When I first started writing and reading on Medium, there were lots of self-help and productivity articles. As a graduate, I was happy to find a whole lot of article resources in one place and a great community of writers. Although productivity gets a bad rep and reasonably so; we can all agree that at one time we were obsessed with personal growth.
I came across Interstitial Journaling by Coach Tony, Implemented it for a month and it worked. I have been doing it ever since.
Interstitial Journaling Improves Productivity
In the past, I have always used to-do lists. I would cram a list of things I wanted to do in one day often getting stressed and resulting in procrastination. My to-do lists always looked like this:
- Schedule Twitter.
- Article 1
- Article 2 For Medium.
- Email Newsletter.
- Pinterest and Canva
The list had 10 things that ate into each other not to mention things that came up at work. As they say, if your to-do list has more than 3 things, you’re probably doing the most.
At the end of the day, I would feel so bad. Like I had not accomplished what I had set out to do on that day. If you’re like me and what to accomplish so much, you can find that time is “not enough” which can lead to scatter-brain. Interstitial journalling helps you change this mindset by making time your friend.
With this practice, you can smoothly transition between tasks, work with as opposed to working against time and kill your overly ambitious attitude when it comes to time.
Ideally, This is How It Works:
- Note the time and the task you’re working on before you start working on it – I like to add the number of minutes/hours I plan to spend on this task. This is for planning and reporting purposes and will help me and you learn why we took a longer or shorter time.
- Note down all the challenges and hiccups when performing the task.
- Note when you finish the task and the task you plan to attack or complete it.
For me, here would be my entry:
9:40 AM: I’m reading on Medium while gleaning advice tips and enjoying humour articles.
10:40 AM: Finished reading on Medium. I liked Tom Kuegler’s Tips on hacking the Medium Partner Program. I will be back to read and Implement a, b, c and y. I will now jump to my art and music project and how we can best support the local artists. I’ll need to send them emails so as to get started and take their details.
Do you get the drift?
This is actually taken from my personal journal entry back when I used to curate and sell art. This helped me switch from social media tasks, writing, marketing and events tasks without feeling overwhelmed.
Why I Prefer Interstitial Journaling Over To-Do Lists
As a person who always has to haggle with time, it can feel like nothing gets accomplished. True enough, some days are like that. Nothing gets accomplished.
The Time Stamps help me look at how much time I spent in between tasks, taking breaks and completing tasks. I can look back and see that I indeed spent my time well. In addition, after a few weeks or months of interstitial journaling, I know how much time to slot in for specific tasks.
With to-do-lists, I write and tick them away if and when they get done. Which is why I end up feeling that time is not on my side.
Journaling is a Great Habit To Have
Not only as a way of tracking your productivity but as a therapeutic habit as well. Journaling has helped me a lot. From planning, processing my emotions and early morning pages, I can’t recommend it enough.
Whether you need journaling prompts, cute notebooks or an Evernote app to get started. You can choose journalling in the morning or at night or quick interstitial moments where you can’t figure out how to start a project.
Get a journal. Thank me later.