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  • GHDO for June 6: Hitting the Limits of “Singular Focus 1.0”

    June 6, 2020

    "Groundhog Day Do Over: Hard Crash" Current events make my “Not Groundhog Day Resolutions” report seem like a distraction from the core issues that people have on their mind, so I’ll keep this draft as short as possible.

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    Dave Seah
  • GHDO for May 5: The Single Focus Distraction Stratagem

    May 5, 2020

    Groundhog Day Do Over: Equilibrium Hiya hi! It’s MAY 5TH, which means it’s time for another (NOT) Groundhog Day Resolution Review or Groundhog Day Do-Overs (GHDO) which is how I’m tagging them. This is a year of ALTERNATIVE GOAL SETTING APPROACHES!

    In this month’s report, I’m happy to say that I seem to be doing OK with the trackerless approach I’m taking this year. I’m excited to share the insights of the past month! (more…)

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    Dave Seah
  • Patterns: Having a Daily Routine

    April 10, 2020

    WORKING DRAFT

    This question popped up in #talk_productivity today regarding daily planning workflow:

    I’m a HUGE nerd and would love to see what everyone’s daily planning workflow looks like. Right now I am using a LOT of tools (Emergent Task Planner paper, BUJO, Todoist etc) to keep track of multiple projects and multiple meetings and personal and professional todos, and it’s been SUPER overwhelming :weary:. I have a lot of random admin tasks that pop up during the day as well. My daily planning right now takes like >1 hour, so something def needs to get tweaked. I’ve been watching some of the old Youtube co-working sessions to see if I could have some clues on how you plan your day @Dave.Sri Seah, but I haven’t been able to get a good look at it yet.

    A big problem I have is following up on random tasks that get added during the day (like emails etc) and also noting where I’ve left off on projects. I have pretty severe ADHD despite having a PhD and it’s been very difficult. Love this community and super appreciate if anyone minds showing me what their workflow looks like :watermelon:

    Since I love a good “two for one”, I’m using this question as a prompt to start thinking about ThinkPub2020. I will be updating this entry as time goes on.

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    Dave Seah
  • 2020 Challenge: Bootstrapping a New Think-Write-Publish System

    April 6, 2020

    I’ve been super-frustrated with my blogging for years because I feel there is a lot of friction between tools I use for my thinking processes and the publishing platforms where I post them. The friction largely is keeping track of everything so I can find them later, then remembering what to do next. I have been trying to think of how to fix my blog for many years, and realized today that bootstrapping the new system from the current WordPress site could actually work. To make it more exciting for me, I’m going to use my personal challenge blogging format from a few years ago; the Thing-a-Day 2014 challenge was exhausting but very satisfying.

    System Description

    So what is the Think-Write-Publish System Challenge? It’s my desire to have an integrated idea-to-production system that works the way I think and make. In general, all my thinking starts with a lot of writing. Even my visual design work starts with an essay! (more…)

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    Dave Seah
  • NOT Groundhog Day Resolutions for April 4

    April 4, 2020

    Not Groundhog Day Resolutions Yes, I’m still not doing Groundhog Day Resolutions this year, but I’m still thinking about it. I’ve decided to maintain the monthly reflection habit; I’m just not doing the elaborate / tracking / and / process of recent years. You can read my rationale on the official Not Groundhog Day Resolutions 2020 page, but the gist is that I am not sure it still works.

    For the second “Not GHDR Review”, I’m taking this time to reflect on what happened last month. But first I’d like to share some takeaways about 2019. (more…)

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    Dave Seah