Linus Rylander

writer, entrepreneur, maverick


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My Two Most Critical Habits

1. Every morning, I write down 10 or more ideas. About anything.

In every study I have heard of that examined why creative people are creative, the only conclusion anyone has come to is: creative geniuses don’t have better ideas, they just have more ideas. Therefore they also have more statistical outliers. They have more really good ideas and they also have more really bad ones.

By writing down ideas every day, you train yourself to come up with more and more ideas. It’s like a muscle. If you don’t work it out every day, it will atrophy.

I got this from James Altucher and you should read these two posts on his blog. Been doing this since March 18th, which isn’t a long time ago, but I can already tell this is a spectacularly awesome thing to do every day.

2. Every night, last thing before bed, I open up a text file with two headings:

The Value of 10 Years of Journaling


Louis Savalli, a regular reader, reached out and inquired about guest posting here. When I took a look at his site, one thing that stood out to me is he's been journaling for 10 years. I asked how his journaling has evolved and what he's learned, and this post was born. Here's Lou -

We all do what we think is best in any given situation. Even if those actions or decisions fail, we'll often repeat the same actions again and again thinking that the results will be different. Yes, this is insane. So what's missing? How do these patterns happen?

We all have the patterns in some area of our lives, maybe subconsciously… which brings me to the point of this article: the value of keeping a journal.

I kept a personal journal for ten years, 1998 to 2008. The journal made me an observer to my own life. Re-reading entries, I was blown away at how obvious my patterns were.

I first started journaling for a class project. My writing style was raw – I’d say things like “This happened and it sucked… screw everyone” or “So and so came by and I felt amazing.” Though rough, this was me learning how to express myself - literally the baby steps of my writing career. Over the next couple months, the writing began to flow easier and I started delving into truly personal emotions and experiences.

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