Monitor Your Progress


Instructions for setting up your Plog.

Note from Jay, October 2015. I plan to provide flexible templates you can import into your Plog.

Giada Di Stefano of HEC Paris, and others, “Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance. Harvard Working Knowledge, April 11, 2014. shows that reflecting on what you’ve done enables you to do it better next time.

Open kimono: Jay’s Plog, where he learns out loud

making progress on meaningful work.” Dan Pink in “Why Progress Matters.

oprahExcerpts from Oprah’s Journals Codex, Why WordPress is a cool technology for your Plog.

Tara Parker-Pope, “Writing Your Way to Happiness.” The New York Times, January 19, 2015.

Teresa Amabile lists “Four Reasons To Keep a Work Diary,” Harvard Business Review, April, 2011.

Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, “Do Happier People Work Harder?” The New York Times, September 3, 2011. “A clear pattern emerged when we analyzed the 64,000 specific workday events reported in the diaries: of all the events that engage people at work, the single most important — by far — is simply making progress in meaningful work.”

J.P. Flaum and Becky Winkler, “Improve Your Ability to Learn,” Harvard Business Review, June 2015.

Make It a Habit

B.J. Fogg, Tiny Habits project. Join here.

Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab.

Join a Tiny Habits session. Make one of your habits “Make a daily entry in Plog.” See how well it works.

Jennifer Chang, “Tiny Habits,” Success, Oct 8, 2013.

User feedback on Tiny Habits site of B.J. Fogg.

William James, The Principles of Psychology, Chapter IV, Habit. (H. Holt, 1890).

BJ Fogg’s private update. Watch the Baby Steps video.

Payback of journaling

Kelly McGonigal, The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It (Avery, 2015).

It turns out that writing about your values is one of the most effective psychological interventions ever studied. In the short term, writing about personal values makes people feel more powerful, in control, proud, and strong. It also makes them feel more loving, connected, and empathetic toward others. It increases pain tolerance, enhances self-control, and reduces unhelpful rumination after a stressful experience.

In the long term, writing about values has been shown to boost GPAs, reduce doctor visits, improve mental health, and help with everything from weight loss to quitting smoking and reducing drinking. It helps people persevere in the face of discrimination and reduces self-handicapping. In many cases, these benefits are a result of a one-time mindset intervention. People who write about their values once, for ten minutes, show benefits months or even years later.

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