Michael Schechter and Mike Vardy

The Workflowing Podcast

Casual conversations on productivity and self-improvement with Michael Schechter and Mike Vardy of Workflowing. Guest interviews and candid conversations on how you can do better.
The Workflowing Podcast

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Casual conversations on productivity and self-improvement with Michael Schechter and Mike Vardy of Workflowing. Guest interviews and candid conversations on how you can do better.

Link: workflowing.net

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Episode 2: Working Out Workflowing

May 15, 2013 624

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Who is this for? Those who are interested in how projects like Workflowing come about and how they evolve from a concept into a reality.

For episode 2 of the Workflowing Podcast, Vardy and Schechter share the early conversations that led to the creation of this project.

Links Schechter’s Initial Email to Vardy Mikes on Mics: Episode 0 Mike Techniques: Episode 1 Follow along with Workflowing Visit Schechter’s website at Workflowing.net Subscribe to Workflowing by RSS Follow Workflowing on Twitter or App.net Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net Follow Along with Mike Vardy Visit Vardy’s website at Productivityist.com Subscribe to his site for free by RSS Follow Mike on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 1 (Season 2): Focusing on the Fundamentals with Dave Caolo

May 8, 2013 775

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Note: Mike Techniques is now the Workflowing Podcast. You can learn more about Schechter and Vardy’s new project and what it means for Mike Techniques here.

Schechter and Vardy are joined by Dave Caolo after a recent episode of Mikes on Mics. We discuss how the productivity space tends to overlook the “obvious” fundamentals that can help those who need it most.

Links Mailbox - Put Email In Its Place Postbox — Awesome Email Follow Along with Dave Caolo Visit Dave’s website at 52 Tiger Subscribe to his site for free by RSS Follow Dave on Twitter or App.net Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net Follow Along with Mike Vardy Visit Vardy’s website at Productivityist.com Subscribe to his site for free by RSS Follow Mike on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 19: Getting Wine Done with OmniFocus

Apr 30, 2013 801

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This episode features a conversation between Vardy and Michael Werk of Camp 1 Vineyard. On the heels of the video that outlines how he uses OmniFocus, the discussion revolves around how Michael discovered OmniFocus, why he uses it, where he uses it, and some of his best practices.

Links OmniFocus at Camp 1 Vineyard Follow along with Michael Werk Visit Camp 1 Vineyard on Facebook Follow along with Mike Vardy Visit Vardy’s website at Productivityist.com Subscribe to Productivtiyist.com by RSS or Email Follow Mike on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 18: A Paperless Plan with Brooks Duncan

Apr 16, 2013 769

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This episode features a conversation between Vardy and brooks Duncan of DocumentSnap. They talk about some tips, tricks, and best practices for going paperless -- and each of them has slightly different ways of getting there.

Links World Domination Summit Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500 Scanner Pro NeatDesk NeatCloud + NeatMobile Expensify Evernote Hazel Follow along with Brooks Duncan Visit Brooks's website at DocumentSnap.com Follow Brooks on Twitter and App.net Follow along with Mike Vardy Visit Vardy’s website at Productivityist.com Subscribe to Productivtiyist.com by RSS or Email Follow Mike on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 17: Focusing on OmniFocus 2

Apr 9, 2013 1377

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Episode 17: Focusing on OmniFocus 2

Schechter and Vardy are joined by Kourosh Dini and Thanh Pham to share their early thoughts on the public alpha of OmniFocus 2. Keep in mind, these are very early thoughts on a very early version of the app.

Links Debut of OmniFocus 2 - Blog - The Omni Group Omni’s Plans for 2013 - Blog - The Omni Group The OmniFocus Setup Follow Along with Kourosh Dini Visit Kourosh’s websites at Using OmniFocus and KouroshDini.com Subscribe to Using OmniFocus site for free by RSS Subscribe to KouroshDini.com for free by RSS Follow Kourosh on Twitter Follow Along with Thanh Pham Visit Than’s website at Asian Efficiency Subscribe to his site for free by RSS or Email Follow Thanh on Twitter or App.net Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net Follow Along with Mike Vardy Visit Vardy’s website at Productivityist.com Subscribe to his site for free by RSS Follow Mike on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 16: Schechter Needs A Minute

Mar 26, 2013 341

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Schechter looks back on a week that was lost to intentional and unintentional disruptions. Here’s a quick look at a week of choosing to make time and having time taken away.

