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Sep 10, 2023Liked by Michael Dean

Yes, do a log challenge. But what do you use to do the logs? Best practices if there are any??

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I use an app called Drafts, but I used to use Apple Notes. Any basic notes app would work. The core thing is that it syncs to desktop, and that you can capture quickly.

Here's a log on capture friction:

9:59 am — How long does it take you to jot a note into your phone? Here’s a test. Open you phone stopwatch, hit go, write “Hello world” in a note, then go back and stop it. On a first pass I can get it under 10 seconds. On a second pass I can get it in under 5. I’ve tested this on people without a capture habit, and it could take 30-60. If there’s any friction, you’re way less likely to log. (shortcuts help).

Another good practice is to set aside ~15 minutes the next day to clean up, clarify, and publish.

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Curious what you think about Notes on Substack and how that might fit (or not) into your logs.

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Just started something yesterday where I do a recap through Substack Notes of all the logs I posted yesterday.

I suppose you could log directly into Notes. I tried this once on Twitter. I personally prefer being outside of a feed; it reduces the stage-effect. Having it on a page on your website is the nice middle ground between public feeds and private hard drive.

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Yes to a log challenge!

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Really enjoyed reading this, Michael. And this: "Logging is about recognizing that something novel has just happened. It’s an “aha.” It’s pairing the act of surprise, insight, humor, or struggle with the habit of grabbing your phone." I found it brilliant. It encapsulates everything, the whole, grand scheme of things of thinking, processing, and writing. I also enjoyed your logs, particularly the one about a clothes store where everything fits -- it may well be the idea of the century! :)

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Good point! "Novelty detection" is important through the whole pipeline.

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...great work keeping that habit for 21 months...seems like this was a great experiment that has definitely bared fruit at this point...inspiring...

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