The No Journal and avoidance work

Since I have a major conference paper due in less than a month, I naturally found myself today digitizing some old course note binders and researching a potential migration to a new reference management software.

Because I am currently feeling the pressure of this deadline but wanting to avoid the actual work, I thought it’d be instructive to make a list of every single thing I felt the pull to work on instead. Almost everything I came up with is something that doesn’t make a bit of difference in my professional goals.

I then reworked this list into what others have called a No Journal. It’s nothing more than a text file that lives in an easily accessible place. I have documented a list of things I know I should say no to or that I otherwise recognize as avoidance work. I plan to integrate this file into my regular review process so I recognize faster when I’m spending time on things that don’t matter.

You only have finite time and attention, and items in the No Journal unseat more important things.

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