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Summary: In this post I am going to outline my system of journaling that if properly adhered to will being you immense value. The "Method" sections are the most important.

Post Structure:

I.) Ignorance

II.) Understanding

III.) The Method

  • Journal structure
  • What to write
  • What to read
  • The Most Important Thing: Where it all comes together
    • Journal review and distillation

IV. What kind of journals to buy

V. Concluding Lessons

I.) Ignorance

  • Most people are content to marinate in ignorance, placated by easy truths and a pervasive narcissism that tells them they are never wrong. “One half of the world laughs at the other, and all are fools.” - Baltasar Gracián
    • The application of this method will radically reduce your level of ignorance and help you meet your intellectual potential.

II.) Understanding

  • The mere possesion of knowledge and facts is not enough. Understanding is the ability to see through the inherently subjective lens of human experience and grasp objective reality. All great men, respected by their contemporaries and revered by history, were men who possessed the utmost degree of understanding. The ignorant are hated and then forgotten. If they are remembered it is only to learn from their failure.
  • Understanding comes from four sources:
  1. Personal experience
  2. The experience of others
  3. Knowledge from books or other mediums
  4. The logical connections and commonalities between 1, 2, & 3, which produces new knowledge.
  • Your journal will act as the meeting place of all these sources of understanding.

III.) The Method: Journal Structure

  • First, divide your journal into 3 simple sections. The first three pages of your journal are exclusively for quotes you found enlightening/interesting/useful/funny ect. Take a ruler and black marker and write “Quotes” at the top the first three pages.
  • Second, divide the last three pages of your journal by writing “Principles” at the top of each page.
  • All the pages in between are for your regular entries.
  • If you want to reflect on a quote or principle more extensively, put it in the body of your journal to save space in the dedicated sections.
  • Feel free to adjust/add to these sections as needed.


  • Example of a good quote: “He who cannot obey himself is commanded.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Example of a good principle: “Value is created through scarcity.” - Rollo Tomassi
  • This method is very efficient and allows you to quickly jot down and access important information without flipping through a bunch of pages.

The Method: What to write

  • To get the maximal value out of this method there are some non-negotiable things you must write down whenever they occur in your life. Write them down as soon as you can for accuracy, then reflect on them again later.
  • Don't write as though you expect another person to ever read it. It's for you, and for you only.
  • Obscure nothing. Be honest with yourself.


Non-Negotiables: Things with a "*" are extra important.

  1. New principles: TRP principles, economic principles, psychological principles, logical/mathematical principles, philosophical principles, etc.*
  2. New knowledge and notes from books you have completed and reviewed*
  3. Important experiences, especially ones that caused an emotional response
  4. Observations of human behavior
  5. Observations regarding your own psychology*
  6. LTR failures*
  7. Failures of discipline, especially repeated failures*
  8. Failures in any other area of your life
  9. Reflections on major failures*
  10. The presence of strong emotions and what could be their cause*
  11. Your goals and progress towards them*
  12. Major displays of AFC behavior
  13. Major successes and what worked
  14. Your decision procedure for critical choices
  15. The connections, commonalities, reoccurrences, and patterns detectible in your entries by analyzing all of #1-15 together over time***


Useful Entry Example: "I've noticed that I often feel depressed when I don't do what I am supposed to do (pattern). Today I blew off my work and watched YouTube all day. Going to bed after a day of accomplishing nothing really chipped at my self-confidence. Now I feel even worse and can't get the ball rolling again... I felt the same way a few weeks ago when something like this happened (pattern + strong emotion + repeated failure of discipline). I recall that Benjamin Franklin noted in his autobiography that 'when men are employed, they are best contented...'"(Knowledge from study + behavioral principle)

Wasteful Entry Example: "Today I ate X for breakfast... then I went to Y's house for a game of croquet..."

  • Don't get me wrong, you can really write whatever you like. Sometimes its nice just to record some trivial stuff. I do this sometimes too. Occasionally you can learn things about yourself from trivial entries. However, the majority of the value comes from the more significant entries and the reflection associated with them.


