Some ideas to use with ‘waiting on’ / ‘someday’ lists

still not my journal

My previous post about future planning was so well received that I decided to share a little bit more BulletJournaley stuff out of my experimentation box. Today, let’s talk about signifiers!

Are existing signifiers bad?

No, not at all! Please don’t get this wrong. There is a very high chance that they work just fine for you and you don’t need anything else. For me, again as with future planning, the out of the box thing was just too limiting for me.

In particular, the migration and scheduling of tasks felt very mushy. > is migrating a task. But to where? To the next…


Iterating and improving on existing systems

not actually my journal

I love my BulletJournal for day to day planning but as a GTD guy comfortable with OmniFocus, it just is… too… simple! The modules the official website provides are (in my opinion) very limiting and could scare potential power users away.

One of the weakest points of the Bullet Journal is future planning. Out of the box, it comes with a very simple “Future Log” but unless your life is very very simple, it won’t be enough. There are countless blogposts about methods people invented: There is for example the Hope Method, the Alastair Method and this blogpost from Bohoberry…


Is it for GTD People?

not actually me

I’ve been using the Bullet Journal for roughly 10 days now. I know, that’s not much at all considering people using it for years, but having a fresh experience on a new tool is great for identifying right away things that other people just got to accept over time.

I am a GTD guy. As I wrote in my previous post, I am that kind of person that feels comfortable stuffing every bit of information into OmniFocus and organizing my entire system multiple times a day.

I am very critical when it comes to new productivity suites and have a…


Usable on smartphones only? Challenge accepted.

Here in Japan, every phone provider gives you access to their WiFi Hotspots when you sign up. They are great! They cover areas where your LTE might get a bit wonky and make sure you’re not eating all of your data right away.

Sadly though if you’ve ever been to Tokyo, the free WiFi spots that are available here (be it in Starbucks or other cafes) are… just not very good. Most of them are powered by Wi2 and while not necessarily bad, I never saw this many disconnects with any other provider. You constantly have to re-connect to the…


I think I’m falling in love with paper again.

I am obsessed with organizing Things and optimizing the hell out of everything. Why? Because everything can be optimized:

For programming (my job) I started adapting vim because it allowed me to get rid of any unnecessary keystroke that I might need to do in other editor. At home, I am re-organizing furniture based on behavior to make day to day actions easier. (This can start with simple things like: People hang their jacket on the chair instead of the closet. Why could that be? What if we move a jacket stand close to the door?). …


A quickstart with LINE’s technology

I went to LINE’s developer day yesterday. I only made it to a handful of presentations but the 2 things that seemed like the main focus of the event were:

  • The LINE Bot API
  • Bot SDKs

There are people that like chat bots and people that don’t. I’m definitely in the second group but attendees of the event also received a free LINE beacon as a present that got me interested.


If you ever wanted to work in Japan, you’ve probably heard a few (good and bad) things by now. Let’s clear up some myths!

1. Visa

“Getting a visa in Japan is so difficult” is what I hear quite often, but honestly it just comes down to 2 things when you apply:

  1. Do you have a company that sponsors you? (or in other word: are you employed?)
  2. Do you have a university degree?

If you can say yes to both of these questions, then you’ll probably get your visa.

2. Work / life balance and overtime

This is also a big one: Do you really have to work yourself…


I love my Mac and I love being connected to everything. I like getting my iMessage notifications, facebook popups and tweet replies in real time and I love all the applications that enable such a connected experience. Just when you actually have to work on something, things can get difficult. So I spent a few hours figuring out how to work productively without sacrificing on connectivity.

Fist of all, my setup:

  • For development I usually run iTerm, intellij, VIM, Dash and a browser
  • For communication I have Slack, Skype and AirMail (for corporate emails)
  • For social stuff: Mailbox, Tweetbot, iMessage…

RESTful APIs are currently a standard in the development field. They power everything, from mobile apps to websites over desktop apps and are flat out a good generic solution for delivering data. So what is the problem with that?

The REST model is flawed in that it doesn’t do enough for what applications have grown to need, and if it does enough, it does it too complex or not performant enough. But to go into detail why I think so, let’s take a look at some examples of REST that I believe to be the most common:

The ‘unnecessary strict’ approach

The strict approach…


I am not a big blogger — I never was. But that doesn’t stop me from now and then open my laptop and dump whatever I have in my head into articles. Sometimes I feel like writing for weeks, sometimes I forget about it for almost a year.

I am an engineer which means that I think a lot. Before sleeping, after waking up, in the train — you name it. I like doing things the right way and as perfect as I can do. …

David Mohl

Tokyo based engineer with a slight obsession for productivity. In love with photography, videography and programming. Constantly improving.

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