Chat about Tech, Sci-Fi, and Feeling Like a Dinosaur

I’m going to Montreal today for a small literary conference called “Scintillation”. I took a Lyft today to go the train station and the Lyft driver was super friendly, we started chatting, and I mentioned I liked sci-fi and fantasy. I talked about my favorite books of all time, c … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 3 days ago

How I setup Nirvana for GTD (June, 2024)

This is a walkthrough on how I currently have my Nirvana setup. Nirvana is a to-do app built for the Getting Things Done® methodology. I’ve been using it for years now. I’ve written a lot about switching back and forth to Nirvana, but I don’t think I’ve ever published a full set … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 4 days ago

Week Notes – June 03 to June 09

👟 Running 7Km is my new normal now. It’s a huge improvement from last year! 🤗 I can comfortably run this distance. But I only ran once this week, the other days were all walks because we had this constant start-stop rain going on most days. Jun 04, 2024 = 7.17K … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 7 days ago

I feel hacked

The Internet. What a wonderful thing. Access to all kinds of information at our fingertips. Connecting people all over the world. Social media is here to allow sharing of ideas and information. Great ! The Internet evolved to be so ubiquitous that we are connected 24/7, even thou … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 11 days ago

Week Notes – May 27 to June 02

📖Reading: I started a Book Club read which is a Norse-Mythology-Viking inspired fantasy. The tone is not really appealing me: it is a dark and gritty world with bloody vengeance themes. Maybe I won’t finish it. I’m also reading Scott Pilgrim and a couple of romances. &#x … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 15 days ago

What I read in May 2024

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) by Becky Chambers, 365p: I love Becky Chamber's writing style. And this one is a delightful read following the coming of age of two characters from the first book. One is a former sentient ship AI that was transferred to a synthetic humano … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 17 days ago

Slower Days and Strategies For Busy Days

I'm enjoying some slower days at work. There has been only one big procurement project with tight deadlines to deliver a budget. All the other budgets I've been working on are for internal projects, buildings that are already under construction and the deadlines can be easily neg … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 19 days ago

Week Notes – May 20 to May 26

😊 This week just flew by! I thought about how well I'm feeling now if compared to the weeks after I got COVID back in March. My energy levels are back to pre-pandemic levels and I'm sure getting my iron infusion has helped a lot. 📝 I am still not sure what got int … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 22 days ago

Failed experiment with Todoist

This week I decided I had some time and headspace available to experiment with Todoist for my GTD (Getting Things Done) system. Why?? Back in 2019-2020, I had used Todoist and enjoyed it. But then there was a big update that altered some features and screwed up my existing setup … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 24 days ago

Week Notes – May 13 to May 20

🏝️ I got 2 days off work and had an extra-long weekend with Monday 20th being a holiday here! 🥳 I didn’t have anything planned, I just took the time to relax and slow down. Reading, journaling, playing Stardew Valley, long walks, yoga and running. That’s about sum … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 27 days ago

Week Notes – May 06 to May 12

📒I stopped time blocking hour by hour with Cal Newport's planner, and I'm doing a more "focus of the day" type of planning with the Rocketbook week spread pages. I'm liking it. It gives me a different perspective. Stil testing how it goes. 🚄I finally booked my tra … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 1 month ago

Things I have to remember to plan my day

This is a note to self about planning my day: Lunch & Shutdown: Schedule the Lunch break and the Shutdown blocks. Email time: Add blocks to handle emails. Meeting Buffers: Insert buffer times before and after meetings for preparation and follow-up. Breaks: Add breaks/snack time. … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 1 month ago

Week Notes – Apr 28 to May 05

📒I've been using my Rocketbook for a week or so now, and I'm enjoying it! I didn't like the pen that comes with it (a 0.7mm black Frixion) and got 0.5mm Frixion Synergy pens in assorted colors and I love them. I've always liked smooth paper, so it wasn't hard for me to ad … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 1 month ago

What I read in April 2024

Bookshops & Bonedust (Legends & Lattes #0) by Travis Baldree, 339p: I loved going back to this cozy fantasy world with a younger Viv. We can see how her experiences in this book lead to her choices in the first book. Viv is injured on a fight, and she must stay in this small town … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 1 month ago

Week Notes – Apr 22 to Apr 28

🥳The horrible COVID headaches are gone! 📒I got a reusable notebook: Rocketbook Fusion and some blue and colored Pilot Frixion Synergy pens in 0.5mm. It comes with a black 0.7mm and I prefer writing in blue. I really like the feel of writing on it, it's exceptional … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 1 month ago

How I take daily notes at work and thinking about reusable notebooksoks

I have a system I've been using since 2019 for taking notes at work. I use an Arc notebook that I got from Staples that has refillable pages. It's a customizable system, so I can remove pages and insert them elsewhere in the book by simply pulling out the sheet. It’s really nice … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 1 month ago

Week Notes – Apr 15 to Apr 21

🤯I've been having less and less headaches since I got Covid-19 48 days ago. I think it's timely progress! 🩺It's been a bit more than a month since I got the iron infusion for my anemia. I started to feel less tired this weekend, which I think is a sign it’s doing … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 1 month ago

GTD Journey: It's all about working with lists and embracing Nirvana

So, when I started Rethinking My To Do list this week, I was feeling disconnected. I was craving for something different. I’m not sure why, but I was bored. And I didn’t want to look at my to-do list. So, avoiding it only intensified my disconnection. I thought I needed a new to- … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 1 month ago

