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How To Study

How To Study, A Method Called SQR3

The buses are rolling again. Fall is around the corner and parents are relishing the once again quiet of an empty house.

Kids look forward to going back to school with varying levels of anxiety and anticipation. A big part of their anxiety is rooted in their lack of true study skills.

This post is about fixing that problem.

Steps To Successful Studying

There is a five step study method that has been taught by teachers who want their kids to succeed. Its acronym is very easy to remember and helps one recall each stage. SQR3 is the acronym.

SQR3 steps are:

  1. Survey
  2. Question
  3. Read
  4. Recite
  5. Review

Using Survey To Get Started

The definition of the word ‘survey’ is to look carefully and thoroughly at someone or something, especially so as to appraise them. In our case that something is the material that you are trying to master.

I think it helpful to list a few synonyms. Making the decision to ‘survey’ a thing is not a daily routine for most. Survey is generally thought of as a ‘poll.’ As in, “We are taking a ‘survey’ or we are taking a ‘poll.’

Here are those I think will help you survey your study materials efficiently.

    • contemplate
    • scrutinize
    • inspect
    • scan
    • look over
    • consider

Basically, to survey the material you should just flip the pages, scanning to learn about how the material is organized.

Does it have comment boxes surrounded by borders?

Does it have boxes marked “Important Tip” or something similar?

Lots of times there will be boxes in the margins entitled things like “Did you know?” “Something to think about.” Anytime you see this, you know the author thinks this is particularly relevant the subject. You are also likely to see this information on the test, so, you are forewarned.

Question

Ask yourself:

      • What is this material about?
      • Why is this important to me? (Aside from passing a test.)

What does it seem to be saying is important? What is it that the author is trying to teach me? Make a few notes about things that seem to stand out.

Read

Read the material. Do I mean just speed read while your favorite show is taking half your attention? While I suppose it would be better than nothing I doubt it will maximize your comprehension.

When I say read, I mean:

      1. Immerse yourself in it.
      2. If there are audiovisual resources or other resources listed on line, make sure to watch or read them all.
      3. Read at a comfortable pace, moving back and forth in the material, looking for connections amongst the various points made.
      4. Take your time, moving slowly enough to absorb the material, fast enough to keep yourself from getting bored.

Recite

Recite means to read the material out loud. Recite it to the world through the main window. Recite it to your dog. I am sure he will love the attention. Recite it while sitting …everywhere you sit.

Why? You know, I do not have an authoritative explanation, but I do have some thoughts on the matter.

Reading only involves he sense of sight and to a much lesser degree, touch.

Reciting:

      • Involves the sense of sight as does reading.
      • It also involves the sense of sound.
      • If you pace when you recite you are tying all kinds of sensory input to the material.

To sum it up, your eyes see it. Your ears hear it again directing the knowledge to your brain through a second channel. If you pace as you recite you are tying the knowledge to even more sensory input.

Review

Now that you have completed this process, review what it is you now know. How much do you think you have learned? This process can be repeated until you are satisfied with your retention.

Closing Comments

Folks tend to learn best when their studying is disciplined and regular. A fixed study time is helpful because setting one teaches the brain to quickly drop into a learning mode at the appointed time.

Also, they tend to retain smaller chunks of knowledge at a time so pick a time period somewhere between 15 minutes and an hour.

As long as it presents no health problems for you, eating just a little bit of sweet, like a teaspoon of honey, before each study period can enhance retention and comprehension. Why? Most likely it is because the brain is 90% fat by weight and uses exclusively glucose as an energy source.

While it is not part of the SQR3 method per se, I have found it helpful to take intense notes during class and apply the SQR3 method to my notes as well. Using highlighters, clips and post its can also further enhance retention by providing more things to which information can be attached.

I really hope this helps. It is applicable to any and every thing which one wants to master, whether we are talking about 6th grade civics class or PDFs on how to master SEO or how to work from home.

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

 

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What Is YOUR Dream Life?

