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    Making notes to keep track on progress. Electronic journal or diary? What's the most useful format and style?

    Hello busy bees,

    Help please. I'm looking for best way to write down exercises/programs/ sets etc. I do in a document on a PC to be able to see my progress.
    What are the most important and most essential details to make a note of? In your opinion what's the best format, style and document type to use to make it clear and useful?

    So far I have been copying pages from Darebee programs into Word document and adding notes to each of them. But obviously that makes the document really large and is not suitable for a long term diary or journal.

    Does anyone have any suggestions or advise please? What kind of information do you include in yours and format do you use?

    Thank you very much.

    ~Piotr/Peter

    #2
    I keep my main training journal in OneNote, so it's available across a variety of platforms. I create a new page for every day. My Darebee Checkin Thread is typically copy-and-pasted from that with some light edits (either for my privacy or to expand my thoughts for other people).

    A workout entry will contain:
    What I did
    Links to workouts or other details
    Any notes I want to make on those things - "harder than it looked" or "exercise X is fun!" or whatever

    I will sometimes include approximate time of day, specifically if I am workout out at a weird time.
    I often include other major items of the day, in my case things like "chemo" or "started taking med X".
    I sometimes include links to articles or other types of general notes. So yesterday's entry has a paragraph I copied out of a book I'm reading, along with my workout notes.
    If I were going to track food, I'd do it there.
    Similarly, if I were going to track weight or measurements, I'd do it there.

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      #3
      Thank you Kanary . You're very helpful. That's what I have been noting in my journal so far excluding food or measurements at this point.
      One-note is a great suggestion! I use so often and didn't think of it for some reason! I'm new in here and for the first 30 days I kept a diary in Word document pasting daily routines into it which made the document quite large. But now I'm realising that with experience that will no longer be needed as I familiarise myself with exercises I can just note the number of sets and reps and types of exercises and then include any other relevant information.

      I'm just trying to create/set-up a standard daily page format that I can copy and fill out daily. I also like clear and concise information. I think it could be helpful in a long-term to spot personal achievements/progress and to keep motivated.

      P.S. All the best with your treatment! Fingers crossed for you.

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        #4
        I use excel, but keep my darebee log updated.
        Whatever method you use, keeping a public log will move you to a totally different level. Amazing motivation tool.
        At least this is what I felt when started the darebee log!

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          #5
          thank you Peterpan

          I think just update my detailed progress here only every 20-40 days with some major events in between e.g. pull-ups progression etc.
          I have already started working on my new diary in word document. It will be very clear, uncluttered and detailed.
          I'm new to all of this so I am not that great at anything yet so I am learning a lot at this point.
          I'm a very motivated individual and just posting here from time to time and seeing others struggle and overcome the same things as me is good enough for me!

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            #6
            Originally posted by Peterpan View Post
            I use excel, but keep my darebee log updated.
            Whatever method you use, keeping a public log will move you to a totally different level. Amazing motivation tool.
            At least this is what I felt when started the darebee log!
            I found the public use of a log to be THE motivation I needed to be consistent.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Peterpan View Post
              I use excel, but keep my darebee log updated.
              Whatever method you use, keeping a public log will move you to a totally different level. Amazing motivation tool.
              At least this is what I felt when started the darebee log!
              Second Peterpan. Extraordinary motivation when your log is kept on a public forum.

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                #8
                I use my log here most honestly, though I keep a smaller log for my food since I fairly often only update every other day. I think the public forum aspect of it all helps quite a bit as quite a few others have said.

                That said, I feel like this is kind of like a lot of other parts of exercise - you should do whatever feels best for you. Sort of - you know how some people really like cycling or running or dancing or combat style stuff and it works for them even if it doesn't work for you (or you have some things that work for you that others hate with a passion)? Same rules apply. If keeping a Google Doc helps, great. If it's a physical notebook you write in, great. If it's a log on a place like here, great.

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                  #9
                  ArtBoyo

                  I wonder if it's my INFJ side or not but I tend to approach things differently than 99% of people. It's a bizarre experience for others to try to understand my way of thinking apparently ....
                  Anyways. I do agree that for most people posting on here or even doing something with a group of people is motivating. However I have a little too much of motivation, energy and drive at times in general. Although I learn a lot from other people from their experiences, their expertise or knowledge, it usually doesn't take me too long to form my own opinions, strategies etc.

                  I love the fact that I can post some of my progress or struggles in here and the response is always very positive and motivating. I appreciate the fact that people share their stories and experiences for others to draw inspiration from. On the other hand I also am planning to keep on exercising for a long time into the future. therefore keeping a close eye on my progress. That's where a clear, uncluttered and concise format of a personal 'diary/journal' comes in handy. To me it's a little 'book' of achievements, failures and overall progress and therefore very positive and prompting me to carry on. But also showing me what I have enjoyed, or not and what could or should I work on next.

                  I hope I won't sound ungrateful because this website and people on here seem very friendly and very supportive of each other. And it's great! But I think it is very important in life to rely on yourself first and foremost. I believe that although there is a lot of goodness out there that others want to share with us it's always important to not rely on too much on what others have to say whether it's good or bad. It can sometimes sway us to make choices we wouldn't otherwise have to please others. Or for some to perhaps be dishonest with others or themselves. I think it is essential to learn to enjoy challenging and improving ourselves. And to do it for ourselves. But that's a different topic.

                  I do understand we are all different though and all our essences are the same it's just the wiring in our brains varies so we all think in distinct and unique ways.

                  I hope what I'm trying to say makes some sense.

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                    #10
                    Definitely do what works for you.

                    Just like with exercise, where I hate running but love fighting, but the person who hates fighting and loves running is 100% correct in their experience. We are here to support you to whatever extent that will help, and if that's not a public log here? I hope you find the right answer for you! A Word document or Google Document sounds like a good place to start. And trust me, in the time I've been keeping a training journal, how I do that has changed, not just over time but sometimes radically from day to day. I'm not going to go so far as to say there's no wrong way to keep a training log, but if it helps you, that's the right way.

                    Go get 'em!

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