Links 33 Families For 33 Years The Three Things #25 Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 15: Down with the Sickness

Mar 19, 2013 509

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This short and sweet episode of the podcast features Vardy riffing solo on how to deal with being sick and battling the desire to be productive at the same time.

Links Low Energy Productivity | Productivityist.com A Fresh Take On Context – The OmniFocus Setup Talk | SimplicityBliss Follow along with Mike Vardy Visit Vardy’s website at Productivityist.com Subscribe to Productivtiyist.com by RSS or Email Follow Mike on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 14: Going Out On Your Own with Brian Saemann

Mar 12, 2013 2385

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On a recent trip to Charlotte, Schechter dragged his brother-in-law, Brian Saemann, out for a beer and a chat. Brian recently made the leap gainful employment to going full-time on his own business (along with his wife and brother).

In this episode, we examine the journey to self-employment, especially the steps Brian took (and those he couldn’t) to balance family responsibilities with personal passions. Being the crappy brother-in-law that he is, Schechter forces Brian to discuss the terror that accompanies the loss of a regular paycheck. Spoiler alert, it’s been worth it.

Follow Along with Brian Saemann Check out Brian’s business at GoBeyond SEO Visit his blog at Lose Your Chains Follow Brian on Twitter Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 13: Getting Personal with Cloze

Mar 5, 2013 1239

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Vardy takes the reins this week in this conversation with Alex Cote and Dan Foody of Cloze, a web/iOS app that aims to help users focus on the people they communicate with rather than the platforms they use to communicate with them.

Links Cloze Cloze for iOS Connect Better with Cloze | Productivityist.com"> Cloze : The Review in The Wall Street Journal Mikes on Mics Episode 55: Checking The Mailbox with Gentry Underwood Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net Follow Along with Mike Vardy Visit Mike Vardy’s website at Productivityist.com Subscribe to his site for free by RSS or Email Follow Mike on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 12: Working on iOS

Feb 26, 2013 1823

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“The Mikes” are back immediately following last week’s episode on the Pebble and Mailbox to talk about iOS only applications and the difficulty in creating iOS workflows.

Links Clear For iPhone and Mac Finish App: Available Now on iPhone OmniFocus for Mac - The Omni Group Things - Cultured Code Sandpaper Apps | A Better Mess Out of the Box by James Gowans Checkmark – Fast and easy location & time-based reminders for iPhone Due: The Superfast Reminder App for iPhone & iPad Listary — Share & Sync Lists Marketcircle | Business Apps for Mac, iPhone, & iPad. Drafts - Agile Tortoise Launch Center Pro by App Cubby Drafts, Pop and Intention MarsEdit 3 - Desktop blog editing for the Mac. Poster — a WordPress blog editor iOS Workflows and Automation : Clark’s Tech Blog Chris White’s iOS Workflows Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net Follow Along with Mike Vardy Visit Mike Vardy’s website at Productivityist.com Subscribe to his site for free by RSS or Email Follow Mike on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 11: The Pebble and Mailbox

Feb 21, 2013 1743

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“The Mikes” talk about a few new toys, Schechter’s Pebble watch and Mailbox (which Schechter had just gotten access to at the time of this recording). This episode was recorded before their episode with Gentry Underwood, the CEO of Mailbox.

Links Mailbox: The Band-Aid for Email | Productivityist.com How Will Apple Change The Watch Business? | A Better Mess The Case for an iWatch | A Better Mess A Pebble On My Wrist | A Better Mess Scheduled sending and email reminders | Boomerang for Gmail Cloze - The Inbox is Human Again KONE Coffee Filter + Brewing System by Keith Gehrke — Kickstarter Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net Follow Along with Mike Vardy Visit Mike Vardy’s website at Productivityist.com Subscribe to his site for free by RSS or Email Follow Mike on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 10: Stepping Away From It All with Yuvi Zalkow

Feb 13, 2013 4415

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Schechter is joined by fellow neurotic Jew (it’s not derogatory when we call ourselves that, right?), Yuvi Zalkow to talk about everything from Yuvi’s blog and social media hiatus, to his novel in progress as well as the revamp of his video series. We also go down one or ten rabbit holes, as we do.