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Bad Focus Points

While you are out driving, say for a Sunday vehicular walkabout, have you ever noticed that if you focus on a sign or something interesting, the car begins to drift in that direction?

This is why they say, “Keep your eyes on the road.”

Up until not too long ago, I never knew how many folks lived in a negative space, one of only focusing on what they don’t want. Never, not once, have they thought about what they DO want. If someone asked me for a percentage I would have to say high 90’s.

We know from the Law of Attraction that this is exactly what you don’t want to do.

Good Focus Points

You get what you focus on.

If you focus on what you want, you get what you want.

If you focus on what you don’t want, you get what you don’t want.

Focus on what you want.

If you find my statement that, “Never, not once, have they thought about what they DO want,” understand that wishing to retire living on an island drinking fruity drinks is a substitute for a hated job, not a dream for how to live one’s life.

Being swept up in in the desire for the pictures some ‘guru’ put up on his page are not goals, they are distractions keeping you from what you really want.

Do you really want a $200,000 sports car? Do you really want a home so big you have to spend another $100,000 a year just to keep it up?

Pain

Are these the things you want or are they things you believe will distract you from the pain of your existence?

What Pain?

The pain that makes you get up at 2AM because that is the only time the phone is not ringing from creditors.

The pain that makes you drive like a maniac on the road, knowing all the while that it is not them you are really mad at but the pain of being locked in a life you hate.

Focus, like that X-ray laser Edward Teller wanted to build, focus on what you want and keep at it and the universe will start moving those colossal gears in your favor.

What To Do Right Now

  1. Get a blog and start blogging1.
  2. Find someone you believe in and read his books2.
  3. Watch him on YouTube, as well.
  4. Think about what it is you want.
  5. Ask yourself why you want it.

Take some time and think about it.

Decide what you want, and why, before you go into a business that you hate as much as you hate your job.

Reading List

I have included a list of books I believe in. They helped me. Here they are in no particular order:

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Who Took My Money? by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Prophecy by Robert Kiyosaki
  • The Law of Success In Sixteen Lessons by Andrew Carnegie

This is a get your feet wet while you figure out exactly what it is you want to accomplish.

Look around; see what others are doing.

See what’s working.

READ.

Let me know your thoughts.

Regards,

Tim Singleton

1. Own your blog. Bite the bullet on having a hosting account. If others control your blog, then others can control how you use it. Build your own blog and do frequent backups to your personal hard drive.

2.If I had to pick one(1) book to start with, my advice is the original.  The Law of Success In Sixteen Lessons by Andrew Carnegie is what started it all. It is $4.95 and downloadable as a PDF.

Best Home Based Business Ideas

Not going to beat this to death tonight.

If you need extra money with which to pay bills, buy groceries or cover the costs involved with building your online business you should consider taking paid surveys and participating in focus groups.

Paid surveys pay anywhere from $5 to $75 dollars, sometimes more and focus groups regularly compensate their participants $150 or more.

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Best Regards,

Tim Singleton

Ezra Taft Benson – Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles -Warnings

Ezra Taft Benson – Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

For over forty years, in a spirit of love, members of the Church have been counseled to be thrifty and self-reliant; to avoid debt; pay tithes and a generous fast offering; be industrious; and have sufficient food, clothing, and fuel on hand to last at least one year…

Today there are compelling reasons to reemphasize this counsel…
More than ever before, we need to learn and apply the principles of economic self-reliance. We do not know when the crisis involving sickness or unemployment may affect our own circumstances. We do know that the Lord has decreed global calamities for the future and has warned and forewarned us to be prepared…

The revelation to produce and store food may be as essential to our temporal welfare today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah…

Those families will be fortunate who, in the last days, have an adequate supply of food because of their foresight and ability to produce their own.

“First, and above and beyond everything else, let us live righteously.…
“Let us avoid debt as we would avoid a plague; where we are now in debt, let us get out of debt; if not today, then tomorrow….

