Rethinking Email – Inbox Serenity (MacSparky Labs)

I’m behind on my email, which made me rethink my email practices and how I can improve them. This is no less than my quest for email serenity. I’ve decided to do this as a series for the MacSparky Labs. Here’s the first entry talking about the problem, potential solutions, and some trouble areas where a specific email can gum up the works. I also share diagrams of some of my email workflows…

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Mid-Year Planning and reflection with MacSparky (MacSparky Labs)

Can you believe that we are halfway through 2022? With the move into the second half of the year, I’ll be doing some reflection and planning this week. I will share the process with the Early Access members, and I will do a Zoom call this Wednesday at 16:00 Pacific with anyone doing the same to talk about the process and implementation of mid-year reflections and planning. I’d love to see you there…

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Automating Focus Mode via Calendar Events (MacSparky Labs)

I think Focus Modes are underrated and underused. I’m going to be covering this more in the Labs as we lead up to the release of macOS Ventura and iOS 16. As a starting point, I’m running a new experiment where I’m triggering Focus Modes from Calendar events. It’s early days, but I’ve got it working…

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Duplicate an Event to “Busy” Calendar with Shortcuts (MacSparky Labs)

I’ve had several Labs members ask me about an easy way to duplicate existing calendar events to a second “Busy” calendar so they share their availability without sharing event details. Here you go…

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Sparky Summarizes the Platforms State of the Union (MacSparky Labs)

Every year, after the WWDC Keynote, Apple does a separate “State of the Platform” address where it breaks down the upcoming changes as they impact software developers. Where the WWDC Keynote is mostly for the public, the State of the Platform is mostly for developers. Nevertheless, there are a lot of good nuggets of information there that are useful to power users. In this audio, Sparky summarizes a few hours of video into 13 minutes…

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