A simple poke in the ribs

We haven't posted anything here in quite some time and this seems like a strange place to start but we must start somewhere!

In the lead up to xmas I got lazy with my timesheets. I just don't even think of them anymore, apparently for weeks at a time.. [sorry Michelle]

BUT all this is behind me. To establish a good habit it seems that I just needed a simple poke in the ribs every 15 mins. When I'm going ok with that I'll just reduce it to every 30 mins and then every hour and so on. So here's what I've done:

  1. If you're on OSX install Growl and GrowlNotify (from the Extras folder in the .dmg), or
    if you're on Linux install Gnotify
  2. Next, open a terminal and type: crontab -e to open your list of automated recurring tasks using your default commandline text editor.
  3. Add the following line to list (which may be empty) of cron jobs:
    */15 8-18 * * mon,tue,wed,thu,fri /usr/local/bin/growlnotify -t "Update your timesheet" -m "and drink some water"
    (substituting gnotify if you're on Linux)
    If your default text editor is vi then you can press i to enter "insert mode", then paste the copied line above, press esc to exit insert mode and shift-z-z to save and exit vi.

Update your timesheet reminder

This will create a recurring reminder every 15 minutes from 8am to 6pm on weekdays to remind you to update your timesheet and drink some water. Two good habits I need to get into. The notification is not "sticky", so it won't hang around or require you to acknowledge it. It just pops up for a second or so and then goes away (unless you have some overriding Growl preference).

Belated Happy New Year!

Published on Jan 14, 2011
Andrew Mayfield

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