Frequently Asked Questions
Purchase & Guarantee
What is your refund policy?
While you do not need a reason, I do appreciate any thoughts so I can consider how to improve these works.
Are there discount educational/upgrade versions?
There is also now an educational discount available for Workflow Mastery: Building from the Basics. Use this link to purchase the book at a discount.
There are currently no discount options for Being Productive or Taking Smart Notes with DEVONthink.
Can I buy the books elsewhere?
Purchasing the ebooks here at BeingProductive.org provides you with multiple formats so you can read or listen where you like and how you like without restriction.
Can I share the books or course?
Can I have a Table of Contents for any of these books or the course?
Sure! In fact, you can get samples as well as the table of contents for each book by signing up to the mailing list:
What is the difference between the products?
Workflow Mastery is about how to consider and create work that feels meaningful. There is no required program.
Being Productive is the only video course of the bunch. It is about learning how to focus on a particular project while building a system around it. It can also be a more head-on approach to dealing with procrastination.
Taking Smart Notes with DEVONthink is about staying on top of your digital stuff, keeping it organized and the like. It teaches you how using DEVONthink while walking you through building a set of interlinking notes.
Does Creating Flow focus on the iPad, iPhone, or Desktop client?
Does Taking Smart Notes with DEVONthink focus on the iPad, iPhone, or Desktop client?
Taking Smart Notes with DEVONthink focuses heavily on the desktop client. DEVONthink to Go is mentioned and discussed, however, it is mainly done so in support of the MacOS version.
Could you tell me about my own specific workflow?
OmniFocus & DEVONthink
What is OmniFocus?
Check out the Omni Group’s main OmniFocus site for more information.
What is DEVONthink?
Check out DEVONtechnologies' main site for more information.
Files & Devices
Can I buy the books or course on my mobile device?
How can I read the eBooks on my iPad/iPhone?
- Open iBooks.
- Drag either file into iBooks.
- Connect your mobile device to your computer by the Apple provided USB cable.
- Open iTunes.
- Wait for iTunes to recognize the device (it will appear in the top right of the iTunes application).
- Select the device.
- Select “Books” in the menu bar.
- Make sure that “Sync Books” is checked. If you prefer to have only particular books synced, choose “Selected books”.
- Make sure that “Creating Flow with OmniFocus” is checked.
- Sync your device.
The book should now be available in the iBooks application.
How can I read the eBooks on my Kindle device?
2) Connect the Kindle via the accompanying USB cable to your computer.
3) Drag the .mobi file into the documents folder on your device.
4) Wait until the USB activity indicator on your Kindle stops flashing.
5) Depending upon your operating system, remove the device by either:
⁃ (Windows) choosing “Safely Remove Mass Storage Device” or
⁃ (Mac) selecting “Eject”.
The book should now be available to read on your Kindle device.
What is the difference between the file types?
An ePub file is also included for compatible readers such as the iBooks or Stanza apps on the iPad. ePub files are adaptable and allow changes of font, zooming of images (on iBooks), among other adjustments.
Also included is the .mobi version which is compatible with Kindle device readers. Note, this file is intended for the actual Kindle device and not the iPad application.
Do you have an affiliate program?
Are you affiliated with The Omni Group or DEVONtechnologies?
I have no affiliation with DEVONtechnologies. I've had a series of email exchanges and periodic visits to their forums and they, too, seem like a swell bunch.
Are you affiliated with Davidco or Getting Things Done?
Throughout Creating Flow, Workflow Mastery, and Being Productive I try to describe what I understand to be GTD concepts and what I believe to be my own deviations from them. But, Davidco does not endorse me, and I may not interpret everything they have to say perfectly.
Do check out the book Getting Things Done. There are many task management methodologies out there. I find the best are those you can adapt to your own workflow. I’ve found the GTD method to be useful for myself.