Category Archives: productivity

Using Text Files to Keep Organized

I recently came across this old article on using various text files to stay organized. In the past I have tried many ToDo apps with little success. So I have been using a slightly modified version mentioned in the article with great success. One big help is some quick and dirty aliases I added to my .bashrc file which are all kept in a directory called “daily”. You can name them as you wish. My next move is to put them in my ownCloud sync directory.

The .bashrc aliases:

#Daily txt files I write to for various reasons
alias todo='vim ~/Documents/daily/todo'
alias onething='vim ~/Documents/daily/one-thing/today_$(date +%Y%m%d)'
alias journal='vim ~/Documents/daily/journal/journal_$(date +%Y%m%d)'
alias writedaily='vim ~/Documents/daily/write-every-day'
alias ideas='vim ~/Documents/daily/ideas'
alias done='vim ~/Documents/daily/done'
alias actionplan='vim ~/Documents/daily/action-plan'

Managing Multiple Clients on Different Messaging Apps

info_overloadI deal with a lot of different clients on a daily basis. It is a bit of a chore to figure out how to tie together their different messaging apps in order to interact with them and be alerted of any needs or emergencies.

The Problem

Most clients nowadays use either Slack, HipChat, Google Hangouts, and Skype. With Slack and HipChat being most popular in my regards. The main issue I have is that I use Linux and the Slack web interface is a resource hog and can only monitor one client at a time. Whichever one is loaded at the time. The HipChat web interface is a bit lighter but the same issue persists as with Slack.

The Solution

Luckily with Slack you can enable either (or both) XMPP and IRC. With HipChat you can only enable XMPP.

For Slack you go to Admin Settings and enable both or your choice:

Admin Settings | Tarnover Slack 2016-07-21 12-52-29

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