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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  • Is It Even Good to Have Goals?

    January 29th, 2018  |  51 mins 32 secs

    The morning routines conversation from the last episode prompts a bit of followup. Drew asks a daunting question: Is it good to have goals? Also: Joe asks Drew about his latest online project.

  • I Don’t Think Anyone Likes Homework

    January 15th, 2018  |  51 mins 28 secs

    It’s 2018! How are Joe and Drew spending their mornings? Drew shares about a new upgrade to his analogue game, and Joe asks an interesting question: If you’re a book person, how does it feel to want to share that information with others?

  • Multiple Fountain Pens, My God

    January 1st, 2018  |  25 mins 43 secs

    Drew needs Joe’s help. It’s about pens.

  • All for a Space Gray Keyboard

    December 18th, 2017  |  45 mins 24 secs

    Right before recording, Drew took a look at his Mac’s desktop. This prompted some discussion. Also, a home automation talk. Joe’s not a fan.

  • A New Toy

    December 3rd, 2017  |  51 mins 48 secs

    It’s new iPhone season and Joe and Drew both found themselves upgrading to the X. So, what would a technology podcast be without a discussion about home screens?

  • Decreasing in Searchability, Increasing in Awesomeness

    November 20th, 2017  |  31 mins 22 secs

    Joe continues delving into the world of podcasting equipment, Drew continues to delve into the world of paper. More conversation on switching from digital to analog tools, and the many uses of whiteboards.

  • The Opposite of What I Needed but Exactly What I Wanted

    November 6th, 2017  |  50 mins

    Joe gets a new podcasting setup. Drew talks about his latest experience working with pen and paper. A book sparks a conversation around the future of reading, note-keeping, and the often-discussed subject of input.

  • Paper Works

    October 23rd, 2017  |  53 mins 59 secs

    Joe isn’t the biggest fan of Halloween. Drew finally sees the light. The two talk about paper versus digital, RSS versus Twitter, and using social networks instead of being used by them.

  • I’m Going to Have a Problem Tomorrow Because I’m Saying This Now

    October 9th, 2017  |  59 mins 2 secs

    Drew went on a cruise, and worked at sea. Joe did NOT enjoy the redesign of a certain productivity app. The two share computer horror stories (though one of them has frustratingly never had any real problems), and Joe reveals a major new 'experiment'.

  • Can’t You Just Say What the ‘Content’ Is??

    September 25th, 2017  |  45 mins 20 secs

    Drew thinks “content” is a dirty word. Joe thinks giving two hours every week to pondering questions seems like a whole lot of time. Also, more conversation on space for silence.

  • It’s All Hacked Together

    September 11th, 2017  |  44 mins 2 secs

    Bread followup! Ulysses. Workflows, Launch Center Pro, URL schemes, and the very different ways that Drew and Joe view these tools.

  • Whole Wheat

    August 21st, 2017  |  50 mins 37 secs

    Ulysses and the subscription model for apps. Medium versus Jekyll. Also, Joe bakes some sourdough bread.

  • I Could Just Do It for 10,000

    August 7th, 2017  |  49 mins 58 secs

    Joe and Drew talk about working from home, freelancing, and keeping your own schedule. Also of note: A new package from Joe’s secret admirer.

  • A Beautiful Utopia of Input

    July 24th, 2017  |  49 mins 39 secs

    Joe goes to MacStock and sparks a discussion on the subject of conferences. Drew takes a deep dive into the strength of ‘Input’ and the helpful benefits of personality assessments. Also…Joe considers blacksmithing?

  • Burn Energy, Gain Energy

    July 10th, 2017  |  54 mins 40 secs

    Joe gets a new computer, and the purchase sparks some discussion on the merits of the touch bar. It’s…good? Drew provides some iOS 11 note-taking updates, and brings up the topic of Twitter and the idea of meaningful distractions.

  • Books Are Expensive

    June 26th, 2017  |  1 hr 8 mins

    Drew goes to the library, Joe gives an all-important nap update, and the two talk about note-taking habits, memorization, and task managers.