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Whims That Work

Drew Coffman, Joe Buhlig

Joe Buhlig and Drew Coffman talk about technology and productivity, and how the former plays a role in the latter.
All the Bells and Whistles Without All the Bells and Whistles

41:13 | Nov 12th, 2018

Drew decides that it’s time to investigate note-taking the way that task-management is often investigated! This sparks a long discussion on apps (or a decision not to use them), and how to avoid getting stuck in a space where writing just isn’t as ea...Show More
It’s Where the Widgets Are

38:49 | Oct 15th, 2018

Joe has done something out of character, updating to iOS 12 and Mojave with quickness. Drew asks why, and the two talk about Siri Shortcuts, dark mode, and a third-party app that makes both of their MacBook Pro setups so much sweeter. Triggering Son...Show More
We Really Gotta Talk About Team Management

47:02 | Sep 17th, 2018

As Joe and Drew both grow their respective businesses, their usual task management talk transitions to a similar topic: team management. Drew gives the floor to Joe, who talks about why he manages projects and not people, and how to find the right sy...Show More
A Brick and Mortar Space

43:21 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Drew bought a coffee shop. He tells the story, and talks about how it’s changing his productivity habits. Coffee Bar’s Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/coffeebarredding/) Waffle Happy Hour (https://www.instagram.com/coffeebarredding/) Feast (htt...Show More
Downtime Accountability Group

38:58 | Jul 16th, 2018

Joe turns this episode into a confessional and makes a vulnerable statement: He’s a phone addict. Drew and Joe discuss our modern tendency to spend too much time on our devices, Joe reveals how he’s dealing with it, and Drew covers the ways that iOS ...Show More
Back to a Digital Task Manager

38:48 | Jul 2nd, 2018

An episode dedicated to a singular topic: Joe is back to using OmniFocus. OmniFocus Procourse Todoist Things Desktop-Class Productivity for iPad Keyhouse Morning Pages
Move from One Phase to Another

45:21 | Jun 18th, 2018

Drew talks about his new business venture, Keyhouse! After Joe introduced Procourse last week, this conversation continues the same dialogue on freelance work becoming something bigger. Keyhouse ProCourse
The Whole Working on the Internet Dilemma

41:13 | Jun 4th, 2018

Joe talks about his new business venture, ProCourse! This leads to a conversation about the natural evolution from freelancer to business owner, and all of the challenges that come with it: Setting goals (or choosing not to), getting buried in email,...Show More
Now Somehow an Employer

42:04 | May 21st, 2018

Joe transcends the typical mailbox and gets a UPS box of his own. This leads to a conversation about home offices, which leads to a conversation about wanting to appear legitimate, which leads to an unexpected conversation about learning how to take ...Show More
Do the Work at the Beginning

41:13 | May 7th, 2018

Drew has learned from his past mistakes, but is still trying to make everything a bit more optimized. How many times must his desktop overflow before he sets up a file management script or two? Joe shares his own workflows and methods, and the two di...Show More
You Had a Windows Phone?

42:24 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Drew has some recording difficulties, which leads to a conversation about redundancy and what happens when something breaks. Joe asks some questions brought about from last week’s conversations, and the two reveal their pre-iPhone hardware stances. T...Show More
A Thing Against Printers

41:25 | Apr 9th, 2018

A tech glitch Drew experiences leads to a wide-ranging discussion about tech support, automated cars, and the pros and cons of being an early adopter. Joe is not as convinced about living on the cutting edge. Drew’s label maker A typical label maker...Show More
A Very Web Developer Solution

42:19 | Mar 26th, 2018

Drew has some chair problems. Standing desks are discussed, which (of course) leads to a conversation about the future of iPads. Then, Joe discusses his new notes app solution. Slack, built with Electron Jekyll Discourse Disqus Joe’s Personal Discou...Show More
Moving from Tool to Tool

40:34 | Mar 12th, 2018

Drew gives Joe a surprise check-in to see how his pen-and-paper task management system is working. A new distraction-less phone is hitting the market, and it leads to a conversation about what distracts us, and the different ways to avoid it. The ep...Show More
That’s Too Many Emails, Man

40:22 | Feb 26th, 2018

An old topic (from episode 1!) resurfaces. Joe’s been testing out Setapp and gives his perspective. Then, the two talk new apps, email, and when distraction turns into addiction. Stoner Setapp Todoist Ulysses Bartender Clean My Mac Expressions Paw F...Show More
For the Sake of Mental Freedom

42:32 | Feb 12th, 2018

Drew gets an office that’s juuuust close enough to the street for a passing ambulance to be featured as this week’s special guest. Joe and Drew share their new time banks, talk time-tracking, and distraction. Flow Bookworm Joe’s Time Bank A Tactical...Show More
Is It Even Good to Have Goals?

