Journaling my thoughts and experiences has been my most impactful and healthy habit I started doing in life.
I started with journaling by writing Day Evaluations, evaluating my day and noting interesting and memorable things that happened to me during the day.
Journaling helps me be mindful of what I am doing and keeps me in check for what my thoughts on life are at any given time. I can be brutally honest with myself when writing there and for me its part of a cleansing process of bad and negative thoughts I feel.
If I ever feel down, I can just start writing and just release all these negative thoughts onto paper. Many times, the simple act of writing makes you realize that these things I worry about are silly and are either not in my control or simply not worth even being sad over.
I love reading these journals:
Day One Journals
- Much progress is a spiral; you keep realizing the same things, just in more depth, and more deeply integrated.
- Having a kindness log is great.
- Susan Fowler's Year In Review: 2019
- 2019 into 2020 by Tania Rascia
- My Decade in Review by Dan Abramov
- Making of: Best of 2019
- Always Be Journaling (2018) (HN)
- Why you should keep a learning journal (2020)
- Dear Diary AI - Turn your journal into music. (Code)
- Darim - Private journal service that supports client-side encryption. (Code)
- Chronicle - Lightweight journaling app where you record highlights of your day. (Code)
- Make a personal changelog (2021) (Tweet)
- Five Minute Journal – Daily Journal Techniques and Tips (HN)
- 40 questions to ask yourself every year (Code)
- A guide to personal retrospectives in engineering (2021)
- 10 Questions to Process Before you Wrap a Year
- Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals
- Linked - Daily journaling without distraction. (Code)
- Observations on 6 years of journaling (2022)
- Self-Dialogue as a Journaling Strategy (2022) (HN)