I find myself walking alone quite often — 30-40 minute walks with my dog most mornings, for example — and have increasingly been trying to use those free moments for productive reflection, planning, and thinking about problems I may be trying to tackle either professionally or personally.
“Writing out loud” while on these walks has become my primary way of journaling and getting quick thoughts out of my head.
My current process for “writing out loud” already works pretty well.
- Otter + Airpods so my phone stays in my pocket
- Use keywords like “new thought” to help structure the output
- Export the audio + transcription to Notion
I recommend trying this for people looking to build a more consistent writing practice. It is so much easier than staring at a blank page and can be done in many more situations. Like Sarah Tavel noted, audio is water.
What I am yet to find is a handsfree (or mostly handsfree) solution where I can leave my phone in my pocket and “talk through” whatever it is that is on my mind through a set of pre-structured questions that are either recurring (ex. 5 daily questions reflecting on the day before) or ad hoc (ex. as a founder, creating a list of common investor objections that I can vocally bat around with myself).
I’d be able to move through the various questions (and maybe even move to different question sets entirely) using only voice commands (“next question”), hear new prompts read out loud to me , and have sessions transcribed, indexed, and made available automatically in my personal system of record.
Maybe that level of structure is unnecessary?
This is probably something that lends itself to a Zapier-enabled / no code workflow approach vs. something that requires the level of interactivity that I’m talking about.
I saw an interesting comment from the creator of Listen App who noted that “podcasts are tapping into the last frontier of human attention: multi-tasking/on-the-go attention (70% are commuting)”.
What I’d love to see/build is something to tap into that same last frontier of human attention gap for moments where I am looking to “lean forward” (create content, think deeply, etc.) instead of “leaning back”, which I already do plenty of via my addiction to podcasts.
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