Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Keeping a Logbook


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Captain’s log, stardate 2456771.500000: A logbook was originally a book for recording readings from a ship’s log and used to determine the distance a ship traveled within a certain amount of time.

determining the distance a ship traveled within a certain amount of time…

Isn’t that a sweet metaphor for keeping any kind of log book?

Different kinds of log books include:

  • Travel milage
  • Dietary intake
  • Daily exercise
  • Research experiments
  • Weather tracking
  • Health Maintenance

This site describes keeping a logbook for self-improvement patterns and describes a logbook as: A notebook where you log and probably describe and explain your activities while performing it. Not an agenda.

A few more helpful sites on logbook maintenance:

Keeping a Logbook at

The importance of keeping a good experimental logbook.

Keeping a logbook: a key to the practice of ethics

3 thoughts on “Keeping a Logbook

  1. I use a no. 11 to list and describe 5 things I see and hear at the end of each day, no matter how exhausted I am. It’s a logbook of sorts, inhabited by recordings of both the striking and mundane, a place for an undemanding exercise in reflection. Although my 5-things booklet contains none of the rich textures and meandering explorations of journal entries, it permits more flexibility than a daybook. And the no. 11 is perfect for it.

  2. Every effort at logging that I have seen enthusiastically begin ended quickly. Unless a log is a job requirement, or the logger is obsessive about such things, the dream of having a wealth of data cannot survive the effort required to fill in the blanks.
    My journals act as a kind of unsearchable log.

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