Links of the Week (02/10/2020)

Some amazing apps, map books, and how to foster your creativity…

It’s been a little over five years since our last coffee table book guide, so I think it’s high time we revisit this space to see what other reading materials — with an emphasis on art and design — are worth keeping out on display in your home rather than on a shelf.

My favorite on this list is the map book of imaginary lands.

Coffee Table Books (2020 Edition) — Tools and Toys

The latest update to Overcast includes a feature that I’m especially proud of that took over a year to build.

Voice Boost 2 is an all-new audio engine that includes professional-grade, mastering-quality loudness normalization.

​I use Overcast constantly. Occasionally I’ll try out another podcast app but nothing compares with the features and smooth UI of this app.

Introducing Voice Boost 2: Remaster your podcasts –

The all new Fantastical 3 offers a huge number of new features and a whole host of new actions for Shortcuts. These make doing some actions that would otherwise require you to fine tune the native calendar shortcuts much easier, and easier to integrate into your workflows. Fantastical supports both calendar events and reminders/ tasks, so I’ll cover each of these.

This is a fantastic calendar app. Probably the best one in the App Store for all it does. The new price is kinda steep, but worth it if it supports these developers.

iOS Calendar Automation with Shortcuts and Fantastical 3 – The Sweet Setup

But I have to be real with you. I know this system works, but I still struggle with resisting the temptation to take shortcuts. Even though I’ve seen time and time again that developing my ideas first actually reduces the total time I spend creating, it’s easy to make excuses and say, “I just don’t have time for that right now.”

In my experience, this is the problem most people struggle with when it comes to creativity and productivity: they know what to do, but they have trouble following through and doing it.

I can identify with this sentiment. Largely because I have 3 small kids and work a lot, but I always find the time I tend to value most (aside from family time) is time I can take to be quiet and think.

How and Why to Make the Time to Think – The Sweet Setup

Author: Scott

The mountains are calling, let me grab a jacket and my kids.

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