Why Journaling Can Be A Waste of Time

1. Complicated organization #

The same can happen when we decide to start journaling and taking notes. We bury ourselves into tasks that feel like work but aren’t taking us anywhere near our goals. We research the perfect systems. We hop between several tools and agonize over organizing structures. We switch between dark and light modes, tinker with coloring schemes and fonts. This is pointless if we never take any meaningful notes.

2. Assumed memory #

I know what XYZ stands for. I’ll never forget it so why bother explaining?

The goal should be to build an evergreen library of information that your future self can thank you for. Never assume you will remember something. Always try to add more details. Explain terminologies. Add links where possible.

3. Information hoarding #

Instead, focus on storing meaningful information. Take notes from articles instead of dumping the whole body. Don’t burden the system with useless data. Merge notes where possible and keep them lean. You’ll feel better about it.

4. The feedback loop from hell #

Endless talk about what’s wrong isn’t going to fix it. If you sit down on a daily basis and write about not doing enough, your priorities should change. Take action. Think about the first thing you can do to fix the problem. Do that. Then think about another thing. Move the needle further. Act on your feedback.

5. Curtained feelings #

The Japanese believe we have three faces. First, we show the whole world. The second is for friends, family, and loved ones. The third face never gets revealed to anyone except ourselves. That’s the truest reflection of who we are.

You’re losing a massive chunk of benefits by holding back. What are you afraid of? Unleash the demons haunting your dreams. Let the shit flow out that’s clogging the pipes of your creativity. Let the pen run. Let the words out.

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