@sumudu I created a text doc titled DAILY LOGGER of COMPLETED ACTIONS in reverse chronological order, date & day of the week in bold at the top of each day. Then as I get stuff done, I enter each one on a separate line, often embedding links that Paper makes it easy to create, for some of the stuff, to make it easy to find later. e.g. I will record this conversion on its on line, with a link to its URL here. I record anything that is a worthy task that was completed, like a completed tax return, an issue researched for a client, a useful errand completed, etc. But it could also be a notation of a brilliant epiphany I had, or a brilliant email I sent to a friend. At the end of the day, I can tell whether I had a good day, by scanning down the entries. I can keyword search for things later, if I need to know when I did something. At year-end I will review the file and compile a timeline of important milestones completed during that year. Ten years later I'll be able to search that file and instantly find out when we bought our house, or moved to this neighborhood, or met someone who has become a good friend, and so on. It is the most useful tool I now use every single day and it takes very little effort to create & use it. And of course Paper instantly syncs every change I make to all my devices.
@donblanco No, what I have just finished doing an instant ago, not what I'm doing now. A boost in morale comes from getting useful stuff DONE. Dones go in this file. I don't limit it to just my work, it's for anything in my life that is worthy of being noted. Recording it gives some acknowledgement that I got something done, which then frees my attention to go onto what is next. See my reply to @sumudu for some more details.
@sumudu @donblanco Of course in my reply, when my fingers typed conversion, my mind was saying conversation, the fingers being short by only two letters. As my mother once said to me, "Don't listen to what I say. Listen to what I mean!" At the time that sounded both preposterous and hilarious, but here I am quoting her sixty years later. Sometimes life's little lessons bubble up from a loooong time ago.
@sumudu Yes, I think one could describe it as a daily journal or diary, but very specific in what it records: dones and only dones, no day dreaming, plans for the future, doodling, tiny sketches or strong feelings jotted down. I could use a Tekukor A5, but I prefer the clarity and order of the computer text, with easy formatting (occasional bold, header for each day) and embedded LINKS. I have DayOne, but never use it for this. I think of DayOne as a mostly closed box where I put things, heavily formatted by others, with regular updates, an app! I don't want someone else deciding how to format my stuff. What I use for this is simple text, always open, always available in a moment, instantly synced to multiple devices, very simple but powerful. Paper creates a time stamp every time there is a change to the document as a whole, but I've never looked into how or whether those would be useful to me or not. The date/day I manually put at the beginning of each day is the only time-stamp I care about. And 95% of the time each entry is on only ONE line, nothing long winded, but right to the point of what got done!
@Ron @sumudu @donblanco I've been using my personal website much like this for a long time. Some of my philosophy goes back to commonplace books from the 15th century and before. Naturally a lot of it is hidden on the back end of my site and only viewable to me, but it's there, searchable, and I own it without heavy reliance on another service disappearing.
@c Excellent! I think the key being it's searchable, you own it and you don't rely on a service that might disappear. It's the same for me. I also think it helps a lot that we have devised what works for us to keep track of what matters to us. We're not trying to follow a system written up by another who has supposedly figured out what is best for us. We have found on our own what is best for each of us. If I need rules, I make them up as I go along.
@Ron Conceptually what are doing like bullet journaling. My method is similar but I use Noteplanner, which is an iOS app that creates a new text file for each day and can search across all those files. The downside is that the files are stored on iCloud so I don’t have easy access via apps on other platforms.
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