Novak Djokovic liked Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey’s recent post on Instagram about the power of using your journal to make a to-do list. According to McConaughey, doing a to-do list in your journal every evening will help you get a better sleep and have fun crossing things off the next day.
In the video, McConaughey described a problem that many people have. “Here’s another good thing that I love about journaling. You ever go to bed at night and start thinking about the stuff you have to do the next day and it gets kind of intimidating, your brain starts going, you’re having trouble getting to sleep because you’re like ‘Yeah, I got to do this, this, and this.
How I am going to remember, wait, how’s my day going to flow?’ and then you wake up in the morning and you’re like ‘Oh yeah, I’ve got to do this, this…’,” the actor says. Then, Matthew McConaughey gives a solution to the problem.
“Write it down. The night before. Write your to-do list down. Make it long. Put fun stuff on there too, like have my first cup of coffee, hug my wife, call a friend, wear my favorite t-shirt; put fun, easy stuff on there because what’s fun is the more things you get to cross off the next day, the more we feel like we accomplished, that we did.
But write the list down and you’ll have so much fun to cross them. I’ve got 26 things to do today. I’ve already crossed off 7. I got 19 more to go. It’s not even 10 AM, ” says McConaughey.
McConaughey and journaling
Matthew McConaughey recently launched his book Greenlights.
In addition to the book, he also sells an accompanying journal for anyone that want to start journaling, or are passionate about it. “Here is the description of the book, as quoted on Goodreads. From the Academy Award®–winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five.
Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man.
How to have meaning in life. How to be more me. Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters, some great photographs, and a whole bunch of bumper stickers.
I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life’s challenges - how to get relative with the inevitable - you can enjoy a state of success I call “catching greenlights”.
So I took a one-way ticket to the desert and wrote this book: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is fifty years of my sights and seens, felts and figured-outs, cools and shamefuls. Graces, truths, and beauties of brutality.
Getting away withs, getting caughts, and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops. Hopefully, it’s medicine that tastes good, a couple of aspirin instead of the infirmary, a spaceship to Mars without needing your pilot’s license, going to church without having to be born again, and laughing through the tears.
It’s a love letter. To life. It’s also a guide to catching more greenlights - and to realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too. Good luck”.