It's the fifth day of my fourth week after I started journaling again.
An interesting finding: I could adjust my performance by adjusting my journal layout. Why?
Though my journal structure is fixed, I write each page in hand before the day instead of printing it out straightly.
So, I make changes in layouts based on real-time self-feedback.
Fewer lines, write less; more lines, write more.
#1 Time tracker
At first, my time tracker was a line divided equally into half-hour segments.
But there are productive and unproductive hours, preplanned and freestyle time, my sense of time is NOT equal.
So I leave more space for the hours supposed to achieve more.
By doing so, tomorrow is arranged in a way that "it's okay sometimes inefficient".
#2 My #1 focus today (morning page)
Three-morning questions: " My #1 focus today ", "My #2 focus today" and "Additional tasks", each with 2 empty lines for answers.
After the first week, most of my daily #1 focus failed.
Why? Only one narrow line makes me set big goals too easy.
So I left more lines under #1:
Before: my ideas of the paper.
After: ideas of the paper: 1) code: test and vis measurements of the … 2) search: find more empirical discussion, especially in …
#3 I struggle with … (night page)
"I struggle with …" is the most painful question for me at the end of a day.
Without expressing my suffering clearly, writing down "Possible solutions" and "How could I have made today even better?" is useless.
So I squeezed more lines to force myself to do the inner work:
Before: #2 focus failed to start, stuck on #1 too much
After: #2 focus failed to start, failed to switch between tasks even I take Pomodoro breaks. Why? Breaks begin, my body stops but my mind still remains thinking…
More space, more writing, better improvement. It really works!
@seunoyebode @chrisdeuda how's it going with your journal experience?