The Method: What to read

  • You want to read non-fiction books published by eminent men with a proven track record. Works that have stood the test of time should be given more weight. A lot of the contemporary popular books that make the Amazon Top 10 list are merely rehashes of prior classics’ ideas or feel-good rationalizations of popular prejudice. Go to the source. Read the most penetrating and original thought, preferably exactly as it was written by the author.
  • If you hate philosophical, scientific, academic, or historical books then go for non-fiction books with more adventurous subject matter. The British explorer Ernst Shackleton had his ship destroyed and had to survive horrid conditions in the artic. He and his crew were stranded on ice flows barely surviving for nearly two years. Eventually he led his starving crew to safety. Some men will learn more about leadership and endurance from works like this then from 1000 pages of psychology texts.
  • Important: As you read you should always have a stack of sticky notes and a highlighter/pen next to you. Highlight every interesting/relevant/enlightening passage you come across, then mark it with a sticky note. Try to summarize the main ideas, even if you disagree with them. Once you are finished the book flip to the beginning and begin transferring the highlighted marked passages to your journal. Put the best quotes in the "Quotes" section I discussed earlier. Put the best principles in the "Principles" section. For all the other info put it in the body of the journal. The "Quotes/Principles" section is only for the best of the best. Understand that this takes time.


  • Examples of appropriate books:
  • Benjamin Franklin: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – The life and times of one of America’s greatest men. Politician, inventor, philosopher, and keen observer of human nature.
  • Miyamoto Musashi: The Book of Five Rings - A legendary Japanese swordsman shares his views on conflict, the way, and the warrior mindset.
  • Peter Thiel: Zero to One – Billionaire, chess master, and serial entrepreneur Peter Thiel shares his views on how to create revolutionary technology.


The Most Important Thing: Where it all comes together

If you follow the method above, after about \~2 years you will have in front of you a well-worn journal packed full of your deepest reflections on yourself, observations of others, significant events and analyses, and notes distilled from a variety of mediums.

After \~600 days I fill a 220 page journal. This doesn't mean that there is 600 entries, only that between the first and last entry approximately 600 days passed. Keep in mind not every page is book notes or deep philosophical reflections. Some of it is just trivial stuff or pictures with friends.

Now that your journal is complete your "Quotes/Principles" section will be packed full of the distilled knowledge from thousands of years of wisdom in additon to your collected experiences.


This part is the key to the whole process. Journal Review and Distillation


  1. You must now buy a new journal and set up both side by side.
  2. In your new journal copy the structure outlined in "The Method: Journal Structure".
  3. Create a new section in your new journal titled "Journal Review: Date X - Date Y"
  4. Begin reading your old journal from the very first entry, copying down all the most important lessons, notes, experiences, behavioral patterns, and knowledge of your own psychology. You must also copy down the best quotes and principles. If you can, copy all the principles from the old journal (you will see why).
  5. Now, your new journal will contain the distilled knowledge and lessons from the old one.
  • Repeat the process. After \~600 days you will now have two journals.
    • Buy a third journal. Now you will have three journals. Begin the process again with the first. Review the first journal from the first entry all the way through to the end of the second journal's last entry. This could span approximately 1200 days of your life or roughly 3-4 years.
    • Until you do this yourself you will not comprehend the enlightenment gained from reviewing four years of your life compressed into the period of a few days. You will detect deep patterns in your character that would have otherwise gone unnoticed and forgotten. Take a picture of yourself everyday and you will notice few changes. Compare all the pictures from 1200 days and you will come to know yourself a little better.
    • Copy all the information into the new journal. As you do this more you will gain insight into fundamental principles of human psychology and of reality itself. After many years your "Principles" section may be accompanied by one titled "Laws" containing the deepest truths known to you.
    • After years of following this method you will begin to see links between different fields of knowledge. These links are powerful, see if new principles can be deduced from old ones.
    • Because you have been doing this process for years, you understand which principles and ideas apply and function well versus ones that don't.
    • To save time, it is acceptable to skip over some of your earliest journals. It takes good judgement to know when this is appropriate.
    • This process can be painful. Reading the early entries can make you physically cringe. Over time, you will learn to smile at your youthful ignorance. You are coming up against things most humans shut out and forget. They never learn. Skip over nothing. Be harsh with yourself and practice the discipline of self-evaluation. Take comfort in the noticeable improvements.

