Chronological self-chatter

'1sprinting.org is the file in which you write the most, by far.

How to use it:

  1. Append your current thoughts.

  2. Append a timestamp.

  3. Do something.

  4. Loop

Everything between timestamps is one entry.

The goal is to accurately describe the past. The future is unknown and the present is brief, but the past never changes. Therefore don't edit a prior entry, unless doing so improves its accuracy regarding what you thought back then.

Textmind teaches the user that he is dynamic. To preserve an accurate record, it's important not to falsely project current views onto past self. Otherwise, the more the user learns and changes, the less he understands his past.

This is true whether the subject is lifelong spiritual beliefs or a weekend project to bifurcate the frobnosticator. Having an accurate record of the evolution of your assumptions and motives can be incredibly valuable. Oftentimes the answer to the problem is there, rather than in whatever you're currently focusing on.

by Part

First heading

The first heading in '1sprinting is a level-one heading titled "Sprinting [timestamp]", e.g. "Sprinting [2020-01-12 Sun 08:50]".

The timestamp declares when the sprint started.

Next heading

Subsequent headings are level-two and below.

Deeply-nested outlining is discouraged in '1sprinting, because it is impossible to predict how the current activity will evolve. Therefore any outline structure imposed is likely to become obsolete and annoying.

My '1sprinting outlines always have level-two headings, sometimes level-three, and rarely level-four.


Timestamps look like this: [2020-01-12 Sun 09:33]. Create timestamps with leo-org-time-and-date-stamp-inactive.

Mark where entries end, not where they begin. Put a timestamp on its own line if it represents the end of an entry.

If a timestamp represents something else, make it look different. For example, put it in a paragraph. If it's on its own line, prefix it with a character. I use space.


contemplated meaning of life
[2020-01-12 Sun 09:40]

drank water
[2020-01-12 Sun 09:42]

Noticed goldfish died. I bought him on [2015-01-11 Sat 17:29]. He was a good listener.
[2020-01-12 Sun 09:43]

Consistent formatting keeps your timestamps unambiguous and machine-readable. This allows you to calculate durations easily, or even attach ratings to time period. For example:

[2020-01-13 Mon 00:11] {(mood, 5)(focus, 3)}