This year is the first year I've kept a journal. (yay!)
My journal wound up being a collection of notes, ideas and task lists--a sort of visual play space for my brain. One of the best parts of keeping this journal is that whenever I found myself with a few minutes in a quiet spot, I would review what I'd written which made the big thoughts I'd recorded there easier to process.
I think the key to successfully doing this for a year was the things I learned on the Bullet Journal website. These are the elements that made the difference:
- The size of the journal they recommended made it large enough to "think" on but still convenient to carry.
- I used the first few pages as a table of contents and numbered the pages throughout.
- This was an "everything" journal for me. Notes from conversations and meetings, task lists, random inspiration. Work life and home life completely blended as it happened.
This is a practice that I will continue in 2015. I got really inspired this week by a link that Tammy Strobel shared showing the insides of people's journals. For 2015 I plan to evolve my journaling style and continue to polish it.
If you don't currently keep a journal, but have always wanted to, I recommend spending a few moments at bulletjournal.com. For me, it was a great tutorial.