Basic example of the interconnected nature of principles and knowledge:

  1. "Value is created through scarcity." (General Truth) - Rollo Tomassi
  2. "We are so made that we can derive intense enjoyment only from a contrast and very little from a state of things." (Psychological Truth) - Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents
  3. That which is given freely diminishes in value. (General/Economic Truth)
  4. If that which is given freely diminishes in value and we derive little pleasure from a state of things, then constant attention which is freely given is both low-value and provides no pleasure. (Sociological Truth)

Can you see how these truths and principles bear some mutual relations? What further truths can you infer from them?

The Effects of Increasing Understanding Through the Method:

  • Your journals will progressively increase in value until they are one of the most valuable things you own, especially the most recent one. In economics this is called compounding interest.
  • You will refine your judgement because you are reflective and not impulsive. You know yourself better than others so you perceive reality more accurately. You do not confuse your own personal state with reality itself.
  • You become less emotionally volatile with people who wrong you. Everything is an opportunity to learn more about human nature. An experienced dog breeder feels little irritaiton when small, yappy dogs bark. Yappy dogs yap because they are insecure. He understands this, and because he understands he views it like any other physical process. Only fools feel resentment towards clouds that bring rain.
  • Because you know yourself better you know what really satisfies you. Fleeting pleasures or what is fashionable will not be as tempting. You strive to aquire genuine and meaningful sources of happiness because you see patterns showing when you are deeply satisfied vs. merely contented.
  • You give the impression of greater depth, something universally viewed as attractive.
  • You actually retain and internalize lessons because you review and apply them. How many of you can remember all the information from the last 5 TRP posts you read?
  • You detect and avoid toxic people because you have far more familiarity with dysfunctional beliefs and behavioral patterns then the majority of people. You recognize the pathologies because you've seen and eliminated similar traits in yourself.
  • You will become more grounded and possess self-certainty. You know who you are. You've spend years answering this question.
  • Perhaps the most exciting thing is when you come to new knowledge that very few (if any one at all) is aware of.

Your knowledge will become syntopical, meaning that it not only covers many different texts, principles, and experiences, but also the relationships between them.

In time, you will begin to surpass your friends and acquaintances. While they repeat the same mistakes, and the same dysfunctional patterns of behavior, you are constantly improving in a way that is much more fundamental. You are acknowledging the deepest patterns of your character that are detectible only by looking at things on a yearly basis.

  • Understand: This will take a lot of time and effort. There are very few men who will have the ambition, discipline, and intellect to do this fully. In my experience, the rewards will only begin come after about 3-4 years of doing this. That is enough to put off the vast majority of people. They want instant gratification. Instant rewards. It takes time and experience to appricate the significance of the following law of reality:
  • The most valuable things in life take time and investment.
  • I'm not saying you can't be knowledgable, successful, or self-aware without using this method. I am saying that it will greatly assist you.

4.) What kind of journal to get

  • You want to buy as nice a journal as you can reasonably afford. Around 50$-80$ should get you something sturdy, hardcover, leather bound, and with good quality paper. You can spend more for even nicer ones if you have the cash. Durability is important. With regard to size the max you should go is one the size of A5 paper, otherwise it gets too bulky to travel with. Too small and it will be more of a notebook and will cramp your ability to write substantial reflections.
  • It should be plain and inconspicuous. Do not buy one of those glittery or grossly embroided and decorated journals. They look terrible, are not durable, and cost more.
  • There are websites dedicated to selling handmade books.
  • Use pen. Pencil will fade. Use a ruler to make headings and highlighter for crucial lessons. Use sticky notes to bookmark major sections you return to often. Ie. The 10 pages of notes you took on The Rational Male.
  • Finally, DO NOT USE YOUR COMPUTER AS YOUR JOURNAL. If you do this you will get easily sidetracked, distracted, lost in the sea of information and temptation, and fail.

