I picked up my journal the other day, to write down a few model numbers for some replacement filters I had to buy at the store. I have been using the Moleskine Reporter’s notebook, in small, and had recently started a new one so I was just a few pages in.
As I was writing I realized something. I hadn’t actually recorded a thought, meaning an idea or concept or feeling, in one heck of a long time. Between all the stuff I’ve been doing I’d forgotten to journal any of it. I’ve noticed that sometimes when I’m really busy and lots of stuff is going on I just don’t write anything. It’s a shame, because that’s usually some of the better stuff to be writing about.
It also hasn’t helped that I haven’t had to take many notes for work – usually I’ve got trade shows or the like to keep me busy, but things have been a bit different and that hasn’t happened lately.
Since we record our thoughts for lots of reasons, I think it’s easy to forget how important it is to record our thoughts just for ourselves. Do it. You’ll be glad you did – not next week, or even next year. But years from now you’ll look back and learn more about yourself than you thought possible.
So don’t forget to write.