Keep track of yourself by writing
May 11, 2018
2 minute read

Some time ago I thought about some way I could suggest kids remember the moment they are currently in, as those moments are very unique. However, most of the time, after growing up a bit, we tend to forget them. Specifically, we tend to forget the way we were thinking at that time.

After some time passed I realized something more profound: this idea holds not only for kids.

You won’t be the same person you were in the past. As the time will pass, that person will disappear as will any memories of him. Is it somehow possible to make a snapshot of who you are right now and then later view it? Can you version control yourself?

Yes! How? Write! The idea is simple. However, not many realize how important it may be and how much can it benefit you.

These are some of the things I do:

  • Blog
  • Keep a trello board (see below)
  • Use an app like Daylio (no way affiliated with it)

Use the third option if your low on time, but I don’t recommend doing only that. Ideally, you should at least use a trello board or anything that lets you edit and save notes and write there.

This is the setup I use:

trello board screenshot

Each month I write everything I’ve done that month: my struggles, my ideas, my achievements, the more the better. To make it more interesting, I’ll only open and read them at the end of the year. After reading them I’ll proceed to write the yearly review.

For some reason, I love reading stuff I wrote. It makes me look into the past. It allows me to time travel. I strongly encourage everyone to try this.

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