Disclaimer: This is a draft.
- In general, I have a hard time doing the things I really want to do. Even though I have a few interests and hobbies, including reading, history, language learning and music, sometimes I have trouble actively pursuing them.
- Even when I think of things to do, sometimes I waste my time scrolling through social media or YouTube etc. Time can slip away when you’re doing the easy, passive things that feel good in the moment.
A system for organising ideas
- I’m trying out a new way of organising the ideas of things that I want to do.
- I have a Notion setup with three linked databases:
- Areas - these are my different hobbies and areas of my life, e.g. reading, history, exercise, music, learning, admin, relationship, family, friends, programming, career.
- Ideas - these are things that pop into my head of things I’d like to do or things that I need to do. They are linked to an area above. They have a ‘status’ column to keep track of what is not started, in progress or complete.
- Time blocking - these are time entries of when I’m spending time devoted to the ideas above. Time entries are linked to an idea.
- This setup makes it easy to:
- quickly jot down an idea when it comes into my mind.
- look at my list of ideas when I have some free time.
- review what I’m spending my time on, to make sure I have a good balance of interests. If I spend too much time on one thing, I can get burned out.
- I’m not sure if this setup is going to last. I tend to go through phases of motivation where I’m really into something, and then I lose interest. But I’m hopeful this will stick.