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    • Paper-based Bullet Journal method has become quite useful and sticks around, as long as I have the stamina to maintain it, and is always pleasant to return to even after a break.

      @MarkG I have tried on two different occasions to keep a Bullet Journal but the first time I tried it I couldn't stick with it. I did a good job with sticking with it the second time, but I found the upkeep of it was taking away too much time. I was putting more time and effort into maintaining it than I was gaining from increasing productivity in return.

      It's maybe not the same thing but in terms of keeping track of things and making sure something important doesn't slip my mind, I've taken to carrying a Field Notes Memo Book (https://fieldnotesbrand.com/products/autumn-trilogy) with me everywhere and just writing everything down. I find it's much easier to get things on paper than it is putting it into my phone. Later, when I have time, I can then take what I wrote down and file it away somewhere else. When I do, I use a red pen to leave a big check mark over top of it so I know I filed it away somewhere. As I keep everything in my memo book by date, I don't have to worry about losing anything: If I don't get around to filing things away today or tomorrow or even the next day, I don't have to worry about it because I know it's not going anywhere.

    • @MarkG I have tried on two different occasions to keep a Bullet Journal but the first time I tried it I couldn't stick with it. I did a good job with sticking with it the second time, but I found the upkeep of it was taking away too much time. I was putting more time and effort into maintaining it than I was gaining from increasing productivity in return.

      In general, any productivity system that works for you is the best one.

      As mentioned, bullet journal is on a weekly/monthly basis, usually consisting of about 20 items per week and around 10 items per month. It takes about 20 minutes to setup the next week and about 5 minutes at the end of the day to update it / re-arrange stuff.

      The best part of the bullet journal process for me is marking which planned items have not been done and need to be transferred to the next week. Eventually you can see some patterns on stuff you procrastinate on or just don't consider as important as initially thought (so it might be a good idea to drop it).

    • One of my biggest productivity hacks of late has been adding apps to my phone so that I can bookmark content to read later: New York Times, Medium, Twitter, etc. I actually read a lot more of my bookmarked content than if I bookmark to Safari or Chrome; I rarely if ever review my bookmarks on those browsers.

      For Cake, I’ve been using @mbravo ’s suggestion of roam to save comments that I want to mull over before responding. I can also add notes to each bookmark such as key points, quotes and links to articles. It’s helped me to avoid forgetting a great comment that, after reading, I didn’t have time to respond to.