Journaling tip

Whenever I open an unruled journal, I think of people who use the journals for rapid logging. Good rapid logging involves giving titles to every page and then numbering each page.

I try to annotate the titles into a text file, often into Google Keep. I normally have dates at the bottom of every page. And every page is numbered. I record the title and page number in a Table of Contents at the beginning of every notebook. It’s a bit tedious but keeps me organised.”

My first Leichtturm

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

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.

Happiness and passion

Happiness is very much related to productivity and one influences other greatly. In this very funny and engaging TED talk Shawn Achor shares  some excellent ideas how to make your work like and beyond better.The secret is not in money or power or status or any other external factor. The real happiness comes from inside and can be very easily cultivated on your own.
Shawn shares few techniques how can you improve your happiness and lead a better life, these include:

  • Journaling
  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Random act of kindness
  • 3x gratitude a day

The second link I wanted to share is an recent episode of GTD Virtual Study Group podcast with a guest appearance from Cal Newport. Cal is a professor at Georgetown University and also author of three books about productivity and being successful student. He also runs a blog called Study Hacks where he explores various aspects of productivity, deliberate practice, passion etc.

In this podcast he concludes that passion comes from experience and becoming comfortable with the topic you’re interested in. He doesn’t agree with the advise that you should seek your passion first and than find a job that fits. In his view, overtime as you become more and more experienced and familiar with the area things become easier and easier, you also gain more skills which if rare and in demand can result in bigger salary, more freedom, creativity etc.

We can be passioned about almost anything and it’s simply fact of gaining enough knowledge and sticking with it long enough. In short don’t quit your job after a year as you never get passioned about anything.

Would love to know your view? How do you maintain your happiness? Have you found your passion?