In addition to writing down what I do publicly, I also keep a daily “journal.” Call it a diary, whatever, it’s a place where I record my experiences — random ideas — and memories that I want to keep forever.
I use Evernote and it works great — super simple!
I am looking forward to the day that I can look back at these scribbles and laugh at my naivete, but also enjoy vicariously living through my younger self.
While I use this form of journaling as a way to collect memories, I also use it to clear my head. Collect my thoughts. And set my goals.
I am sure there is some neurological explanation — but my explanation is that writing things down makes me feel better. It helps me materialize my thoughts onto something. So that I do not have to worry about them anymore. They are written down I can worry about them when I have to. That alone is worth it.
I have found that my most efficient/favorite productivity to-do list tool is a collection of random things. I write down what I need to do in Asana, on sticky notes, and in these daily evernotes.
Not the most conventional, that’s for sure, but it works for me.
I’ve found that writing down lists of little actionable items is one of the best ways to get a fuck ton done in a short amount of time.
I subscribe to the idea that you can get anything done if you break it into small enough pieces. And bullet points in my daily journal are great for that.
In conclusion of sorts — I strongly recommend from my own personal experience of writing down thoughts and ideas. I do it so many different ways and it really helps me think! Just like right now.
Thanks for reading!