You’re thinking about starting a journal and that is great.
The first step is now complete.
You could simply grab a piece of paper and go at it. Nothing wrong with that.
But there is a bit more to keeping a diary, especially if you have some goals in mind. And it can definitely be a tool to help improve your life in a lot of ways.
In this guide, we’re going to explore various aspects of journaling, what science says, how to start a journal and more importantly how to keep going.
Let’s start with the very beginning to set the stage right.
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What is a personal journal?
You’re probably not going to like the answer but we’ll unpack it afterward, don’t worry.
It is whatever you want it to be.
You are the one that will define what the journal is for you. And you do that based on what you are hoping to achieve with it.
It may sound super fancy but it really isn’t.
In essence, it’s a tool that you shape to fit your goals. And your goals might change so the tool might change with it.
For example, you might just want a way to process what’s going on in your life. So you’d keep a log of events and thoughts related to those events.
You might find this therapeutic and stress reveling and it might even help figure out how to solve problems.
If that is the case, for you a journal is a stress relief and life processing tool.
If you are an anxious person you might use it to process your anxiety and figure out where it comes from.
If you just want a good recollection of events happening in your life then that is what a journal is for you.
And so on…
It’s a private thing
One important piece of an effective journal is to be private. And there is a simple reason.
Your journal is not social media, it’s not a lie.
It shouldn’t be a lie.
I call social media a lie because it’s heavily edited and wrongly motivated a lot of the time.
Let’s unpack that a bit.
On social media, you are in competition with everybody for “who has the better life” essentially.
And everybody, including you, is careful to only showcase the best of the best.
The problems are hidden, the deep thoughts or worries that keep people up at night are hidden. You don’t see real life.
Of course they are hidden. They are private things, not something to share with the whole world.
If you want your diary to be a tool to help you better understand yourself and to figure out things, you need to be honest with yourself.
That is why it should be to be private.
So you don’t censor yourself or show a different face because you know someone else is going to judge you based on it.
And you better not judge yourself either.
Rather, try to understand where certain things might come from and figure out how to fix them going forward.
What a journal is not
What a journal is definitely not, a fashion statement or a fashion item. I see a lot of people distracted by fancy, decorated journals and forget the actual point of the journal.
A similar illustration of what I’m talking about you can see in this blog post I randomly stumbled across:
I’ve fallen into the bullet journal trap trying to do what other people were doing without actually considering my own needs.
The point I’m trying to make here is, yes you can definitely have fun with your journals but you also need to remember that you are not doing it for someone else or for an arbitrary community award.
You don’t have to have the flashy book or the colorful art styles you see on Instagram unless that is something you actually want.
A diary is a tool for you on you only.
And just to make this point again, if that is what YOU want, sure, make the journal for other people, put it on social media and all that, just be aware of your motivations and hopes there.
It’s also not a replacement for physical or mental health treatment.
Please don’t think of a diary as a replacement for any type of professional or medical treatment.
If you have any issues that need professional attention please consult a specialist.
Reach a conclusion with your treatments if you need them before relying on a personal journal.
Also, keep in mind that your mental health is also affected by you file style and all it entails. How you eat, how much you rest, if you do any psychical activity and so on.
Who is it for?
You might be tempted to think that keeping a diary is a childhood hobby or a women’s thing but there is a lot more to it.
However, a study on the effects of writing a journal suggests that there actually be more beneficial for men.
Well who cares, it benefits virtually anybody.
If you are thinking of starting a diary just to it and don’t even think about what someone else would think.
It doesn’t matter.
Why keep a journal?
You have your own motivation to keep a journal but let’s also talk about some of the benefits of one that you might not be fully aware of.
I’ve hinted at some of them so far but let’s dive a bit deeper into the matter.
And the reason I want to go a bit deeper is to explore some ways of how you could get the maximum benefit out of it.
Improvements in both physical and psychological health
This is a very generic point but a very important one in that writing a diary helps not only the mind but in turn, the body.
This study by Karen A. Baikie and Kay Wilhelm on the effects of expressive writing shows that writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events leads to objectively assessed improvements.
To get a bit more specific some of the outcomes observed by the study include:
- Fewer stress-related visits to the doctor,
- Improved immune system functioning
- Reduced blood pressure
- Improved lung function
- Improved liver function
- Improved mood
- Reduced depressive symptoms before examinations
- Improved working memory
…and a few more others. These are in relation to conditions such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and even cancer.
