April Experiments

Connection:

  • Action:
    • Make a vision board in Pinterest or Trello
  • Call mom and dad weekly
  • Visit mom and dad at least once
  • Call/Visit dad once
  • Call sister and family at least once
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO
    • BT
    • BB
    • EP
    • DR
    • RH
    • JK

Health & Fitness:

  • My daily goals are:
    • 15000 steps
    • 5 miles
    • 10 floors
    • 12hrs with some form of  activity
    • 60 active minutes average daily
    • Also shooting for 5 days with 15min or more of exercise per day
    • 7 hours of sleep
    • Daily Mindfullness – 5 minutes of mindfullness via my Fitbit
  • Action: Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life:
    • Bike 20min 5x per week
    • Physical Therapy (Stair Stretch, Chair Bend) 1x Daily
    • 30 Squats, Situps, Pushups 5x per week
  • Action: Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life:
    • I will also drink 48oz of water a day  (6-8oz glasses or 4 bottles of water)
    • Learn how to cook 2 healthy meals – Pick 2 meals
  • Action: Leisure Reading:
    • Read 30 min per day
    • Harry Potter Book 5 Completed
Innovation:
  • Consume:
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News max = Saturday/Sunday
    • 15 min of reading daily in the morning
      • Finish The Moonshot Effect – And share actions from this book on this blog.
  • Action:
    • 1st Agile Badge – Session 1x weekly
Music:
  • Consume:
    • Learn how to play: Eagles
  • Action
    • 3 more Chords On Uke
    • Setup Studio to always require Ipad in Idock

Photography:

  • Consume:   Instagram Daily for 10 min max
  • Action:
    • 2 Photo taken weekly.  1 DSLR and 1 Iphone
    • Complete Photography Course 1
Passive Income Business:
  • Action:
    • Make a list of possible online businesses I’d be interested in
    • Cancel Fizzle
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 An Example of 3 Easy Steps To Finding Your Passion….And Being Happier

Take time to answer these questions(No more than a few hours): (Use an underscore to join words that should stay together)

  • When you were a kid, What did you want to do/be/have when you grew up?
    • Pilot, Fly, Police_Officer, Firefighter, Log_Cabin
  • What interests did you have as a kid?
    • Flying Model Airplanes, Skateboarding, Skiing, Wakeboarding, Boating, Motorcycles, Building with Legos, Movies, Martial_Arts, Music, Camping, Golfing, Ninja, Audio_Technology
  • What interests do you have now?
    • Guitar, Recording Music, Movies, Photography, Mountain_Biking, Boating, Wake_Boarding, Kite_Surfing, Travel, Fitness
  • What would you do if you only had three months to live?
    • Travel With My Family, WingSuit, Go on a Photography Adventure, Take An Amazing Photo and Frame It, Mountain_Bike Adventure, Write A Short Book To My Boys (Kids)
  • What have you done that you would do again if you could?
    • Have kids, Get Married, Travel, Live in England, Black_Belt in Martial_Arts
  • What were you doing the last time you lost track of time?
    • Guitar, Martial_Arts, Designing House, Skate_Boarding, Skiing
  • What are your most amazing memories?
    • Kids, Travel, Cruises, Hiking, Backpacking, Canoeing, Sky_diving, Flying a Plane, Flying an Ultralight, Skiing
  • What looks like an amazing/fun thing to do?
    • Kite-Surf, Moutain_Bike Adventure, Photography Adventure, Snowmobile, ATV, Kayaking
  • What do you find yourself doing every chance you get?
    • Playing Guitar, Learning, Setting Goals, Organizing, Mountain_Biking
  • What are you insanly good at?
    • Finding Opportunities, Collaboration, Visual_Management
  • What are you thankful for?
    • Family, A Nice House, A Flexible Job, The Chance To Travel
  • What do you want?
    • To be able to work from anywhere, Earn a living independently doing something I care about
Put the answers into a word cloud:
  • Wordsalad app works well for mobile, or you can use this website on any device:  https://www.jasondavies.com/wordcloud/
  • The ones that are larger were items repeated a few times and are what you are drawn to.  Focus on these!  You can look at the smaller items as idea generators of things to explore if you want to try something new.

