Productivity for 2013-05-31

Not a terribly productive day today. I alternated between studying for my Open University M343 statistics exam and working on Judga Property – my latest iOS app. I also went to the gym, which is that big break in the middle of the day.

Using Things.app as a Kanban System

Today I worked out how to use Things as a Kanban system. The trick is to use the “Focus” top-level item on the sidebar properly. A lot of my tasks had built up in the “Next” folder. I moved all those tasks from “Next” into the “Someday” folder. Then I only move into the “Next” folder the stuff I’m planning to work on that day. The task I’m currently working on I move into the “Today” folder.

Productivity for 2013-05-30

Not a hugely productive day today, unfortunately. Although since I have been monitoring my productivity hourly, I have been way more productive than normal, which is interesting.

This morning I was planning to write a cron job to save my daily productivity totals to a database, but I realised that I actually have all the information in my Mac OS/X calendar anyway, and can just retrieve the data there.

pomodoro_daily_chart

Productivity for 29th May, 2013

I coded up a script to output a chart of what my productivity looks like for the day. It is based on my Pomodoro software that logs all the time-boxes to my calendar on Mac OS/X. My program extracts all the information and constructs a nice looking chart. The idea is that I track what things are making me more productive.

You can find the script over in my GitHub repository

Pomodoro Daily Chart 2013-05-29

Renaming XCode Projects

It turns out that renaming XCode projects is easy! This StackOverflow thread showed me the trick. All you need to do is double-click slowly on the Project Name in the project hierarchy tree. This allows you to change the name. You then get a dialog showing the refactoring of everything related to the new project name.

An Unexpected Detour

Yesterday we were supposed to fly back to London from Denmark. Unfortunately our flight was cancelled. We found out about it when we arrived at the airport, but couldn’t check in. There was a massive queue of people waiting to try and rebook a flight or get a refund. I jumped on to my iPhone and changed flights for one the next day (tonight). I also investigated hotels. We managed to book The Renaissance hotel in Malmo, Sweden for the night. We also organised a late checkout, so it was quite a pleasant day today. Having O2 International Roaming was fantastic. It’s one of the big pains of travelling; not having data on your phone when you need it most.