What did you learn today?

I’ve now taken up the habit of writing one blog post per day. I think everyone should write something on a regular basis and publish it. Not only does it make you a better writer, but it also helps you to clarify complex issues. Maybe writing a blog post once a day seems a bit daunting and taxing, but I think everyone should at least take a minute out of their day and jot down what they learned that day. Just one lesson. Open a spreadsheet* or a diary and log what you learned that day. Just one sentence. It doesn’t always have to be serious, but try to make an effort.

The great thing about keeping track of things you learned is that when you read them later, you might have a “heureka!” moment and understand something in a completely new way, that you didn’t think of when you wrote the lesson down. Also, after a month, you’ll have 30 topics each of which you could turn into a potential blog post or a video.

*I use free Google Sheets. I have one column for the date, one for a hashtag and one for the actual lesson.


Date your work

Whenever I’m jotting down notes or I create a new spreadsheet in Google Docs, I make sure to add a visible timestamp to my work. If it’s on something physical like a sheet of paper or notepad, I add it to the top left corner of the document. With files I often add a “YYYY-MM” to the end of the filename like so: “Very Important Document (2017-04)”.

Adding a timestamp helps me:

  • Instantly know whether or not the document contains information that’s relevant to my timeframe (If I’ve been working on a new project for 2 weeks, something dated 3 months ago probably isn’t relevant).
  • Declutter. The older a piece of paper or a file is, the easier it is for me to let go of it.
  • Add significance. When you date your work, it becomes more than just a piece of paper with text on it, it becomes a document*.
  • Gives me perspective. Whenever I find old notes with goals and plans, I instantly get a sense of how far I’ve gone with that project.

*That sounded really profound in my head, I don’t know if actually makes sense ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ.