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: https://store.moleskine.com/usa/Notebooks/Journals/C3?lang=en-us
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. 🙂
Dwane Thomas Tip of the Week – March 5, 2016