At the end of MPU #480 with Michael Hyatt, @MacSparky describes his end-of-day shutdown procedure. In particular, he explains a Keyboard Maestro automation that literally quits every open app and displays a message that says “Time to shut down.”
I find something about these kinds of radical workflows or automations compelling. Like David’s situation, there are a number of good habits which I know I should do but skip or avoid because of any one of an infinite number of
excuses good reasons. These destructive tools force short term-biased brains into engaging in better practices through threats of sacrifice—or, sometimes, actual sacrifice. I’m reminded of the Most Dangerous Writing App, which deletes what you’ve written if you stop writing.
I’ve been thinking about a two-tier radical solution to keeping my email inbox clean. The concept goes something like this:
- At 3am, send every remaining email item to my OmniFocus inbox; and
- At 2am, delete every item in my OmniFocus inbox.
As a result, I have to get my inbox current and clear every day, lest I lose potentially important items. The idea is to force myself to organize all the cruft that leads my inbox to becoming an avoidable place.
This led me to wonder: does anyone else use these kinds of radical, potentially-destructive automations in any way? Howso? Do they ever backfire?