Whims That Work

Technology. Productivity. In depth.

About the show

Joe Buhlig and Drew Coffman talk about technology and productivity, and how the former plays a role in the latter.

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  • All the Bells and Whistles Without All the Bells and Whistles

    November 12th, 2018  |  41 mins 13 secs

    Drew decides that it’s time to investigate note-taking the way that task-management is often investigated! This sparks a long discussion on apps (or a decision not to use them), and how to avoid getting stuck in a space where writing just isn’t as easy as it used to be.

  • It’s Where the Widgets Are

    October 15th, 2018  |  38 mins 49 secs

    Joe has done something out of character, updating to iOS 12 and Mojave with quickness. Drew asks why, and the two talk about Siri Shortcuts, dark mode, and a third-party app that makes both of their MacBook Pro setups so much sweeter.

  • We Really Gotta Talk About Team Management

    September 17th, 2018  |  47 mins 2 secs

    As Joe and Drew both grow their respective businesses, their usual task management talk transitions to a similar topic: team management. Drew gives the floor to Joe, who talks about why he manages projects and not people, and how to find the right system.

  • A Brick and Mortar Space

    September 3rd, 2018  |  43 mins 21 secs

    Drew bought a coffee shop. He tells the story, and talks about how it’s changing his productivity habits.

  • Downtime Accountability Group

    July 16th, 2018  |  38 mins 58 secs

    Joe turns this episode into a confessional and makes a vulnerable statement: He’s a phone addict. Drew and Joe discuss our modern tendency to spend too much time on our devices, Joe reveals how he’s dealing with it, and Drew covers the ways that iOS 12 provides some ‘app limits’ of its own. Since iOS 12 gets brought up, so too does the other looming Apple beta: Mojave.

  • Back to a Digital Task Manager

    July 2nd, 2018  |  38 mins 48 secs

    An episode dedicated to a singular topic: Joe is back to using OmniFocus.

  • Move from One Phase to Another

    June 18th, 2018  |  45 mins 21 secs

    Drew talks about his new business venture, Keyhouse! After Joe introduced Procourse last week, this conversation continues the same dialogue on freelance work becoming something bigger.

  • The Whole Working on the Internet Dilemma

    June 4th, 2018  |  41 mins 13 secs

    Joe talks about his new business venture, ProCourse! This leads to a conversation about the natural evolution from freelancer to business owner, and all of the challenges that come with it: Setting goals (or choosing not to), getting buried in email, adding yet-another-Slack channel, and telling people IRL what you do in the first place.

  • Now Somehow an Employer

    May 21st, 2018  |  42 mins 4 secs

    Joe transcends the typical mailbox and gets a UPS box of his own. This leads to a conversation about home offices, which leads to a conversation about wanting to appear legitimate, which leads to an unexpected conversation about learning how to take on new roles.

  • Do the Work at the Beginning

    May 7th, 2018  |  41 mins 13 secs

    Drew has learned from his past mistakes, but is still trying to make everything a bit more optimized. How many times must his desktop overflow before he sets up a file management script or two? Joe shares his own workflows and methods, and the two discuss the ‘work’ that lets you do work more efficiently.

  • You Had a Windows Phone?

    April 23rd, 2018  |  42 mins 24 secs

    Drew has some recording difficulties, which leads to a conversation about redundancy and what happens when something breaks. Joe asks some questions brought about from last week’s conversations, and the two reveal their pre-iPhone hardware stances. Then, Joe goes in-depth on his analog task management set up.

  • A Thing Against Printers

    April 9th, 2018  |  41 mins 25 secs

    A tech glitch Drew experiences leads to a wide-ranging discussion about tech support, automated cars, and the pros and cons of being an early adopter. Joe is not as convinced about living on the cutting edge.

  • A Very Web Developer Solution

    March 26th, 2018  |  42 mins 19 secs

    Drew has some chair problems. Standing desks are discussed, which (of course) leads to a conversation about the future of iPads. Then, Joe discusses his new notes app solution.

  • Moving from Tool to Tool

    March 12th, 2018  |  40 mins 34 secs

    Drew gives Joe a surprise check-in to see how his pen-and-paper task management system is working. A new distraction-less phone is hitting the market, and it leads to a conversation about what distracts us, and the different ways to avoid it.

  • That’s Too Many Emails, Man

    February 26th, 2018  |  40 mins 22 secs

    An old topic (from episode 1!) resurfaces. Joe’s been testing out Setapp and gives his perspective. Then, the two talk new apps, email, and when distraction turns into addiction.

  • For the Sake of Mental Freedom

    February 12th, 2018  |  42 mins 32 secs

    Drew gets an office that’s juuuust close enough to the street for a passing ambulance to be featured as this week’s special guest. Joe and Drew share their new time banks, talk time-tracking, and distraction.