Am I taking over this site? Journal updates, Jan 2022:
##The Productivists journal thread
What I wrote in that previous entry about diet and sunlight is really helpful. Even living in a very sunny location, it’s hard to get enough sunlight. It makes such a big difference; try working after a relaxing day at the beach vs a day inside.
Likewise, saturated fat and stearic acid has also been very influential to productivity. It seems to give a solid source of energy that polyunsaturated fats are missing. In fact, getting away from industrial seedoils really helps. This combo helps to reduce the afternoon lull.
But it doesn’t completely eliminate it without enough sleep.
Sleep is a major problem for productivity. Earplugs cause ear infections eventually. Soundproofing a bedroom is too much unless you own the property, but owning a property doesn’t make sense because moving every 5 years is a better process for cleaning.
I’ve avoided coffee all my life due to fears over caffeine. I didn’t realise the benefits. It makes you think you’re awake. It gets me through that afternoon dip. The thing is, the afternoon dip is normal, to some degree. But I can’t get it to coinside with a gap in my schedule. Further, this country really doesn’t give many places to sleep in public if I’m out and about.
The issue with coffee is that it just masks over the sleep issue. I can see that when I was tired before, I would crave sugar and chocolate to survive. But the sugar would get me on the high-crash-high rollercoaster. I can see that I craved both the caffeine in the chocolate but also the saturated fat in the cocoa butter. By switching to pure cocoa, I got the benefits but without the drawbacks of the sugar. Interesting.
Caffeine is no cure though. It masks problems. When I’m actually tired I actually start making a LOT of mistakes. These would have been sackable mistakes in my previous job. Attention to detail when typing, this kind of thing. Glaring errors.
I sometimes take this midday if I think I’m going to be tired, as it’s too late for coffee.
Coffee is still a problem, though. It’s no substitute for proper sleep.
Getting early morning sunlight onto the eyes and stretching.
Ref Andrew Huberman.
This tip about seeing the sun in the morning straight after getting up, staring at the horizon it another productivity boosting tip that actually works. Time efficient. Just 5mins seems to make a difference. Combine with a early morning run and some stretching. Stretching hamstrings and hip flexors seems to help mentally. Could it be improved posture = improved thinking?
Efficient backup workflow.
I have a central server at home and at work we just put a USB stick in the router and sync to that via Syncthing.
I’m amazed how useful syncthing has been… and how reliable. It’s also acting as a backup, using the file versioning support. Avoiding the cloud like this has been a panacea. This also works very well with Obsidian.
Hook from HookProductivity.
I’m finally using this app effectively now by linking to PDFs from within Obsidian.
I’m very concerned about getting dependent on this app so I want to see other ways to do this. For example, click the link to copy it to the clipboard, rather than drag and select, then copy to clipboard…
then paste that into spotlight search. That could be as little as 2 hotkeys and it serves the same purpose.
The function of hook to link files together doesn’t seem to work well cognitively because I forget that I’ve linked the files. Having the links visible in ObsidianMD works much better.
WhatsApp is how I contact my customers.
I tried other methods and basically I’m stuck with standard WhatsApp, not even the API because the API has so many limitations on it, it’s not efficient.
I’m using the MULTIDEVICE BETA for WhatsApp Web. This has the disadvantage of lag while syncing those first messages. This kills flow completely and needs fixing.
Something that could be PART of the solution is Element One. I have to pay $5/month for this but it bridges WhatsApp to Matrix IM. Matrix can then send me emails of customer’s messages. This is much more accessible backup than WhatsApp’s solutions.
But there’s yet another problem with WhatsApp: It keeps deleting sent and received files. I then end up with an incomplete record of customers comms and it’s been embarressing at times.
In general, WhatsApp is probably the biggest drag on my productivity at the moment.
The solution is surely to leverage Matrix to automate all these shortcomings. However, the platform doesn’t look like something that has much in the way of turn-key solutions. Thus, I’m also keeping an eye out for Beeper, as this will be similar to Element One.
Pasting a Hook:// link into WhatsApp didn’t work. That needed an extension to enable clickable hook:// as clickable links.
I then put a link as a starred message at the top of each chat. The client can see this but I mark it as “Note to self” and I hope it’s not too distracting for them. This is easier than editing the page with Greasemonkey scripts.
Initially, I had these links go through to a folder on my desktop but now they’ll be opening in ObsidianMD with a link to that student’s notes in a folder called “People”. That master student note contains the link to the folder.
It seems that it’s possible to go directly from that master note to the WhatsApp chat with:
Or, even better, use WhatsApp:// and the app.
Hope this helps someone out there. I use all this for student profiles.