How I Communicate With Myself
Throughout my life, I have heard that it was ok to talk to yourself as long as you didn’t answer back. People might think you are crazy or something. Well I must be crazy. Not only to I talk to myself, I can carry on quite a back and forth conversation. I suppose that I could just find Harvey hopping around and have the conversation with him. I might get a totally different perspective. I don’t just talk to myself though, I also leave sticky notes and take a mirage of whiteboard pictures of scribblings only I understand. I even send myself emails from myself to remind myself to do something for myself. Kind of chaotic huh.
I also try to do a daily recap of my day in a journal format. To be clear, most of the information on the virtual page is just work related. I have a structure with a freeform placeholder at the end. Also, I recap my previous day in the morning of the next day to put down on paper the ideas that have been percolating while sleeping. When I do it consistently, I feel refreshed at the start of the day, ready to capture the moments ahead and bend them to my will. When I don’t journal, I am often missing elements, forgetting tasks, or randomizing myself on the not important and not urgent quadrant of life.
What do I journal about
- What win’s did I accomplish yesterday? I often need to be reminded on what was productive the day before. Each win is a gratitude moment, because it is something that was accomplished.
- What did I learn yesterday? I have a goal to learn 3 new things every day. They don’t have to be big, shareable, or even related to the core things I do. When I learn these ideas, I try to share as freely as possible so that others may benefit.
- What is one thing I must accomplish today? I need to set out on that task with vigor, urgency and focus. The sense of the win in the day is so critical to keep pushing forward.
- Freestyle - I jot down whatever comes to mind for about 5 minutes. It is in these moments when inspiration hits, weights are lifted, and the innovation occurs. Sometimes the 5 minutes turns into 30, but that is ok. I need that time.