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Pick a time from https://calendly.com/wilsonmar or my public Google calendar at

NOTE: I usually am up by 5 am Mountain (4 am Pacific Time, 6 am Central, 7 am Eastern).

  1. The yellow column is today. Scroll to see the red line which marks the current time.

  2. Be aware of the time zone at the lower left corner of the screen.

  3. Click on the This Week blue link at the upper right corner.


  4. Switch back and forward between your own calendar and this one to identify a mutually open time.

NOTE: In this calendar I keep only the times I cannot move. I have a separate calendar I use to plan my day.

Calendar services

There are several services that enable others to pick a time to meet with you:

If you’re using Microsoft Outlook, to minimize the back and forth emails in scheduling, enable calendar sharing using the Microsoft 365 admin center, then create a link to Your Outlook Calendar in your email signature.

install an Outlook add-in for scheduling meetings called FindTime which adds a “Reply with Meeting poll” button to the Home tab. The organizer can send multiple time options through FindTime

Create meetings

PROTIP: In meetings, I’ve found it helpful to arrange the next meeting appointment while everyone is still on a call.

I can’t find a keyboard quiet enough to use while in meeting, where the microphone picks up every sound.

Voice commands

When I’m alone, I would like to use voice commands such as “Hey Google, add task”, then “Pickup mail from post office”. But I can’t find a tutorial on how to set that up (on YouTube).

Stylus pen & handwriting

A stylus pen is useful for drawing, presentations, and annotating PDF files.

I’m looking for what I had with the Palm back in the day: control an app using a stylus. The app converts handwriting to text.

That way, people can enter stuff in the computer with a single hand (perhaps without looking).

QUESTION: How can I use a stylus ($125 Apple Pencil) to manage tasks on my iPhone?

The Google Handwriting Input app is Android-only and free. It translates your scribbles directly onscreen as you write, in over 100 languages. It allows easy input of ideographic lettering and voice, and recognizes emoji-style drawings. Its predictive text at the top of the window to let you tweak its interpretation

Apple 2021 iPad Pro 11-Inch $819.00 is the top-of-the-line device, with a camera. Its M1 chip means no lag.

  • Pencil To Do List by Lu Zhang
  • $12.99 Mazec works as a keyboard utility, for all Android or iOS apps (email, Facebook, etc.). Like others, as you begin to write, Mazec displays predictive suggestions and phrases to choose from so you usually don’t have to write out an entire word before the app completes it. You can choose the font size, auto-scroll area width, word spacing and more. Updates improve the built-in dictionaries and streamline Apple Pencil usability. Mazec intelligently detects your choices, learns specific phrases and even offers emojis – if you write “emoji” or a recognized emoji category name. Mazec supports 12 languages, but you must buy a language pack if you want to use any other than the one you signed in with. It works in combination with the MyScript engine, let you search, browse the web and complete online forms.
  • $7.99 MyScript Nebo for Apple iPad Pro and Pencil also supports the latest versions of Android with an active stylus (S Pen or a Wacom pen). In 65 languages. You can export documents as text, Word, PDF or HTML. You can also copy, paste and edit diagrams to PowerPoint.

Apps that recognize handwriting within their app (not as a separate process such as invoking OpenCV, etc.):

Microsoft reads handwriting in their OneNote apps (on Windows, iPhone, MacOS, iPad):

  1. On the Draw tab, choose the Lasso Select button.
  2. On the page, drag a selection over the handwriting you want to convert.
  3. On the Draw tab, choose Ink to Text.

Handwriting to text on the $399 ReMarkable 2 tablet - a 10.3 inch black-and-white “e-paper” screen, so up to 2 weeks on a full charge. It runs on their proprietary Codex operating system with 1GB RAM and 8GM storage. It converts handwriting to text.

