A journal is a record of experiences and growth, not a preserve of things well done or said. I am occasionally reminded of a statement which I have made in conversation and immediately forgotten, which would read much better than what I put in my journal. It is a ripe, dry fruit of long-past experience which falls from me easily, without giving pain or pleasure. The charm of the journal must consist in a certain greenness, though freshness, and not in maturity. Here I cannot afford to be remembering what I said or did, my scurf cast off, but what I am and aspire to become.

— Henry David Thoreau, journal entry, January 24, 1856

Rohdesign Dispatch: Logbook Your 2018

Rohdesign Dispatch: Logbook Your 2018

I’ve been keeping a logbook since 2014, and it’s become one of my most important tools. I use a logbook to track my life, capture ideas and experiences, and remember my days.I encourage you to try one this year.

First of all, Mike Rohde has a newsletter?!? Immediate signup! Second of all, in this issue he covers why you should consider keeping a logbook in 2018. He includes some great links to resources and ideas to help you get started. I’ve kept one for years myself and can vouch for everything he says.

American reams: why a ‘paperless world’ still hasn’t happened | News | The Guardian

American reams: why a ‘paperless world’ still hasn’t happened | News | The Guardian

Paper has played “an essential role in the development of mankind”. And yet, for decades, civilisation has been trying to develop beyond paper, promoting a paper-free world that will run seamlessly, immaterially on pixels and screens alone. How did paper get here? Where does it go next? For that matter, why is paper – which does its job perfectly well – compelled to keep innovating?

Because it works?

Reasons to keep a personal journal or sketchbook | Boing Boing

Reasons to keep a personal journal or sketchbook | Boing Boing

So I strongly recommend a paper journal over an app, at least for those looking at journaling as a way to shake free of the spell of life spent constantly reading and writing online. Skip Moleskines, at least the expensive ones, if you’re just starting out. Cheap is the freedom to experiment. You can buy a box of 25 notebooks for about $30 shipped at Amazon.com, and they’re just fine.

patrickrhone / journal » Blog Archive » Journal Day

patrickrhone / journal » Blog Archive » Journal Day

There are many ways to celebrate or traditions one could keep to mark the day. For instance, this might be the day to take out previous journals and reflect on where you were then versus where you are today. Another tradition may be to let someone you trust read one you have kept and get to know the “real” you. Perhaps gift one to another person in your life who practices or you feel could benefit from doing so. Or, maybe, be so bold as to spend a year keeping a journal for someone else in your life whom you love and spend your days with — write down their day as you saw it or the things you were thinking about them at that time. How wonderful a gift would it be to allow someone close to “see” themselves and their year through your eyes?I think you get the general idea. I would love to see others expand upon it. Let’s make a deal: On or before next December 9th shoot me a note and let me know how you are celebrating Journal Day. I’d love the opportunity to consider making your Journal Day tradition one of mine.

Tomorrow is Journal Day. Are you ready?

People often ask how I find the time to write so regularly; whether notes, letters, blogs, op-eds, or even books like this. But the reality is I’m always getting my thoughts down on paper…. It doesn’t matter if you use a notebook and pen like me, or a shiny new tablet like [my daughter] Holly—the key is making writing a welcome habit. But keep a little pad in your back pocket just in case—you never have to charge a notebook.

–Sir Richard Branson, Finding My Virginity

PenMuse

PenMuse

This is a neat project from Matthew Lang. And I’ve always loved the idea that, if what you’re looking for doesn’t exist, you should create it, like Matthew has done here.