Getting Shit Done

Monk Mode: time-limited commitments

Liked How to Change Your Momentum in a Week or Two by David Cain (

Monk Mode, as I conceive of it, is a way of leveraging this principle to a less intense degree. You still focus on a certain kind of self-development work for a short period (perhaps writing, meditating, practicing piano, or lifting barbells), you still commit to a list of no-no’s during that time (perhaps no alcohol, no social media, or no sugar), but aside from that you live life normally.

Essentially you’re committing to a new lifestyle standard in certain respects, but for a short enough time that you can sustain the effort to the end.

Similar but more intense / concentrated version of his Depth Year idea.

Getting Shit Done Lifestyle

Live in fullscreen mode

Bookmarked 5 Ways to Simplify Your Life – zen habits by Leo Baubata (zen habits)

Curate your day.
Start living in fullscreen mode.
Weekly clearing ritual.
Eat simple foods & move.
Slow down & enjoy quietude.

Doing one thing at a time – I was thinking recently maybe if I let myself not always be doing chores while I’m cooking or waiting for the kettle to boil or whatever I could let myself rest. I’m too focused on maximizing every minute 🤷‍♀️

I also like his approach to planning a day: “What handful of things would make your day amazing?” For most days:

  • Getting enough sleep
  • Enjoying a cup of tea
  • Avocado toast (or other delicious breakfast)
  • Reading a book
  • Hanging out with friends or my husband
  • Finding some new music
  • Making progress on my book
  • Learning something new

I live a pretty simple life already and try to keep it that way 🤷‍♀️

Getting Shit Done Self Care

Magic level

To ask yourself after a work block:

What was your level of Magic for this work block?

1 – fizzled out

10 – fully tapped into magical flow!

from Courtney at CaveDay — a fun way to think about work, focus, and energy

The Internet Writing

What Makes a Book

Quoted December 2020: Fresh from Ganymede! by Robin Sloan (Robin Sloan)

I want to end this year by going back to the basics.

I think the kind of writing and thinking people do on the internet—on news websites, on social media, in email newsletters—is like campfire light, or the light of an inscandescent bulb…That kind of light blooms wide… and fades fast.

Collimated light is different. It doesn’t scatter and diffuse into darkness.

I think writing a book requires collimation: getting your material pointed in the same direction, filtering out the bits that wander elsewhere. … A book is a laser beam.

There is a sense I think a lot of people share: that their contributions to social media, even if they are bit-by-bit rewarding, don’t really add up to much. A sense of all those words just… burning away, like morning mist over a pond. And: I think that sense is correct!