This week on Lifehack Live, I talked with Scott H. Young of lifehack.org and scotthyoung.com. Scott and I discussed studying and learning, goals and motivation, and changing your habits to make you a more productive person. Scott also disccussed his recent e-book “How to Change a Habit“, and his current work in progress on holistic learning. For more information and to download sample chapters of his ebook, visit Scott’s website.
This week didn’t go off without a hitch, of course — there were some technical difficulties with the sound at the beginning, and some static on one of the phone lines. On the other hand, we had our first caller, Mick from Australia.
An old article that is worth mentioning is called Finding Your Inside Time by David Allen.
David talks about his style on capturing your life details within a journal. By writing every action required items into your journal, you will have more freedom from detaching yourself from all those pressures. He says keeping a journal is like a core dump which can act as your stress release and spiritual in-basket:
Just making a free-form list of all the things you have attention on is a form of journaling and is at least momentarily liberating. On the most mundane level, it is capturing all of the “oh, yeah, I need to …” stuff—phone calls to make, things to get at the store, things to talk to your boss or your assistant about, etc. At this level, it doesn’t usually make for a very exciting or interesting experience—just a necessary one to clear the most obvious cargo on the deck.
I often use my journal for “core-dumping” the subtler and more ambiguous things rattling around in my psyche. It’s like doing a current-reality inventory of the things that really have my attention—the big blips on my internal radar. These can be either negative or positive, like relationship issues, career decisions or unexpected events that have created disturbances or new opportunities. Sometimes core-dumping is the best way to get started when nothing else is flowing—just an objectification of what is on my internal landscape.