Here are some of my thoughts...

Experience
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Writing thoughts where it is assumed I am the consumer seems to be more satisfying.

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All thoughts are now stored exclusively in a Lucene index and managed by Elasticsearch. I am still using Postgres to manage authentication.

The main motivation for using Elasticsearch is the 'More Like This' feature which link thoughts together automatically.

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It would be nice to be able to reference previous thoughts when writing new ones.

There are two approaches that initially come to mind to tackle the presentation of referenceable thoughts.

  1. Provide links to the referenced thoughts and referencing thoughts along with the current thought.
  2. Present all referenced thoughts along with the current thought and make the referenced thoughts collapsable.
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Thoughts are not easily categorized, however as it might be helpful in deciding (to whatever extent we do decide) which thoughts to act upon and how, I will define three broad groups which thoughts could be sorted into.

  1. Thoughts on past experience, something like how your memory is realized.
  2. Thoughts about how potential events could play out, be it due to your intervention or not (like a plan or prediction).
  3. 'What if' thoughts, could be regret or something less emotionally charged.

Thoughts from all groups appear to invoke emotion, so a memory of a nice event or promising plan could invoke a feeling of happiness and/or satisfaction but emotion could also be genesis of the thoughts. Although the genesis of a thought never seems clear to me.

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Another option for how to link up 'thoughts' is to use something similar to suggested stories on a news site. These suggested thoughts would be related to the current thought using an configurable algorithm. This would reduce the amount of friction when adding thoughts and encourage me to do it more.

Rather than complicating the UI the 'suggested thoughts', which from now on I will call 'related thoughts' because the verb suggest doesn't fit in this context, can fit in to the existing stream of thoughts, above and below the current thought depending on the creation date. This is where 'infinite scroll' would be very useful.

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It can be satisfying to feel like there is potential to realise a successful idea no matter how realistic the feeling is. This is a very counter productive mental state as not only does it not help in delivering the potential it also means that you are probably comfortable and perhaps don't want to leave the state.

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I need to tweak the 'More Like This' configuration so there is a higher threshold for the related thoughts.

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Static Age by the Misfits took some listening to to get into but I am very fond of it now.

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To improve the utility of the Doing widget I should start using it more for personal tasks. I think the task description, which for work items I currently don't read very often, would be more useful and I would engage with the actual content on the widget rather than the colours and the notifications.

To encourage we to use it for personal tasks I think the following improvements might help.

  1. Make it easier to enter thoughts. This can be done by
    1. Making 'Add Card' work offline
    2. Add new cards to 'This Week' or 'Today' depending on which one is current in view.
  2. Notifying the user when 'This Week' and 'Today' lists are empty in certain time windows.
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I recently implemented a 'context service' for the PocketLab web app which has proven to be very useful for multiple reasons.

The service, which is part of an angular web app although assumably could be used in most front end web frameworks

  1. Listens on URL changes
  2. Constructs a context from the new URL
  3. Publishes the context through an Observable.

In the web app I am working on the context consists of the object currently being viewed and the hierarchy it exists in as well as some more broader information such as login status and PocketLab device in use.

Amongst other things this is useful for providing information to UI components that help the user orientate themselves within the app and for sending a lot of rich data to Google Tag Manager.

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