When I watched the video I was like "wait, doesn't everyone does this!?", later I understood was dumb from me to think that everyone has journals.
As a designer, I have the habit of journaling ideas, processes, drawings, and everything that happens on the mind; and all this year when I began with self-actualization I understood that my journal have to be even better and began journaling almost everything. I have found that doing that helps me being always aware of what's happening in the mind, and its great to do it as long as it doesn't interfere with being mindful and aware of the present moment (an excessive journaling and wanting to write everything can lead to over-conceptualization).
Reading this thread and people's comments, I would like to share my way of journaling.
My journal is based on three main things: main journal, creative journal, and emotional journal.
The Main Journal is where I put almost all, I use Google Keep, which I find great but not as organized as One Note, but works on my mobile which I have almost all day and can put notes whenever they are developing on mind.
I find Google Keep's #hashtag system very useful, there I have tags for journaling most things: self-actualization, book notes, class notes, contemplation, dreams, insights, ideas, daily journal, band notes, thesis notes, references, trips, etc.
There goes mostly text, lists, to-do lists, images, links, and everything useful.
The Creative Journal consists on a series of physical notebooks, a small main one I carry everywhere and others from specific design projects.
On design is really useful to have these journals, because design is about the process of creation its essential to have a visual guide of how you've been working and what is leading you to certain creative result. On the creative journal goes everything related to the creative mind: ideas, processes, drawings, moods, maps, cross-pollination, inspiration, text, creative dynamics, and everything. Is something really fun to do actually.
Journaling like this really builds up your creative confidence, design is about understanding process and playing with it to get to different results, so being able to get anything from your mind on a journal is very motivating.
Lastly, the Emotional journal is about writing how I've been feeling along the day, I use excel to put hour-by-hour my emotions and also general daily moods, which I list day by day and create charts to see my monthly mood patterns. I have been doing this the last three weeks and its been kinda insightful, I'd be improving this system along the way.
- Always remember to have a time in your week to review your journals.
- Mindfulness helps this habit and having this habit helps developing mindfulness
- Understanding and thinking in concepts, a really important thing in design, is really helpful to make easy and fast to write and read precise notes
- Writing and mapping concepts and processes helps you be more clear about what you are doing and how you are doing it
- I am planning to make a systems thinking journal, right now I use the creative journal for systems