> The video’s are awesome – thanks for posting it!
> Have you thought about doing more video posts / podcasts?
I'd consider it, definitely, sure... probably not something I'll do a lot just for the hell of it, but it's definitely worthwhile for things that need a more rich medium.
> Like Andy said, I do the Yes / No thing too. One thing I do differently – I write the Yes in green, and the No in red (I’ve set up a daily template with a Yes / No in their respective colors so its easy to copy and paste). It allows me to see at a glance how successful I was. And I’m sure there’s something in psychology about using colors and visual cues, but I haven’t looked it up.
Ah, I like that idea. I like MLO which is pretty spartan, but I can see the value in color coding. Might be something for me to consider later.
> It’s interesting that you track how much time you spend doing each task – how do you track procrastination (good or bad)? I tend to take 5-10 minute (okay, maybe longer when I’m on Hacker News) breaks every 30-60 minutes, even if I’m being productive, but that’s just how I work.
I don't have a hard and fast rule. Generally speaking -
-If I completely switch tasks, I'll mark it down on the tracking. So you might see something like "(60 minutes maintenance, 10 minutes reading)" if I worked for 30 minutes, read for 10 minutes, worked for 30 minutes.
-If I go make a coffee or go to the bathroom or whatever, I just lump it in with whatever time I'm doing. I think the gain in precision in separating out little tiny things isn't worth the effort it'd take.
-If I switch to something semi-productive for a really short time, like 2-3 minutes, I might just ignore it. Like, if mid-reading I remember I need to check if someone confirmed an appointment, then I might check my email and answer one email while I'm in there. I'll just ignore that.
-I try really, really, really hard not to switch into pure-distraction-based tasks when it's not scheduled. I mean, it happens, but it's something I work against. I think making distraction a default behavior when confused can stop difficult important things from getting done.
> Another thing I’m starting next week – writing 750 words as soon as I wake up to clear my head.........
I like that, and the other habits you're implementing/talking about. Really good stuff, cheers for the comment and looking forward to hearing more about the writing too.