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Alan Jacobs mentioned Oliver Burkeman's idea of making a 'done list' rather than a to do list. The idea is not to start the day in "productivity debt" that you feel you have to clear, begin from zero and use it as an opportunity to celebrate everything you achieve rather than risk ending the day still in debt because you didn't get something done.

I think it's a great idea – a different way of framing your activities – and sits alongside gratitude lists, in which you note everything you are grateful for during the day.

I put together a done list on my Journal last night and was pleasantly surprised by what I'd actually done. As Burkeman says, you can set the bar as high or low as you like for what makes it on the list based on your frame of mind and current needs. Just as with the gratitude list, it can serve as a gentle reminder to do the normal day-to-day things if you're down and in a rut. It can also serve as a nice historical reminder.

I think it's something I'll start to do regularly and it's given me the urge to restart my gratitude list. Ideal uses of the Journal.

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Watching Jay's latest podcast – yes, watching – I didn't stop YouTube and it rolled over to this video from an artist called Venus Theory which essentially asks, with regards to making music:

what's the f**king point?

After an amount of discussion he quotes a friend as saying:

It's not about building this 'thing' to be remembered.

It's about living your life and enjoying it while you still have it.


Music has been such a big part of my life, since I was about 8 years old and first heard Rapper's Delight by The Sugarhill Gang.

I make music for the same reason I listen to it, because it speaks to something inside of me. Making something of which I'm proud enough to share it with the world gives such a sense of satisfaction.

I heartily recommend the project that he talks about in the video (on YouTube here, the soundtrack is on Spotify and probably elsewhere) as it is such a poignant and emotional piece.

Oh, and if you don't listen to, watch or read Jay's podcast then you're missing out!

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