Homework For Life

This is a process from the book Storyworthy by Matthew Dicks. Homework for life means documenting story-worthy moments from day-to-day life.

Homework For Life
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There is a small activity that I recently came across that helps in building your story-telling, writing, and also a core part of journaling that a lot of people miss out on. It is called Homework for life.

So, What is Homework for life?

Homework for life is a trademarked process by Matthew Dicks in which a person can begin to find and document the stories that already exist in their lives. The activity is simple.

At the end of your day, spend a few minutes thinking about “What’s the most story-worthy thing that happened today?”

Then you should make a spreadsheet/list of each of our Storyworthy moments, and over time, you’ll build up a bank of stories that you can develop and share online.

I came across this process from the book Storyworthy by Matthew Dicks. I tried this step for 30 days back in November 2021, but life got in the way, and I stopped.

It is what Matthew mentioned as why he randomly picked up the homework for life in the book:

If I had to tell a story from today — a five-minute story onstage about something that took place for this day — what would it be?

This time, I want to try this process again. I want to see how many stories I can collect.

I will share the progress after trying it. The point isn’t just to expand our bank of stories - It also encourages us to reflect on our days in a super easy-to-do way, thus allowing us to remember snippets of our life that would otherwise pass us by.

This concept is present as Every day is Groundhog day - Keep Going. Although, in the book, it is described to get keep creating as an artist every day.  The concept is similar and I find it fascinating. We have to find things to do every day.

We can apply this homework for the life process as an exercise and a reminder of things we love to do.

Making your life story-worthy means paying attention to what is happening in your day-to-day, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.

I will share a notion template that I am using to document the story-worthy moments of my life in my newsletter this Saturday.
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