And so passes another year.
The pace of 2022 was much more relaxing than the previous year. Among other things, I:
I also discovered that I do well with checklists.
At some point this year I started making daily checklists in the form of xit! documents. While I have no way of quantifying any resultant boost in productivity, I have certainly felt like I've gotten more done since falling into the habit. These lists typically look something like this:
Workout [ ] #core 30x30s planks [ ] #core 30x5s supermans ... Work [ ] #data-wrangling Demystify Mystery Data [ ] #administrative Commune with digital beings ... Free Time [ ] #meat-skills >= 10m calligraphy practice [ ] #technomancy >= 1hr unreal development ...
Had I started doing this earlier, I might have made time to blog last year.
This format is convenient since I have a text editor open for the majority of my day, and I find it immensely satisfying - I'm not certain why, but I've got a few theories. Perhaps checklists provide me with the illusion of productivity. Maybe I find comfort in the routine of acknowledging the fact that I occasionally do get things done, or maybe my psyche is vulnerable to the underpinnings of gamification. It
may is definitely conceivable that my brain is simply terrible at keeping track of tasks, and persisting them elsewhere leaves it free to actually work on completing them.
I lean toward the latter, as I've also had success with a couple of productivity applications that scratch the same itch, so-to-speak: I've been logging my meals with LoseIt, and maintaining an admittedly simple budget with YNAB.
Despite this success, there are several disadvantages to me "keeping track of things" workflow that I'd like to resolve:
I've decided to take this as an opportunity to build my own application as a (somewhat limited) substitution for all of the above: a keeping-track-of-things app, if you will. This gives me another good excuse to learn some new things!
I'm confident I'll blog about it - it's ony my checklist.