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Posted by JBfrom
Nov 20, 2011 at 03:36 PM


Creative thinking is certainly the exception to this rule, because of the stimulative power of walking and travel. A paper notepad will suffice there.

I meant a high volume notetaking apparatus; I don’t find a paper notepad sufficient to prevent anxiety loops when intaking email or RSS.

Trains are excellent for meditation :)


Posted by TwistedByKnaves
Nov 25, 2011 at 05:28 PM


I move all my inbox into a “process today” folder and go through that noting actions. Then the whole “process today” folder goes into this year’s reference folder.

The actions are in a handwritten notebook, following Mark Forster’s “Superfocus” system. (He has a new system coming soon, but Superfocus is the best I have come across so far: simple, closed lists with simple, powerful rules.)

It’s not perfect, but the closest I have come to being in control in thirty chaotic years of work.


Posted by TwistedByKnaves
Nov 25, 2011 at 05:31 PM


I’m intrigued by the suggestion that email is better than synchronous (phone, FTF) or semi synchronous (chat) communication. I find that there is a risk of slipping into a ping pong state where you bat an issue on without really solving it or adding much value. When there is an issue, I find it’s best to talk.


Posted by JBfrom
Nov 26, 2011 at 11:03 AM


Yes, ping pong is bad, I’m discouraging interruptibility, not scheduled phone use


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