5.) Concluding Lessons

  • Things do not occur by accident. Reality is structured in accordance to reasons, principles, and laws. Everything from the motions of planets to why your relationship failed has a set of reasons that caused that state of affairs to exist. We can discover these reasons, but they will yield only to dedicated searchers. Enlightenment, erudition, prudence, and good taste are developed over years and decades of study, reflection, and experience. You will never gain enlightenment from a 5 minute YouTube video on Nietzsche. There are no shortcuts.
  • Following this method will not fix all your problems, but it will help you recognize which problems you have.

Over a period of years you will gradually increase your understanding- far beyond what you initially thought was possible. You will aggregate, distill, and infer knowledge, lessons, and patterns both of your own character and of reality. Combined with your study of great works you will begin to see the larger picture. You will be humbled by the constant discoveries of your own ignorance. As you come to know more, you will realize that you know only a little. It is in this process of being humbled that you become wise.

I have gained immense value from both this forum and its contributors, many pages of my journals contain the distilled wisdom here. I hope that this post contributes to that wisdom, and most importantly- helps you become a better man.



Sapere aude,


- Henricus

[-] medsauce 67 Points about a year ago

I come across a lot of garbage on this sub. But this, this is gold. Thanks for sharing.

[-] HenricusKunrath 10 Points about a year ago

Thank you, I appreciate it.

[-] INNASKILLZ2K18 23 Points about a year ago

How is this supposed to get the wiminz?? Garbage. ;-)

Seriously, an outstanding post. I already do a comprehensive journal and self-reflection process, but this has made me add a couple of things. I like the idea of including quotes, and quotes that apply to my day. That is a very cool way of internalizing and accepting certain principles, based on real life feedback.

You've directly and comprehensively covered an art of journaling and the benefits.

Excellent. Saved

[-] iamthelogos 16 Points about a year ago

Thanks OP - this is a great impression of what a dedicated, tailored journaling practice can give you. I've been doing it properly for a couple of years and found it incredibly helpful. A few comments;

- Your relationship with yourself is the most important, if you're completely honest with your journal (which might be the only entity you should be completely honest with), then it gives you a place to get amazing perspective on yourself and give you ammo to help improve.


- This is A method, that works really well for OP, but it won't work for all. If you haven't ever journaled, then a blank page can be daunting. So starting by adopting a method like OPs or one of the other online formats, will get you started. See what works for you, adopt what helps, try out different things. Journaling is a skill, like any other, that you can develop mastery in, but it will take trial and error, years of practice and focused effort.


- Agree in investing in a great journal - you will develop a sentimental relationship with it the longer you use it, because of the tactile nature of a physical journal. Also - find a great pen that you enjoy writing with. If it's digital, then it's easier to get lost in all the other stuff going on.


- You can pick things up from ANYWHERE. A random quote, something you think of, someone's off hand comment, a gif, anywhere - get in the habit of writing it down somewhere where you'll be able to reflect on it at some later point.


- The men who's names have stood the test of time more often than not, had developed a journaling practice. There's something there.

[-] HenricusKunrath 3 Points about a year ago

Journaling is a skill, like any other, that you can develop mastery in, but it will take trial and error, years of practice and focused effort.

Completely agree, comparing my earliest journals to now shows a huge increase in quality.

[-] enhancebio 12 Points about a year ago

The Mortimer Adler is strong in this one.

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[-] HenricusKunrath 17 Points about a year ago

From a purely stats point of view I agree excel is the way to go. If your journal consists of a ton of lifting stats/dietary macros/milage tracking paper would get tedious. Where I think the physical way comes in is that it allows you to have a deeper level of focus because there is no nagging temptation to do other things. It’s just you, your mind, a pen, and a book. In addition to this studies have shown that physical writing helps with retention.

