I have found the very act of compiling this book to be enlightening and refreshing. I am, of course, writing it by hand. Therefore, when I wish to add a passage from a book, a quote, or a favorite poem — anything that is not my own — I must transcribe it. To make sure I get it right, I force myself to do so slowly, making sure to capture every punctuation and nuance, doing my darnedest not to err.
What I have found is that this process allows me to see these things I thought I knew in a way I may not have before. For instance, I notice a semicolon my eyes had rushed past before and now a sentence has a whole new meaning. A poem I remembered being about one thing, once written out in my own hand, now takes on a different meaning.
In all, it is a practice I wholeheartedly recommend. What it amounts to is in many ways a "users guide" for living an intentional life.
And, for those wondering about the notebook, it is a MUJI High Quality, Easy Open, Ruled, A6