51:32 | Jan 29th, 2018

The morning routines conversation from the last episode prompts a bit of followup. Drew asks a daunting question: Is it good to have goals? Also, Joe asks Drew about his latest online project. Phantom Thread There Will Be Blood Lincoln Gangs of New ...Show More
I Don’t Think Anyone Likes Homework

51:28 | Jan 15th, 2018

It’s 2018! How are Joe and Drew spending their mornings? Drew shares about a new upgrade to his analogue game, and Joe asks an interesting question: If you’re a book person, how does it feel to want to share that information with others? Morning Pag...Show More
Multiple Fountain Pens, My God

25:43 | Jan 1st, 2018

Drew needs Joe’s help. It’s about pens. Kaweco AL Sport Pilot G2 Bookworm TWSBI on Goulet Pen Lamy Safari Pilot Varisty Leuchtturm1917 Midori Traveler’s Notebook Tools & Toys Review of the Midori Things Field Notes Reporter’s Notebook Panobook Pilot...Show More
All for a Space Gray Keyboard

45:24 | Dec 18th, 2017

Right before recording, Drew took a look at his Mac’s desktop. This prompted some discussion. Also, a home automation talk. Joe’s not a fan. Ubersicth Hazel PostgreSQL 10 Docker for Mac Shush Fantastical Mac Bartender Ferrite Editing Podcasts on iO...Show More
A New Toy

51:48 | Dec 3rd, 2017

It’s new iPhone season and Joe and Drew both found themselves upgrading to the X. So, what would a technology podcast be without a discussion about home screens?Links:Filmic ProRode smartLav+ Lavalier Sennheiser ClipMicTangerineScratches and ScuffsJo...Show More
Decreasing in Searchability, Increasing in Awesomeness

31:22 | Nov 20th, 2017

Joe continues delving into the world of podcasting equipment, Drew continues to delve into the world of paper. More conversation on switching from digital to analog tools, and the many uses of whiteboards.Links:Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorde...Show More
The Opposite of What I Needed but Exactly What I Wanted

50:00 | Nov 6th, 2017

Joe gets a new podcasting setup. Drew talks about his latest experience working with pen and paper. A book sparks a conversation around the future of reading, note-keeping, and the often-discussed subject of input. Links:Shure BETA 87AShure BETA 58AC...Show More
Paper Works

53:59 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Joe isn’t the biggest fan of Halloween. Drew finally sees the light. The two talk about paper versus digital, RSS versus Twitter, and using social networks instead of being used by them.Links:Productivity GuildMindNodeMindManagerThings 3DraftsHURRY S...Show More
I’m Going to Have a Problem Tomorrow Because I’m Saying This Now

59:02 | Oct 9th, 2017

Drew went on a cruise, and worked at sea. Joe did NOT enjoy the redesign of a certain productivity app. The two share computer horror stories (though one of them has frustratingly never had any real problems), and Joe reveals a major new 'experiment'...Show More
Can’t You Just Say What the ‘Content’ Is??

45:20 | Sep 25th, 2017

Drew thinks “content” is a dirty word. Joe thinks giving two hours every week to pondering questions seems like a whole lot of time. Also, more conversation on space for silence. Show notes: If you ever hear me use the phrase “create content” witho...Show More
It’s All Hacked Together

44:02 | Sep 11th, 2017

Bread followup! Ulysses. Workflows, Launch Center Pro, URL schemes, and the very different ways that Drew and Joe view these tools. Show notes: Ulysses Setapp Gemini 2 Timing Pagico Workflow The Five Minute Journal Positivity & Mindfulness Joe’s He...Show More
Whole Wheat

50:37 | Aug 21st, 2017

Ulysses and the subscription model for apps. Medium versus Jekyll. Also, Joe bakes some sourdough bread. Show notes: Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation The last episode of Whims That Work Ulysses Day One Scrivener Productivity Guild TextEx...Show More
I Could Just Do It for 10,000

49:58 | Aug 7th, 2017

Joe and Drew talk about working from home, freelancing, and keeping your own schedule. Also of note: A new package from Joe’s secret admirer. Show notes: ‘The CEO of Barstool Sports says she measures job candidates' responsiveness by texting them ...Show More
A Beautiful Utopia of Input

49:39 | Jul 24th, 2017

Joe goes to MacStock and sparks a discussion on the subject of conferences. Drew takes a deep dive into the strength of ‘Input’ and the helpful benefits of personality assessments. Also…Joe considers blacksmithing? Show notes: MacStock World Domina...Show More
Burn Energy, Gain Energy

54:40 | Jul 10th, 2017

Joe gets a new computer, and the purchase sparks some discussion on the merits of the touch bar. It’s…good? Drew provides some iOS 11 note-taking updates, and brings up the topic of Twitter and the idea of meaningful distractions. Show notes: HFS+ ...Show More
Books Are Expensive

1:08:07 | Jun 26th, 2017

Drew goes to the library, Joe gives an all-important nap update, and the two talk about note-taking habits, memorization, and task managers. Show notes: Oyster The Past and Future City Prizmo Go Jesus’ Son Will Patton’s narrated books Siempo 'Kill Y...Show More
The Better Off These Things Get

49:56 | Jun 19th, 2017

WWDC 2017 is over, and a new iPad may or may not have been bought. Apple's updates are discussed, along with the future of productivity and how tech like augmented reality and voice assistants might come into play. Show notes: JoeBuhlig.com Coffman....Show More
Soybeans & Modbooks

1:10:06 | Jun 6th, 2017

Drew learns about soybean breeding and growing up on a farm, Joe learns about long-forgotten 2000s-era technology, and each host considers what got them interested in the topic of productivity and how it's impacted them today. Show notes: Soybean f...Show More