A tip for interactive writing

What is interactive writing

An interactive writing is a writing style in which writers build a circumstances of different comments mixed together. For example,

I think self-made breakfast is a good way to ensuring your health and saving your money as a student. However, for those who don't have enough time at morning, you busy guys may make your breakfast last night with dinner.

Notice that the two sentences aggregate two common ideas about breakfast: it’s healthy or it’s time-consuming, and furthermore, favor the former one with a technique to apply.

Writing Technique using Ulysses

It’s always not recommended that you stop to polish your words when drafting. However, if you don’t stick yourself to one specific point of view, the idea may diverge unlimitedly. To ensure there is another point of view (to be interactive), you need a way to append critical feedbacks to your core ideas for later argument, and, at the same time, keep yourself clear about the core ideas.

To achieve the above writing, you don’t have to separate your brain into two parts to think independently. Instead, you may use comment block %% in Ulysses to write the feedback thought when coming up with them. Take the above example. You first write:

I think self-made breakfast is a good way to ensuring your health and saving your money as a student.  
%% Well, maybe not for most students who don't have enough time for making breakfast. (This line would be commented.)
Then you can make your breakfast last night with dinner. 

After writing so, don’t polish the feedback nor the further argument. Keep your thought flowing. When you stop drafting, edit them as below:

I think self-made breakfast is a good way to ensuring your health and saving your money as a student.  
(Deleting the previous one and adding the line below.)
For those who don't have enough time at morning, you busy guys may make your breakfast last night with dinner. Not to the mention the effect of meditation occurring when you focus yourself on a single task… 

The point is, the twisted writing process can be simplified and handled in this way while keeping your feedback and argument instantly stored.

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How to start working even when it’s not morning?

Motivation

There are lots of articles on the Internet talking about morning routine which helps you get productive by stabilizing actions in the morning. However, it’s more often you have to start work when it’s not morning, e.g., after a long break of pomodoro, after a nap you usually took afternoon, after you move from the café to home, etc. They occur more in your life, so it’s wonderful for you to actively have those time being productive rather than morning only.

The trigger

As a non-native English user, I started to train my English typing speed about a month ago (and it worked well that I can touch-type about 65±5 WPM now). I formed this habit by having a test on The Typing Cat at the beginning of a day and every break of pomodoro period. Sooner did I find that after I purely play the game for fun, I feel active for work even when it’s not the beginning of the day, i.e., playing the game triggers me to work. The point is that you can actively trigger yourself to work by forming a habit you’d at every beginning of working period.

It’s a good habit to train typing speed, but for those who want to choose other triggers for work, it’s crucial to ensure the habit can be executed at the every beginning of your work. Thus, it should at least:

  • be safe for work;
  • be short for executing (in this case, typing testing only requires one minute);
  • be fun to do (really, typing testing is fun).

Summary

It’s harder to start working rather than to continue working. Morning routine is a good concept to have a service to dominate the day later. However, there’s a lot more you can do even when it’s not morning. Find something with the above three properties to boost your productivity.

Zeroth post — Purposes of this blog

Major one — motivation

The goal of writing this blog is to motivate myself to research for topics I unintentionally have interest in.

There are a few topics currently haunting in my brain:

  1. The SOP of thinking: the standard operating procedure to store your ideas in a well-organised system, and ultimately link them into articles.
  2. The guideline to self-learning with the power of Internet: I accidentally found a guideline teaching people how to ask questions in the Internet. Mixed with my faith that Internet shouldn’t be treated as a blocker in education, the idea should be expanded to teaching people how to live more energetically (for learning), how to design an achievable project, how to ask questions on Internet (as the above), etc.

Minor ones — practices

Not just for the motivation, I also aim to improve other abilities. By illustrating the work in English, I can directly sharpen my English writing & thinking abilities; with reviews and continuation of previous articles, I can generate new ideas, expanding the existing set — as a researcher do. To sum, the minor purpose of this blog is to boost the researching and English abilities.

Name of this blog

As for the name of this blog, it wasn’t well-prepared. It was more like a sudden flash instead. The meaning, however, was quite clear — to ensure I myself act on the basis of an “axiom,” which explains every motion I make. “What is that axiom?” you may ask. Well, the answer is “I don’t know,” or, more precisely, “I don’t know yet.”