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🔖 Physical Zettelkasten for Writing | Newton's Laws of Getting Things Done

Shu Omi
Shu Omi
Hi friends! How are you doing today?
Welcome to issue #34!
Here are the best articles, books, tweets, podcasts and apps I found this week. As always, Save → Read → Make notes!
article \ writing
This article came up in our Mindvillage community discord last week, and I thought it was a great summary of Robert Greene’s writing method. It’s similar to Niklas Luhamann’s Zettelkasten – when he reads books for research, he writes down ideas he wants use in his book on an index card just like Luhmann did. If you’re interested in physical Zettelkasten, this is worth reading.
article | writing
Speaking of Robert Greene, Ryan Holiday used to be his apprentice which is why he uses the same writing method. Besides the index card method, here’s the list of Ryan Holiday’s rules for writing I found really helpful.
Make little progress each day
One of the best rules I’ve heard as a writer is that the way to write a book is by producing “two crappy pages a day.” It’s by carving out a small win each and every day—getting words on the page. Hemingway once said that “the first draft of anything is shit,” and he’s right.

article | productivity
James Clear sees Newton’s three laws of motion as an analogy for increasing your productivity.
For example, the first law states objects in motion tend to stay in motion and objects at rest tend to stay at rest. If you apply this to productivity, it implies the most important thing is to get started. Once you’re in motion, it becomes easier to get more stuff done.
article | communication
Esther Perel says the quality of your relationships determines the quality of your life. I think one of the best ways to nurture your relationships with people is by learning how to listen. This article lists 4 simple steps to become a better listener and conversationalist.
Use “I” statements. Nobody likes being told what to do or that they’re wrong. Using “I” statements like, “I don’t agree with you and here’s why,” is much more effective than, “That’s a stupid idea.” Presenting an opinion as a fact creates defensiveness while owning our opinion prevents it from being toxic. For example, there’s a big difference between saying, “Are you still working on the pet project of yours?” and “I have some concerns about the project. Can we speak about it?”
article | Learning
A great brief guide on effective studying methods. I wish I had this as a textbook when I was in school! It covers effective ways to learn new ideas like interleaving and spaced repetition.
If you want a more detailed guide, this book by the same author seems great:
Amazon.com: The Psychology of Effective Studying: How to Succeed in Your Degree: 9781138570924: Penn, Paul: Books
Alex Llull 🕵️‍♂️
What if I told you it's possible to grow on Twitter by just investing 1 hour a day?

Here's how: https://t.co/pW2YoFSDJq
I liked this Twitter thread because it goes beyond simply creating a quality tweet/thread and talks about how to use DMs to get the most out of Twitter.
app | virtual coworking
This app is something I want to try next week. It’s probably not just me that you get more things done when you’re working in public or with other people. In Focusmate, you can create a virtual coworking space where you get matched with strangers and have a focus session together. If you’re like me who needs accountability partners to stay focused, this is a great tool.
New video – Raindrop + Logseq/Roam/Obsidian = 🔥
Last video was a review of Raindrop.io. And this week’s video is about how I use it as my Idea Storage with Logseq/Obsidian. It’s kind of brief video, but should be enough to get the whole idea of how I use it.
Raindrop + Obsidian/Logseq/Roam = 🔥🔥🔥 | How I Use Raindrop with my note-taking app
Raindrop + Obsidian/Logseq/Roam = 🔥🔥🔥 | How I Use Raindrop with my note-taking app
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Thanks! Have a great week.
Shu
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