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022. Journaling with Will Gant

022. Journaling with Will Gant

Update: 2019-06-09



  • Will Gant is a co-host of the Complete Developer Podcast

  • How Will and Leo met 

  • Will's lightning talk at MicroConf

What's in Will's journal

  • Will's familial history of journaling

  • Unknown stresses as the impetus to start journaling

  • Will's original journal was a spreadsheet that covered anything happening during the day that bugged him, taking roughly 20 minutes per day to write

  • Switching to monthly journaling helped Will focus on opportunities instead of the bad stuff and takes about 10 minutes to write

  • Other ways Will's approach to journaling has changed over the years

  • Journaling well after something happens helps separate the act from the emotional state

  • Journaling is also a great way to track things that are tough to remember

  • Will's is an advocate and regular user of float/sensory-deprivation tanks for meditation

  • Bonus lifehack: Rethink your internal calendar to start each year on April 1st, after winter and taxes

Keeping life organized with journaling

  • How Will uses journaling and KanbanFlow to keep track of upcoming tasks

  • Journaling can take many forms: a food diary, a workout journal, daily insights, monthly reflections, etc.

Tips to start journaling

  • Pick a time period (daily, weekly, etc.)

  • Write only what you remember

  • Make a note of the emotions that you remember as well

  • Keep it simple and easy: use paper or a plain text file

  • After writing a new entry, revisit a few past entries

  • Keep each entry short

  • Don't out-write your previous entry

  • Write only for yourself, be blunt

Effecting change with journaling

  • Writing actions and (separately) your emotions is great for personal growth, especially for kids

  • A food diary is an easy way to observe and adjust what's going in your body

  • Write down repeating chores so you remember to do them and how to do them

  • Keeping track of multi-step tasks is tough in simple journaling and to-do systems

  • Nothing beats a text document when recording lots of details

  • Recipes are some of the oldest types of journal entries

Will Gant on the interwebsRelated links and apps

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022. Journaling with Will Gant

022. Journaling with Will Gant

Leo Dion and Erik Gillespie, productivity and kid wranglers