Category Archives: Productivity Tools

Unlock 1Password without typing the password every time

1Password allows you to remember only one password across all of the services you use, while having a unique password for each service.

The “problem” with 1Password, is that you want the password you use to be secure, really secure, so your password for 1Password has to be super long, which you need to manually type whenever you need to access your passwords (that’s for the Mac and Windows versions – on iOS you can use you finger, which is awesome).

I’ve been trying different things over the years (see this blog as an example), but they all felt clunky solutions. This is the best solution I came up with so far.

This blog will show you how to unlock your 1password without typing anything, but still keep it secure (use at your own risk !, there is no substitution from a security standpoint to having your password in your brain only. You need to weigh the ease of use with the security risks associated with this method, and choose if you will use it or not).

ONE MORE THING TO MAKE CLEAR. AgileBits DO NOT endorse this method, and in-fact recommend against solutions like that. You can read more about this in the following blog, and disclaimer from AgileBits below:

We have to advise you to never enter your 1Password Master Password into
anything that isn’t 1Password. We aren’t casting aspersions on the integrity or
competence of any developers, but we simply can’t advise otherwise.

Note: This solution is geared for the Mac, and at the time of writing, the current version of 1Password is version 6.


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Automate your time tracking

Time tracking is painful, there is no way to sugarcoat it, so what do you do if you absolutely have to keep track of your time (for work related reasons for example)?

The way I approach it is by digitizing my time tracking and automate it wherever possible.

Required tools:

Putting it all together:

The trick is to get things to record “themselves” with as little effort as possible.

We will use Evernote as the place time tracking gets tracked, Trello as a source for things we did during the day, google calendar as a source for meetings that occurred during the day, the phone location for when we get in / out the office (for a break for example, or coming and leaving) and finally IFTTT to “glue” it all together.

This is how it will look at the end:


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How to implement getting things done with Trello

There are many blogs and videos about the GTD (getting things done) process. This blog is not meant to explain the mechanics of GTD. A really good video about GTD can be found here. You can also read some of my other blogs on the subject (starting with this one. Also if you have knowledge of scrum, you can read my blog about my thoughts of the two), or simply google “GTD” or “Getting Things Done”. You will find a lot of information about it.

The official website for GTD is

This blog explains the way I setup MY GTD system with Trello. It is certainly not the only way or the “right” way to do that 🙂

To make things clear (here comes the legal part of this blog), I am not licensed, certified, approved, or endorsed by or otherwise affiliated with David Allen or the David Allen Company which is the creator of the Getting Things Done® system for personal productivity. GTD® and Getting Things Done® are registered trademarks of the David Allen Company. For more information on the David Allen Company’s products, please visit their website:

Getting things done

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Good-bye Omnifocus Hello Trello

I was using Omnifocus for over 6 years, but I was always open to try other products like:

Each of the other products fell short in one way or another, so I always got back to using omnifocus. I considered Trello in the past, and immediately dismissed it for lack of recurring tasks, tasks start date and limited number of labels (tags). I recently tried Trello again, but this time I was able to overcome those limitations, and see many other benefits to using it over Omnifocus.

Omnifocus is the king of GTD. It was built from the ground up for the purpose of GTD, and it does an amazing job with it. So why change?

Good bye Omnifocus Hello Trello

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Prepare for 2016

It’s the end of 2015, which means it is a perfect time to plan for 2016.

Last year I wrote a blog on how to prepare for 2015, so instead of writing an identical blog (it is the same process every year), I updated the original one, fixed some spelling mistakes, and prepared it for this year.

Be proactive and prepare yourself for next year (click here to navigate to the 2015 blog)!

Happy new year.


Recurring Events and Deferred task for Trello

How to implement  deferred and recurring tasks for Trello

This blog provides step by step instructions to getting recurring cards and deferred cards working in Trello. I was using different technologies to create  a workflow that adds the extra functionality by adding tags to the description in Trello cards.

Technological “pieces” involved:

  • Trello API with Web Hooks
  • Amazon AWS Lambda functions with a Dynamo DB table and the AWS API gateway
  • Node.js as the language (for the AWS Lambda functions).

The blog is written for anyone interested in having the same functionality.

See the video below:

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Keep your emails under control


I do not know about you, but I’ve seen many people that have 100’s of unread emails in their inbox. Will they ever read them? No … Does it make sense to keep them unread? I don’t think so !

This blog is for those with lots and lots of unread emails in their inbox. I focus on specific technologies (Mac, iPad/iPhone, Gmail based account), but the principles can be applied to any email hosting service, and can be done without the tools I mention (it may simply be more time consuming without the tools I suggest).