Earlier this year I made a trivial web application in ~15 minutes that uses Twillio to send me a text message every evening at 8pm that asks “How did you create value today?”

The goal of this was to have some sort of a diary to look back on in a few years. That’s always been my favorite aspect of writing/blogging – the ability to look back and see what past-jake was thinking/doing.

I found that the practice of answering this question had some interesting side-effects on how I think/work during the day. After about a month of responding daily I noticed that during the day my decisions and productivity where generally better because I started to ask “how much value does this add?” for everything I do throughout the day.

While this idea is vague, I think it is interesting and wanted to share.