My Writing Problems Yesterday
So, to recap, the main problem has been an ongoing hesitance to just hammer out the methodology section. I don’t even want to think about how many weeks I’ve been trying to hammer it out–weeks that, honestly, I don’t have to spare!
My Strategy For Getting Unstalled
I mentioned yesterday that I was going to try journaling in my Livescribe researcher’s journal notebook to get unstalled. I did that . . . plus some “Rowena Murray Level 4 Outlining” in combination with some “Sanford Kaye quick writing under pressure.”
Here are a video and some photos sharing the process and the results. 🙂 NOTE: Click the little gear on the YouTube video to change the viewing definition to High Definition.
So For Today . . .
Oy! 🙂 I’ve got a lot to do today. Or I should say, rather, I’m aiming to do a lot today! Switching it up a bit: As you might know, I’m a HUGE fan of Liquid Planner in terms of learning how long it really takes you to do things, and in terms of using its Gantt chart as a reverse calendar that constantly updates your slated finishing date based on time that passes, time you log in, and tick offs that you input/record/document. In Liquid Planner, you definitely maintain an overall understanding of you project. Today I am going to work in Orkanizer for the first time. I like that it asks me to estimate how many Pomodoro tomatoes I expect each task to take.
HUGE PERSONAL REVELATION ABOUT THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE: I have discovered that the Pomodoro technique (doing tomatoes) only works for me if I try to beat my time estimate for a task. Otherwise, it’s just the endless doing of tomato after tomato after tomato . . .
Of course, I am only able to give GOOD estimates for how long these tasks REALLY take me because I’ve been logging how long they take me in Liquid Planner. I used to have TERRIBLY low estimates for how long things took me. I could kiss the Liquid Planner developers for getting me beyond that delusion, ALONE! 🙂 It’s a terrible delusion with which to be operating, to not really know how long things REALLY take you. Here’s a picture of my Orkanizer work space for today (click on it to enlarge it in another browser). Yeah: Lots of tasks. Ambitious, I know. 🙂 We’ll see! (I’m wearing my Ernest Hemingway trousers, so . . . you never know! This just might turn out to be a GREAT writing day. :p)
I am PARTICULARLY excited about outlining my methods section in my Livescribe researcher’s journal notebook and then just EXPLAINING vocally what research actions I will take. A huge shout out to my Phinished friend wallaby for suggesting that to get unstalled, I just type how I would talk . . . and then revise as necessary. Hugs, wallaby!!!