Mario Villalobos

The Movings of My Soul

My mind doesn’t need to think about what to do next since my life is built on habits and routines. Ever since I planned my days down to the minute, I’ve stopped thinking about what I needed to do with every day I lived. Some external system took care of all that thinking, and ever since then, I’ve been happy. It’s been easier for me to trust my systems because I created them. I devoted time in not only thinking and planning them, but also living through and tweaking them as I went further along. By removing the friction that an unplanned and disorganized day can bring, I’ve been able to accomplish so much. I really recommend anyone who feels ready to tackle their life with vigor and enthusiasm to spend all the necessary time — be it days to weeks to even months or years — in creating a system, experimenting with it, and sticking with it for the long term, even if it’s something as simple as writing everything down in a spiral notebook. As long as you have a system that you trust, you can accomplish anything.

I write everything down because I have a bad memory. My OmniFocus database contains tasks that most people find routine enough not to write down, but I do because I don’t want to think about them. All I want to remember is that I have to check my todo list to see what I want to get done today and focus on just those tasks. If more tasks come to me throughout the day, I add them into the database, process them, and let the system bring them up later. I write in my journals because I want to express the movings of my soul as honestly as possible to help me live life now and to aid my memory from reviving those emotions later. I write notes in Vesper and in my various pocket notebooks so that I can remember my thoughts now. I truly believe that by writing all of my various thoughts down and printing them on paper, I can devote my mind toward deeper reflection and meditation on diverse subjects like ideas, my life, and other things.

Here are a few things I’ve been thinking about:

These are just a few thoughts I thought I’d share. There are more, but that’s why I have over 150 days left before I consider slowing down my pace. <HR> Thank you for reading, and if you have any thoughts you’d like to share, please comment below!