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Lessons From 2017: Always Have A Notebook! (The Secret To Staying Consistent)

The most frequent question I’ve gotten this year without a doubt is:

How do you stay consistent?

Whilst I don’t have a definitive answer to this question, I can tell you one thing that has helped me. First of all, it’s important to clarify that I’m not running my blog as a business and I started blogging, a year and a half ago because I needed an outlet after I had failed my second year of university. So in fact periods of supposed ‘consistency’ on the blog are periods where I need an outlet the most and writing just happens to be the most effective thing for me.

Now onto how having a notebook helps me to stay consistent. I’ve gone through four bullet journals this year and I can safely say those books are more valuable to me than anything. I could lose my phone and be annoyed but I would genuinely cry if my notebooks disappeared. The wonderful thing about always having a book with me is that I get to easily download what’s in my brain. I get inspired in random places, sometimes I’m in a lecture and I get an idea, and I quickly jot it down. Or I’m commuting or walking and I make sure to capture my thoughts. The wonderful thing about the process for me is that it frees up brain space. If I don’t have a place to note down ideas, it becomes burdensome to carry it around actively trying not to forget. There are ideas or thoughts in my notebooks that I might not use for the next two to three years but because I know I have it written down, I don’t have to stress about remembering them.

In addition, every time I watch a lecture, or even a movie, I note things down. It started with Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday which I used to watch religiously and then the King Women by Kemi Adetiba to Islamic lectures. Essentially a lot of what I write synthesises my own experiences and reflections on what I’m learning from other people. I do enjoy going through my notebooks at different periods during the year because it gives me an insight into how things have changed or evolved and gives me an idea of what I’ve used or haven’t touched.

An alternative is to use apps like Evernote or One Note to also record things. So sometimes if I’m not close to my notebook, I’ll write on Evernote and tag it under a notebook so it’s easy to access later.

Regardless of whether you want to be consistent with blogging or not;

Write everything down. And read a lot! The more you read, the more information you can synethesise to form new ideas or approach things from a new perspective.

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One comment

  1. This really is helpful, thank you so much for sharing this! 🙂
    I have tried to have a planner for a while. I love planning and jotting down my ideas, but haven’t been very consistent with it. It worked best for me during my university, for planning out my studies. But, In sha Allah hoping to start 2018 with a planner.


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