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Been thinking about journaling. So here are some cool writing apps that use sticks and carrots:

750 Words #webapp - “I’ve long been inspired by an idea I first learned about in The Artist’s Way called morning pages. Morning pages are three pages of writing done every day, typically encouraged to be in “long hand”, typically done in the morning, that can be about anything and everything that comes into your head. It’s about getting it all out of your head, and is not supposed to be edited or censored in any way. The idea is that if you can get in the habit of writing three pages a day, that it will help clear your mind and get the ideas flowing for the rest of the day. Unlike many of the other exercises in that book, I found that this one actually worked and was really really useful.” $5 / month.

Cold Turkey Writer - “The magic of typewriting, for your computer. Writer transforms your computer into a typewriter, which forces you to do nothing but write.” Freemium.

Fighter’s Block #webapp - “Fighter’s Block is a writing app that exploits conditioning to overcome writer’s block and sheer laziness. Rewards for writing and punishments for stopping are wrapped in a battle system inspired by turn-based RPGs.”

The Most Dangerous Writing App #webapp - “Don’t stop writing, or all progress will be lost.”

Plant-a-Page - “It’s simple: for every day you write, we plant a tree for you.” $9.99/month.

Worst Draft #software - “Worst Draft is a minimalist word processor that removes the two biggest roadblocks for writers: editing & distractions. Users will be unable to delete anything more than a few most recently typed words, and they will also be unable to access any other applications without first closing Worst Draft.”

Written? Kitten! #webapp - Rewards writing with pictures of kittens.

Way more writing apps I looked at here, most of which don’t actually use carrots and sticks.

And a couple videos about journaling:

Work From Home Productivity: The Hard Data on Remote Work - “With the spread of coronavirus forcing thousands of people to work from home for the first time, there are more opinions than ever about how to work from home. But at RescueTime, we’re in a unique position to see the true impact in real-time.”

More resource for working remotely.

Commonplace book - Wikipedia - “Commonplace books (or commonplaces) are a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. They have been kept from antiquity, and were kept particularly during the Renaissance and in the nineteenth century. Such books are essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces are used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts. Each one is unique to its creator’s particular interests but they almost always include passages found in other texts, sometimes accompanied by the compiler’s responses. They became significant in Early Modern Europe.”


Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule - “There are two types of schedule, which I’ll call the manager’s schedule and the maker’s schedule.”

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100 time, energy, and attention hacks to be more productive #article - “Toward the end of my year of productivity, I realized that every single article I wrote for A Year of Productivity could be classified into one (or more) of three categories: how to better manage your time, how to better manage your energy , and how to better manage your attention.”

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How to Boost Productivity Through Building Momentum #article - “Momentum has a profound effect on willpower and productivity. Negative momentum can hurt your productivity tremendously and positive momentum can help your productivity tremendously. This article will describe how to stop negative momentum, how to build positive momentum, and how to sustain it.”

Morning Momentum: The #1 Factor That Makes Or Breaks My Productivity #article - “Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And: The more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run.”

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The Focus Toolkit - Thomas Frank - “Need to focus? Here’s a toolbox full of resources that will help you do it successfully.”

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