Another brain pickings: How Steinbeck Used the Diary as a Tool of Discipline, a Hedge Against Self-Doubt, and a Pacemaker for the Heartbeat of Creative Work | Brain Pickings

Here is an analysis of how productive keeping a journal or some type of log of your days, thoughts, or progress can be over the long run as it helps you see a birds eye view of your mind. I have done this for years and it’s interesting to look back once in a while and take a peak at what was once bothering you. Our minds are consumed daily by our concerns. Sometimes a good brain dump is needed to unload the stress.

http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/03/02/john-steinbeck-working-days/

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