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Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Jul 12, 2017 at 09:07 PM


Stephen Zeoli wrote:
I used a bullet journal for over a year and found it fairly effective.
>But three main problems with the system caused me to abandon it: If you
>lose it, you have no back up. There is no “search” function, and keeping
>the information adequately indexed is a job in itself. And when you move
>to a new notebook, you no longer have all that useful information from
>the previous notebook easily at hand. I’ve tried recreating a bullet
>journal system with an app, but it just isn’t the same. You lose the
>tactile experience that makes the paper notebook so pleasurable, and
>which invites me to keep using it. (Some apps come close: TheBrain and
>NotePlan are the two best I’ve found for mimicking a paper notebook
>bullet journal.)

A personal breakthrough for me was the switch to miniature sticky notes (38x50mm) on a portable cardboard. I can quickly jot down the basic info on any task or idea that comes to mind, even during focused work and discussions—quickly enough to ensure recall afterwards, without losing my focus at that point. I can afterwards decide whether to Do, Delegate, Defer or Delete it. Unless I Delete or Do it in a couple of minutes, it will have to somehow enter my electronic system, even if this means sending a brief email to somebody. There on, there will be some kind of record for future recall and follow up.


Posted by Franz Grieser
Jul 12, 2017 at 09:34 PM


With regard to “lack of discipline”.
As a coach I’ve been working with a lot of people - often writers in trouble or procrastinating writers. Many of them told me they lacked discipline, stamina or willpower.
In my eyes, the didn’t. They had a lot of discipline, often too much. Their problem was not lack of willpower or stamina. They were exhausted (or as Goldsmith says “depleted”). They were stuck mostly because they had tried too hard or because they had run into dead-end road or because they had come off track with their project. They were stuck because of inner conflicts. Some simply had acquired habits or ways of working that were not really useful.
None of them was lazy or weak. On the contrary.

Just my 5 cents.


Posted by Franz Grieser
Jul 12, 2017 at 09:40 PM


Alexander: Thanks for the hint to Dr. Fogg.

To quote from his site:

“Only three things will change behavior in the long term.

Option A. Have an epiphany
Option B. Change your environment (what surrounds you)
Option C. Take baby steps”

Exactly. Though I wouldn’t speak of “options”. What works for me: Change the environment AND establish small new habits (it’s way more exhausting to establish new habits in the old environment).


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Jul 12, 2017 at 10:16 PM


This thread is such a perfect example of what makes this forum special and why I value the people here so much!

Steve Z.


Posted by MadaboutDana
Jul 13, 2017 at 07:34 AM


Absolutely, Steve.

The various insights into discipline are fascinating - not least because sports coaches are now looking very seriously at the nature of discipline as expressed through willpower, and finding that humans, generally speaking, only have so much willpower. We do indeed deplete it, and the more vigorously we apply it, the more quickly it goes. I can’t remember the references off-hand, but I’ll look them up and post them here. There’s been a fair amount of research into this aspect of our biological makeup.



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