Links This Is Not A Blog Post Blog Hiatus — yuvi zalkow A BRILLIANT NOVEL IN THE WORKS — yuvi zalkow My New Video Series: The Scribbling Bucket — yuvi zalkow Yuvi’s Video Page Michael Schechter’s Writer Workflow Mikes On Mics - Episode 50: Gaming Confidence

Follow Along with Yuvi Zalkow Visit Yuvi Zalkow’s website Subscribe to his site for free by RSS or Email Follow Yuvi on Twitter or App.net Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 9: Talking OmniFocus 2 with Ken Case

Feb 5, 2013 1548

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Schechter chats with Ken Case, the CEO of The Omni Group, the morning after the OmniFocus 2 preview. Ken discusses the “Pro” vs. “Standard” approach, the new design and the motivation behind the newly announced OmniPresence.

Links

OmniFocus 2 Debut LaunchBar 5 Generational - 019 - Tasks, Contexts and Projects with Jeff Hunsberger Mikes On Mics - Episode 47: Looking Forward to OmniFocus 2 with Ken Case Debut of OmniFocus 2 - Blog - The Omni Group 70Decibels - Mikes On Mics - Episode 47: Looking Forward to OmniFocus 2 with Ken Case

Follow Along with Ken Case Visit The OmniGroup website Follow Ken on Twitter Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 8: Choosing Apps with Aaron Mahnke and Gabe Weatherhead

Jan 29, 2013 3738

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“The Mikes” are joined by Aaron Mahnke of Frictionless and Gabe Weatherhead of Macdrifter for a conversation about what matters most when it comes to assessing applications.

Note: The audio quality leaves a ton to be desired. This was slated to be a Mikes on Mics episode, but alas, the sound was not sufficient. The content however was, so we’ve put it up here for those who are willing to put up with degraded quality for sound advice.

Links Griddle Noise: Collect, Clarify, Organize - Guide to Evaluating Personal Task Managers To-Do Lists Made Breathtakingly Simple - Clear For iPhone and Mac OmniFocus for Mac - The Omni Group Cultured Code Things Blog | Cultured Code Frictionless — Capture Cards The Emergent Task Planner | David Seah Schechter’s Workflow Toolbox Asana - Task Management for Teams Flow | Online Task Management and Team Collaboration Software Brett Terpstra Byword • A Simple Text Editor for Mac and iOS nvALT - Brett Terpstra The Top 8 Apps on My Mac That Fuel My Productivity Evernote | Remember everything with Evernote, Skitch and our other great apps. Fantastical | Flexible Mac and iOS Software Paper | FiftyThree iThoughts HD

Follow along with Aaron Mahnke Visit Mahnke’s website at Frictionless Subscribe to Frictionless by RSS Follow Aaron on Twitter or App.net Follow along with Gabe Weatherhead Visit Gabe’s website at Macdrifter Subscribe to Macdrifter by [RSS](http://www.macdrifter.com/feeds/all.atom.xml Follow Gabe on Twitter or App.net Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net Follow Along with Mike Vardy Visit Mike Vardy’s website at

Episode 7: The Evolution of Lifehacks with CM Smith

Jan 24, 2013 787

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Vardy has a chat with CM Smith (former colleague at Lifehack) talk about how the idea of lifehacking has changed over the ye years, the idea of apps that offer all-in-one time saving, and much more.

Links TEDx Talk - Mike Vardy - Hacking Lifehacks Easilydo: Life Assistant - Easilydo Inc. Cloze Postbox: A Powerful Cross-Platform Email Client [Review] | Productivityist.com TextExpander Hazel Belvedere

Follow Along with CM Smith Visit CM Smith's website at CMSmith.net Subscribe to his blog, DevBurner, for free by RSS Follow CM on Twitter or App.net

Follow Along with Mike Vardy Visit Vardy’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to Productivityist.com by RSS or Email Follow Mike on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 6: Trade Paper Blogs with Nick Wynja

Jan 22, 2013 3336

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Schechter is joined by Nick Wynja from Hack / Make to discuss his last minute, year end decision to put out his best posts from his first year of writing the site as a book.

Note: Schechter here. This is my first recording live an in person with my portable rig. I’d love to know what you think.

