I'm glad someone collected this bounty. At the moment I keep two composition books: a diary and a research journal. I keep a really broad view of 'research' so most of my writing ends in the second: thoughts on/quotes from things I read, things I want to learn more about, progress on projects, school work, drafts, to-do lists, thoughts on the research process itself. The diary is less well kept and is basically a catchall for the things I don't put in the other: dreams, scraps of paper, notes to myself, things I want to remember, free writing, collages, news articles.
I keep a tiny journal to write down my tasks in, I also used to use it for a self discipline program that I was following but I lost interest in it after a few weeks because I couldn't make time for it. (It would probably be in my best interest to pick up were I left off now that I'm less busy.)
I'd like to keep a larger diary for my thoughts but I'm dreadfully self conscious and I am petrified by the possibility of it falling into the wrong hands and having someone read about my emotions.
I get paranoid about this sometimes and write my notes in code. Then I spent a long time trying to make uncrackable codes in my journal, that are also easy to write in. I know one-time pads are uncrackable, but it's very hard to do that when I'm not a computer
Maybe you could invent your own shorthand, or refer to things symbolically, or include fake journal entries among the real ones? It doesn't obscure the message, but it seems a bit more practical than a OTP.
>>359>invent your own shorthand, or refer to things symbolically
I already do this somewhat, but usually it's furiously writing down exactly what I hear in meetings. I'm a pretty good note-taker in that regard>include fake journal entries
I'm worried that doesn't give me plausible deniability.. but it sounds fun! maybe I'll try it.