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Note Making

Tana – My Honest Initial Impressions

Oct 17, 2022257819 min read
With a growing number of vocal online advocates … a flood of social media buzz … an increasing community of converts from Notion, Roam, Logseq, and Obsidian … and a long line of people clamoring for early access, Tana has premiered to higher levels of enthusiasm — and, occasionally, animosity — than any tool for […]

Scrintal – Initial Impressions

Oct 9, 202294513 min read
Scrintal has a lot of potential, but in early release it lacks critical features found in most PKM apps.

Keep a Journal? Get Smarter by Revisiting Old Entries.

Jun 9, 202219268 min read
Scheduled reviews of sequential entries can open a new window on your life.

Reflections on a Year of Using Obsidian Daily

Jun 3, 2022230011 min read
A year in, Obsidian gets better and better.
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On Writing

Fiction: Beasts of Union County

Oct 31, 2022244 views27 min read

Original fiction and illustrations by Mark McElroy Three days before she died, Addie Mae’s doctor…

Keep a Journal? Get Smarter by Revisiting Old Entries.

ByMark McElroyJun 9, 2022

Do you keep a journal? I started keeping a hand-written journal in the tenth grade,…

Using Readwise.io Daily Highlights as Random Journaling Prompts

ByMark McElroyJan 15, 2022

This week, I began toying with a new, experimental morning journaling practice — just to…

Good Advice on Writing About Me Pages

ByMark McElroyDec 22, 2021

Before creating my 2022 About Me page for this site, I decided to sharpen my…


Productivity

Domains, Tensions, and Experiments: An Alternative to Setting Goals

Mar 3, 20218699 min read

I’m done with setting goals. Instead, I’m organizing my life and work using a system of domains, tensions, and experiments. Domains are broad areas of sustained interest or focus: the…

Meetings that Matter

Feb 16, 20215203 min read

Most of our meetings used to be “work pageants.” First: the parade of PowerPoint slides. Then: the endless report-outs and updates, which spawned conversations, which plummeted down rabbit holes. We…

Meaningful Meetings Start with Check-in Questions

Feb 2, 20217952 min read

Starting meetings with check-in questions is one of the most powerful tools for changing how we relate to each other. So why are check-in questions also the first new way…

How We Meet Reveals Who We Are

Feb 1, 20214542 min read

At work, a set of “meeting moves” is changing how we meet: Appointing moderators and scribes. One person steers; the other notes what we did and what agreements we made.Starting…

Shifting from Dabbler to Doer

Jul 7, 20207414 min read

I’ve always been a magpie of ideas. I’m drawn to the new, the bright, the shiny. I scoop these ideas up and carry them back to my nest. The result?…

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