[-] gvntr 3 Points about a year ago

Thanks for this post and sharing your rigorous and inspiring method.

My journal is a self-programming exercise.

I use Day One on the Mac because it is password protected and encrypted. This fact gives me the confidence to write with an honesty I couldn't if I had a fear of somebody ever reading it.

I use Day One to collect all my snippets of information during the day, such as the content of this post. Journal entries, lecture notes, etc., are differentiated with hashmarks. I also add photos and screenshots, as I record much of my day with screenshots.

Journal entries are made using a template that is constantly evolving. The template contains some simple information data like times or arising / sleeping, but also gratitude lists, a Ben Franklin virtues checklist, a list of questions, a QOTD, the listing of Mission, Goals and progress. Affirmations.

I consider the Gratitude List of people and things the most important part.

MY Mission, Goals and progress and get written again each day. Same thing, again and again. Self programming.

At the end of template is a Systems survey with: 1) suggested improvements 2) improvements implemented 3) results of improvements.

Review: Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly review templates. I go back and re-read and fill in the templates then post in Day One.

Yearly Review: I reread all the clips and entries for the year, take notes, then do a modified version of Year Compass, which is in Excel by year. Excel works fine for blocks of text.

The advantage of Excel is that I can easily grasp the evolution of some topic by year, such as "Important books read for the year".

Daily entry takes about a half hour, same with reviews. Yearly review takes a lot of time. I start in December and finish in January at some point.

[-] pollodustino 3 Points about a year ago

I used to journal with paper notebooks many years ago, and consider those treasures, but I find that I lose track of what I want to say when writing longhand, so typing allows me to stay on track. I like to use Word for my journal, with just one main file for everything. That, however, does lose the tactile feel, though I do not think it loses the personal feeling. What I've considered doing is formatting it for aesthetics and then printing it to put in a quality binder so I could have a physical copy.

The distillation portion of your process may be hampered slightly by a typing method, but I think by starting a new document, and doing a side-by-side review with both windows open, it would work similar to the written method.

Thank you for this post. I've gathered a number of different ideas on how to improve my own process, and some entirely new ideas.

[-] INNASKILLZ2K18 2 Points about a year ago

I agree on the typing. I can write more, see it all on a screen. I can go back and quickly add and edit, too.

[-] Simpman4 1 Point about a year ago


[-] Empodocles 7 Points about a year ago

This is amazing. Thank you good sir for writing that which we didn't know we needed, but desperately needed.

[-] holdenscofield 7 Points about a year ago

this saved thousands of minutes of watching stupid click bait journaling videos. thanks to OP. well designed and written.

[-] Zucaner 6 Points about a year ago

Made me come out of lurking to say that this reads like a side bar post. Upvoted, saved, and printed to keep together with my journal.

[-] MajesticPresentation 1 Point about a year ago

Probably should be a sidebar post, to be fair. As mentioned by OP in his post, there are far too many of us (myself included) who often read through posts without internalising any of it. Using these forums as a tool to apply these concepts pragmatically requires a certain level of deliberation and attention. Journaling achieves this.

All that being said, I myself have spent the last 3 years trying to find good resources to get a comprehensive way of journaling. Although I already use some of the tips suggested, the comprehensiveness of OP's guide blows out of the water all the hours i've wasted building my own subpar method.

I fully intend on using this method to replace my own, and I think other guys with their own subpar methods (or none at all) have a need for something like this to be able to put this stuff into practice and not live in a perpetual world of inaction. 100% sidebar material.

[-] RightHandWolf 5 Points about a year ago

This is a platinum post. I've been journaling for years, and the insight gained has made a world of difference in how I look at the world and my little place in it. Above all else, be absolutely honest with yourself in your journal. The better your self knowledge becomes, the greater your self actualization will be.

[-] Nathaestion 5 Points about a year ago

Absolutely solid post OP thanks for sharing this with all of us, I went out and bought a journal today after reading this.

