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TIL: a powerful journaling prompt

There was a comment on a hackernews post this morning about journaling that I thought I would give a try: just recount what happened in the last 24 hours. So I tried it. I didn’t add too much of what I thought of what happened later, just what I remember thinking about it at the time. I plan to follow up with later thoughts on some of those things.So much came out of this. I think it was 4 pages1 before I got tired of writing. And that only covered about 12 hours.2

Now I have a solid default option for journaling, and it’s a powerful one.

There was a second suggestion somewhere in that thread: journal twice a day. I could see the last 24 hours really being useful in the morning. And an evening session for elaboration, further thoughts, or just other topics. I do think that this is worth the time investment, but it is that: a time investment.


  1. It was 7 A5 size pages. This is a lot for me, I typically put down 3-4 pages on a good day. ↩︎

  2. I sleep about 8 hours a day, so that is 2/3rds of the day. ↩︎

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