“Let us straitly and strictly live within our incomes, and save a little…

“Let every head of every household see to it that he has on hand enough food and clothing, and, where possible, fuel also, for at least a year ahead. You of small means put your money in foodstuffs and wearing apparel, not in stocks and bonds…

If you are saving and planning for a second car or a TV set or some item which merely adds to your comfort or pleasure, you may need to change your priorities. We urge you to do this prayerfully and do it now….I speak with a feeling of great urgency. I have seen what the days of tribulation can do to people…

Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion.

The Lord has warned and forewarned us against a day of great tribulation and given us counsel, through His servants, on how we can be prepared for these difficult times. Have we heeded His counsel?

May God bless us to be prepared for the days which lie ahead, which may be the most severe yet… End of Quote

Think And Grow Rich

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Think And Grow Rich Is the Perfect Place To Start

Napoleon Hill, in the early years of the 20th century, became interested in what made some so much more successful that others.  Some men and women, a small percentage, succeed and enjoy comfort and peace all their lives. A still smaller group achieve spectacular wealth.

He collaborated with Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and a complete laundry list of the successful magnates and tycoons of the corporations that were exploding America into the economic engine it was detined to become.

Why is it the perfect place to start? It is clearly one of the most successful, influential and effective books out there for those who wish to break free from poverty, taking control of their prosperity and shaping it to fit their personal wants and desires.

Think and Grow Rich is a primer on the assortment of resources with which all humans are born.  Think And Grow Rich will help you find and master these resources.

In Think And Grow Rick Secret Powers Are There For You To Take For Your Own

Did you ever hear of sublimation? Did you know that you can take one form of energy and transmute it into energy to work for your prosperity and happiness? What are man’s most powerful urges? Eating and procreation, right? Read and learn how to change one into the other.

It can free you.

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Think And Grow Rich Quotes

“Sex desire is the most powerful of human desires.”

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”

Discover in this primer of prosperity the secret to making your drives, desires and circumstances work for you rather than against you.

Think And Grow Rich eBook

This post is directed at everyone who is trying to change their circumstance. This includes even the homeless fellow.

Think And Grow Rich is available as a free download from a number of sources so there is no reason you should not get it, read it and apply it.

Do it now.

I don’t want that to sound commanding or overbear. It is just that time is a commodity that cannot be overstated in its value. Get all

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

 

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How To Actually Begin To Move Forward In Your Business

Paralyzing Fear

One of the things that severely hampers those who want to succeed in building a successful online business for themselves is fear.

Fear, especially for those who have failed over and over, can become a paralyzing force. Procrastination because you would rather have some modest hope than to be confronted with certain failure is the most potent and virulent one. It renders you inert until it is too late to act. When you are finally in panic mode and all of a sudden doing what you needed to do it is only because you finally feel the furies of your past mistakes coming up on you.

What is the cure?

What do you do?

The cure is to understand the importance of daily action and to banish the idea of doing something tomorrow from your mind.

What you do is start right now doing today what you had planned to do all those days, weeks or months ago.

Understand that you are at war with your poverty. Understand that this is not a game. You do whatever is necessary even if it makes some things harder for a bit.

You do whatever it takes!

You Can Do Those Things Which Will Build Your Business!

If there are people critical of you, well, let that go. You can spend time with them trying to get their approval doing what they think you should do or you can do those things which will build your business.

If there are financial problems eating at you, you can worry about them, possibly apply a temporary patch of some form or other or you can do those things which will build your business.

If you are tired, so tired. I mean the kind of tired where your bones ache and your muscles seem to be spasming and pulling against your joints unbearably. If your worries over your situation have you in actual physical pain you can take your rest upon your bed, escaping your worries for a small moment in the numbness of sleep or you can do those things which will build your business.

I know it may sound like an obvious thing to say, but the cure for all your ills is to simply do what you need to do and do those things which will build your business.

How To Start

First, understand that you are where you are because of decisions you have made.