[-] dusara217 5 Points about a year ago

Thank you so much for this. I've known that I should be journaling for years now, but for some reason, I could never really click with any other methods that I found. This strikes me as the perfect method for me, especially because I already take notes on a lot of these things. The unexamined life is not worth living.

[-] InvictusDO 4 Points about a year ago

Any recommendations on good, high quality journals to buy

[-] igotmumps 5 Points about a year ago

I like the Leuchtturm 1917. You can pick them up at Amazon or any Barnes and Nobel. The paper is acid-free and ink proof so it it will last forever and not fade over time.

[-] InvictusDO 3 Points about a year ago

Okay. I saw those and they were $20. OP mentions like 80$ ones which blew my mind

[-] HenricusKunrath 3 Points about a year ago

That looks suitable, good suggestion. My very first journal was a 5$ notebook. Now I buy them off Etsy because I like the leather and hardcover type books. You really only need something that is of sufficient quality to last approximately 2 years. A nice one will encourage you to write in it.

[-] InvictusDO 2 Points about a year ago

Thanks! Great article btw. I purchased a journal and once it gets delivered I'll start writing in it

[-] MajesticPresentation 1 Point about a year ago

I just bought one for 79c because i'm broke at the minute. Do you think this will be manageable with enough care? I can't afford a proper one, and I'm also aware that the damage of losing even 3 months worth of insights would be painful.

[-] igotmumps 2 Points about a year ago

I think if you were gonna go the whole leather bound route that the price might be up there. That's a little steep for me, so I just stick to the Leuchtturm's.

[-] InvictusDO 1 Point about a year ago

Oh okay. I'm gonna get one right now. Thank you!

[-] inbredostrptw 4 Points about a year ago

How often do you enter in your journal?

[-] HenricusKunrath 4 Points about a year ago

A few times a week right now. The longest I go without writing is usually about a week.

[-] inbredostrptw 2 Points about a year ago

Thanks, I would like to get started soon but I’m inconsistent. Still early in my life so I think I stand to learn a lot if I can stick with it

[-] experiencedteenager 4 Points about a year ago

This is what I was looking for, a proper way of journaling and self-improvement. Thank you so much sir.

[-] sebastianconcept 4 Points about a year ago

I was partially doing this but I can see I wasted a huge amount of insights that I would be happy to read but didn’t wrote. Maybe is time to use some more method. Good suggestions, thanks!

[-] LowCreddit 4 Points about a year ago

Excellent post. It reminded me of the Delphic Oracle.

Heed these words, You who wish to probe the depths of nature: If you do not find within yourself that which you seek, neither will you find it outside. In you is hidden the treasure of treasures. Know Thyself and you will know the Universe and the gods.

The first step to mastering your environment is always mastering yourself.

[-] Matthewbim11 3 Points about a year ago

Well structured OP, thank you for your time. I for one will attempt to adopt this way of life.

[-] lurktolearn 3 Points about a year ago

I've never done journaling, but under your non-negotiables, I've been writing down points 7 and 11 for myself in the past few months. And I have to say those points work.

With point 7 under you non-negotiables, I've been doing exactly that: writing down why my self-discipline had faltered. When I wrote that down, I was able to see the mistakes I was making and why I was making those mistakes. Once I was able to see my errors, I was then able to correct those errors. In other words, point 7 will help you understand your weaknesses, and once you're able to see your weaknesses, you will have ideas on how you can solve your weaknesses.

As for point 11, it helped me stay on track. Before I was writing down my goals and progresses toward those goals, I always held everything in my head. The problem with holding everything in the head is that the brain isn't perfect, so it will eventually forget everything. However, writing down my goals and progress made sure I would never forget what I'm aiming for. In other words, point 11 will help you focus on what you want to achieve.

Furthermore on point 11, it helped me stay motivated, particularly writing about my progress toward my goals. I'm not the type of guy to use motivation to get my shit done, but point 11 was a big motivator for me. A lot of people tend to focus on their failures: when people think about their goals, they will think about their failures and become disheartened. They will think their goals are too hard and foolish or they may think of themselves as incapable and weak. However, once you start jotting all your progress, even the little ones, you will build a long track record—you will build evidence on how you are achieving your goals. Once you look at your successes toward your goals, you will never become demotivated.

