From the work of Mark Dumanon. Subject: The Holy Books
I carry a notebook and a fountain pen with me at all times.
I wake up with my notebooks and I go to sleep with them.
Doing this has added tremendous value to my life.
Writing things down and taking notes on events and knowledge has given me clarity of mind. I feel a lot less stress and a lot more organized.
In my notebooks (I have 2 simultaneously, one for my blog and one for my regular day) I write down my blog ideas, ideas for content, my agenda, to-do lists per day, notes about college, what I’ve dreamed last night and my goals for in 5 years.
My notebooks use the BulletJournal method. It’s very straightforward and minimalistic.
Some people are full of great ideas but don’t write them down. Those people are likely to not expand on those ideas because they forget them.
Most people excercise but they don’t jot down their progress. Those people are likely to never break through their plateaus.
Everyone who keeps a daily journal, however, is bound to make progress in the aspects of life that they write down.
A lot of great men in history have kept diaries. It is through those diaries that you can learn how to be a great man, like them.
John 1:1 tells us:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Keeping a notebook or diary will get you closer to God, the Universe, your Intuition, your Emotions, your Higher Intelligence, Nature or whatever you like to call it.
Because only by writing you reflect thoroughly on yourself and extract lessons out of seemingly small things in your life.
One lesson I learned for example was that I had to remove all dating apps and Instagram from my phone and use my phone less.
I get too little satisfaction out of those apps, because I learned that they are designed to keep you addicted to them.
If you use those apps a lot they will show you advertisements. Advertisements for things that you will never need in your life.
It’s good being off them because now I’m not mindlessly swiping through photos with filters of chicks that I will never, ever meet.
I don’t feel the urge to post my artwork on Instagram either anymore. Follower culture is something you should distance yourself from as much as possible.
It’s unhealthy anxiously keeping track of your likes and follows. It creates fear in your mind of not being good enough.
And when will it be good enough? Hundred followers? A thousand? A millie?
How will you convert those followers into people that communicate with you and other readers? Via a link in your bio? We all know nobody ever clicks on those.
Now I just post something on my own site if I have finished creating something. Social media sites may come and go, but your own hosted site will last as long as you pay for it.
You can expand your own site and let your business grow.
You can use the power of the written word which is godly, and stronger than the power of photoshopped pictures.
It’s only until I wrote this down that I decided to take action and free myself from these digital chains.
Now I’m just sharing a recipe that works for me. Feel free to add your own ingredients.
I have learned that going analog keeps me focused every day, even when I don’t have motivation, and engages me more with my own thoughts and experiences.
Try it out. Maybe you’ll have more peace of mind. Maybe you get to do more things that you actually want to do. Maybe you’ll remember events better by re-reading notes. You don’t know until you try.
One tip I can give you: Use a fountain pen. It helps you with writing neatly and makes the pages look good and satisfying.
Until the next time.
Your writing man,