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2019 NanoPoblano Post #6

Here’s an aspect of brain dumping I forgot to mention in my last post – brain dumping for creativity!  Now, before I started making soap, I would have told you that I was the least creative person on the planet.  My whole life, to that point, was spent being the bookkeeper type.  Can’t sing, can’t draw, can’t do anything creative.  But then I discovered soap making and my creative heart felt like it was going to explode from all those years of being dormant.  Now, I try to find articles that teach how to be more creative, how to tap into that secret internal well.  Believe it or not, one of the ways to do it, is to journal. 

You may have heard of Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages.  Her belief is that if you spew all that brain junk into a journal first thing in the morning, that it clears out those creativity paths and helps your brain tap into more creative areas.  Personally, I like the theory.  My problem is, I’m not really good at mornings.  My eyes can barely focus, let alone focus on a page.  My hands can’t make a fist, let alone grip a pen.  As for writing things – well, my most coherent morning thought is, “Huh?”  I need a looooong wake-up time.  I’m like an old computer with a very slow boot-up. 

I’ve been thinking of adding my own spin to Morning Pages, and calling it my Diurnal Journal, if I decide to do it during the day, or my Nocturnal Journal, if I decide to do it at night before bed.  I haven’t decided.  Maybe both?  Five minutes here, five there, keep things flowing. 

Another aspect of this kind of journaling, in addition to the “Stream of Consciousness” type, is the “List of 100.”  It’s like brainstorming on steroids.  For instance, 100 things you can add to soap, GO!  The fun will start when you get past the traditional answers and start looking outside the box for things.  The purpose is to get your creative brain out of its comfort zone, to stretch that creative muscle.  It doesn’t matter how silly the ideas might seem in the moment, write them down.  You can go back later and decide if the idea has merit from a practical standpoint, or if it’s something you can build on.

The purpose for both of these exercise is to let your creativity out to play, to have freedom to explore ideas, no matter how silly or crazy they might seem.  This kind of journal is the playground for your creative brain. 

Do you have a creativity journal?

 

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A few fun and inspiriting blogs to check out!

 

  1. Miscellaneous

  2. Mommy Quits.

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2019 NanoPoblano Post #5

In all my reading about journaling, there was something I came across that I found kind of interesting.  It pertains to the whole notion of the “brain dumping” type of journaling.  It seems to me there are really two different kinds of brain dumping – the productivity kind, and the mental health kind.  They don’t seem to be the same although they do have some things in common.  Today, I thought I’d address the productivity type of brain dumping.

I think I’m at a place now where I totally understand the idea that our brains are for thinking and not for storing.  For quite some time now, I feel like almost as soon as I think of a thing, I will forget it.  The classic “in one ear and out the other” syndrome.  When I was younger, I could remember things better.  Not great, but better than I can now.  I have piles of sticky notes all over the place, hoping to help me remember all the things I don’t want to forget.  I am coming to the sad realization though (because I love colorful sticky notes!) that this system really isn’t working out too well for me.  [It should also be noted that I’m not talking about my regular chore list.  For that I have made a chart that I plan on laminating.]  For the brain dump thing, I’m talking about random things that come up that I don’t want to forget.  Add something to the grocery list, look up this information, remember to call that person, you know what I mean.  Things that pop up during the day when you’re doing one thing and can’t really stop right in the middle to address the thing that popped up, so you think, “Oh I’ll remember that.”  Only, I forget.  I get distracted and then, POOF, it’s gone.

Currently, I’m trying out two different methods for productivity brain dumping.

The first is, I picked up some inexpensive Kraft type notebooks from the ‘Zon.  I can keep one on my desk and jot something in it at any given time, whenever something occurs to me.  I can also take it with me if I go somewhere.  Bonus, I can add a sticky note to the paper inside, so they’re all in a single location instead of random places around the apartment.

The other method I’m trying is adding lists to my Google Calendar.  When you create an event in Calendar, you can edit the event and add a bulleted or numbered list in the description.  It will pop up if you click your mouse on it.  I’ve created an all day event and set it to repeat daily.  I can add and remove things as I think of or do them, and basically keep a running to-do list in my Google Calendar.  I wish it had check boxes but for now, I guess I’ll be satisfied with numbered lists.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to settle on just one of these methods, though.  They both have great aspects to them and each have their unique conveniences.  I’m hopeful that the combination of these methods are going to help me get a handle on that running, never-ending task list that goes through my head.  It’s been getting way too crowded in there!

What about you?  Do you have a method for keeping track of the random to-do’s that pop up?  What works for you?

