Why Journal

Most of us don’t write anymore in that sense. We are so caught up in the “busyness” of doing everyday things that we don’t take a step back to reflect. We don’t think about our lives enough, and that is perhaps one reason why we remain stuck.


The truth is that we have so much on our minds nowadays that we can’t afford not to write (to reflect). It’s not more time we need. Chances are the more things we have on our minds, the less we are doing anything about them.


Keeping a Journal | Dazné
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A simple system to capture your thoughts

Derek Sievers shares his approach to journaling and recording your thinking

Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals

For me regular journaling works better on paper but topic journals are great way to capture thoughts and ideas on topics that may be more random and scattered.

I definitely agree with recording thoughts in .txt to ensure long term accessibility.

One thing I’d add is light formatting using markdown syntax.

One at a time

The counterintuitive insight from all of this research is that the best way to change your entire life is by not changing your entire life. Instead, it is best to focus on one specific habit, work on it until you master it, and make it an automatic part of your daily life. Then, repeat the process for the next habit.

The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time

So obvious but so difficult to apply.

Clear thinking

In the area of torrential flow of information ability to think clearly is a must skill to stay on top of your goals, plans and life in general.

The below post summarises few principles of thinking employed by Vaclas Smil

My two favoites are:

  • read widely, with maximum curiousity – drawing knowledge from different disciplines help not only understand those disciplines but also make connections between them.
  • put reality first and theory last – reality is much more complex and nuanced the any theory can be. Models are useful but they have their limits. Pair with Map is not the Territory

More principles are at A Few Principles for Thinking Clearly.