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Replace Your To-Do List With Interstitial Journaling To Increase Productivity

A new journaling tactic that immediately kills procrastination and boosts creative insights.

Coach Tony
Sep 8, 2017 · 15 min read
9:37am. 
Finished email to Nik about writing another article for us. I probably don’t need to follow up. Also, part of my mind is still wondering if I should have suggested a topic to him.
Now, switching over to writing an article. What’s my next action? Oh. Just open Medium. The article is going to flow easily once I get the intro down. I should steel myself for having to rewrite that intro a few dozen times.
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Origin story: Pomodoro on steroids

The minimum journal entry

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Empty your brain

The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of their own skull. They therefore approach their task with full humility, and avoid clever tricks like the plague.

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First action vs. next action

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Mindful strategizing: do less, do it smarter, delegate it

Maker vs. Manager considerations

Changing projects feels like making a U-Turn. Image Credit.

Your journal is a habit for pivoting to new projects

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Upgrade option: journal everything

12:39. Edit Productivity Article[... journal about the previous project ... ]First Action: Open draft. I tested out a new copy editor and need to see if I liked their edits.Darn. I don’t like this person’s edits. Oh well. The piece is too dense. I'm going to break up the longer paragraphs.Oh. Darn. I got distracted mid-way and ended up on Twitter. I don’t even know where or how. Oh. I was on HuffPo (which got unblocked on my computer), saw a post about Chris Evan’s dog, and that somehow led to Seth Rogen’s Twitter stream. Back to work.Need to rewrite these subheadings.Darn. Got stuck again — this time rewriting a sub-heading made me flip over to easier goofing off. Caught myself right away. The problem is skill. I don’t have a “theory of subheadings” and so I don’t have any strategy for rewriting this one. Back to it and this time I'll trust my gut about what makes a good subheading.Got tripped up one more time. When I saved the piece, I saw my Medium notifications and ended up responding to someone’s response to one of my posts.Back at it. Just have to drop the article into Asana for Medium’s managing editor to publish. Checked on image rights. Had to learn how to use Google Image search via uploaded image.1:35pm. Done.
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Evangelist for great coaches and excellent personal development advice. CEO/Founder of Coach.me. Publisher of Better Humans & Better Programming.

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

Coach Tony

Written by

Evangelist for great coaches and excellent personal development advice. CEO/Founder of Coach.me. Publisher of Better Humans & Better Programming.

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

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