Most of us don’t write anymore in that sense. We are so caught up in the “busyness” of doing everyday things that we don’t take a step back to reflect. We don’t think about our lives enough, and that is perhaps one reason why we remain stuck.
The truth is that we have so much on our minds nowadays that we can’t afford not to write (to reflect). It’s not more time we need. Chances are the more things we have on our minds, the less we are doing anything about them.
Keeping a Journal | Dazné
The 80/20 Rule is calculated and determined by your recent effectiveness. Whatever seems like the “highest value” use of your time in any given moment will be dependent on your previous skills and current opportunities.
When the 80/20 Rule Fails: The Downside of Being Effective
Total efficiency constrains us. We become super invested in maintaining the status quo because that is where we excel. Innovation is a threat. Change is terrifying. Being perfect at something is dangerous if it’s the only thing you can do.
Getting Ahead By Being Inefficient
Slow motion multitasking.
Who said multitasking is wrong.
Tim Harford shares great examples of creators, scientists and artists who used working on multiple projects to achieve things we know them for.
Just imagine spending 44yrs to write a book. Darwin did it.
Interview with John Gruber on history of markdown, writing and podcasting.
Origins of markdown start at around min 11:00.
Derek Sievers shares his approach to journaling and recording your thinking
Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals
For me regular journaling works better on paper but topic journals are great way to capture thoughts and ideas on topics that may be more random and scattered.
I definitely agree with recording thoughts in .txt to ensure long term accessibility.
One thing I’d add is light formatting using markdown syntax.
The counterintuitive insight from all of this research is that the best way to change your entire life is by not changing your entire life. Instead, it is best to focus on one specific habit, work on it until you master it, and make it an automatic part of your daily life. Then, repeat the process for the next habit.
The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time
So obvious but so difficult to apply.
What is your method for reading/receiving information that you actually internalize and retain?
Unfortunately there is no silver bullet and all methods take time.
Possibly the most effective methods include reading more on the topic, writing notes and thoughts.
The cycle of Plan it-Do it-Reviewit, is simple, powerful and effective.
Nicholas Bate – Productivity 4
In the area of torrential flow of information ability to think clearly is a must skill to stay on top of your goals, plans and life in general.
The below post summarises few principles of thinking employed by Vaclas Smil
My two favoites are:
- read widely, with maximum curiousity – drawing knowledge from different disciplines help not only understand those disciplines but also make connections between them.
- put reality first and theory last – reality is much more complex and nuanced the any theory can be. Models are useful but they have their limits. Pair with Map is not the Territory
More principles are at A Few Principles for Thinking Clearly.