You heard me right.

The thing that has me most excited this week is the release of the new version of my favorite calendar app.

What my Fantastical looks like.

  1. Fantastical 2 (iOS / OS X app) – Just two days away now from the release of Fantastical 2 for the Mac. No matter the price, this will be a no-brainer of a purchase. I use it just about more than any other app on my machine.
  2. Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages (TechCrunch) – Smart move by Facebook to include build this feature into Messages. I’m excited for this to take off among mainstream consumers. There are great apps that do the same thing (like Venmo for example), however I think trust has been the ultimate barrier to entry for most people. Almost made me chuckle using the word trust and Facebook in the same sentence.
  3. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen (Amazon) – David Allen completely re-worked his book on GTD. This is what many consider to be the bible of productivity. My copy will be here tomorrow.
  4. Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli (Amazon) – I read Walter Isaacson’s book on Steve Jobs and loved it, even though many thought it was a watered down version of Steve’s life. Early reviews say this book will blow Isaacson’s book out of the water.
  5. Pocket (App iOS / Web) – A little shout out to the app that I use to collect these stories and resources each week. I use the Premium version which saves hard copies of each thing that I add so that I can access them without internet access. Sweet!
  6. Apple TV revamp coming in June with Siri and App Store (Engadget) – This is the update to the Apple TV we’ve all been waiting for.
  7. IFTTT Recipe: Lifehacker Dealhacker Posts sent to Email (IFTTT) – This is how I find out about all of the best deals in tech, household goods, movies, gift cards, and anything else you think you might think you’ll eventually want. Be careful though: You can spend a lot of money very quickly by following this.
  8. The Five Minute Journal – As a recovering perfectionist, I have the tendency to focus on all the things I don’t do well enough in life. In order to combat my brain’s onslaught of negativity, I’ve been using this methodology every morning and evening to help me focus on the good things that happen to me each day instead of the bad. I’ll write more about The Five Minute Journal in a later post, but do yourself a favor (especially if you’re a perfectionist like me) and check this one out.

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