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  • Writer's pictureSarah Loutfi

Journalling For Me... What Works? What doesn't?

Everybody journals differently. I've found that as time goes on, there are times where I really wish I had documented better. Trips abroad, really big years where a lot has happened, little memories I don't want to lose or silly jokes I wish I could remember. There are also times where looking back makes me feel a bit awkward, because I've grown (as all people do) and having the record serves no real purpose.


The things that I've found work for me and that I like to reflect on are the following.


#1 - Time Keeping

I've found keeping a record of what I was working on when and for how long has been really beneficial. The nice thing about this type of record keeping is that it is something you can chart. You can see progress in a way that becomes tangible. Have your animations taken less time? Have you received more work that the year before? How much time did you spend learning vs doing? Either way, I've found this helpful in a way that doesn't put too much emotion into your progression. It sort of makes you feel like you're separated from it until you tally it.


#2 - Gratitude Reflection

I think focusing on the positive is really important. I don't like reading about how/if I felt negatively about something. In the sense that it was probably a brain dump at the time (got it out of my head and onto the page) those sorts of things don't serve me in any way moving forward and often offer a path to regression. I like to record things I'm grateful for in a broader way with an annual letter to myself at the end of the year. It's a solstice tradition to take a moment to pause and reflect and then let go of the year so I can set goals and move forward.


#3 - Goal Setting/To Do Lists

I love 'To Do' lists in a micro and macro way. I like setting goals, which is like a macro to do list. These can be things that resemble New Years Resolutions, but gentler. Mirco would be little things that you do every day. I like the to do lists because they are not allocated to a specific task on a specific day, but are more fluid, which I need because I have a full-time job that is not art related. If I was to be concerned about specific tasks on certain days, it would come down to my logging time record. It's important not to let these lists leave me with feelings of inadequacy, so I often have to remind myself that an incomplete to do list is just rollover and each task is its own entity worth celebrating.


Hopefully, this lists helps some of you navigate your own way of journalling.


<3

Sarah




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