2018 Wordcloud

Pick the top 3 to 5 words and make a plan:
  • Mine are:  Family, Adventurous Travel, Guitar, Mountain Biking and Photography.  Fitness(physical and mental) is a new area of interest I am focusing on.
  • A plan would consist of setting annual and/or monthly goals and then building in daily habits that will drive you into action on a daily basis.  As you will find in this blog, I use monthly experiments to keep guiding me towards my passions.
  • Review your daily habit list weekly to ensure the items you are doing daily are moving you towards your monthly and annual goals.  I use an IOS app called productive.
  • Habits:
    • Practice scales and chords daily
    • Take a photo daily
    • Engage in photography course daily
    • Ride for 20minutes daily with the goal until trails are ready
    • Drink 60oz of water daily
    • Meditate for 5 minutes daily
    • 30 Squats, Situps and Pushups Daily
    • Write in my journal weekly.
    • Ready daily
    • Research places to visit with the family

 

Brainstorm, Focus and Act.  As someone who over-thinks…don’t over think this!

Good Luck!

 

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March Experiments

 Connection:✅

  • Call mom and dad weekly✅
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once✅
  • Call sister and family at least once⚠️
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO✅
    • BT✅
    • BB✅
    • EP✅
    • DR✅
    • RH✅
    • JK✅

Health & Fitness:⚠️

  • My daily goals are:
    • 15000 steps⚠️10000
    • 5 miles⚠️3.9
    • 10 floors✅9
    • 9hrs with some form of  activity⚠️
    • 60 active minutes⚠️ 48
    • Also shooting for 5 days with 15min or more of exercise per day ⚠️ 3 of 4 weeks achieved
    • 6 cups or 48 fluid oz of water morning, noon,night❌
    • 7 hours of sleep⚠️ Avg 6.75 hours
    • Daily Mindfullness – 2 minutes of mindfullness via my Fitbit❌
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life:
    • Run 1 miles 1-2 times per week-Skip🚩
    • Bike 10 miles 1 time per week❌
    • Physical Therapy 1x Daily❌
    • 0-200 Situp, 0-100 Pushup, 0-100 Squat challenges from Fitness22 LTD. – ⚠️
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life:
    • I will also drink 48oz of water a day  (6-8oz glasses or 4 bottles of water)⚠️
    • Learn how to cook 2 healthy meals – Pick 2 meals❌
  • Liesure Reading:
    • Harry Potter Book 5 Completed❌
Innovation❌
  • Consume:
    • 15 min of reading daily in the morning and evening
      • Finish The Moonshot Effect – And share actions from this book on this blog.❌
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News max = Saturday/Sunday✅
  • Progress Simpler Goals:
    • 1st Agile Badge❌
Music:
  • Consume:
    • Learn how to play: Eagles❌
    • 3 more Chords On Uke❌
  • Create – 1 loop recording❌

Photography:❌

  • Consume Instagram Daily for 10 min max⚠️
  • Create:
    • Practice and build portfolio – One photo posted to Instagram per week❌
Passive Income Business ❌
 
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February Experiments

 Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly✅
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once❌
  • Call sister and family at least once✅
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO✅
    • BT❌
    • BB❌
    • EP✅
    • DR✅
    • RH✅
    • JK❌

Health & Fitness:

