Edition 02: Follow Your Interests

Welcome to The Weekly Digest Edition 02.

Today marks Day 14 of #ship30for30 where I ship a 250 word atomic essay every day. Week 1 I was a hot mess but still managed to ship everyday. This week I fell in love with the writing process and looked forward to it everyday.

Follow Your Interests

One of the things I love about the Zettelkasten system which I have incorporated into my essay writing process is the idea of following your interests. Niklas Luhmann would never force ideas. If something wasn't interesting he would simply move onto another idea. This meant he always looked forward to his time in the Zettelkasten, because it was never boring.

I have the same process with my essay writing. I'm never quite sure on any given day what I'm going to write about. I always have between 7-10 ideas brewing at any given moment. Some mornings I sit and potter around on a few ideas, writing a little here and a little there, following my interests around. Other mornings one stands out that I just have to write about.

This has been the key to me enjoying the process this week rather than agonising over sitting down to write. Because I've always got something interesting to write about.

Here's a couple of my favourite essays from this week:

If you want to catch up on all the essays you can view them here on my website or catch up on the thread on Twitter.

Interesting things From Around The Web

To get your brain firing, here are some things I've read this week from around the internet that I've found interesting...

How Content Consumption Can Help Upgrade Your Brain

A great article from The Ascent on Medium about how just consuming content is not enough, we need to have a knowledge management system in order for it to really make a difference in our lives.

πŸ‘‰ Read here

Makers Schedule, Managers Schedule

After writing an essay on deep work this week, Praveen alerted me to this article on makers and managers schedule. And it made so much sense why I get mad when someone schedule a meeting in the middle of my morning.

πŸ‘‰ Read here

Give Away 99% For Free. Monetize The Last 1%

Such a great article from Nicolas Cole on why you should give away 99% of your best stuff for free on the internet and something I have always been a believer in.

πŸ‘‰ Read here

In other news, I did a quick revamp of my website this week. I'm pretty proud of all I've been able to accomplish with Notion + Super.so.

If you have some time I'd love you to check it out πŸ‘‰ evchapman.com

Till next week,

Ev