Please understand. This is not my way of saying your current temporary state of failure is your fault. You may have made bad decisions based on bad information. Ceasing to make bad decisions on bad information is job one, okay? Deciding to get good information so you can make good decisions is job one right this minute. You cannot take good effective steps until you have good effective information. Resolve, right now, that you are going to get good information.

Now, once you have made this decision, act on it. Here are a set of books you should read.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Actually, now that I think about it. Just start with that book. It will not even cost you any money. Here is the link to download a FREE copy in PDF form.

You will need to download Adobe Acrobat in order to open it. You can get Adobe Acrobat here. Don’t forget to uncheck install Google Chrome and install Google Toolbar unless you want them.

Once you have done that, come back here and we will get your further down the road. Do I have confidence that I can help you get further down the road? I do, I surely do. I have failed in the past in agonizing ways and to heart wrenching total loss extents.

I know very intimately what it is to fail. You need to learn from my mistakes. My training comes from fellows who have built multiple six and seven figure incomes online and from home.

Things You Do Not Want To Do

  1. Develop a television addiction.
  2. Sleep too long.
  3. Spend too much time with friends of low ambition or bad character.
  4. Allow drug or alcohol addictions to numb you to the pain or severity of your situation.

Avoid Addiction to Television

Do not allow yourself to get addicted to more than one television series.

My friend, I love certain television series. They include

  • The Walking Dead
  • Supernatural
  • Breaking Bad
  • The Sara Conner Chronicles
  • Beauty and the Beast on the CW
  • Serenity
  • The Flash

How many is that? Let’s see… That is seven(7) shows.

That is seven hours of time, time that can never be regained.

What is the value of seven hours a week invested in your business? It is incalculable.

Make your money first. Better yet, make your residual income first, then you can watch TV series whenever you feel like it.

Sleep Is Needed For Health, Energy and Strength, Not Escape

Sleep is needed, for sure, but if you cannot sleep well because of your situation, get up! Do something!

If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. ~Dale Carnegie

Friendships

They say you will become like your five closest friends. If your five closest friends are all the same boat, you might want to try to inspire them to run with you towards success rather than doing the same old thing you all have been doing.

If they are not game, you need to develop some friendships with folks who can help you succeed. I am not saying abandon your friends. I am saying improve your associations so you can prosper in life and perhaps help you old friends do the same.

Drugs and Alcohol

If you allow drugs and alcohol to blunt the pain of your situation too much, you will dampen the fire of the fears that can be turned into energy and motivation to do the things needed for success.

In Conclusion

Whatever needs to be learned, learn it now. The point of this blog is to teach you thing things I have learned from my mentors and from my mistakes, mistakes you don’t need to repeat in order to learn.

Whatever needs to be done, do it now. Do it now so that you can profit sooner rather than later and that horrible, burning stone in your gut that prevents you from real sleep can be extinguished and disposed of.

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

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My Favorite 5 Books – Fiction

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Important Books To Read

How does one choose? There are lots of books to read and picking the top five for me would be a hard task indeed. I love to read and in point of fact cannot fathom the mind that does not read.

Kanye West reportedly said he was a proud non-reader of books. He did not like to read and would not read. Well, okay, I reckon that is one life choice. For me? I am a bibliophile of the first order.

My great disappointment in my younger life was the knowledge that working as a clerk in a book store would not pay the bills. The work was awesome and I loved the environment. Sadly, you cannot feed yourself very well on minimum wage.

Again, how do you choose? How do you choose five(5)? I really don’t think I can, not without whittling it down a bit.

You see you can pick top five novels. For me that would be, in no particular order:

  1. IT, by Stephen King
  2. The Stand, by Stephen King
  3. Freckles, by Gene Stratton-Porter
  4. The Santaroga Barrier, by Frank Herbert
  5. The Wolf and the Dove, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

I almost included George Orwell’s 1984 but in my mind that would be filed under prophecy and economic literary docudrama books.