  • My daily goals are:
    • 15000 steps⚠️
    • 5 miles⚠️
    • 10 floors⚠️
    • 9hrs with some form of  activity⚠️
    • 30 active minutes⚠️
    • 6 cups or 48 fluid oz of water 2 morning, noon,night⚠️
    • 7 hours of sleep✅
    • Also shooting for 5 days with 15min or more of exercise per day❌
    • Daily Mindfullness – 2 minutes of mindfullness via my Fitbit❌
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life:
    • Run 1 miles 1-2 times per week-Skip🚩
    • Bike 10 miles 1 time per week❌
    • Physical Therapy 1x Daily⚠️
    • 0-200 Situp, 0-100 Pushup, 0-100 Squat challenges from Fitness22 LTD. – Restart❌
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life:
    • I will also drink 48oz of water a day  (6-8oz glasses or 4 bottles of water)❌
    • Learn how to cook 2 healthy meals – Pick 2 meals❌
  • Liesure Reading:
    • Harry Potter Book 4 Completed✅
Innovation
  • Consume:
    • 15 min of reading daily in the morning and evening
      • Finish The Moonshot Effect – And share actions from this book on this blog.❌
      • Finish Lead with a story❌
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News max = Saturday/Sunday✅
  • Progress Simpler Goals:
    • REX topic training❌
      • 1st Agile Badge❌
Music:
  • Consume:
    • Learn how to play: Eagles✅
    • 3 more Chords On Uke✅
  • Create – 1 loop recording✅

Photography:

  • Consume Instagram Daily for 10 min max⚠️
  • Create:
    • Practice and build portfolio – One photo posted to Instagram per week❌
Passive Income Business
  • ID Business and create business case❌
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January Experiments

 Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly✅
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once❌
  • Call sister and family at least once✅
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO✅
    • BT❌
    • BB❌
    • EP✅
    • DR❌
    • RH❌
    • JK❌

Health & Fitness:

  • My daily goals are:
    • 15000 steps⚠️
    • 5 miles⚠️
    • 10 floors⚠️
    • 9hrs with some form of  activity✅
    • 30 active minutes-20 active minutes daily with leg injury⚠️
    • 6 cups or 48 fluid oz of water 2 morning, noon,night❌
    • 7 hours of sleep✅
    • Also shooting for 5 days with 15min or more of exercise per day✅
    • Daily Mindfullness – 2 minutes of mindfullness via my Fitbit❌
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • Run 1 miles 1-2 times per week-Skip🚩
    • Bike 10 miles 1 time per week⚠️
    • Physical Therapy 1x Daily⚠️
    • 0-200 Situp, 0-100 Pushup, 0-100 Squat challenges from Fitness22 LTD. – Restart❌
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • I will also drink 48oz of water a day  (6-8oz glasses or 4 bottles of water)❌
    • Learn how to cook 2 healthy meals – Pick 2 meals❌
  • Reading
    • Harry Potter Book 3 Completed✅
Innovation
  • Consume
    • 15 min of reading daily in the morning
      • Finish The Moonshot Effect – And share actions from this book on this blog.❌
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News max = morning / evening
  • Progress Simpler Goals:
    • REX topic training
      • 1st Agile Badge❌
    • Write a blog article❌
Music:
  • Consume – Learn how to play ❌
  • Create – 1 loop recording❌
  • Create – Wedding song❌

Photography:

  • Consume
    • Complete Photography Course⚠️
    • Bharath training❌
    • Read Blogs✅
    • Review Instagram posts of those followed 1x weekly✅
  • Create
    • Practice and build portfolio – One photo posted to Instagram per week❌
    • Explore Adobe Portfolio as a long-term portfolio location.❌
Passive Income Business
  • 30 Day ship it challenge-ID a business or product to start within 30 days❌
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2017 Reflection – 2018 Vision

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Reflection:

Take stock of what you’ve accomplished and what you’re proud of. Also think through the low points of the year and what you don’t want to repeat.

