Stephen King in his book On Writing, which I highly recommend, has a nice passage on routine. He takes it further than I do, because he likes the idea of routine where you go to one place every day and at that one place, your ideal desk, say, you are picking up signals. It’s like when you lie down in your bed at night, your brain is like deciding to go to sleep and picking up all the cues to go to sleep. Stephen King said the same thing with routine. He says, “If you sit down at your desk at the same time every day, you are getting your mind ready to go back into the story.”
Once you complete your experiences, write down one to three thoughts you obsessed over during the day. What anxieties, worries or dreams occupied your mind? Maybe you’re angry at your spouse for taking the last piece of cake. Were you obsessing over a difficult conversation? Again, no filtering. Whatever the thought is, write it down. Do not judge the quality.
Begin your journaling each night before you go to bed. In your journal, write down ten to twelve experiences from your day. The experience could be anything. It could be something you experience yourself or something you observe.