I listened to the following podcast a couple of times today, and it features Mike Vardy and Shawn Blanc:
The Fizzle Show, episode 99: 2 Experts Share Exactly How to Use a Productivity Journal (& Increase Productivity by 23%)
At the end of each workday, Mike writes a freeform journal entry in Day One. His intent is to describe what did or didn’t work, then describe whatever is next. Minimal friction.
This time investment gives him a head start for weekly reviews. I dig!
Initially, I set five reminders1 in Day One for iOS. Then, I moved three work-specific reminders to Day One on my Mac, and kept two other on my iPhone.
To simplify, I’ll try writing daily in the evening — tagged “Daily Review” — with the help of a scheduled todo in Apple’s Reminders app.2
My goals for developing this new habit are to help me:
- Summarize what I’ve done for the week more quickly (versus reviewing my Logbook in Things and my calendars).
- Make weekly/monthly/yearly reviews less daunting.
I got the latest version of Day One for my Mac and iPhone, taking advantage of the 50% off pricing.1 Jake Underwood wrote a solid review at MacStories. I’m determined to get into a habit of writing regularly for myself.
Here are my notes during the migration from Day One Classic:
Next, I’ll start with a few reminders throughout each day on my phone. I haven’t before, but I’d like to see how I feel after adding that small habit. To make it quick, I can use my Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch K811 Keyboard and Amy’s Glif (affiliate links) when I’m at my desk.
(I should review the Day One Uses page.)
Using this fine app, I look forward to being mindful of my thoughts, feelings, and actions on a regular basis.
Another cool tidbit: dayoneapp.com uses WordPress and Jetpack! ⭐
In 2007, between the months of April and December, I kept a private journal on my computer. I don’t know why I stopped.
I want to start writing in my journal again, so I’ll try again with a fresh TiddlyWiki. For a customized look, I installed the K2Blog theme from TiddlyThemes.
Sadly, TiddlyWiki doesn’t seem to be popular, so I don’t know of a site with newer themes. Don’t ask.
Do any of you keep a private journal? Online or offline? What program or service?