I feel this place has changed the course of my life and I’ve barely been here for long. I was eager to say hi but wanted to contribute something first so I did this experiment over the last week and I’m so grateful! Here’s a little write up of my experiment. It aint much but it’s been huge for me.
I had a simple premise, I figured I’d spend more energy on being productive if I logged work time. Using notion I wrote a simple purpose, expected adversities and method, with an inline table for tracking. I had only four columns; current thought, what I worked on (filled in after ofc), number of uninterrupted blocks and lastly the start date with time.
What I tracked evolved as the week went on. I learned more about what I needed as I went. Such as the utility of a ‘logbook’ of sorts, to jot down relevant observations about the effectiveness of the experiment, what might help next time etc. More detailed theory crafting about nitty gritty details.
Results were about as I’d expect. Much more productivity. Hard to control for variants of course, as I have been doing many things to improve the quality of my life lately. So, not the most scientific, but my guts tell me there’s something big to this whole tracking thing, which is enough for me. My drive plummeted in the last few days struggling to cope with personal stuff. I think the fact I also decided to experiment with my morning routine had a huge impact on my mood. My next experiment will be focused on morning routine tracking and the discipline around waking up with intention.
I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time! The idea floated around, amidst so many other ideas it made prioritising seem like a job for an entire firm of project managers. But I got into Tiago Forte’s writing and it’s changed my relationship with time management in a big way. He randomly referenced Quantified Self in something he wrote and I knew from the second I found this place I had struck gold. Lurking for months and finally joining up has been really inspiring. I’m excited to write up my next experiment. I already have a few ideas to pick from of different things I want to focus on and experiment with! (It’s exciting, to think what can I work on next? I could improve anything! ).
Anyway, here are some of the better quality things I told myself;
- Getting started and staying consistent matter more than anything else
- Remain agile and if things aren’t going well don’t worry about it - keep tracking because
- Failure is just another data point [:
Summary of stuff I learned;
- On one hand, sticking to the timer until the end really matters. On the other, cutting out early is a big indication something else is going on (therefore a great invite to check in).
- Morning routines seem to be critical, if something works let it!
- Notion is a really dynamic powerful way to track things (though I haven’t tried other similar tools).
So yeah, I’ve been really vibing on quantity over quality lately, I’m much more interested in moving quickly and breaking things as it has set me free from a lifetime of all theory no action.
Thanks for reading! Any thoughts or feedback on my write up? Anything glaringly obvious I forgot to include?