— Note Taking — 2 min read
No one is ever in tip-top shape for every single second of their lives. Everyone has a few bad days. These lows are sometimes essential; serving as a powerful contrast, they allow you to appreciate the best moments in life.
However, continuously being anchored to the dark is not the goal here. If you want those bright moments, you sometimes need to pull yourself out. Lately, I have been thinking about affective note-taking, which helps you plan ahead for negative moods, feelings, and attitudes.
The advantages are twofold:
So how do you plan ahead for trouble?
To give a concrete example, here are my notes for my distracted state. I begin with trying to figure out what leads to this state, whether by researching online to find scientific results, or by reflecting on past experience. Then I find helpful actions and can refer to them when I get distracted.
Build your own roadmap of affective states. It might not always work, because guidelines are just guidelines, but at the very least, you will have gone through some reflection of your own.