IT, by Stephen King

ITWhy IT? Because my childhood, like Ben Hanscomb’s, was filled with bullies and a heart wrenching crush on a girl I would never dare to talk to, too much anyway. I remember walking into my 4th grade class at A.H. Watwood and there she sat. She glowed, she shined, if a 4th grader could die from a vision on that day I was in mortal peril. When I read Freckles guess who was the Limberlost Angel? You got it, her name was…

Anyways, getting back to IT, when I was in the lower grades, before I shot up, my grandmother had to buy me what were called ‘husky’ size pants. Yes, I was a bit heavy.

When I read about Ben’s crush on Beverly, I immediately identified with the kid. Also, the idea of a bunch of innocents taking on some devil spider that was the embodiment of one of what I guess was one of the old god’s of Chaos kept my eyes bolted to the pages.

Childhood is often filled with well defined terrors. I like the way Stephen King defined it. Childhood is filled with well-defined terrors and passionate, inflamed dreams and loves that give way to the grinding reality of adulthood, where the fears are diffuse and heavy and completely unable to be appropriately grappled with and stabbed to death like St. George killing the dragon.

Yeah, there was a lot of paraphrasing there, but I am reasonable sure Stephen King would be at least to some degree okay with it.

If I told you how many times I have read IT you would be certain I would be in dire need of drug therapy for a horrible case of OCD. I don’t know but what you would be right in that assessment, but that is the way I read. If I love a book I tend to want to read it repeatedly. I suppose I have read it more than 20 times over the years and I no doubt will read it again when I retire.

The Stand, by Stephen King

TheStandA world ravaged by a super influenza strain that wipes out 95% of humanity and leaves the 5% trying to survive while the forces of good and evil make them pawns in a game of life and death.

A loner from Arnette, Texas named Stu Redman winds up more or less in charge of a group of good folks who have been called by God to stand as His proxies in a battle against evil, controlled by a devil prince called Flagg.

You know, I hate to admit it, but I think I liked the book because it was about a world that was emptied out. Naturally, I would be one of the survivors and so it was just a given that I would consider the consequences of no government left, anywhere, and that you could do as you liked as long as you exercised some human decency.

Of course, there is that little inconvenient truth of 95% of the people dying would completely and forever suck.

Freckles

FrecklesThis book by Gene Stratton-Porter is classed as a children’s classic. For me, it is a good read about the good guy coming out on top. Besides, I read the book not too long after I found out my biological father abandoned me and my mom shortly before my birth.

Never giving up, never backing down, always being there putting it all on the line for those who have faith in you, this is what Freckles is all about.

The Santaroga Barrier

TheSantarogaBarrierWe are all asleep, wrapped in a cocoon of advertising, prescription drugs and political lies that keep us with our faces firmly under the boot of those who think themselves superior to us by birth and education.

Again, calling on George Orwell’s 1984 I am reminded of something that was said towards the end of the book:

What does the future look like in our Utopia? Imagine a human face, looking up in abject misery. Now imagine a big cleated boot, driving that face into the dirt.

This book was really remarkable because it showed what people could be like, if they wished. Or if, as in the case of this story, they had the right pharmaceutical to help them free their consciousness.

While I am ambivalent about that, Frank Herbert does a good job of leading you into the world where what the Santarogans are doing to their children and to outsiders who come and pass the test of whether they are awake is perfectly acceptable and honorable.

It may be time for me to read this one again.

The Wolf and The Dove

thewolfandthedoveThis was a straight up heaving bosom and bare chested hero along with the dusky hued bad guy, but it was a great read.

I don’t currently have it in my library and frankly, I may never make the effort to re-acquire it but it was a great read. It made an impression because I have never forgotten it. Every time someone brings up the issue of what books did or do you love the most, The Wolf and The Done is on the short list.

Other Books

Want some ideas? The BBC’s Big Read is a good place to start. Go through the list; you might be surprised at how many you have already read.

