These days, every note-taker and productivity aficionado seems to hesitate between Roam and Notion as their main tool for storing, retrieving, and creating content. As any tool for thought offers… Open at source
Whatever tool you decide to go for, remember to not fall prey to the shiny toy syndrome. Try to stick to an app long enough to really understand its benefits and drawbacks, and identify what workflows and features really matter to you.
I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. Roam tends to work best for gardeners, while Notion tends to work best for architects.
7 min read · Jul 15th · Let’s cut to the chase: there is no universally perfect productivity system. Instead of wasting time trying to copy-and-paste a system from a self-help book, everyone should intentionally design a…
It’s sustainable. The more friction and effort, the less likely you are going to stick to your productivity system. How do you feel after a day using a system? If you are exhausted, chances are it’s not working for you.
It works for short-term and long-term goals. If your productivity system is a toolbox, it should contain tools that work for different timelines
everyone should intentionally design a system that works for them, based on their goals, their personality, and their obligations.
Research suggests we may benefit from phrasing our goals in a speculative way: “Will I?” rather than “I will.” — this is called the Willpower Paradox.
Declarative self-talk (“I will”) is more likely to be linked to extrinsically motivated goals. Using interrogative self-talk (“Will I?”) allows for more time to build intrinsic motivation.
By switching from declarative self-talk to interrogative self-talk, we can consider whether we really want to achieve that goal. If the answer is yes, intrinsic motivation makes us more likely to succeed.
3 min read · Jul 1st · The good old to-do list is a staple of most productivity systems, used to keep track of tasks and manage your focus throughout the day. While to-do lists are powerful, a complementary method can…
Do not eat lunch at your desk. Taking breaks is essential for your mental and physical health.
Do not abuse time blocking. While blocking time is a great way to regain control over your schedule, being overzealous can prevent you from experiencing serendipitous opportunities and spontaneous creativity.
4 min read · Jul 28th · Eureka moments can lead to creative discoveries, the triumphant completion of a project, or the sudden, clear insight into how to make your business succeed. Let’s have a look at the scientific…
chance of a eureka moment increases after sleeping on a problem.
Before you set up an incubation period, you need to have fully explored the problem you face. As frustrating as it may seem, only when you feel like you have reached a dead end is it the right time to stop trying to consciously solve the problem
Eureka moments often occur during times of solitude.
3 min read · Aug 4th · Creativity is everywhere around us — in the random colors of an artist’s painting, the verses of profound poetry, or an inspiring sculpture crafted from muddy clay. However, being creative is not just…
The act of writing down your thoughts will help you reinforce these memories so they are more easily accessible in the future.
asking yourself “what if?” while taking a walk is a great way to practice creative visualization.
Being creative partly comes from our aptitude to envisage the future and our capability to visualize experiences that have not yet arisen.