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I tried meditating on the train a few years ago but found it too hard; I hadn't really thought about how I was doing it, just jumped in. After returning to work I thought I'd give it another go now that I have established a better practice and routine.

Despite the movement of the train and conversations of other passengers I'm finding it quite easy to focus. The headphones go on, I launch Oak with a ten minute timer, and I'm away.

I think adopting a mantra is key for me, something to focus on in addition to the breath. It goes like this:

  • breathing in: return to breath
  • breathing out: let it go, feel it relax, nothing else

On breathing in I feel the air in my nostrils, visualise it, let it take over. I feel my body relax as I exhale and, for that ten minutes, truly nothing else matters as I remind myself with every breath.

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I've never really been one for task management, I tend not to have things planned out in any way. I've started looking at this more in recent months, however, and feel like the time might be right for some kind of solution.

I was considering using Drafts as an outliner and management app but I'm not sure it would be the best environment. Yes, I could fashion something useable thanks to scripting but it would not be ideal.

The release of Things 3.4 - with it's URL scheme and support built directly into the Drafts 5 beta - has got me thinking.

Still, I can't help but think that I'm only really considering it because of the Drafts connection rather than because I actually need it.

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That's new. MacOS betas don't normally do this:

Update

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My direct TinyLetter subscription page is here should you have any problems.

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I have changed the "subscribe" link in the footer to point an actual /subscribe page rather than just the RSS feed.

As you will see, the microcast is still on hold (for the foreseeable future) but there is a little surprise: I am going to start an email newsletter!

I've mulled over the idea before but was hesitant about setting something up if there was no real purpose behind it. I've now found the focus I needed.

I said that I wanted 2018 to be the year I did something with my writing so I'm starting a new project that will hopefully become a book. I don't know how long it will take me or how long the work itself will end up but, for once, I'm determined to get it done.

The newsletter will be a behind the scenes look at what I'm doing but I will explain more in the first update which I'm aiming to send on 1st March.

If you want to help shape the project (or just be nosy) I'd love for you to sign up.

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