As for the rest of OP's post, I have been influenced to try journaling. Thanks for the detailed post.

[-] 1DGL 3 Points about a year ago

I’m only halfway through reading this but wow, I really wish I had started this ten years ago, especially with my memory being so dam poor lol my god this is amazing

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[-] igotmumps 3 Points about a year ago

If my house was on fire and we had to evacuate, my journals are the one thing I would go back for and save (probably my dog too).

I like the format and methodology outlined here. A journal is only as useful as the thought, effort and reflection put into it.

One other thing I would add is an index at the front. If I'm jotting notes on a book, or journalling on a theme over several sessions, then I can put it in the index with the corresponding page numbers from the journal entries and quickly reference them.

Thanks for this OP. I'm saving this to refer to later.

[-] MajesticPresentation 1 Point about a year ago

Nice, I always was stuck on the problem of having stuff all jumbled together. An index is great.

[-] MatrixofLe3adership 2 Points about a year ago

Your title got me excited, and the post itself is incredibly organized & excellent advice. Thanks brother.

[-] myothiuf 2 Points about a year ago

Thank you for making this concept more accessible. Its clearer to me now, when I feel failure or unhappiness on days, I have the power to tell myself to do something about my lifestyle. All it takes is to reflect deeply on experiences.

[-] rumpleballskin 2 Points about a year ago

This is actually great advice. I've been doing this for a while and it's really helped me keep my ideas organized and my priorities straight.

[-] CreateANewAccount___ 2 Points about a year ago

Posts like this will never be talked about by the masses when they preach TRP is a "misogynistic, women-hating sub". Fantastic work man.

[-] Stoicjaguar 2 Points about a year ago

Best post I read on this sub in a week. Pure gold. Definitely buying a journal.

[-] HenricusKunrath 2 Points about a year ago

The quotes/principles section is small because it’s for the information of the utmost quality. I have gone through entire books and not found one quote or principle that was worth adding to the quotes/principles section. Not that these were bad books, just that they didn’t have those gems of information. It’s totally fine to record decent quality quotes in the main body of your journal. I do this often.

If one of my entries only takes up half a page then it’s totally fine to just leave a space and continue with a new entry on the same page.

Good luck!

[-] BunchofAnimals 2 Points about a year ago

Bookmarked. Great to see so much value in a post. Thanks for putting this all together OP.

[-] Legitimate_Policy 2 Points about a year ago

Since TRP is quarantined and this post is sidebar worthy I have given HenricsKunrath a platinum award on a journal comment on AskTRP. Enjoy it, you deserve it!

Award is in Henricus' comment on the post "How to be more humble?" by Yallah_Habibi on AskTRP

[-] HenricusKunrath 1 Point about a year ago

Thanks a ton! I really appreciate it. More posts on nihilism, meaning, and psychology to come.

[-] terpredpill 2 Points about a year ago

I've been doing this for about 6 months now but on my computer. Is it worth getting a real journal and transferring all entries to the real journal? Or continue journaling on my computer?

[-] HenricusKunrath 3 Points about a year ago

I always recommend going the with the physical route. The reason is that you will get a more focused period of relfection when you have no other option but to reflect. Also this method will help you retain information because you write it and don't type it. Try heading over to Amazon and buy a cheap hardcover notebook. Try writing for a month. If you hate it, maybe typing is the way to go.

[-] whiffofass 2 Points about a year ago

I've been using my computer for this and you are right... it doesn't work very well. All I have is a sea of shit that I never read again. It just feels nice to write things down.

[-] Coptek91 2 Points about a year ago

Absolutely amazing, currently in rehab, been meditating, working out 6x a week, eating healthy, stabilizing on meds, and am just starting to find myself at the age of 22. This is exactly what I needed to add to my routine.

