A year ago I started journaling daily. On purpose. With purpose. 

In the 8th grade chemistry I was granted one of those composition notebooks that everyone in the high school movies seems to have. It was expressly for lab notes, but I liked the shape and the weight of it. I spent most of my days looking for the ideal notebook. 

I’ve come across a lot of them. The better ones are always cheaper. 

In November of 2017 I found a Moleskine daily agenda at 70% off and filled it out each morning with the intentional kind journaling I felt I should have been doing each morning. I was listening to a lot of Tim Ferris at the time, he swore by it. 

Then I wasn’t entirely sure what he was swearing by, so I stopped listening. But the journals stuck.

I used the daily agenda to review the day behind me, and then another notebook for the morning pages. I bought a daily agenda for 2018 to do more of the same. There are usually one or two other books around that I’m always scribbling something in. 

A year in, what’s worth learning? 

My mind is a mess. Straight chaos. The more I scribble the more messes I find. Now I have a way to categorize the mess. Rarely does anything get cleaned. 

I forget a lot of stuff. Both stuff I’m coming up with right now that I need to remember an hour later, and stuff that happened decades ago. Jotting it down on paper helps

This should probably be required work for anyone who does any sort of creative or people management. Or maybe I don’t have the right type of mind to hold all of the great ideas in one space. 

There is no right or wrong way to do this. Definitely don’t go looking for help on any platform that relies on aesthetic purpose. Some folks design their planner pages to be an absurd kind of beautiful. I am not a crafter, I just enjoy the craft. 

This cannot be done digitally. I’ve tried. Once a keyboard and backspace and editor enter the mix, it’s done. Sure, some stuff starts on paper and makes it to the digital world. 90% of the creative process happens somewhere in that jump. 

Writing would be great if it weren’t the only thing I knew how to do.

I publish as much as I can, you’ll just have to wait for the rest.

 

Writing would be great if it weren’t the only thing I knew how to do.

I publish as much as I can, you’ll just have to wait for the rest.