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Tuesday
Dec162003

Reflection Journal Update

Just had a few moments today to post, so I thought I'd offer an update on my reflection journal mentioned last week. So far, so good. In fact, I have to say I've really been looking forward to journaling each evening before bed. Seems a nice way to wrap up the day, even if it's a few lines or a single page of the journal.

Kyle asked a good question in the comments of my initial post: why I hadn't gone to something like DayNotez for my reflection journal? Well, while I think DayNotez is a very nice journalling app for the Palm, I decided that this reflection journal ought to be an analog one. I love small journal books, good fountain ink pens and the feeling of writing with them, so it was a natural decision for me.

I'd begun this particular small reflection journal back in 1997, which had been used only when the need to reflect and then write would hit me. Most of the book was still empty, so it also made sense to continue filling it with my daily reflections. I have many pages to fill yet (maybe 40) but now that I've gone daily, those might be filled quickly.

As for how reflection has helped me deal with all the info I consume -- I think it has. I have been thinking about many things I had not before and in ways I hadn't before, which leads me to suspect there is a positive correlation between reflection journaling and deeper thought. However, I do think that a longer term review of my reflection journaling in say 6 months might provide more evidence. We'll see.

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