no hurry, no pause.


An exothermic process releases energy. The opposite of an exothermic process is an endothermic process, one that absorbs energy. A good workflow is like an exothermic reaction in which we’re energized by the work we generate. A poor workflow is like an endothermic process in which we’re deprived of energy and the work drags on. Ahrens (2022).

Good workflow → virtuous cycle.
Poor workflow → vicious cycle.


Ahrens, S. (2022). How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking (2nd ed. edition). Sönke Ahrens.