  • What are you most proud of in the last year?
    • Learned new songs for guitar
    • IBM Design Thinking Badges
    • IBM Offering Management Badge
    • Carribbean Cruise (Puerto Rico)
    • Returned to England
    • Built out studio with new recording and looping gear
    • 1,000,000 total steps, 847 total floors, 509 total miles –  tracked with Fitbit since August
    • Biked Hartman Creek state park and High Cliff horse trails
    • 106 all time blog posts up from 77 a year ago (+29)
      • 2298 total views up from 429
      • 1254 total visitors up from 217
      • 3 likes
      • 4 comments
      • 64 different countries…up from 30
  • If there were a newspaper headline describing this past year for you, what would it say?
    • Carpe Diem – Travel, Play, Learn, Live
  • What unfinished business did you want to resolve before the year’s end, and when will you do it? (Ex: lingering relationships, apologies, goals yet to achieve, etc.)
    • Resolving the barriers of one of my closest friendships to find out why they have distanced themselves.
  • When were you most excited about life in this past year? What were you doing? Who were you with?
    • Traveling in England
    • Visiting with Jef O
    • Mountain biking (but wish it was with someone)
    • Getting new guitar equipment
    • Getting a new camera
  • Looking back, what would you have done differently in 2017?
    • Wish I could have started a web product/business
  • What new dream for yourself did you achieve?
    • Continued to travel
  • Where did you let fear hold you back from a goal you had?
    • I don’t recall?
  • What was boring to you this year that you hope to change for next year?
    • My work with Truven, however it enables other passions.
  • What new and inspiring people did you meet in the last year? Who do you want to get closer with in the year to come? Remember, you are the average of the five people you spend most time with. Choose wisely!
    • Inspiring:
      • Bacon, Andy, Fizzle team, Cassius Callender (Photographer), Eric McRitchie (Photographer)
    • Connect with:
      • Cassius Callender (Photographer)
 
 

For 2018, Use the 5 Dimensions of health for focus areas:

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Social
  • Financial
  • Purposeful


Topics of focus with alignment to the 5 dimensions of health:

List the core areas of your life where you want to get results. Examples. include: Health, Continued Learning, Helping Others, Marriage, Business. The more creative you can get with your naming, the more committed you’ll be (i.e. Expand the Mind instead of Continued Learning). Anything goes.
Don’t list any more than 8 (ideally fewer). The point here is to nail the areas in your life that matter and have fun with it.
 
  • Family (Social)
  • Friends (Social)
  • Fitness (Physical/Mental)
  • Passive income (Financial)
  • Music (Purposeful)
  • Photography (Purposeful)
  • Find and do meaningful work (Purposeful)
 

 

 
Habits/Resolutions with Core Goals. (Outcomes/Reasons/Minor Steps/Baby Steps/Resources)

Before we start thinking through our massive goals, it’s good to start with general themes of improvement or change you want to work on. We see them as habits or resolutions. These differ from goals in the sense that goals are things you eventually accomplish or check off your list. Habits are things you want to adopt as a part of your life going forward. Some examples of habits we’ve focused on include: being early, scheduling less, slowing down, spending less time on email, simplifying/ decluttering, single-tasking or getting more sleep.
 
It’s best to focus on a max of one new habit or resolution at a time (ideally no more than one a month). If we do that one thing for a month straight, it will likely become a part of our routine. The good news is that for the super ambitious, this still allows for 12 new habits a year! Although, we’d recommend fewer.
 
  • Mindfullness meditation
    • Meditate 2 min daily
    • Learn Tai Chi
  • Minimize
    • 5S an area of the house monthly
  • Fitness
    • Rehab knee
    • Situp/pushup/squat challenge
    • Body weight challenge
    • Burpee challenge
    • Bike lake Winnebago
    • Run a 5k
  • Create
    • Write and Record a song
    • 12 photos to print and frame
    • An online product/service
  • Read/Learn
    • 4 books
    • 4 courses
    • Find a cause…
    • 7 new health meals to cook
    • Basic piano and Ukelele
    • The Caged system
    • Monthly photography challenge
      • Macro, B&W, Landscape, Action, 
 
