Tracy Winchell

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Take Your Note to Next Day Self on the Road: Adapting the Practice for Tana

Hey Reader! We've had snow here this week! About 3 inches or so, which is rare in along the Arkansas River. It has been beautiful out here in the country and away from fender-bender pile-ups. Let's talk digital thoughts, shall we? Hard to believe it's been 3 years since I started journaling in a...
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7 days ago • 1 min read
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Preparing for Uncomfortable Interactions: A 6-Step Guide

Reader, Hope you January is going well and that you're chipping away, day by day, on your big objectives for year-end 2023. If it's not, keep digging. Whatever's happening -- or not -- isn't a character flaw. Life happens You aren't clear on where to start. You overestimated your available...
14 days ago • 2 min read
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Building a Second Brain: Integrating Digital Self-Reflection with Journaling and PKM Practices

Happy New Year Reader! Before we dive into today's topic, I'm grateful for the feedback from you and Tool-for-Thought subscribers like you. The upshot to what you have shared is that you are eager for more TfT-centric articles. I'll be delivering one or two emails per month that are specific to...
20 days ago • 2 min read

4 Reflection Questions: One For Each Week in January

Hi Reader, Happy New Year! I don't know about you, but re-entering the daily grind has slapped me in the face. What's weird is that I thought I had prepared myself. Plus, I was -- and am -- excited about the feedback you have provided during the past several weeks. In fact, this week's newsletter...
27 days ago • 1 min read
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How to fuel your 2023 intentions with daily action

Happy New Year Reader During listening sessions the past few weeks, one request is something I never considered. One reader wants to know how to create daily reflection questions that matter to him. Solving for this is still a work in progress, but I can articulate a basic framework. A Structure...
about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Beware of Learning New & Complex Productivity Systems to Start Your Year

Hello Reader, It's the fifty-first week of 2022. Maybe you accomplished a lot this year but, if you're like me, I came up lacking in a handful of key objectives. This summer, though, I cracked the code on establishing, managing, and meeting (most) objectives and I'm confident that carrying my...
about 1 month ago • 3 min read
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Productivity and Identity: The Connection Nobody Ever Talks About

Hey Reader, A Guilt-Free Planning Process Begins Within How many 2023 productivity systems have you watched on YouTube? Already? Most how-to-plan-2023 videos won’t reach full song for another couple of weeks. If you’re like me, you’ve spent years of personal and professional time looking for the...
about 2 months ago • 3 min read
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• The Digital Thinker's Digest | November 2022 | Edition 3

Hello Reader! TfT Platforms TANA My friend R.J. Nestor has created a step-by-step Tana for Tasks course. It's a sure-fire way to learn Tana and up your productivity game in Tana. Tana for Tasks is my favorite Tana resource. Tana continues to dominate the TfT Buzz Meter. If you're Tana-curious and...
2 months ago • 1 min read

The future of this newsletter is in your hands

Hey Reader, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving here in the U.S. Otherwise, I hope you enjoyed your ordinary November Thursday last week. On May 25, I began publishing this newsletter weekly, making a drastic shift from tools-for-thought and journaling specific content. Instead, I’ve written...
2 months ago • 2 min read
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🎂 17 Lessons Learned from 59 Years Around the Sun

Greetings Reader! On November 23, 1963 -- hours following President John F. Kennedy's assassination, I gasped for my first breaths. For the past few weeks, I've been gathering lessons learned from 59 years around the sun. 17 Valuable Lessons Learned Thing 1:​Decisions you make in early adulthood...
2 months ago • 1 min read