Best Regards,

Tim and MJ

 

 

 

Tim Singleton

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Benefits of Baroque and Classical Music

Baroque Music Make You Smarter

Baroque music makes you smarter, healthier, more mentally well-adjusted and athletic. How’s that for a laundry list of good things to be had?

Baroque music is said to have a positive effect on the brain in terms of learning and retaining information. Whether that is actually true or not, I can attest to the idea that I get more work done when listening to Baroque.

Something about alpha wave stimulation increases one’s retention while relieving stress from your brain. The other thing that just occurred to me was whether it worked because it works or if it works because I believe it works.

Just be aware that there are folks out there who strongly disagree with the idea that Baroque or Classical music can improve your mental function. While they are certainly entitle to have and to hold their opinion on the matter, I take the position that it helps me. If you want to see if it will help you, then trying it out is in order.

Some of you young folks who feel classical is not cool, or boring or whatever need to remember that Baroque was the rock music of its era.  Try it out for yourself and see if you receive any of the benefits listed here.

Effects of Baroque and Classical Music

The story is that Baroque and Classical music in general can:

  1. Lift your spirits and improve your outlook
  2. Relieve anxiety and lower stress levels
  3. Helps relieve Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  4. Boosts your creativity because the music helps you see things in different ways.
  5. It can help you raise your test scores.
  6. Study for school.
  7. Improves performance in general.

Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom, Correct and Clear Thinking.

Senbonzakura – Lindsey Stirling – Baroque or Classical?

Is this Baroque music? I honestly don’t know, but it sounds like it to my ear.  Violin music, especially that which seems to have Irish influence, appeals to my ear and calms me down at the same time it inspires me to action.

Baroque and Classical Music’s Effects on Health

Some of the positive effects of this type of music include

  • Blood pressure reduction
  • Stroke recovery
  • Post partum symptom relief
  • Reduces feelings of fatigue
  • Alleviates depression
  • Improves athletic performance

Blood pressure can be lowered in many cases by listening to 30 minutes of Baroque or Classical music.  In addition to general recover in the stroke patient’s ability to function,  fine-grained neuroanatomical modifications have been shown to be present after a time in the brain.

This is worth quoting and referencing for folks with epilepsy affecting their families:

Anti-seizure effect: The latest 2014 study revealed that listening to Mozart K 448 (Sonata for Two Pianos in D major) reduced the seizure recurrence and epileptiform discharges in children epilepsy. The antiepileptic effect of Mozart’s sonata has been earlier demonstrated by Taiwanese scientists.1

Truthfully, when I started researching for this post I was not expecting the range of positive effects to be so broad. It makes you smarter, healthier and more athletic.

The litany of benefits is so long as to be astonishing to me, even today, when I had long thought I knew the benefits to be had. I am even more inclined now to make sure my future kids get a good daily dose of Baroque and Classical music.

Benefits To the Home Based Business Owner

Whether you are a member of the growing community of work at home moms, work at home dads, or the other folks who have made the transition from the cubicle to the kitchen, maximizing your energy levels and recuperative capabilities is critical.  These musical styles can help.

The aid in migraine headaches, energy levels and recuperation from stress levels are things to which I can personally attest. It simply works wonders for me.

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

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Journaling, The Why and The What

Journaling

As you march towards that mystical state of working 100% from home in a more than profitable state, you need to remember that it is important you record your journey. You cannot analyze that which you do not record.

Function of a Journal

For many people, myself included, journaling is comforting. Your journal is your confidant. Your journal is your perfectly discrete confidant, I might add. The only person who reads it is yourself and whoever to whom you entrust it.

As a soundboard, it listens with perfect understanding and acknowledgment with absolutely zero judgment. A journal is where you can write everything with absolutely no danger of confusing outbursts of recriminations because of deliberate or inadvertant misinterpretation of what you said (wrote.)

Your journal is also proof that whatever insanities with which you are now dealing, things which may seem to be end of the world bad, you will live through it. You will come out the other side.

