We all dread a bodily paralysis, and would make use of every contrivance to avoid it; but none of us is troubled about a paralysis of the soul. – Epictetus

I think journaling can be split into two catagories * Pretty Journaling * Neat and clean * Uses highlighters, rulers etc * Usually has todo lists and calendars etc that you draw * Usually too big to carry * Dirty Journal * Goal is to offer most of the benefit for as little effort as possible * Doesn't care about condition of writings etc * Quick and functional * Notepad should be pocket sized * Write with anything you can get your hands on, have preferences but anything will do, pencil, pen, marker, felt tip doesn't matter so long as it writes down information

I don't think one is better for everyone but I want journaling to be as quick and functional as possible.

Why Journal?

Paper vs phone

Since I mentioned I focus mostly on functionality and minimal effort for maximum gain I thought I'd explain why I pick pen and paper over my phone, since the phone allows syncing, embedding pictures, geo location data etc etc. the reason is simple I write on paper faster than I type on phone, I like drawing diagrams, pro con lists, decision trees and things like that so taking notes on a phone would add some functionality but it'd make uses I use a lot more difficult.

I also use voice notes to supplement my notes, if I'm on a walk or want to ramble of a “journal entry” quickly a voice note on my phone which I later transcribe into the paper journal, photos I usually have printed then store in the same box as my journals and put an identifier on the back, I can also write down gps location if I want to. So for me pen and paper with my phone as a supplement is ideal.


I journal for a couple minutes in a morning and a couple more at night, with some done throughout the day if I feel like it, I always do the morning and night habit which is outlined here.

add an index page with page numbers and rough topics as you go, not every page should make it into your index, this allows you to quickly know what page what thing is on so when you look back on a journal you can quickly reference it or skim read it.





These should be done as and when you feel like it, habits with no clear timing or anything. * Write down details about a stranger * Helpful for improving observation * Example * Tall guy * Wearing sandals * Looked annoyed * Walking pretty fast * On the phone * Write down a strangers conversation * Good to watch conversations from an impartial view since it gives insights into how you conduct yourself in conversations * Example * X1: You're so fucking annoying when you keep nagging me constantly What do you want me to do? * Y1: Why do you always do this I'm just trying to help and you constantly make me feel bad about it * X2: because you just constantly act like you know better than me * X1 should have avoided the personal attacks and just asked in a nice tone, what do you think I should do? * Y1 should have avoided saying “you always do this” and instead should have just said I'm trying to help and you're making me feel bad * X2 assumed the entire point and will now have a potentially false perspective based on an assumption * Both should try and better express themselves * Something worth investigating * Similar to a topic to reflect on * Should focus on actionable things * Example * When I spend time looking out window throughout the day I feel better * Possible reasons: * Looking at nature throughout the day makes me feel good * Taking a break from computer on a semi regular basis makes me feel good * Possible actions: * Read through journals to see if it's consistent * Try not looking out window but just taking regular breaks from computer and see if it continues * Graph mood & number/frequency of breaks to see if theres a clear pattern

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**Misc entries:** Black ink. **Resources:** Below you will find some youtube videos, none are perfect, none are ones I agree with completely (and some I don't even agree with in part) but you should have a wide and all encompassing view of how some people journal to help you decide how you want to interact with journaling, these links aren't endorsements. I've also included video durations and what speed you can comfortably watch the video on. **Youtube videos to give a wide view of journaling:** [What I Learned by Journaling for 30 Days // 7m; 1.75x speed](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVzGGJHIJiE) [7 Ways Marcus Aurelius Will Help You Journal Like A Pro | Ryan Holiday | Stoicism // 12m; 2x speed](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVeUIclaMTE) [How to Journal: Start Here | Kati Morton // 7m; 1.5x speed](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F13eweX25gY) [How I Journal and Take Notes | Brainstorming + Focusing + Reducing Anxiety | Tim Ferriss // 19m; 1.5x speed](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFdR8w_R1HA) #development ---

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