Links Coffee Shop Contemplations (Buy My Book) — Hack / Make Book Update — Hack / Make Manifesto — Hack / Make (PRE)PRODUCTIVITYIST by Mike Vardy Minimal Mac: What We Believe In by Patrick Rhone Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg Designs on Life | Productivityist.com Mikes On Mics - Episode 49: Living with Intent with Shawn Blanc enough by Patrick Rhone I’m A Failed Writer #6: Obsession x Voice — yuvi zalkow 43f Podcast: John Gruber & Merlin Mann’s Blogging Panel at SxSW Three Words For 2013 | A Better Mess 2012: My Year in Review | Productivityist.com 2013: My Year in Preview | Productivityist.com

Follow Along with Nick Wynja Visit Nick Wynja website at Hack / Make Subscribe to his site for free by RSS Follow Nick on Twitter or App.net

Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 5: The Error Of All In Experiments

Jan 15, 2013 505

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Schechter and Vardy examine the challenges that come from an all in approach. Mostly Schechter does this by ripping Vardy’s all in on Evernote experiment to shreds.

Note: The sound is a bit raw as we weren’t really intending this as an episode. This is meant to offer an unfiltered conversation rather than a polished show.

Links Everything in Evernote My Radical Productivity Experiment Everything in Evernote: All Out Hanging Up On iPhone — 512 Pixels ‘Hanging Up on iPhone’ — The Brooks Review

Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net

Follow Along with Mike Vardy Visit Mike Vardy’s website at Productivityist.com Subscribe to his site for free by RSS or Email Follow Mike on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 4: Happy NeuYear with Jesse Phillips

Jan 8, 2013 878

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Vardy is joined by Jesse Phillips, creator of the NeuYear calendar. They discuss the impetus behind the creation of the product, as well as what Vardy thinks it would be great to use it for -- and all Mike Techniques listeners will get a 30% discount until January 31, 2013 by using the code miketechniques upon checkout.

Links NeuYear How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space Agenda for iOS Bubble Calendar Mikes on Mics: Episode 49 with Shawn Blanc Unstuck Do The Work by Steven Pressfield Follow along with NeuYear Follow NeuYear on Twitter Follow along with Mike Vardy Visit Vardy’s website at Productivityist.com Subscribe to Productivityist.com by RSS or Email Follow Mike on Twitter, Google Plus, or App.net

Episode 3: Spread Thin

Dec 18, 2012 2627

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Schechter is joined by Myke Hurley of 70Decibels fame for a special audio contribution to the Actually Getting Big Things Done series.

Links CMD+SPACE - 017 - Gameboy English Lessons, with Federico Viticci The 512 Podcast - 039 - A Lick of Paint Follow along with Myke Hurley Visit the 70Decibels podcasting network Follow Myke on Twitter or App.net Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net

Episode 2: Following Passion While Supporting a Family with Patrick Rhone and C.J. Chilvers

Dec 12, 2012 4519

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Mike Techniques

For our first “solo” episode, Schechter is joined by C.J. Chilvers and Patrick Rhone to discuss the baggage, the challenges and the joys of following your own passions while doing what’s needed to support a family.

Links Patrick’s comment on ADN and the ensuing conversation CJ’s guest post for Schechter: BFD and GTD Follow along with CJ Chilvers Visit CJ’s website at A Lesser Photographer Subscribe to A Lesser Photographer by RSS or Email Follow CJ on Twitter or App.net Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net Follow along with Patrick Rhone Find Patrick’s work on the web at PatrickRhone.net Subscribe to his site for free by RSS. Follow Patrick on App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.

Episode 1: Brainstorming Mike Techniques

Dec 6, 2012 756

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This first episode is a raw, unedited segment of the brainstorming session that Michael Schechter of A Better Mess and Mike Vardy of Producitivityist.com had for their new collaborative email newsletter and podcast, Mike Techniques.

Fair warning, these early episodes will be all over the map. Over time, if this works out, we’ll look to focus in on that sweet spot between what you enjoy listening to and what we enjoy creating. In the meantime, thanks for giving our little experiment a shot.

Note: When we saw raw, we mean raw. Vardy is not using his usual mic, there are brief pauses. It’s meant to offer an unfiltered look at our thinking and motivation behind the project.

Follow along with Michael Schechter Visit Schechter’s website at BetterMess.com Subscribe to A Better Mess by RSS or Email Follow Michael on Twitter or App.net Follow Along with Mike Vardy Visit Mike Vardy’s website at Productivityist.com Subscribe to his site for free by RSS or Email Follow Mike on Twitter or App.net

If you’re looking for something a bit more polished or structured, be sure to listen to “The Mikes” on their weekly podcast, Mikes on Mics, on the 70Decibels Network.