Why do I say this? Because you’ve already done it.

How can I say this? Because if you are keeping a journal, you wrote it down.

There are, of course, lots of brighter, more sunshine and moonbeams with butterflies and faeries dancing types of reasons to keep a journal. It is just that giving you a very dramatic, potentially lifesaving reason for keeping a journal seemed to be the way to go.

The Why

Why you should keep a journal:

  1. It helps you to remember important things.
  2. It promotes creativity.
  3. You can accurately record things as you actually see them without filtering them for political correctness or social acceptability.

A journal helps you to remember the good times, especially during the bad. The mental and emotional benefits of regular writing are well documented. Your journal is both therapist and best buddy.

Regular or daily recordings promote your creativity. Authors of The Creativity Cure, Drs. Carrie and Alton Barron, advise us to skip Microsoft Word altogether; a pen is better.

Some years ago, I took a copywriting course from AWAI. Their strong advice was to do the exercises with pen or pencil and paper, not on the computer. Your writer’s ‘voice’ is apparently tied much more closely to the complex web of nerves, tendons and muscles you write with than to the 8 or so muscles you use to type.

As I recall from another course there are some thousands of muscles used in cursive writing and only 8+ used for typing. The mind/body connection is stronger when you write it yourself rather than typing it.

In your journal, you can truly let fly with exactly what you think. Truly. It is a freeing experience to write down exactly what you really think. Write stuff of this nature in your journal, not on your Facebook timeline. A lot of people are finding their comments on Facebook are coming back to haunt them.

Sure, I still believe in free speech. I am what you call a strict constructionist with regards to the Constitution. The three paragraphs or so that this line of thought just set off will make a good post.  You need to remember there are those out there who believe it their place in life to make you pay for public statements with which they do not agree.

Put it in your journal.

Whatever you believe is wrong with the world today, you need to write it down so your kids know. It is a 100% certainty they will not learn it in school or for what passes for the ‘press’ or ‘journalism’ today.

Truth is, your journal may be the only way the future knows what really happened in the world today. Think of all the journals that now sit in museums, in the Library of Congress, in the Vatican even. These were just people writing what they believed. Your voice whispering to the future has no agenda other than what you believe to be the truth.

The How

Digital or Online Journals

There are many options for keeping a digital journal. I say ‘digital’ because I want to differentiate digital from online.

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There are tons of software packages out there. Some are shareware, some freeware. Some are sold as regular software packages are sold. I recommend you start with one of the freeware options. Just above here is one I found on on softonic. I have never used it but it seemed like it comes with a reasonable feature set. You can read more about it here.

Just remember to back it up and print it all from time to time so you have a physical copy. Your data is not 100% safe until you do so.

Physical Journals

The how to keep a physical journal has as many answers are there are methods of binding paper together. It is a matter of personal choice. The number of choices are staggering.

  • Leather bound journals
  • Paper bound journals
  • Loose leaf kept in various binders
  • Archival quality paper journals bound in fabric covered strong board and leather.

There have been a number of leaders who used spiral notebooks to keep their journals havings someone else transcribe them. I know of one case where they simply used paper pads, filling them up one after the other. When a dozen or so were full the pages were torn from the pad and bound just as they were written down.

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Sources for bound paper journals:

  1. Wal-Mart and similar stores
  2. Bookstores
  3. Online shopping

Journals bought from Wal-Mart, one of which I currently use, are not a bad choice. They are reasonably priced and come in a large selection of bindings and colors.

My next journal will most likely be in a one of those neat WilsonJones Account books. Yes, I know it is strictly speaking not designed as a journal, but I like the weight of it.

RecordBookIt has not only weight, but the pages are of that heavy, acid free stock that will survive a nuclear war and the ache of ages accumulating on it. Go into the records of any county in this country and you will see similar books a century old, still legible and still capable of being handled by interested parties. To me, this feels like the most permanent solution.

Best Regards,

TimSingleton

 

 

 

 

Tim Singleton
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