- It will almost be like having a conversation with someone about what I've been reading/ thinking / writing/ doing (almost!).
- In an average day, I can cover a lot (or nothing at all) , so taking the time to write about what I've read will hopefully help me pick out the most relevant or interesting bits (or help me realise I did do something?).
- Having to explain what you've learnt is a good way to consolidate and deepen your learning (or highlight the bits you need to read up on again!).
- It will help me bring the day to a conclusion (otherwise the temptation is to carry on reading/ writing, often getting more and more muddled).
- It might help to alleviate the fog that my mind sometimes encounters after a day at the desk, by making me clarify what I've done/ read/ worked on.
- It will hopefully give me a roadmap for where I am going the next day.
Another reason for making this a priority now is that whereas previously I worked and did my Masters in evening/ at weekends, I have now decided to work full time on just my Masters for a while. Officially I have 14 months left to complete the 3 year MSc, but I am aiming to get it done in 9-12 months. I am lucky enough to be able to take some time out of paid work to do this. But it does mean a lot of self-structured (and solitary) time. Hopefully this will help.