From the time I started practicing GTD, I also adopted a daily journaling practice. I managed to stay regular to this practice for the past 3 months. I find it useful, in most cases it helps me when I want to review some decisions or incidents from the past few weeks.
Since starting, my journals although they are regular, they don't necessarily have a structure. I tend to capture stuff as the day processes so I end up with a bunch of entries for a particular day with a timestamp:
21st Aug 2019 [10:00] First Entry [13:00] Next [23:00] Last Entry
I added this style on purpose, it's automated with org-capture. But in general, I wanted to be able to capture entries with less friction. The problem I am faced with my journals right now is they lack perspective. I have notes of what happened throughout the day, frustrations and venting out sometimes, aha moments when solving a problem and sometimes even meeting highlights/notes.
During my regular reviews, I realized that I wanted to figure out what worked out for me on a daily basis, this would ideally work as a routine review that could cut down the weight on the end of the week review which usually takes up about 45-90min of my time. With this in mind, I decided to try out something most of us programmers are used to in the scrum world. I decided to continue to have the entries as usual, but to sum it up with a final entry that had three key points:
- What worked out today
- What didn't go as planned
- What can I improve for tomorrow
I am starting with summarizing one thing that is most important for every question. That helps me weed out the trivial many from the vital few (one in my case).
I am expecting this to give me a sense of acknowledgment for a day's work regardless if its work or personal. And set the perspective for tomorrow's actions.
I am not sure if this itself is going to work out well. But, I plan to experiment with this method for a few weeks before altering my journaling habits again.