Sometimes you “plan,” and sometimes you “do”—and as Yogi Berra (probably) said, “You can’t think and hit at the same time.”

Read on to see how I use an [[Agenda]] and [[Log]] in @RoamResearch to get important work done👇🧵 1/

#roam #Roamans #productivity #GTD
When I’m writing a script or a scene in a novel—or prepping content for videos or blog posts—I brainstorm/gather for a while and then organize it into an outline.

Outlines get a bad rap: folks think too much structure is restrictive—that it limits your creative freedom. 2/
But that’s wrong. Outlines GIVE you freedom.

If you know where you’re going and roughly how to get there, when you switch modes to writing, you’re free to explore. You can wander freely, knowing you have a map in case you get lost. 3/
Let’s bring that back to where we started.

The same relationship exists between planning your day and executing it.

Those are two different “headspaces,” and you have to treat them that way. 4/
When I lay out my daily agenda, I do it realistically but also with the absolute intent that THIS IS WHAT I’M GOING TO DO TOMORROW.

I look at where I’ll be and when, what projects are on my plate, etc.—my GTD “back end” populates my agenda “front end.” 5/
But executing my day is different. I have my agenda—my past self has given me a roadmap. How I USE that roadmap is up to me.

The agenda is a GUIDE, not a blood oath. Like a script outline, it gives me freedom to explore. 6/
Some days I tick, tick, tick, right down the agenda. Others I feel the “oomph” (what my writing collaborator and I call work momentum) pulling me in a different direction.

Because I HAVE an agenda in case I get lost, I’m free to follow the oomph wherever it leads. 7/
I use @RoamResearch for all this.

My daily notes pages have two top-level blocks: [[Agenda]] and [[Log]]

With those, I answer two key productivity questions: “What do I want to do?” and “What am I doing?”

Keeping it this simple makes it an easy habit to build and maintain. Everything I plan to do is in the Agenda. Everything I do is in the Log.

My BIG picture—Purpose, Priorities, Projects—don’t get lost because I’m regularly visiting them as I Plan and recording them as I Do. 9/
Whatever your productivity solution is, it needs to be a reliable habit. I plan in an Agenda and track my do-ing in a Log because it helps me focus when I’m working and—later—review, analyze, and learn from it.

But most important, it’s simple and I actually DO it. 10/
Helping people find THEIR Purpose & Process—in a way that works for THEM—is what my AP Productivity course is all about. Your method may look similar to mine, or it may not. It needs to reflect YOU.

To learn more & request an email reminder at launch:… 11/

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10 May
Speed : Velocity :: Busy : Productive

(they're not the same!)


High school physics refresher

Speed is a magnitude only. I might be moving 150 mph (241.4 km/h), but it can be in any direction or combination of directions.

Maybe I'm traveling 150mph, but I'm lurching this way and that, going nowhere in particular

Velocity is a "vector"—it has magnitude AND direction. If my velocity is 150mph, it's pointed somewhere.

I know where I'm headed, and how fast I'm getting there

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8 May
Busy ≠ Productive

#GTD doesn't own you.

GTD is a tool that, aligned with your purpose and priorities, keeps your projects pointed in the right direction.

My Dad used to love this joke:

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have some good news and some bad news up here in the cockpit.

The bad news is, we're lost.

The good news is, we're making good time!"

Busy without purpose equals going nowhere fast

You can develop your purpose with apps like @Malcolm_Ocean's @CompliceGoals or frameworks like @GeorgeSilverman's #GoMeta.

I develop my purpose with different types of journaling (@tracyplaces) in @RoamResearch, and align my GTD process (also in Roam) with it.

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4 May
Productivity isn't getting lots of stuff done.

It's getting IMPORTANT stuff done.


#GTD #productivity
My @RoamResearch fellow #Roamans know me as the creator of the GTD-style course "Powerful Task Management in Roam Research" (…)

#GTD is only part of the picture, though. You can complete 10,000 tasks a day and still be unproductive. 2/
Productivity = Purpose + Process

REAL productivity is working toward something important. And what's awesome is that YOU get to decide what "important" means to you.

Working with Purpose means working toward what's important to you. But how do you discover what's important? 3/
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15 Mar
Through my coaching and courses, I’ve had the privilege to work with lots of @RoamResearch users over the past 6 months. I’ve noticed their difficulties tend to fall into one of two categories: 👇🧵 1/

1. They know what they want Roam to do for them but they don’t know how to make it happen, or

2. They understand the fundamentals of Roam but can’t find useful ways to harness it in their own workflows. 2/
And many, if not most, new users struggle with the graph-and-nodes concept of Roam vs. the forced hierarchies of apps they’ve used in the past (e.g., Notion, Evernote). If you’ve ever asked yourself “But where do I PUT this note?”, then you know what I mean. 3/
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8 Mar
I've been grappling with something two of my clients—who collaborate together—said during a coaching a few weeks back. "Writing for a collaborator is great, because it has to be clear—and writing for your future self in a Zettelkasten has to be just as clear." 👇 🧵 1/
A Zettelkasten (henceforth "ZK") is a system to take in knowledge, develop it, connect, combine and compound it, and publish it in some form. The mechanism for processing the knowledge is a conversation with your ZK—effectively a conversation with your past and future selves. 2/
For years, I've coached that productivity is communicating with yourself. Leaders and colleagues recognize that clear communication is central to effective collaboration, but we are almost NEVER clear with our future selves. And that keeps us from getting important stuff done! 3/
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22 Oct 20
Everything valuable in @RoamResearch starts from this foundation, so elegantly stated by @Conaw:

If you're new to Roam, or just need a refresher, here's a thread on what that means. 1/
1. "Content dictates form." This is a favorite quote of mine from composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Roam helps you discover the shape of your thoughts rather than imposing a shape on them. 2/
2. @RoamResearch has no "rules" (that I know of). But if you follow a few best practices, your simple input will yield surprising insight.
- Use [[pages]] to identify important topics
- Use indenting to structure ideas
- Use block references to "optimize" specific thoughts
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