Surprisingly the authors conclude that the physical effects are even more robust and consistent than the psychological benefits.
The point being here is that you can safely assume that, even though it might seem counterintuitive the act of writing about physical traumatic events or illness can help your body better deal with the issue.
This is not to say that you can just rely on writing to heal.
Absolutely not, a diary is not a doctor replacement.
You could use it a supplement but in no condition as an alternative treatment.
On the psychological aspect, the authors compare the results as similar to actual psychological intervention.
The authors also make suggestions on how to approach writing to get the most benefits but we’ll talk about that more in the next sections of the guide.
Building self-confidence and help habits stick
In the book Stick with it, Sean Young Ph.D. argues that at least part of the reason we act in certain ways is the fact that we see ourselves as “that type of person”.
Put in a different way, how we self-identify.
You keep writing because you see yourself a writer, you keep going to the gym because you see yourself a gym person and so on.
It’s a lot more deeply explained in the book so I highly recommend you read it. For a quick summary, it’s a book on forming good habits and getting rid of bad habits.
So what does this have to do with confidence?
Part of the issue with confidence is that is based on a feedback loop. The more you experience success the more confident you become.
But it goes the other way around too.
So how do you get out of a bad feedback loop when you are left with no confidence?
The main idea is to take a small action that goes towards your goal and then by reflecting on that you’ll have an easier time self-identifying based on that action.
The example in the book is as follows:
…if you want to become a nicer person, instead of telling yourself you’re a good person, simply start helping people in need and then you’ll become a good person, and that self-identity will make it a lot easier for you to stay a good person.
By doing the desired action and then taking some time to reflect on your successes or on the habits you have that you want to keep or even build up you’ll start to form that desirable self-identity.
Want to build confidence?
Think of the smallest thing you could successfully do and do it. And reflect on it to gain that little bit of confidence to start being a confident person.
Continue with slightly larger and larger tasks and you will start seeing yourself more and more like a confident person.
You might already be doing a lot of cool stuff and not even realize it. And here is where the writing comes in.
By writing about your habits, good or bad, small victories and such you can start to figure out how you actually self identify and start to mold that identity, hopefully for the better.
What have you been up to?
Would it be a good thing to continue? Would it need some adjustments?
Explore these questions.
Help recover from a breakup
A study focused on romantic breakups concluded that reflecting on the matter and adjustment afterward helps cope with the negatives of the event.
The authors suggest that expressive writing helps with self-identity reorganization and thus decreasing the emotional distress and loneliness associated with a romantic separation.
The idea here is that in a couple, the sense of identity starts to include the partners, which explains the dramatic distress when a breakup happens. The sense of self becomes vague.
By repeatedly reflecting on the events of the breakup over a period of time and monitoring your progress you can recover the sense of identity and better cope with the breakup.
If you are dealing with a breakup, writing privately about it help you better cope with it.
Develop better communication skills and career opportunities
Written communication the most important skill employers look for.
Communication itself is the main means of interacting with the world.
It is, for this reason, the single most important skill to master in order to have successful relationships with other people.
And “other people” is what makes or breaks your life if you think about it. Your teachers, employers, clients, spouse, kids, friends.
They are your life.
Communication is key in your relationship with each of those people.
Writing makes you put your thoughts in order. It helps you connect the dots and formulate coherent ideas.
In writing, you typically try to come up with sentences and paragraphs that express an idea in a way the reader can understand it.
Going even further into a complete story this again practices your ability to put an order to your thoughts in order to give structure to your story.
This helps you better put forward your ideas and help the recipient better understand what you are trying to convey.
You’ll be able to put forward better arguments to support your cause or request and you can imagine the value of that in your day to day negotiations.
Writing can be used for many purposes and for this goal you might adopt a style of writing that will not be very helpful for other goals but we’ll get to that in a bit.
Our memory is unfortunately unreliable and as one study describes it, memory is a reconstructive process that is susceptible to distortion and loss of information.
In other words, your a memory is not something “recorded” but rather reconstructed.
The downside of that is that the memory can be significantly altered by the time it’s stored.
Not only that but studies show that people are unable to recall about 50% of the information after just one hour from the memory forming event.