Rethinking My To Do list

There’s something going on with how I’m engaging with my To Do list (currently using Nirvana). I’ve been craving for something more interesting. I’ve had this feeling before, and when that happened, I tried out Microsoft To Do but it never stuck with me. I’ve decided to do some … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 2 months ago

Week Notes - Apr 08 to Apr 14

⚒️It was a busy week at work. I went to 2 different construction sites for meetings and a site visit. I didn’t have much time to write this week. I focused on getting exercise and rest after work. 📚I skipped my local Bookclub meeting this week because I haven’t finished … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 2 months ago

Week Notes – Apr 01 to Apr 07 2024

🏃‍♀️It got cold, and we had some snow in the middle of this week. But it cleared up over the weekend and I went for a 7km run outside. It was 15C, nice and sunny day. 🤑We finally filed our taxes today! Project completed :) ❤️The post COVID headaches are still hap … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 2 months ago

2024 Q1 Projects Completed - Recap

At the end of each quarter, I like to take stock of myself and list the projects/goals I have concluded and achieved. Since Q1 2024 is over, I will list here the projects I completed during this period: Complete the 30-Day Yoga Journey 2024 - Yoga with Adrienne (Jan, 2024) Get … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 2 months ago

Week Notes – Mar 25 to Mar 31 2024

⚕️ The post-COVID headaches are getting less and less frequent, so that's satisfactory progress! 🎮 I'm still having fun with Stardew Valley. I can play one or two in-game days at a time, no rush, no stress. It's been great as a rote activity that refreshes my brain a litt … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 2 months ago

What I read in March 2024

I was sick in the beginning of the month, and I experienced fatigue and headaches for most of it. But I managed to do a quick refresh on Morning pages, powered through a romantasy, explored some Buddhist philosophy, and finished with an interesting read about attention span and t … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 2 months ago

Embracing Lighter Reads

I've abandoned the book "Apollo Murders" by Chris Hadfield. I wanted to like it, but it's not growing on me, really. I stopped at 20% which is a fair amount to realize a book isn't resonating with me. Every time I stop reading a book, I feel guilty. I can't stop but wonder "But … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 2 months ago

Week Notes – Mar 18 to Mar 24 2024

These are some of the things that happened in my life lately: 🐢I feel like I’ve slowed down this week, which is good. After the week with COVID-19 when I was forced to slow down to rest and recover, I want to bring that slowness to my life going forward. That means reall … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 2 months ago

Journaling Daily in 2024

Journaling is a habit I started in 2013. I talk more about my initial experience here. For some time, I was doing shorter entries, like “The 5 Minute Journal” style, where I would have a template to write daily on Evernote. That was 2017. It was also the year I moved to Canada … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 3 months ago

Week Notes – Mar 11 to Mar 17 2024

These are some of the things that happened in my life lately: 🩺It was my first full week after I tested negative for COVID-19 and I’m still having some headaches and I still wake up with my sinus blocked. It’s worse in the morning, but after I take an antihistamine and I … | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 3 months ago

Task completion preferences: insights from "Attention Span"

In Gloria Mark’s book “Attention Span” she delves into the fascinating world of attention management.  We usually fall along a continuum ... | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 3 months ago

Quick update : monospace fonts

After switching all my systems/apps/blog to Dark Mode, now I'm looking at some font types. I've been journaling daily in Standard Notes u... | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 3 months ago

Week Notes – Mar 04 to Mar 10 2024

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@noisydeadlines.net | 3 months ago

Dark Mode Everywhere!

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@noisydeadlines.net | 3 months ago

Life update: second encounter with Covid

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@noisydeadlines.net | 3 months ago

Week Notes – Feb 19 to Mar 03 2024

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@noisydeadlines.net | 3 months ago

What I read in February 2024

Check & Mate by Ali Hazelwood, 362p: This book made want to learn how to play chess! I didn't know anything about the world of professi... | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 3 months ago

Week Notes – Feb 12 to Feb 18 2024

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@noisydeadlines.net | 4 months ago

A project deadline with Nirvana

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@noisydeadlines.net | 4 months ago

Week Notes - Jan 29 to Feb 11 2024

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@noisydeadlines.net | 4 months ago

Testing a fixed schedule to check emails (Day 2)

Ok, so my experiment yesterday went pretty well. It was great not to have the email window open at all times and I did 1-hour sessions of... | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 4 months ago

What I read in January 2024

1\. I Didn't Do the Thing Today: Letting Go of Productivity Guilt to Embrace the Hidden Value in Daily Life by Madeleine Dore, 304p: Th... | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 4 months ago

Testing a fixed schedule to check emails

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@noisydeadlines.net | 4 months ago

Week Notes – Jan 15 to Jan 28 2024

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@noisydeadlines.net | 4 months ago

Testing Microsoft To Do and saying goodbye

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@noisydeadlines.net | 4 months ago

Reflecting on what I want from my GTD system

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@noisydeadlines.net | 4 months ago

Slow Monday with boredom and questions

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@noisydeadlines.net | 4 months ago

The Friday Afternoon Work Ritual

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@noisydeadlines.net | 5 months ago

Emojis in NirvanaHQ

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@noisydeadlines.net | 5 months ago

GTD Journey: Daily Plans, Shutdown Routines and Weekly Reviews

I've always been an employed worker, working for the public or private sectors in construction. I don't have any experience running a bus... | Continue reading


@noisydeadlines.net | 5 months ago