The Logging Notebook

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When it comes to getting things done the focus is always on what needs done and when you can do it. Without these two you would end up with the wrong task getting done at the wrong time. You'll eventually find yourself just getting nowhere fast.

These two task variables are important but just as important is the time you spend looking at the progress you have made. In order to do that you need look past more than just the tasks you done.

I look to the tasks that fall into two categories:

  1. The difficult tasks that presented problems but were eventually done.
  2. The tasks that I enjoyed doing and that made a significant impact.

It's these groups of tasks that make up the bulk of my final notebook in the process, the logging notebook. When it comes to looking back what you've done, you need to filter out the important tasks so that you know you are making progress. This is what I use the logging notebook for.

I'm using a Hobonichi Techo planner as my logging notebook. Persuaded by Patrick Rhone and Mike Rohde I bought one at the end of last year.

The notebook itself is fairly small and the paper although thin, is of superb quality. This makes it ideal for a broad range of writing instruments. I mostly use a Lamy Safari for this notebook, although I have done a few sketches with other pens.

Rather than using it as a planner, I record the big wins for the day and the tasks that I finished that made a real difference. Those "Yay me!" moments when it's more than just another task done, it's a significant amount of progress made.

The year is drawing to a close and I'm glad to say that the Hobonichi Techno planner has been a great investment as I use it daily. Next year's is already sitting on my desk waiting to log the next set of wins .

You can use any notebook as your logging book. The most important thing is to log the wins. It adds a much clearer view of the progress you've made and also has the benefit of providing a much needed boost when you feel you have been slacking.