I'm visiting friends in Sonoma this week, and I'm up before dark again today, my internal clock still on Virginia time.
Sipping tea in my friends' cozy living room, listening to the sounds of distant roosters and the gently trickling fountain outside, I've been flipping through my journal, reading recent entries.
In looking through what I've written of late, I was struck by how my use of this tool has shifted over the years — and by how indispensable it's become for me as a productivity tool at work.
I admit, it's a little surprising:
When you think of getting your work done in a way that's efficient and strategic, the first image that comes to mind is not of settling down with a bound journal, a pen, and a mug of tea, and writing longhand about how you're feeling and what you're thinking.
But I've discovered that is sometimes the smartest thing I can do.
Here's why... ... See More