Commonplacing : A Practice I Value A Lot
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I commonplace a lot.
Everyday to be honest.
When I learn a new English verb, I commonplace. When I learn a new French adjective, I commonplace. When I learn a new Japanese idiom, I commonplace.
When I create a new quote that I think sounds cool, I put it into my commonplace book.
What is a commonplace book
Where did I learn this thing?
I remember that my first encounter with commonplacing was when I stumbled upon this website:
It was in 2016, I was still in my master's degree's first year when a late night, I started XXXX.
I arrived on a page that XXX a book called The Ultimate Commonplace System.
To me, this sounded absolutely far-fetched.
What was this thing that XXX
Making sense of commonplacing
Don't you ever feel frustrated not being able to remember what you just read?
Or frantically trying to remember a song/XXX's name?
Or even simply XXXX
Of course you did.
We (nearly) all have a XXX memory.
We need to write down things, rehearse these some more times before it actually sit still in our long-term memory.
And the first step to this is what?
Yes, writing things down!
How do you do this?
In a place that you commonly visit! Where/In what do you write things?
A book! Or something that can hold word.
A commonplace book then makes plenty of sense when imaged like this.
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"Open-mindedness creates closeness. How funny is that?”
— Grégory Poircuitte
"The only certainty to have is to have none.”
— Also from me