Why Journaling is Better Than Simple Task Management

[!tip] Don’t juxtaposition but complement

  • Max during our discussion of the workshop suggested that ideas of journaling is complementing and not opposing task management.
    • Too bad that not many people can reflect about things they do day in and day out.
  • It’s straightforward. When we switch between tasks, we often retain a residual imprint of our previous activity.
    • Thoughts carry inertia that can contaminate the new task.
    • This can lead to procrastination and a lack of desire to start a new task.
    • Research indicates that we are 40% less efficient when we immediately switch between tasks1.
      • This is referred to as the science of multitasking.
    • There are no life hacks to cover for the limitations of our brain.
      • When a person approaches the problem, he, as mentioned above, has residual leftovers from the previous things he did.
      • Or some problem plagues him. Like how I am tortured with the idea of how to incorporate note-taking into the system of productivity.
      • I hopelessly entertained the idea that my brain, the closer the deadline, would magically generate insight on what to do, how to do it, and how long it would take.
        • But instead of insights, it generated only mistakes and disappointments later, when everything was finished.
      • Journaling allows a person to keep the problem small, only several sentences long, and eases the transition between tasks.
        • It puts the brain into another gear and allows for gradually picking up the pace.






1. Rupp E. Switch cost effect: How task switching impacts productivity // ABLE blog: thoughts, learnings and experiences [Электронный ресурс]. URL: https://able.ac/blog/switch-cost-effect/ (дата обращения: 03.01.2024).

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