Other tablets:

  • Wacom One does’t have a screen. But users don’t seem to mind.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (now $500, reg. $650)
  • Samsung Tab S6 Lite (now $380, reg. $430)
  • Microsoft’s Surface Go 3 (now $390, reg. $550)
  • Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8 (now $759, reg. $1,100)

Speedy Outlook usage with Keyboard shortcuts

You can move faster around Outlook by using Keyboard shortcuts:

On a Mac, press command and a number to reach each view: calendar-outlook-


For Email – command+1
For Calendar – command+2
For Contacts – Command+3
For Tasks – Commands+4
For Notes – Command+5

To switch Windows – Command+`

Prev item – ctrl+]
Next item – ctrl+[

Insert emoji - Control+ COMMAND +Spacebar

Save an item - COMMAND +S Reply - COMMAND+R
Reply to all - Shift+ COMMAND +R
Forward message - COMMAND +J

Quit Outlook - command+Q

Update Jekyll Theme with Calendar

The author pane at the left of this theme was updated to add Calendar under the email link.

  1. First, I searched for the Calendar icon in FontAwesome (it’s “fa-calendar” at http://fontawesome.io/icon/calendar/).

  2. Next, had to encode “@” to “%40” in the URL, based on http://shopify.github.io/liquid/filters/replace/.

  3. Finally, this was pasted into the _author-bio.html file within the _includes folder:

    {% if author.email %}<a href="https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=
    {{ author.email | replace: "@", "%40" }}"
    class="author-social" target="_blank">
    <i class="fa fa-fw fa-calendar"></i> Calendar</a>
    {% endif %}

Load .ics files into Google Calendar

If you clicked on a “Add to your calendar” link and ended up receiving an .ics file in your Downloads folder, here’s what to do.

If you have Outlook, just click on the file.

If you use Google Calendar, import the .ics file:

  1. If a ZIP file, unzip it and import each .ics file individually.

  2. Open Google Calendar.

    Note: You can only import from a computer, not a phone or tablet.

  3. Click click the Settings gear button at the top right.

  4. Select Settings.

  5. Click to open the blue Calendars tab.

  6. Scroll down to click the blue Import calendars tab.

  7. Click Choose File to open a dialog.

  8. Select the Downloads folder.

  9. Sort by the Date Modified if you don’t see the .ics file.

  10. Click to select the .ics file, then Open.

  11. Choose which calendar to add the imported events to. By default, events will be imported into your primary calendar.

  12. Click Import.

  13. Click Close the dialog.

  14. Click the browser’s back button (or press Alt+left arrow) to return to the calendar.

  15. Switch to the Finder or File Explorer and delete the .ics file (Move to Trash on Macs).

NOTE: This is a modification of this article.

Most Creative Time Each Day

NOTE: Each individual has a propensity to sleep and wake at particular times during a 24 hour period. Whether you are a “morning” or “evening person” is called your “chronotype”, which is biologically set in each person’s unique DNA.


There is wide variation among various famous creatives when each go about various aspects of their lives, visualized by this, based on the book Daily Rituals by Mason Currey:

fig rainbow creative_routines partial

Benjamin Franklin is credited with the quote “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” But him getting up at 5am is actually later than others.*

Which circadian (daily) pattern do you prefer?

The site allows interactive selection of specific activities (sleep, creative work, admin, food/leisure, exercise, other).

This response on Quora recommends “Start waking up at 5 in the morning and drink water immediately” and write down answers to these daily questions:

  1. What did I get done today?

  2. What did I do for my family today?

  3. Did I exercise today?

  4. Did I care for my friends today?

  5. What am I grateful for today?

  6. What are the three good things about today?

  7. How can I make tomorrow better?

  8. How much money did I spend today?

Kinda like a personal scrum.

If you feel you don’t have enough time in the day, stop watching TV and social media.

Activities by month over 4 years

Within the full timeline of the Beatles, the years 1963-66 were the “Beatlemania” years. This infographic annotates the orginal concept by Michael Deal which illustrates the group’s work activities, month-by-month:

fig black beatles 4 year schedule

Over the years, the group did less touring and performing (in green).

Does this chart say anything else to you?

A similar format is used at

How Ben Franklin Structured His Day