Ideas we're grappling with - April 6, 2023
How has your week been? What are your plans for the coming week? Tell us about the state of you zettelkasting journey.
My week has been busy with medical issues that prevented me from making many new notes. I feel good now.
I'm learning more and more about Python programming using OpenAI's ChatGPT and GIT Copilot as my tutors.
I got my first two essays back from the professor in my food writing class, and I feel good about them. I am of a different generation than everyone else in the class, including the instructor. There are a couple of writers in the class that seem to be able to write a first draft of a 'writing prompt exercise' that is far more polished than my 'shitty first drafts'. They are modeling a skill that I aspire to.
While journaling this morning, I found a gem in an entry from one year ago today. It's very meta, and this is all very circular.
Zettelkasting and journaling are like workouts. You have a busy day ahead. Why journal? Journaling is not just another task. At first, you stumble with form. Like when you are a beginner at weight training, you struggle with repeatedly getting to the gym. You think it will help your physical health, but at first, you feel sore, tight, and tired, not at all the pinnacle of health. Eventually, if you stick with it, you might find a coach that helps with form, you might set up your environment so going to the gym feels natural, you might start to feel strength building, and you've started progressing on the climb to physical health.
All these weight training actions can be applied to zettelkasting and journaling. They train your mental health in the same way exercise trains your physical health. It's a slow process at first. You can't see the improvements day to day or even week to week. Improvement only comes with consistency.
I think I'll move this gem from my journal to my ZK. I have a couple of relevant notes on the mental health benefits of journaling.
My seven day zettel production
I must keep doing my best even though I'm a failure. My peak cognition is behind me. One day soon I will read my last book, write my last note, eat my last meal, and kiss my sweetie for the last time.
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