mnmlist: Moleskine regrets

Are there things in your life that you wish you’d started earlier?

I know we shouldn’t regret stuff (lack of acceptance can drive anyone crazy and regretting regrets is even worse) but I really think that if I’d have started using Moleskine notebooks earlier in my life, that same life would have been a little, well, better. All of us, at some point in our lives have tried to keep a diary. Like (some) blogs, an initial burst of enthusiasm is usually followed by a complete dereliction but writing stuff down really does help put things into perspective.

It’s only since I started using these leather bound notebooks with the elastic thingy, that I noticed that everyone has them. (This is my reticular activating system at work here. It’s the part of the brain that helps me spot cars of the same type and colour as mine even though I didn’t plan to do so when I left for work in the morning.) There are very few products that have had such a long lasting and profound effect on me. There is just a little bit of magic about them and anyone you meet who uses one will agree.

How you use them is up to you. From simple note-taking at a meeting to brainstorming or just for reflection, it’s all good. Some advocate the daily splurge but that’s not my thing. There are online equivalents like 750words.com and loads of other journally websites and apps but they’re just not the same.

I have two Moleskines on the go at any one time. One for worky notes, dates, minutes and to-dos before they go to Omnifocus. The other is for reflections and stuff. If you’re not sure what to write, find a comfy chair, give yourself 10 minutes of peace and see what happens. You won’t regret it.