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Self Motivation the Mathematical Way

Problogger recently posted on a technique to maintain personal productivity through a daily point system. I love this idea. I do think that the system detailed there is a bit ambitious for a novice blogger. Here’s my modified system. In true Justin style, it’s probably more complicated than necessary.

Aim for 25 points a day during the week and 75 points over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) for a week long total of 200. In this system, you can do 20 points one day and 30 the next. Each week it restarts though, this aren’t cell minutes.

  • 10 points for a “real” blog post. That means one that is not a linking post (like this one), is at least a page long, and is based on some research or a couple drafts.
  • 10 points for starting or continuing a pet project or personal experiment (new recipe if you’re a chef, a widget or something similar for us digital cooks)
  • 10 points for completing a project ahead of schedule.
  • 10 points on going out with friends you haven’t seen in at least a week (real life going out. not electronic)
  • 5 points for a linking or other short blog post.
  • 5 points for new networking
  • 5 points for completing a project on time
  • 3 points for each blog draft outline (more than just bullet points, a decent rough draft)
  • 3 points for each old friend or colleague you reconnect with (email, phone, facebook, linkedin). Try to have a good back and forth conversation, not just a ‘hey there’
  • 3 points for contacting a fellow blogger or professional in your industry
  • 2 points each for commenting on blogs in your industry
  • 1 point for commenting on your own blog (this counts for other author’s posts if you contribute to a group blog like I do)
  • 1 point for each industry-specific article you read (and bookmark to I mean really read, like, you could summarize it in conversation over dinner.
  • 1 point for each term, historical event, new technology, etc you research with intent to incorporate into a blog post.
  • 1 point for every great idea you write down
  • 1 point for completing a task on your to-do list that doesn’t fall into any category above (smaller, miscellaneous tasks)

I’m sure I’ve missed some. What else? Am I totally whacked? Have I missed something important?

Justin Dickinson



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