I USED A TIMER to allow myself two hours for my first hands-on routine with Roam Research, a note-taking and personal knowledge management service that I used to produce this InsideView.ie blog post. I'm confident that if I could save at least 15 euro a month by focusing my note-taking inside Roam because I could reduce my annual consumption of Moleskine journals (see samples in my photostream below). I'm still going to use pen and paper for some of my sketchnotes but the recurring tasks were always more efficient using a template. During my two hour stint with Roam, I created several of those templates and I linked them to the left hand panel (seen above) that displays when Roam launches.
We opened one of our Christmas presents early and discovered the 9" Igeress LCD tablet's writing surface is more useful than an iPad for our 7yo. And it costs 3% of the value of the iPad Mini 4 that it complements. You can buy it for 15 euro on Amazon (affiliate link).
I REMEMBER BUYING one of the first cans of refried beans offered by a large supermarket in County Wicklow back in 1996. Today, I depend on astute shoppers to point out things like Jelly Belly and Bean Boozled I need to put into my shopping cart. People like young YouTuber Alex and his discovery of sweets.
WITHOUT ANY ASSISTANCE (and without being prompted), Dylan (7) just called my mobile phone in Ireland by asking our Amazon Echo Dot in the kitchen. I didn't think Irish phone numbers were configured for that service.
But after a little cross-check, I realised the voice call was simply a five star VOIP service tucked inside my handset's Amazon Alexa app. This means anyone with an Amazon Echo device who has me in their contact list can ring my mobile phone. I'm fascinated by the quality of the call and the natural language that makes all of this so simple.
EVERY YEAR, I look at the stuff I'm carrying and the things I'm using on a daily basis. I'm very happy with my Logitech Wireless Mouse, my Rode Smart Lav+ microphone, my Kanex portable battery, my Sony Xperia Z5 phone, and my Patriot USB memory key.
ONE OF THE UNEXPECTED things connected to my workflow is how I listen to what's in my Pocket collection.  Until I started dabbling with Narro for its text-to-speech awesomeness, I had relegated Pocket from my main workflow. Now I've discovered how quickly the things in Pocket become listening content.