Hi everyone. I made some subtle changes to the blog by changing the theme to something a little more colourful. I also want to experiment with the type of content I publish on this blog. Hope you’ll enjoy it! Today I want to start one of these experiments. I want to give some regular updates on things I learned in the past week(s). Sometimes I stumble upon amazing thoughts and ideas but they don’t end up filling the pages for a huge blog post. So I never tell anyone. But they still remain useful. That’s the idea, sharing small productivity/minimalism hacks.
Here’s a small list of things I changed and/or learned in January:
- Logging your progress within your digital notebooks is a pretty great tool to not forget half of the things you’re supposed to do (see here for further info)
- Reading is more fun than watching YouTube
- Algorithms (like the YouTube algorithm) don’t improve the quality of content, just the quantity
- Bryan Lunduke (62,000 subscribers on YouTube) stated, that most promotions on social media were a waste of energy and time since his videos with thousands (to Millions) of views will only have about +10 clicks if he promotes them on social media. “Why would anyone stop scrolling through Twitter to watch a video on YouTube?”
- 10 minutes a day for cleaning will end up saving you hours of extensive work on the weekend (at least if you have a small apartment)
1. Create a Log to capture your progress
Have you ever forgotten something important about a project? Write it down in a log and put updates about your project in there. You will never forget something important again.
- Wrote an article about digital note-taking
- Found some helpful examples
- Made a silly meta-joke
2. Link Pages for Reference
(This might only work in OneNote.) Wouldn’t it be great to create your own little Wikipedia for your projects and notes? Well, if you link certain words within a page to another page in another notebook, you can easily re-create this experience in OneNote yourself. This will solve the struggle of searching for something, since you cross-reference to it anyway.
3. Keep It Simple!
If you take notes in lectures, you might end up with a wall of text that is discouraging to read. Keep it simple. Just write down the essentials and try to focus more on the lecturer itself. As long as you understand your notes (only YOU have to), you’re fine.
4. Create Sources-lists
Sometimes you find something interesting on the internet which might even be related to your studies. Put a link to these sources in a single page. It will save you a lot of time, especially if you have to write a paper.
5. Don’t Waste Time on Fancy Designs
You want to write down stuff, not win a designer competition. Just write those thoughts down. You’ll likely write summaries, flash cards or create other forms of learning material anyway. In the end, it doesn’t even matter *sings along Linkin Park song* *feels embarrased to use an asterisk within an article*
Technology can be useless or a tool. Smart speakers are no exception to this. Amazon’s Alexa platform has a pretty cool feature which could help you form new habits: Routines.
I cover minimalism on this blog quite a lot. It is almost like I write these articles to myself, to remind me of great advice I should consider. Then I reconsidered whether other content creators I admire do follow their own advice and succeed becoming the best person they strive for, or not. Probably they do a pretty decent job, but they are still human. People mess up. Some mess up quite a lot, some just a bit. But messing up is an inevitable byproduct of growth. You can’t if you don’t mess up and learn from mistakes. Continue reading
In my ongoing journey of minimalism I recently started my digital hygiene process in order to become more content and present. In order to do that I started a 30 day challenge without entertainment on mobile devices like my phone and tablet.
One of the most useful skills I learned attending university was how to schedule my day and manage a lot of time-consuming tasks within a small available time frame (which was even more cut down since I commuted for most of my studies). However, a lot of times I would find myself frustrated with not meeting my own set goals and expectations. These day-to-day failures also proved to be very effective in promoting procrastination. In early 2017, however, I started my minimalism journey and had some useful insights from the greatest minds in this day and age.
Yesterday I was literally too busy and productive to write another article (additionaly to the one about markdown) about my terminal-only week, which in itself is a rather good thing. Among going to work I was able to practice the guitar for over an hour, went to bed at an appropriate time and felt something that I completely forgot about: boredom.