did you accept yesterday’s challenge? how’d it go?
Think Clearly is systematic, visual note taking. you follow the same set-up for each page, then select a topic, challenge, theme, question, or person as your focus.
Jakobsen believes if you can’t slow down physically, you can’t do so mentally. here are his videos, if you want to begin now. his 10-part series leads you through practice exercises to reinforce his lessons on selecting the proper tools, creating hierarchy, and adding details. i dare you to not get inspired.
as you’ll learn, he suggests using only black pen, with red for emphasis. green and blue should be around only for very complicated schemes.
he also encourages using black notebooks, which was disappointing. yes, black accessories were a thing back east, but in the land of 72 and sunny, a black notebook looks hopelessly emo. it absorbs too much light, which can’t be good for your mindset.
and that’s why, when i saw a Muji store glowing in downtown San Jose a couple weeks ago, i knew what to do. i hurried to the paper section and found an unlined notebook. and since everyone waxes poetic about their pens, i grabbed a bundle to experience the hype firsthand.
this beige-y office-supply color is a compromise between “orchid”—the rebellious Moleskine notebook color i nearly bought—and black. note: my book is not large enough. he recommends the Moleskine extra large.
my experience with the system was great. as soon as i cleaned up my handwriting, i felt better. all caps made a difference, but forming letters without spaces was revolutionary. fluid and crisp, those letters led me to believe everything was under control, a lie i gleefully accepted.
it feels like i understand my own writing faster and that a previously-unused chamber of my brain is unlocked. questions inside this chamber included:
- how much mental clarity have i forfeited by not minding the gaps for decades?
- am i doing life wrong?
- could i have been a nuclear physicist if i’d learned to write in all caps as a teen?
as you progress through the modules, he also teaches basic but effective drawing, which help to annotate your ideas.
i cannot encourage you enough to test it out.
again, here’s the link to the modules. if you try it, tell me how it goes in the comments.
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