This One, Simple Habit Change My Career

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A few New Years ago, I challenged myself to do a tiny bit of reflecting each day in the form of a One Line A Day journal. The premise felt simple enough—I’d add a sentence recapping my day to each of the 365 dated pages and repeat every day for five years until the journal was full—and I figured the resulting memento would be a useful refresher should I ever have grandkids with whom to share “back in my day” stories. 

To my surprise, however, my newfound journaling habit came in handy much earlier than I originally imagined. By the time I started adding my third round of updates to the journal this year, I realized just how many of the little details from past years had seemingly disappeared from my memory. Now, after a cross-country move to Texas, I especially cherish looking back on the normal, everyday details from my life in Minnesota—my coffee orders, how much it…

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