 

Articles about brain dumping for productivity:

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2019 NanoPoblano Post #4

You may have noticed in my last post, that I mentioned Rocketbook in the list of links.  I don’t know if you are familiar with this little gem of a book. I fell in love with it a few years ago during a kickstarter campaign I saw, and my husband got me one of their books for a birthday.  The thing that’s cool about Rocketbook is that you write in it like normal, but then you can capture your writing digitally and send it to the cloud of your choice to be saved.  You can then erase the notebook and re-use it.  The notebook I have (Wave) can be erased entirely in one fell swoop in the microwave.  Newer books can be erased a page at a time using a spritz of water and a microfiber cloth.  They also  have a new version that is pre-formatted similarly to many planners.   I’ve seen planners on the market that go for upwards of $60.  And some people get a new one every year.  Imagine one book, that lasts for years!  Imagine getting one notebook to use as a journal, and then not having to figure out where you’re going to put your collection of notebooks when you’re done with them.   Wouldn’t that have its own kind of freedom?  No stacks of notebooks to lug around every time you move, or figure out where you’re going to store them.  One notebook.  Every entry written by hand, saved to the cloud.   Lather, rinse, repeat. 

Another aspect to saving your entries to the cloud is privacy.  Unless someone knows your passwords, it would be very difficult for them to access your journal.  And once you scan an entry, it’s saved, so even if you lost your notebook at that point, you’d still have all your entries digitally preserved.   I read one story of a young lady who lost her journal while traveling overseas, so all her travel memories were lost to her.  I would be crushed if something like that happened to me. 

Journal keeping is all about what works best for you, so having lots of options is important, in my opinion.  There’s a little something for pretty much everyone.  Sometimes, utilizing more than a single option works best, too. 

Have you heard of, or used, Rocketbook?  Would you?

 

Rocketbook

‎Rocketbook App

 

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2019 NanoPoblano Post #3

Nearly everything I’ve read about journaling mentions that writing by hand is the best way to go.  Okay, I get it.  Improves memory, unleashes creativity, eases anxiety, and the list goes on.  Sometimes though, it’s simply not practical in that moment to sit down with paper and pen/cil to write in a journal.  Sometimes you need the flexibility that the digital age offers.  I mean, we’re in it now, might as well take advantage when we need to, right? 

While typing on a device is hard for me, there are times when it can really come in handy.  For instance, I’m lying in bed and I remember there was something I wanted to jot down.  Well, I’m not going to get back up to do it!  Grabbing my phone or tablet is so much more convenient and it just simply gets the job done. 

I’ve tried a lot of journal apps.  I’m kind of the App Queen at my house, lol.  I have tried all but one of the apps listed below.  All have free versions, some have pay upgrades.  Some include habit/mood trackers, like Daylio.  Some are writing prompts.  Some, like WriteADay, are just for making quick “log entries,” others are for making longer, more detailed entries.  Some, you can even add pictures.  Some have sharing capabilities.  It just depends on what you’re looking for.

My personal favorites are WriteADay, Daylio, Diarium, Cozi, and WordPress.

It might seem strange to include WordPress on this list, but here’s why I added it.  You can create a separate, private journaling blog.  If you go to Dashboard==>>Settings==>>Reading you can set up a free blog so that it’s totally private and seen only by you.  There’s an app for any and all your devices, you can use it on a computer, you can add pictures, everything is dated, you can have your location added automatically if you’re out and about, you can personalize the look of it, it will sync across all your devices, it’s free, you can print hard copies of your entries if you’d like, and you can share a post with a friend if you want.  You can even draft posts while offline on the mobile apps.  It’s ideal for journaling.

There are so many journaling options now, so many ways for “uncloggin’ your noggin’” that it almost adds its own kind of anxiety to journaling.  So many choices!  Ben Franklin had a quill and parchment.  We have a cornucopia of journaling riches.  Try one.  Try  them all! 

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

~Vanessa

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Journal Apps for Android

Daylio – Diary, Journal, Mood Tracker

Cozi Family Organizer

Writeaday: Minimalist Journal

Diarium — Private Diary / Daily Journal

Dreamie Planner

Joy Calendar – Todo list, Task List, Reminder

Journal it!

Better Diary (Journal, notes)

Diary Book – Journal With Lock, Photos, Themes (have not tried this one but it did get good reviews)

Day One Journal

WordPress – Website & Blog Builder

Rocketbook

 

I’m an Android girl, but I did find many of these apps also had iOS versions, for those of you who are Apple fans.  🙂

Daylio Journal

‎Cozi Family Organizer

‎Diarium — Journal / Diary

Day One – The award-winning journal app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

‎WordPress

‎Rocketbook App

 

Below are prompts apps for longhand writing on paper

Paperblanks® Journal Prompts

‎Paperblanks® Journal Prompts

‎Writelight

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