I’ve been a pretty big advocate of keeping a daily journal in order to track your progress, moods, successes, and failures. However up until this morning I’d always done my daily reviews at the end of the night. A few days ago someone pointed out to me that if you write your review the following morning it allows you to critically think about small mistakes made the day before and keep them in mind so that you don’t repeat them.
Last night The Girlfriend and I went to a delicious mediterranean restaurant where I gorged myself on what was probably the least healthy menu option, rather than an equally amazing but healthy alternative. So this morning my daily review included a small line item about making healthier choices. Now If I had written this the night before I probably would have forgotten all about it by the time I had gotten out of bed, but because I wrote it this morning, the thought sat there, lingering in my head.
A bit later in the day I was presented with a decision that would rival Achilles’ choice to either go into battle, die, and live on in stories for all eternity or to stay behind and live a long life of obscurity. My choice was between a simple, healthy, home made lunch and a slice of pizza. This wasn’t just any pizza though. This pizza was forged by the gods out of pure love and descended straight from the heavens. A single slice so large, that if held vertically, would eclipse a power lifter’s chest. I was stopped in my tracks, and had to make the kind of snap judgement call that usually results in me making a bad decision. Suddenly though, I found myself thinking back to that brief line item about choosing the healthier alternative. I’m saddened to say that my healthy lunch didn’t quite live up to a slice of pizza larger than any living organism should consume. However I’m happy to report that I dodged what would have been my failure in judgement for the day.
In all seriousness though if you’re planning on writing an end of day review tonight try writing it tomorrow morning instead.