I just bought a Anker® Bluetooth Ultra-Slim Keyboard over on Amazon for $16. Yes, that’s really the price!
It’s a wireless, bluetooth keyboard in the same design as the Apple Wireless Keyboard. I’ve been leaving the keyboard out in the family room, and it has become my new favorite tool for productive writing.
I’ve often bemoaned the fact that part of parenting involves sitting on the couch watching the kids. Sure, I can send and view emails on my cell phone (an iPhone 5C), but I hate typing on the phone keyboard.
No longer! I just paired the keyboard to my phone. Now, whenever I am watching a movie with my toddler, I can write an article. In fact, I’m writing this article while my 3 year old watches Handy Mandy on the television. I’m able to have conversations with my wife, interact with my child, but stay productive. I’ve also written articles while my newborn naps.
My new workflow includes extensive usage of Evernote. I basically type my new articles in Evernote and later while I’m on my computer I edit and publish them (along with a photo).
It’s such a brilliant idea, and I wish I had thought of it sooner! I’m going to be so productive typing new articles.
As an example, I have managed to type 5 articles in a matter of 30 minutes (each one being about 250 words). Not the biggest articles, but exactly what I wanted to write.
So, go do yourself a favor and pick up a cheap wireless keyboard for your phone. You’ll never regret it! Leave a comment and let me know how you stay productive with kids.
If you use Windows and have ever copied files across your network or onto a different drive you know it’s not the best solution. The good news is that there is a great program called TeraCopy that takes 2 minutes to install and instantly improves how your computer copies and moves files. Highly recommended and best of all, they have a free version.
A few weeks ago we got a bean bag for use at our new office. At first I was skeptical because sometimes bean bags look out of place — especially in an office. To my great surprise the bean bag fits into our decor perfectly. It’s probably because we got a bright green one that matches our branding.
Our new bean bag is an Omni from a company called Sumo. The company describes it as a large pillow. It is different from all of the bean bags I had previously seen that are round. This one has the rectangular shape of a pillow. Just a lot larger! Approximately 5’5 x 4’5 feet.
Also, instead of a psudo leather as you find with some bean bags, this is made of ballistic nylon (PVC coated nylon which is super durable but smooth). I thought I wouldn’t like it, but I do quite a bit.
The biggest selling point to me is that the bean bag can be formed into a lot of different shapes. As you can see in the photos, it’s durable and we have it shaped into a sort of chair with armrests. Cozy!
If you’re in the market for a bean bag, I’d recommend it! Ours is a big hit in the office and has found a permanent spot in Tom’s office. They come in a variety of colors and cost $129. We really like it!
Full disclosure: The bean bag was provided free by Sumo.
I got the book everybody’s been talking about, Founders At Work, and I am three chapters into it. Actually, I skipped ahead and read a few in the middle, and now I’m back to the beginning to start where I left off.
I would highly recommend this book if you are involved in anything to do with the Internet, and startups. It’s kind of refreshing to know that there are other insane people out there, with similar goals, like me.