Saturday, November 22, 2014

Adding a little balanced scorecard concept to Todoist

This new Karma layout in Todoist is telling
me something!
Recently Todoist introduced some new changes to their Karma system in their task management application. For those not familiar, Karma is a gamification system that Todoist incorporates in the app. The idea is that completion, or at least management, of todos and use of various functions of the app will increase a user's scores. Over time, as their scores increase, users can reach certain levels of achievement.

Mixed in with the Karma function, Todoist includes a variety of charts and data about tasks that have been completed. Part of the new features Todoist introduced is a method to track streaks where users reach daily and weekly goals for the completion of tasks. Although that feature is not the focus of this post, it is what triggered my latest changes in how I have Todoist configured.

Shortly after the introduction of updated Karma, I was checking out how my streaks were going when I noticed something about the charts showing the number of completed tasks as a horizontal bar chart. If you look at the screenshot I captured when I had this epiphany, you'll notice that my bars are dominated by a single color, blue. For those not familiar, the different colors in the chart correspond to the Project labels that you can setup in Todoist. The color, blue in this case, corresponds to the Standalone category that I had setup the last time I worked on my Todoist configuration.

We have a moon landing!

If you are seeing this blog entry, it means you have successfully landed on the new ToTehMoon web site. You may notice in the footer that it is now powered by Blogger instead of Wordpress. After several years of running my own virtual server on LiquidWeb, I decided to move over to hosting with Google. I used to run several sites on my virtual server and it was great having direct access to the server, the ability to setup and control email accounts on the fly, etc. However, what is not so great is the cost to do so. In the scheme of things, the cost was not really that much, but since I have three kids in high school and was really down to only one site, it was time to rethink that expense.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

My first public IFTTT recipe for Todoist to pay Verizon bill

With Todoist now having a channel on IFTTT, I've been learning how to use IFTTT. As part of their announcement, I've created a couple recipes to forward Gmail messages to Todoist. Here is the one I published to enter the contest they are sponsoring. It just forwards the email letting me know my Verizon bill is ready to Todoist.

IFTTT Recipe: Create Todoist task to pay Verizon bill connects gmail to todoist

Friday, September 05, 2014

New Testament reading plan to close out 2014

This is sort of a cross post from the Graham Friends Church web site, but figured I would post here as well about my Bible reading plan to close out 2014. The plan is to read the New Testament starting today and ending on December 31st. I suppose if I had been a little more on the ball I would have started it on Labor Day. Even with my late start, I had planned to start it by Wednesday, but Amazon uncharacteristically failed to ship my order of a new Bible on time, causing an additional delay.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A summer of baseball productivity experiment

Since last summer, I've been on a semi-constant search for "noise" generators to help improve my productivity. I think I first came across the concept of background noise being used to help improve concentration, and thus productivity, when I ran across focus@will and Apparently studies have been done to show that the background noise generated in a typical coffee shop can help you stay focused on a task that requires some mental concentration. Meanwhile, focus@will operates on the theory that certain types of music are more suitable for certain types of situations, like trying to focus on a task.

It doesn't stop with coffee shops though. There are all kinds of sound generators out there, not only to aid concentration and focus, but to help people relax, fall asleep, and probably other stuff. My favorites tend to be the sounds of thunderstorms or rain.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A Google Glass, Indiegogo update

Just sharing a couple things I've run across as I try to get myself more up to speed on Google Glass while my Indiegogo campaign continues.

Yesterday, the Livestream service announced the availability of streaming live events from Google Glass using their new app. All it will take is a simple command, "OK Glass, Livestream". I think that could be pretty useful for me. I could do things like stream portions of a soccer games so folks could watch what is happening in real time. I know last year during some State Cup matches those who were present had to text updates to those who had to be in other places. I can also see using this for some MINI events possibly just to be able to share the fun we have.

I also ran across a funny parody of Google Glass you can check out below. Hopefully I won't turn out like this!

If you want to help out with my campaign, be sure to hit the Indiegogo site. It has been rather slow since the last update, although great progress has already been made. If you can't help financially, keep spreading the word. It is much appreciated.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Crowd funding Google Glass


I got this posted on Facebook and Google+ and Twitter, but figured I better add it here on the blog. I've received an invite to be an "Explorer" in the Google Glass beta program. That's the good news. The bad news is this means I need to come up with the $1,500 needed to purchase the device.

Since Google in their own post about Glass myths says some people have used crowd funding to pay for Glass, I thought I might give it a try. In fact, it was that bit of information that got me to sign up for Google Glass. I thought I might have a few months before getting accepted (if I even got accepted). Instead, it was a few days.

To try to make it happen, I decided to setup a project on Indiegogo. Hopefully enough people will decide to help make this happen as I really would like to take advantage of the opportunity.