I keep emphasizing "appropriate" in the book, I wonder if it will give people the feeling that "the time record is not good enough for me to recommendation without a brain".

If you can read this, I'm telling you, I'm a brainless recommendation, and if you learn it, I guarantee you'll get something!

Record what? Never just time, but also diaries, essays, finances,ideas, contacts, time records, web page views, work journals, lists of items, etc.

I'm sure a lot of people have tried these records, but not many have stuck with them, and most of the reasons for giving up are "useless".

But a lot of great people don't think so, like them.

@成甲 《好好学习》

  • The NIH once did a study where they helped 1600 people with obesity problems lose weight. Both groups lose weight in the same way, except that one group is required to keep track of what they eat, just record it and don't have to do anything else.

  • At our company, employees are trained to keep a reflective journal, and there's also a suggestion to record their emotions and the process of thinking, not just the outcome of things.

  • Recording is the process of active thinking, of tapping into the unseen relationships behind what is seen.

@DanielPink 《时机管理》

  • Spend a week recording your mood and energy level values in the afternoon, including how sensitive your brain is and how physically energetic you are, and find out when your afternoon lows are, which for many is about seven hours after you wake up in the morning, and during that time you will find that when everything starts to go south, that is your ideal nap time.

@孙圈圈 《请停止无效努力》

  • Discover your gifts, spend a week documenting the moments you feel powerful and frustrated with a table, and filter out the moments that may be related to your gifts based on the SIGN principle.


  • Recording speaks for itself, and you're also monitoring yourself when you're recording.

  • The recorded data will not only be used to brag to future generations, but most importantly, it will be used to report honestly to oneself about the use of time and to express reverence for the time that has passed.


  • The deadliest, and more likely consequence of your failure to document is that you don't appreciate that you have any reason to beat yourself up - because you don't know what you've lost.

  • It's best to fix a period of time, if you have the conditions, to document the arguments and points that are currently incomprehensible, for, against, and indifferent. For the incomprehensible, write down what your doubts are at the time; for those who support it, record a few reasons or examples; for those who oppose it, record a few reasons or examples; even for those who do not care, record their reasons. A person with such a well-documented habit will acquire an ability to process information and knowledge that others cannot have - "regurgitation".


  • After each week's logging is complete, I do a reflection where I write down the meaningful, silly things I did each week. For example, I'll keep track of what books and movies I read each week and the 5 things that impressed me the most - these 5 things were the most meaningful relatively speaking during the week and writing them down will be quite rewarding. It's even more important to know what the silliest thing you do every week is. I've done a lot of stupid things before, including dropping my phone down the toilet, getting ripped off, and losing my passport. I took it all down, as long as I don't make the same mistake again in the future. But you'll find that most people, for the most part, have been making the same mistakes all their lives.


  • Being in any profession, such as an engineer, accountant, or lawyer, comes with some challenges, and by solving those challenges, we progress. Unfortunately, most people overly trust their memory, thinking they can remember, but actually forget quickly, waiting until the second or third time they encounter the same problem, or spending a lot of time trying to solve it. So that's one of the benefits of doing everything on record. Another benefit of doing the recording is that the progress is much faster after thinking about it again in the process of recording. In contrast, Europeans and Americans are more interested in records, and they invent something that can give a definition of the era, such as the era of the rise of American industry, how experiments were done at that time, and can still find records today, so that experience can be easily accumulated and passed on. In contrast, in China, lost is such a common word that it is often invented repeatedly at a low level.


  • As long as this event was actually happening, there is a record of it to be reviewed.

  • Everything that is recorded has room to be improved.

@Peter Drucker《卓有成效的管理者》

  • How to be effective: 1) record and analyze the use of time; 2) focus on contributions; 3) use people's strengths; 4) prioritize priorities; 5) make effective decisions.

  • Many effective managers regularly keep such a time log and take it out for regular monthly review. At the very least, effective managers tend to record for one time period of three or four consecutive weeks, daily, and two or three times a year. With a sample of time-consuming records, they will be able to review them on their own. After half a year, they all find themselves wasting their time messing around with pointless little things. With practice, they are bound to improve in the use of their time. But time management must be persistent to avoid going back to being wasteful.


  • I realized that it is vital that people should make their respective principles of getting along extremely clear in their relationships. With this as a starting point, we began to document our principles in writing, a practice that continued for decades, culminating in the "working principles".

@ Phil Knigh《鞋狗》

  • I carefully documented the company's secrets of success and reasons for failure.

@Bodo Schafer《财务自由之路》

  • Over time, you'll also need a thought journal to record all your creativity, a relationship journal to record all the relationships that make you happy, and a knowledge journal to record all the things you've learned from the mistakes you've made so that you don't repeat them again.

Why do so many celebrities recommend the "record", but you think it's useless?

The method is right, you're the one who's wrong.

For example, when you keep a journal, do you write a running account and never look back, or is it like this.

  1. Step 1: Write down what happened today.

  2. Step 2: Classify for what's happening, financial/personal/work, etc

  3. Step 3: Mark events that can trigger your own strong mood swings

  4. Step 4: Set the cycle, review periodically

What you can reap if you can keep track of your record is this.

  • You can tell 50 years from now exactly what happened to you 50 years ago.

  • You can analyze the events that trigger your "anger" and stay away from the people and things that might trigger your anger.

  • You can analyze your "work" experience and find your core competencies

To summarize, when you start recording and can stick with it, then you will slowly reap the rewards.

  • Precise knowledge of one's body/emotion/giftedness/interests

  • Improve your ability to think deeply.

  • Open up God's perspective and monitor yourself effectively

  • Make fewer of the same mistakes.

  • Let your experience live on.

  • Accumulation of a large amount of material that can be analytically reviewed and circulated

Timely records are not obsessed with the past, on the contrary, records exist for the future, they allow me to correct my next move with historical data and have a chance to live better in the future.

Most of my autobiography, annual reports, plans and goals were born out of the historical data I recorded.

Believe me, when you start to "get it right", you'll find you get much more than that!

If you're willing to try to get started, then I recommend starting with a journal, without having to follow the previous journal format strictly, just start writing and stick to it for a week.

If you don't have a clue about dry writing, try using this template:

Finally, let's imagine a scene.

"When your 70-year-old children and grandchildren ask you, is there any experience you can share with me?

How would you answer?"