 
And as I will work to do every year….My lists of   Things I want:
Things I want to be:
  • A better father, husband, brother, son, friend
  • Inspiring
  • A better coach
  • A better musician
  • A great photographer
  • A cook
  • An entrepreneuer
  • Financially stable
  • Fit & Healthy
 
Things I want to (do):
  • Be more present
  • Travel
    • Banff
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Grand Canyon
    • Wisconsin State Parks
    • Montana
    • Utah
  • Create music
  • Create photos and a photo portfolio
  • Mountain bike
  • Cook
  • Read more books
  • Camp
  • Run a 5k
  • Bike Winnebago
  • Learn basic piano songs
  • Write & record a song
  • Eat better
  • Drink more water
  • Read less news
 
Things I want to have:
  • A new full suspension mountain bike
  • Bike rack
  • Gopro hero 6
  • Input mixer for studio
  • 2 sonos speakers
  • Apple TV
  • 50mm lens
  • 300mm lens
  • Kite board & Kite?
  • Wake board
  • Snow shoes
 

 

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December Experiments

 Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly✅
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once✅
  • Call sister and family at least once✅
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO✅
    • BT✅
    • BB✅
    • EP✅
    • DR✅
    • RH✅
    • JK✅

Health & Fitness:

  • My daily goals are:
    • 15000 steps-5000 with leg injury✅
    • 5 miles-3 miles with leg injury✅
    • 10 floors-5 floors with leg injury✅
    • 9hrs with some form of  activity⚠️
    • 30 active minutes-20 active minutes daily with leg injury⚠️
    • 6 cups or 48 fluid oz of water 2 morning, noon,night❌
    • 7 hours of sleep❌
    • Also shooting for 5 days with 15min or more of exercise per day⚠️
  • Be more mindful/present
    • Daily Mindfullness – 2 minutes of mindfullness via my Fitbit mid-day❌
    • Daily Session of smiling mind mindfulness training⚠️
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • Run 1 miles 1-2 times per week- Skip
    • Bike 10 miles 1 time per week-Skip
    • Physical Therapy 2-3 times daily✅
    • 0-200 Situp, 0-100 Pushup, 0-100 Squat challenges from Fitness22 LTD. – Restart❌
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • I will also drink 48oz of water a day  (6-8oz glasses or 4 bottles of water)❌
    • Learn how to cook 2 healthy meals – Pick 2 meals❌
  • Reading
    • Harry Potter Book 3 Completed⚠️
Innovation
  • Consume
    • 15 min of reading daily in the morning✅
      • Finish The Moonshot Effect – And share actions from this book on this blog.❌
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News max = morning / evening✅
  • Progress Simpler Goals:
    • REX topic training
      • Coaching Badge in design thinking✅
      • 1st Agile Badge⚠️
    • Write a blog article
  • Create
    • New Blog – Focused Topic❌
Music:
  • Consume – Learn how to play …🚩❌
  • Create – 1 loop recording❌

Photography:

  • Consume
    • Complete Photography Course❌
    • Read Blogs✅
    • Review Instagram posts of those followed 1x weekly✅
  • Create
    • Practice and build portfolio – One photo posted to Instagram per week to TAS.❌
    • Explore Adobe Portfolio as a long-term portfolio location.❌
Passive Income Business
  • Map Topics✅
  • ID a business or product to start within 30 days⚠️
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Bump in the road..What are my true passions?

So what do you do when you are working so hard to find your passion and then one day…one wrong move on a trampoline immobilizes you?

To start with…I believe I’ll be ok, but the past few days of sitting on my butt (not getting any Fitbit steps in) has me thinking.  What if I am not able to do some of those things I am passionate about?  What if I can’t bike again?  What if I can’t do fun things with my boys?  What if I struggle to move and all of the sudden put on a ton of weight?  Will I have pain in my knee for the rest of my life?  Now this is just a small injury I’m sure, but to me it is a major injury.  It could have been a lot worse.

