GTD in OneNote for the cloud

Get organized with GTD in OneNote for Windows 10, IOS, Android and Mac OS X. This is how I organize my GTD lists in the newest cloud version of OneNote, which Microsoft simply calls OneNote.

OneNote

I make a section for my Inbox at the top that is the default location for saved notes that I can enter from the quick entry or from clippings with the OneNote browser extension.

I also use my GTD notebook to hold a Journal of some daily activity. This is not strictly part of GTD but it works somewhat like the tickler file where I can enter dates and things in the future also.

I then put the standard Reference, Someday/Maybe, Waiting For, and Project Plan  sections  next. Inside those tabs each item has it’s own OneNote page with as much or as little information on it as I need. Often my pages are just the heading and nothing else.

Next are my Contexts. These will be personal to your own work, but @Home, @Work, @Errands, @PC are often popular contexts to keep track of each place you do tasks.

I can easily drag the pages up and down to prioritize them inside each section or between sections to move them out of Waiting For back to a Context or into Someday Maybe or wherever they should go. This is a key feature that makes it easy to use pages to move them around and between different lists as you decide how to organize what you are doing. Moving things out of a Context and into Someday/Maybe or Waiting For or into Reference if you are done with the task but may want to refer to it later.

For an example of how this makes prioritization easy you can see here in my @Grocery list I have the produce listed first since in most Grocery stores the produce section is in the front when you first walk in the door.

I have tried lots of different GTD software over the years from command line scripts, Emacs, Evernote and paper notebooks, but I keep ending up back in OneNote since it is free, works everywhere and has a clipping extension for browsers to save things from the web that I want to refer to later.

Favorite Podcasts of 2019

I listen to lots of podcasts, mostly about paleo lifestyle, investing, business and software.  These are my favorite feeds that I have listened to this year.

Primal Blueprint

Interviews about primal diet and lifestyle. Eating based on a paleo style template and also lifestyle to keep you healthy with a focus on sleep, exercise, going outside in the sun, play and social relations.

Sustainable Dish

A podcast about sustainable production of real food with eco-friendly livestock farming and nutrition that is backed up with science.

Trend Following

Trend following investing podcast that has morphed over the last few years into an unapolagetic business and lifestyle podcast.

Chat With Traders

Great interviews with traders and investors to help you understand new ways to approach markets, trading, and investing.

No Agenda Show

Deconstructing the news of the day to keep you up to date and provide an alternative view into what the mainstream media is talking about. The podcast is supported by listener/producer donations so they are not held to any advertiser friendly content guidelines.  New album art every episode.

Getting Things Done

This blog post started as an item on my GTD blogging list. How to get all the ideas out of your head and into a system that lets you organize and clarify the things you should be doing right now.

Masters in Business

Business and investing interviews covering broad areas of the business and finance world.

Indie Hackers

About the business of software from the perspective of individual founders who are delivering real products to end users.

Software Engineering Radio

[The link to the image in their podcast feed is broken, it appears that the cobblers children have no shoes]

Interviews about software engineering in use today.  You can learn and apply it to your own systems.  Depending on the interview some of them are higher level and some of them go quite in depth into source code and practices.

Microsoft Research

Interviews with Microsoft researchers about things they are working on for current software systems and also the things that will shape the future of computing.  Often these inverviews are very high level and over my head until doing further research and learning when something sounds interesting.

Installing Letsencrypt Certificates Manually

I needed a certificate for my private cloud server on my LAN. It is normally an automatic thing to install and update letsencrypt certificates, however with a private server that is not on the internet one must run the commands manually every 90 days.

certbot -d cloud.example.com --manual --preferred-challenges dns certonly


Please deploy a DNS TXT record under the name
_acme-challenge.cloud.example.com with the following value:

W__53NYHG11LjJzkmUJkqujpm9a6sCM0_kyxmmRtZi0




Saving debug log to /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log
Enter email address (used for urgent renewal and security notices) (Enter 'c' to
cancel):paul@example.com

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Please read the Terms of Service at
https://letsencrypt.org/documents/LE-SA-v1.2-November-15-2017.pdf. You must
agree in order to register with the ACME server at
https://acme-v01.api.letsencrypt.org/directory
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(A)gree/(C)ancel: A
Obtaining a new certificate
Performing the following challenges:
dns-01 challenge for cloud.example.com

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
NOTE: The IP of this machine will be publicly logged as having requested this
certificate. If you're running certbot in manual mode on a machine that is not
your server, please ensure you're okay with that.

Are you OK with your IP being logged?
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(Y)es/(N)o: Y

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Please deploy a DNS TXT record under the name
_acme-challenge.cloud.coffeebuzz.com with the following value:

W__53NYHG11LjJzkmUJkqujpm9a6sCM0_kyxmmRtZi0

Once this is deployed,
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Press Enter to Continue


Waiting for verification...
Cleaning up challenges
Generating key (2048 bits): /etc/letsencrypt/keys/0000_key-certbot.pem
Creating CSR: /etc/letsencrypt/csr/0000_csr-certbot.pem

IMPORTANT NOTES:
 - Congratulations! Your certificate and chain have been saved at
   /etc/letsencrypt/live/cloud.example.com/fullchain.pem. Your cert
   will expire on 2019-01-05. To obtain a new or tweaked version of
   this certificate in the future, simply run certbot again. To
   non-interactively renew *all* of your certificates, run "certbot
   renew"
 - If you lose your account credentials, you can recover through
   e-mails sent to paul@example.com.
 - Your account credentials have been saved in your Certbot
   configuration directory at /etc/letsencrypt. You should make a
   secure backup of this folder now. This configuration directory will
   also contain certificates and private keys obtained by Certbot so
   making regular backups of this folder is ideal.
 - If you like Certbot, please consider supporting our work by:

   Donating to ISRG / Let's Encrypt:   https://letsencrypt.org/donate
   Donating to EFF:                    https://eff.org/donate-le

Split screen with tmux

I have been a long time screen user when connecting to remote machines where I don’t want to lose work if the connection drops.  I started using tmux and have been won over by it’s split screen feature.

To start tmux just run tmux and it will start and give you a nice status bar at the bottom.  You can list out your tmux sessions with the command tmux ls, and then reattach to your session with tmux attach and the session number.

By far my favorite use for tmux is split screen so I can view multiple process outputs on the same server without opening another ssh window.  tmux uses ctrl-b for it’s commands.  ctrl-b “ will split the window horizontally, and ctrl-b % will split the window vertically.  You can then use ctrl-b o to move between window panes.

The tmux manual has got to be one of the largest man pages ever, it can do much much more too.