The secret of my productivity is writing everything down. We all do way more than we give ourselves credit for. But we forget. The months slide by. In a life stacked with well organized planners, it took till I retired to appreciate the value of random scribbling and doodling as a way of keeping track of myself.
:: Notebook that fits on your lap (not scary-beautiful, but not ugly)
:: Pen (add’l colored pens as your joy requires)
:: Glue stick or tape (to add random notes, etc.)
RULES that work for me:
- Make it a ritual. Free-floating with your first cup of coffee or end-of-day brain dump.
- If you miss a day or a week, nevermind. Keep going.
- Be random. This is soul therapy, not a business report. Don’t overthink it. Don’t over-structure.
- Throw in everything: ticket stubs, random Post-Its, doodles, photos, clippings.
- Write whatever is on your mind. Include intentions, reviews of yesterday, mind-maps, diagrams, sketches, notes from your reading, ideas.
- Make it as messy and disorganized as you can tolerate. A filled page is beautiful no matter what it contains. Enjoy the lack of constraints.
- Keep it private. That’s liberating.
- If your first attempt doesn’t work (e.g., pages are too small or the ink bleeds through), rip it apart and paste the good stuff into a better notebook.
Looking back over a month or even a week will amaze you. You are more creative and more engaged than you give yourself credit for. This is energizing.