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goals are good for planning your progress and systems are good for actually making progress.
 
Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but eventually a well-designed system will always win. Having a system is what matters. Committing to the process is what makes the difference.
 
http://jamesclear.com/goals-systems

Only when you record the situation and then re-examine it from a third-person perspective does the solution become clear. Sometimes the solution is so obvious that you’re shocked you didn’t see it sooner.

https://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2004/10/journaling-as-a-problem-solving-tool/

Getting Ready to Write
Find a time and place where you won’t be disturbed. Ideally, pick a time at the end of your workday or before you go to bed.
 
Promise yourself that you will write for a minimum of 15 minutes a day for at least 3 or 4 consecutive days.
 
Once you begin writing, write continuously. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar. If you run out of things to write about, just repeat what you have already written.
 
You can write longhand or you can type on a computer. If you are unable to write, you can also talk into a tape recorder.
 
You can write about the same thing on all 3-4 days of writing or you can write about something different each day. It is entirely up to you.
 
What to Write About
Something that you are thinking or worrying about too much
Something that you are dreaming about
Something that you feel is affecting your life in an unhealthy way
Something that you have been avoiding for days, weeks, or years
 
In our research, we generally give people the following instructions for writing:
Over the next four days, I want you to write about your deepest emotions and thoughts about the most upsetting experience in your life. Really let go and explore your feelings and thoughts about it. In your writing, you might tie this experience to your childhood, your relationship with your parents, people you have loved or love now, or even your career. How is this experience related to who you would like to become, who you have been in the past, or who you are now?
 
Many people have not had a single traumatic experience but all of us have had major conflicts or stressors in our lives and you can write about them as well. You can write about the same issue every day or a series of different issues. Whatever you choose to write about, however, it is critical that you really let go and explore your very deepest emotions and thoughts.
 
Warning: Many people report that after writing, they sometimes feel somewhat sad or depressed. Like seeing a sad movie, this typically goes away in a couple of hours. If you find that you are getting extremely upset about a writing topic, simply stop writing or change topics.
 
source: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/psychology/faculty/pennebak#writing-health
James W Pennebaker
Professor — Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

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