As much as I like the digital tools available these days, there are some old technologies that I just can’t jettison.

I always carry four items when I leave home.  I take my keys, my wallet, my phone, and a small journal.

This is the journal.  I have been filling these little journals for years.  I number them.  40 so far.

I have been doing this for over 10 years.  Mostly, the journals are random collections of lists, reminders, ideas, and goals.  From time to time, I will also include inspirational quotes, or funny things my kids say.

I could do all of this digitally, of course.  However, there is one major benefit to the physical journals.  They provide a searchable record of my life.  At any point, I can grab a journal from my shelf and catch a glimpse into the history of my life, and the life of my family.

Our struggles, victories, ideas, and thoughts are all there.  They are easy to find.

I tend to lose things digitally.  I tend to forget things digitally.  I have tried all of the digital personal production tools.  Most of them are excellent.  I just find that I am more productive with a plain old physical list.  I keep these lists in my plain old journals.

I only wish I started doing this when I was younger.

Try it.  Start keeping a small journal.  You may find hours of enjoyment and inspiration in the years ahead as you look back on your life.

One more thing.  I prefer pocket-sized journals.  This makes it easy to keep one with me at all times.

You will find many options here:

P.S.  I am leaving the country next Saturday.  I will certainly try to post a tip of the week while on the road.  But, I can’t guarantee it. If you don’t hear from me for a while… it isn’t because I don’t like you anymore.  🙂


Happy Saturday!

Dwane Thomas Tip of the Week – March 5, 2016