I've been journaling without structure and this is exactly what I wanted.

[-] Duelist_Roger 2 Points about a year ago

As a person, what loves productive habbits and reading this is masterpiece for me.


Did It help you finding your life mission? The so-called Mastery, what is so important to be fulfilled in life as a Man.


I do struggle with this greatly. I have an image/vision of myself in the next 5 years, how I would look like (what need to be changed/improved and what just accepted), how could I spend my time and such but when It comes to career I am so lost.


It is but a piece of cake to list 1000 things what I wouldn't like to do, but the opposite way It is but impossible to list things what aren't utter bullshit just to fill gaps that in fact there is no a single thing like that.

( 23 y.o from Poland without a clear goal in life)

[-] HenricusKunrath 3 Points about a year ago

Finding your mission is difficult and takes time. Yes this method helped me greatly in finding my mission. In fact, I would say it was the only reason I found it. Keep in mind your career and your mission can be different. It is totally acceptible to work a decent job to pay the bills and work on your mission on the side. Example: Work a decent marketing job while completing your first album in your spare time.

[-] Duelist_Roger 2 Points about a year ago

Thank you very much. It is valuable insight.

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[-] soysauceboyyy 1 Point about a year ago

This is great! OP, I really appreciate you breaking this down into such a structured and digestible format. I took the liberty of printing it out, which ended up being a whooping 8 pages!

Would love to know how this has impacted your life from in the key pillars of your life: health, finance, relationships. And also, curious to get a sense of what you were like when you first started way back, compared to how you are now.

I definitely see myself adopting your journaling methodology. As of right now, I actually have a different approach which unfortunately only focuses on "the experience of others" and "knowledge from books or other mediums." I basically summarize key ideas and concepts I gather from books, TRP, various subreddits, and online articles. I'd then categorize them into the areas I mentioned above: health, finance, relationships. That way, I have a distilled version of nuggets I can reference for example:

Health/Body -Workout Routines -Foods that promote longevity -Nootropics

Finance -Investing -Bitcoin -Ecommerce

Relationships -TRP Philosophy -List of Canned Lines -Psychology Experiments/Studies

[-] hazelstein 1 Point about a year ago

What the FUCK?! Why the fuck this is not in the highlight. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY GOLDMINE REDPILL. I was going through the redpill post and I actually found a gold brick!

[-] Swallowing_the_Rpill 1 Point about a year ago

Outstanding post. Just bought a new journal. Maybe a bit late but I have a couple of not-too-important questions on details.

First is on the sections Quotes and Principles: Only 3 pages over 2 years? Isn't that too limited? Or is that the point, so we make sure we only write the very best? I wonder if that would lead to not writing many interesting quotes/principles because of being excessively selective.

Second: Do you write one entry per page or just continue as if each entry was a paragraph in the same page?

Again this post is gold. Cheers.

[-] thedaynos 1 Point about a year ago

i'm not even gonna read this but not because i don't want to. just want to add that i keep a journal. about 2-3 sentences of what i did every day. if day is packed then it's longer but usually 2 sentences.

my personal emphasis is who i interact with or if there were any major accomplishments.

over the years it's embarrassing reading what i considered an accomplishment in the past. but it shows how much i'm improving and helps me relate with and understand people who might be on a path I took in the past.

[-] WilliamPennBuddha 1 Point about a year ago


Where can I find more stuff like this? I am past the anger stage, and getting laid stage (or at least that being the primary motivator and feeling a need to make up for past scarcity, blah blah blah). So ninety percent of TRP seems like rehashed stuff I already know or don't care about. Is there cyberspace where conversations and exchanges like this would be the main focus?

[-] HenricusKunrath 2 Points about a year ago

In my experience the internet (for its size) contains a very small amount of actual personal development content. Most material is devoted to easily digestible concepts and getting rich. You have to search a long time to find anything decent or worth noting. Because of this, books are ususally the way to go.

[-] xoxuv 1 Point about a year ago

Ok. Now we need a library of journals and a post with best quotes.

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