Random Thought

iPad Pro - Main Computer - Micro Update

For the past 2 years I have been using my 10.5” iPad Pro as my main computer for my personal life as well as my social computer at work (meeting notes etc) and tbh it works better than expected. There is a lot of talk with the latest generation of iPad Pros that they could replace your laptop and a lot of critics (especially on YouTube) have hit out and said the limiting factor is iOS and that it CANNOT replace your laptop.  

I think the general problem is that a lot of people try to look for a one to one replacement in tools and ability, where in fact the new platform requires a new mind-set and I believe you can achieve everything, you just need to approach the situation with an open mind. 

Whenever I encounter a roadblock (which is rare for my workflows and requirements) with how I would usually do something on my MacBook Pro (Work Computer) I think “Is there an App which caters for this problem” and most of the time there is and if not there is always a creative solution, for example utiilsing Siri Shortcuts. 

In the coming weeks, I will write up a more detailed overview of how I have integrated the iPad Pro into my life and how I believe it really has helped me keep productive. 

Spaghetti Ice Cream!

If you’re ever in Germany, head over to any Italien Ice Cream Shop and you will be able to get this lovely creation called “Spaghetti Eis” it’s something you won’t really see outside of Germany. It was apparently invented by an Italian who emigrated to Germany and I guess got a little bored!

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Random Thought #2 - Meditation

Meditation is something that I used to think was something just for hippies and that I didn't need to do such an act. However, this was purely my ignorance speaking as I didn't know how to do it and what the specific benefits were. 

Fast forward to today, and I meditate for 20 minutes a day on a daily basis and value the act as a powerful tool to be able to focus my mind and to think straight. For 20 minutes a day, I focus on myself, nobody or nothing else, me and the benefit are that my mind becomes much more focused, and I am much more relaxed in life. 

Currently, I do what is known as assisted meditation utilising a free app called Oak (https://www.oakmeditation.com/) which was created by the great mind Kevin Rose (https://www.kevinrose.com/). 

But you don't need to use an app or anything, sit down somewhere quiet for 10 minutes a day, close your eyes and focus on breathing in and out. If you start to think of other things, think "I recognise I am not focusing right now" and go back to focusing on the breathing and you would be surprised at after a week how much freer you feel. 

Random Thought #1

So, to encourage myself to blog more often I decided to create this new sub-category called “Random Thought” this is the place where I will just throw something out there. It could be something meaningful or something that’s total WTF! Let’s see how it goes . . .  

It’s still baffles me sometimes how people value their time as free and would rather save a few coins and waste hours of their life. I think we have the balance completely wrong and we value money in a really insane way. Below are some questions I ask myself before deciding to subscribe to a specific service or a large purchase:

  

- What additional value with this give me? (Will it increase my productivity or learn something new) 

- Is there something better I could be doing with my time? - Focused on a service (automation - Zapier) 

 —— to break the above down - How much time will this save me in 6 months to a year?