• Patterns: Having a Daily Routine

    April 10, 2020


    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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  • 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
  • Springtime 2020 for NOT Groundhog Day Resolutions

    March 3, 2020

    I’m not doing [Groundhog Day Resolutions][ghdr] (GHDR) this year, because last year it occurred to me that I wasn’t any closer to a final resolution of my resolutions than I was thirteen years ago. While I’ve amassed a formidable collection of tips, tools, and insights that have made wiser and arguably more productive, I’m not sure if anything has changed for me. In fact, the aspirational goals I picked every year were always a variation of the following three:

    1. figure out ecommerce and revenue
    2. learn and make cool stuff
    3. find like-minded people in communities around me

    And so, I decided to toss out GHDR for 2020 and see if I could come up with a different process. I think I’ve started to figure it out, and I’d like to share my early thinking on a replacement system I’m calling Groundhog Day Do-Over. (more…)

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  • Experiment: Getting Unstuck Faster

    January 9, 2020

    A perennial challenge for me is starting new project tasks quickly. My attention is quite easily scattered when I’m working in isolation, and it’s made worse if I’m not sure exactly what I have to do and what I will get in return for my effort. The trick I use to get moving is “stream of consciousness”-style writing, which works because it creates a write-read-refine feedback loop that stitches my thoughts into a clean line of reasoning. And because it’s written down, I can refer back to it when my attention wanders again.

    The real trick is remembering that writing gets me unstuck. Rather than turn to it as a last resort, I should really make it a first habit. I don’t think that even occurred to me because I write SO MUCH already; by my last count, there are about two dozen places where I write on a weekly basis. I’d like to create a focused writing habit to serve as the trigger for a productive work sprint, and I think that means I need to develop some disciplined process in my writing.

    Over the past 10 years, I’ve implemented the “one location” as a continuity journal, using many different tools and approaches. None of them have lasted more than six months because inevitably they become overgrown with too much information, which becomes distracting.

    So, let’s try to fix that.


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    Dave Seah