In the book The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron suggests that each day you write three handwritten pages. You don't write anything in particular, just spill your mind onto the page. At our house, we often have what we call a 'brain dump' where one of us will write on a large white board every single task or worry. I try to use my notebook in this same way. Anything and everything goes on the day's page--'to do' items, worries, things not to forget, quotes for the day, etc. On the days that I take the time to really spill my brain onto the page, I see a big difference in my day. I'm going to make an effort this week to record a few more of my emotions rather than filling the page with tasks. I'm curious to see how that might affect my week.
P.S. all this reminds me of the fantastic book called Spilling Open by Sabrina Ward Harrison. If you aren't familiar with her work, definitely check it out.