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Jul 19, 2019 17:54:28

More space, better improvement

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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?

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    @5plus6 Aha! you just reminded me that I'm not journaling enough for the past few days. Due to my comeback to corporate after freelancing for 2 years. And it just starts this week so I'm still adjusting with a lot of commute hours. Enough excuse.

    After I've read your post a few weeks ago. It seems I'm not yet getting used to a lot of questions getting asked to me. As my little experience with your simple questions. When I answer only one-liner sentence, it doesn't feel right to me. It seems my hand prefers to express more how it went rather than just writing things in bullets.

    Also, sometimes I dive too deep in one question. haha. Not sure if it's a bad thing. And then I find the question "What I'm struggling with" really helpful since it forces me to think what's really preventing me from moving forward. and somehow gives me clarity on what should be my simple next step.

    You just reminded me that I need to put more effort into my journaling. Keep going :)

    Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ avatar Chris πŸ€”πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ | Jul 20, 2019 17:25:14
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      @chrisdeuda
      haha, for me, if someone comments under my post about taking actions with me, I'll @ him when I get more experiences.

      A few weeks is enough for a journal beginner to find my own style.
      I have been comparing the structured and free way, the former successfully make it a routine for me, and the later would be more creative. The 'free writing' page is my favorite part of the day.

      And I dive deep in one question one day, too. That's my highlight of the day. When I look back, it's interesting that some answers of "I struggle with" is not a problem anymore. :D

      Would you read your history journal pages sometimes or for a particular reason? How do you feel?

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jul 23, 2019 20:39:15
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    @5plus6 It seems you print you print your the next day's journal sheet based on the previous days' feedback right?

    Wow, sounds like ondemand layout, i kinda like that, please is there a way you can share pictures of it. I'd love to see the timetracker in particular.

    Hey @keni It seems 5plus6 knows a thing or two about Journal Design. You guys should be exchanging emails.

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jul 20, 2019 06:22:03
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    @5plus6

    You're a pro at this thing!

    Yeah, I got some days filled in, this past week. I'll build on that this weekend and continue at it next week. I currently use a structured Journal. I'm looking to try an empty Jotter for my journals next week. Because somedays, i feel like I need questions to prompt me to write. Somedays, all i want is an empty sheet to fill my thoughts with.

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jul 20, 2019 06:21:56
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      @seunoyebode
      Here are the pictures of my basic journal structure, I just adjust how many empty lines should be left ahead.
      (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yw9v7cg9n1zonzh/AAA9nCItx8uwflxPwepNkpkga?dl=0).

      As for the time tracker, just lines with numbers on it. Not so magic, your compliments make me kind of embarrassed, haha

      Questions to prompt to write and an empty page for free writing are two parts of my journal.
      Recently, I'm kind of depressed, so I look back to my previous answers and casual thoughts, kind of interesting! That's the best part of keeping a journal :D

      5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Jul 23, 2019 20:23:15
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      @5plus6 Helpful.

      Thanks for sharing

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jul 23, 2019 13:59:36
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