So let’s think about my passions…

Family – It may change some of the things we do, but in the end I’ll still be able to spend time with them.  Hopefully I’ll be able to go for walks again.  What about rollerblading?  The boys love going to the roller rink…will I be able to do that with them again?  What about swimming.  I assume I’ll be able to do this as it is low impact…but what about surfing or wind surfing?  Will I be able to try these?

Music – Sooo happy that I didn’t hurt a hand so can keep playing!  This is my way of relaxing!

Photography – The injury might make it harder to do landscape photography, but not impossible.  Will I be able to move to get that cool shot?

Fitness – This is the one that I am most concerned about.  Will I be able to run?  Will I be able to mountain bike or even road bike for that matter?  I definitely need to put the push-up, sit-up and squat challenge on hold for a while!

Innovation – Luckily, I don’t see how this could negatively impact my career in the long run.  In-fact it’s increasing my passion for improving healthcare as I am experiencing the pain points with our healthcare system.  Access, Cost, Quality of care, Experience

So time will tell, but at this point in time I’m just thinking about how this injury will impact me.  I know there is a lot that can be done and that things could have been a lot worse.  In the end, most of my passions should not be impacted, but I guess the main question to be answered…will I stick with these “Topics” as my passions.  Maybe this will change or at least test what I am passionate about…i.e. if I find that I disengage from them…maybe they weren’t really a passion to begin with?

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Inspirational Quote

“Only through self-acceptance can one find their true purpose” ~ Unknown

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Trello Product Review

Trello is an online productivity App/Tool that allows teams to better visual management of their tasks and workflows.  In one glance a team can see what tasks are being worked on and what tasks have yet to be completed.  Priority, status and state can all be captured.

Status and state are often confused.  For my boards, the state is the position a task is in within a workflow.  As for status, this is an indication if it is on track, off track, blocked….if it has made progress or if it hasn’t started yet.

I have used Trello in two ways.  First, to create a board that displays high level initiatives and the high level tasks that need to be done in priority order.  It looks something like this:  (Initiatives across the top with list of tasks in priority order below them)

Trello Initiatives

Trello can also be used to manage tasks through predefined workflow steps.  (The columns in this example are the major workflow steps rather than the list of initiatives):

Trello Workflow

For myself…I use two products in harmony.  Trello for initiatives and items that need to move through a workflow.

Then for more detailed lists/checklists and repetitive tasks I use the App 2DO.  The main drawback of 2DO is that there is not an easy desktop interface.  I will cover this app in a future review.

Trello Pros and Cons list:

Pros:

  • Multi-Device (IOS, Desktop Interface, Android)
  • Images can be added for less “List” and more visual story telling if desired
  • Collaborative – if you start a team…you can have the team commenting on various tasks.
  • Visual status
  • Notifications and @mentions to help drive action outside of conference call meetings.
  • Easy to keep team aligned on top priority items.
  • Browser plugins allow for added functionality
  • Visually shows tasks, task owner, number of todos in it, and depending on how you set it up…status of the task and location within a workflow (state).

Cons:

  • Repeating tasks are difficult
  • Although the Browser interface is good with a few plug-ins added, the desktop App is a bit generic (like the mobile apps).  Hopefully they will add some functionality to the basic apps like:
    • Parent Child connecting
    • Card statistics
    • Board statistics
    • There are no standard ways to review burndown/create reports for what was completed this week, vs this month.
    • Add a status tag, and also be able to add labels with various colors

 

In summary, I have tried tons of apps for task management and have found that a balance between Trello for team tasks and intiatives along with 2DO for my personal more detailed task tracking has been the best way to manage work that needs to be done while sharing with teams and leaders…all the work that is going on.

I highly recommend Trello and hopefully with a few enhancments over time, it will be my one go-to place for my tasks.

Good luck!

Please drop me a note and let me know what you think of Trello and also what other productivity tools you use for staying on top of tasks and intiatives.

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