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’m going to make more of an effort to use the Highlights feature when reading articles I’ve saved to Instapaper. With a Premium account, you can save unlimited highlights.
Run out of ideas for posts? Scan through your highlights!
I can comfortably write in Simplenote, WordPress, or Day One apps on our TV. If I don’t want my laptop on my lap, or my iPhone in my hands, this is another option.
I starting writing instructions, but realized Apple has solid support documents. 🙂
Fellow Automattic colleague, Justin Shreve, challenges us to publish a post on our blog daily for the month of April. On one of our internal sites, I said I’d participate to hold myself accountable.
A few things:
- I published notes from several speakers at Write The Docs EU the last two days, and ran out of steam near on the second day.
- I write my ideas in Simplenote with each item tagged “blog”.
While it’s minutes after midnight in Budapest, I’m going by the Pacific Daylight Time since I live in the Los Angeles area. I’m two for two this month. Yay!
Interested? Possibly intrigued? Read his post for more details, join us, and leave a comment. Ignore the date and give it a try for the rest of the month.
You can publish from any site, but we’d also love for you to setup a free blog at WordPress.com. I’m proud of our work, and we’re always happy to help. 🙂
Tip: Need ideas? Check out the free eBook 365 Writing Prompts by The Daily Post at WordPress.com.
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?