact tool you use for commonplacing doesn’t matter as much as just doing it. If you do JUST the daily lessons, you will be far ahead of the average person.

      2: I don’t have any experience with anything but online business, but in my experience the most important things in starting my own business were:

      – Knowing my customer’s biggest pain better than anyone else.
      – Being able to relate to them in my marketing and using my preferred communication style (writing).
      – Providing a ton of value compared to the price you’re charging.

      I believe that these things are essential in any business, whether it’s online or brick and mortar.

    • Richard says:

      David, sounds like you’d probably benefit from Ludvig’s “Digital Commonplace” software. It will be available to the first 200 TUCS buyers in mid Q4; everyone else Q1 2017.

    • David Sandelberger says:

      Oskar Thank you very much for your thoughtful answer. It makes a bit more sense now and I feel like I am ready to begin now with this in mind.

      Richard I appreciate the heads – up. I shall keep my eyes open for it.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hey this seems like great advice, but it’s just too specific or different from what I am doing. I have absolutely no idea about what youre talking about.

  8. Hi Oskar and Ludvig! I notice that you both have methods for not just storing information in your commonplaces, but also internalizing the information so that it becomes part of your routine and your way of thinking. I thought that I would share what I do to internalize and maintain knowledge that I store in my commonplace.

    Merely rereading old notes through automatic reminders can create a sense of familiarity with the material, but it does not lead to true internalization of the material and mastery of the subject. It is too passive — .you might think “Oh yeah, I remember this”, but as soon as you turn your attention to something else, you forget what you just read. You need to exercise mental strain to really learn something (search for “desirable difficulties”).

    I find that flashcards are effective in creating mental involvement with the material I want to learn. I use Anki, which is a flashcard app with spaced repetition which syncs between your phone and computer. If I have more than 20 seconds of unproductive time (e.g. standing in a lift or walking a familiar route), I whip out my phone and start studying.

    I work in a technical field, so previously I have used Anki mostly for maintaining the huge amount of knowledge relevant to my daily work or for expanding my vocabulary. Recently, I have started going through my old notes from e.g. non-technical books that I have read and created flashcards representing the messages that I want to incorporate into my habitual thinking. By phrasing the information that I want to store in my long-term memory as questions or creating cloze tests and then answering them (in my mind or aloud), I believe that a greater amount of information gets stored in my long-term memory compared to passive reading.

    What are your thoughts on this approach? Any ideas for improvement?

    • Very well said, Simon. Gonna feature it.

      I totally agree about this part (and ironically/incidentally, me and Oskar talked about this just now while eating):

      “Merely rereading old notes through automatic reminders can create a sense of familiarity with the material, but it does not lead to true internalization of the material and mastery of the subject. It is too passive ”

      Thoughts/improvement:
      It seems like a really well thought-out and smart approach. I don’t really have any feedback on it because it’s so individual…. I think the key thing here, is simply that you actually DID create something like this.

  9. Hey there. I’d recommend UltraSearch for windows, it’s amazing. Good post, btw. But I’m wondering why both of you guys stopped using OneNote? And switched to EverNote / SimpleNotes instead.

    • Hey Walt,

      Thanks for recommending UltraSearch. I’ll check it out.

      OneNote:
      I (initially) made the decision to quit using it not so much out of careful deliberation or because I disliked it, but rather because I had something like 2000 notes (and some of them were BIG, like 10-60mb if unloaded onto a Word.doc) and it made the software extremely slow. I simply could no longer accept the load time.

      Then I thought about how much Onenote sucks for cell phone (it didn’t even work on my phone), and I realized that with Evernote I could do some pretty powerful stuff. So I made the switch. It sucked at first. Then after like 1 weeks, after thinking through how to remake the basic organization of my notes, I came up, I made a similar system to use on my phone. And after having a great fit on my second try, I loved Evernote.

      Oskar?

    • Since you guys are talking about software: Mohiomap and reflectapp.io (especially the latter) can probably be extremely useful, although I have never integrated them to my routine.
      clippings.io definitely to import Kindle notes to Evernote.

      Unrelated: c Cold Turkey Writer – great, turns your pc into typewriting machine. Use Cold Turkey also to block programs, sites for… forever?

  10. Thanks for the simplenote recommendation!

    Unlike Evernote, simplenote is offered natively on Linux. I’d been using Evernote’s web app for a while (which was a bit annoying) so thanks for the recommendation for simplenote!

    • Yeah, that speaks to something I’d been thinking about, too: I find myself out of ‘net access more often than maybe most people, and not having access to my personal database would really bug me. A web-only version just won’t work. Being able to have a local version figures importantly in how I’m deciding on a platform.

  11. Thanks guys, I’ve found these tips really helpful. I’ve been using a commonplace for the last few weeks after purchasing Ludvig’s Ultimate Commonplace System and it’s changed the way I organise many various areas of my business.

    The Testimonials section is a great idea – not sure why I didn’t think of that before. I am currently creating this section as I write this and just wanted to quickly thank you for the idea!

    Keep up the good work guys.

  12. I commented yesterday, but my internet was a little messed up so i’m commenting again. Anyway great post. The bookmarks tips reminds me of when I had a script I wrote in batch that would run using task manager at a set time everyday or when I would turn on my laptop. It would open a small to-do list, my email and a program to help be practice for my theory test.

    • Smart script you wrote. I’d probably do stuff like that too if I could.

      • It’s actually really easy! for the to do list I just had to use the world msgbox with the words next to it like msgbox “read Hamlet 9:00″. then just save the file as todo.vbs.
        I think vbs is visual basic script.
        then go into task manager and set up a task to run the file. there are great videos of task manager on youtube.
        I think I had a different file to open a browser. again it was only one line of code like: start chrome.exe./yahoomail.
        for running the program it was the same thing start c:/programfiles/theorytest.exe.
        try it out it. I don’t even know batch or vbs. I just googled how to open my browser with batch and how to run a program at startup. In fact you don’t even really need a script for most stuff as you can open and run nearly any file with task scheduler/manager
        Actually there is a whole book called ‘Automate the boring stuff with python” the book is free to read online. that might be useful. check out this game is being played with python: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfk_T6VKhTE&feature=youtu.be

  13. Anonymous says:

    Hi,

    I am wondering whether you have any thoughts on when there are too many notes within one category? For example: I now have 20 notes in my best practice category. I don’t know if you would consider that a lot but I am finding it a bit difficult to go through them all every once in a while. Have you set a limit for the amount of notes in what category?

  14. Great stuff Oskar – love these tips and tricks to become more efficient. There’s so many ways we can save time and effort.

    Just recently I realized I spend mental resources daily for packing my gym bag (what should I bring?). I changed this with a checklist and automated it! Extra mental resources for actually important stuff.

    Set aside an hour and ask yourself; What processes in my life can I automate using a checklist or if/then plan?

    @ludvig: If you’re still on windows, consider using http://ditto-cp.sourceforge.net/ if you don’t already. It allows you to extend the normal copy-paste clipboard with more items. You’ll love it.

    + what’s the main two things you dislike switching to Mac?

    • Scouring this comment too!!

      “Set aside an hour and ask yourself; What processes in my life can I automate using a checklist or if/then plan? ”

      Great idea. :)

  15. This is an awesome post. I didn’t even realize that I’ve been commonplacing lately, as I’ve been consolidating all of my most important information into a few folders and Google Docs.

    It’s literally one of the most life-enhancing moves that I’ve made as of late.

    I’ll have to try out your method with SimpleNote, and pick up the book as well!

    Thanks for this awesome article.

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