What this means for you is that if you care to be able to recall certain events sometime in the future, the only proper way to do it is to keep that memory outside your brain.
Videos and photos do a good job of it but might not describe the full experience regarding your thoughts and feelings.
I would argue that for the best recollection you might want to preserve a mix of multimedia and written or spoken words that describe the event.
Why do you want to start a journal?
One of your first journal entry might just be that, a reflection on what you are hoping to achieve by keeping a diary.
This will guide you to a maybe a certain style of writing in order to better gain the benefits of it.
It could help better define those goals, motivations, and steps that you need to take to achieve those goals.
What to write and how to write in a diary
As you’d imagine how and what to write about will depend a lot on what you are trying to achieve.
The nice thing is that depending on how you set up your diary, you can easily split your entries for multiple purposes.
It’s one thing to just use media but in a lot of cases also describing the event can bring back a lot of missing information years later and give content to the images and videos you have.
I know I look back at some photos or videos which vaguely bring back some memories but I often wonder what was actually going on.
It’s also a simple way to organize your media with the added context instead of having a pile of photos just sitting there.
When doing this type of diary try to add context to the event, what was going on and why.
Other than that feel free to add whatever you think might be interesting especially the things your photos don’t show or explain properly.
Stress, anxiety, mood and general well being
I want to start by saying again that if you are in a deep depression state, please seek professional help.
That being said, for milder issues, journaling can definitely help bring further improvements.
…could be the most effective at figuring out the source of your issue.
The idea of expressive writing is to just write the deepest thoughts and feelings regarding the distressing situation that is causing you the stress or anxiety or other issues without any regard for grammar or structure.
This is so that you don’t interrupt your line of thought with unimportant details like grammar.
Taking this approach repeatedly, like a few minutes every day, should start to bring general improvements and it might also help figure out where the core issue is if you don’t already know.
However, this approach is only as good as you can handle it as it can backfire and trigger negative emotions.
I would say, experiment with it, if you are deeply disturbed by it, move on to something else.
That something else could be…
Similar to expressive writing you go deep down the rabbit whole but in a positive experience.
This can also help improve your mood, general well being and also make slight adjustments to your self-image based on what you did that lead to the positive experience.
However, when life is miserable positive thoughts are hard to find.
If you find yourself in this situation, just skip over this type of writing for now. You can come back to it at a later time.
Just write about your day-to-day
Writing, even fact based and with no feelings involved can still yield benefits.
Maybe not as much as other styles of writing but improvement as small as it can get is still an improvement.
Over time when the overall mood starts to improve a bit, you can slowly start exploring feelings and progress towards expressive or positive writing or a mix of both.
Research tends to be very rigid in the way it’s conducted so that the result can be as clear as they can be. You don’t nee to be as rigid in your writing.
Experiment, explore and see what you find.
One thing we can be fully confident about is that just writing itself helps so don’t concern yourself too much about “doing it right”.
There is no such thing.
There is also not a time limit.
Hopefully, you make a habit out of it and stick with it.
It doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Start with just 1 minute a day. Just one!
And increase as you see if from there.
That is what specialists recommend and because it’s easier to do when it becomes a part of you.
As Newton’s law dictates
An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion…
If you from a habit of keeping a journal, you will keep adding to it.
If you only do it once in a blue moon it’s harder to get back at it.
Just as pushing a car that is moving vs pushing a car that is not already moving.
This way you will continue adding the benefits of journaling.
When stressful events surface you can simply explore them and find solutions where you can or simply have a better time accepting things you have no control over.
The best part is that you’ll be doing that without the extra effort of getting yourself to write again.
Career development journaling
When it comes to professional communication and it’s development it’s probably obvious that the previous methods of writing don’t lead to much value.
In professional communication is paramount for the message to reach the receiver with the same meaning that you indented to deliver.
That is not as easy as it sounds, especially in you haven’t had much practice.
And this is important from writing your resume, to communicating with your managers and colleagues, clients and partners and so on.
In this type of communication, you need to structure your ideas, be mindful of who the reader is and his interests and knowledge of the subject and most importantly to be clear in your ideas.
Formatting and ease of reading is another important factor.
You notice this is widely different than keeping a stress management diary that nobody is supposed to read and you can do whatever the hell you want.
I also want to mention that for the purpose you don’t really need to keep the writing private. You can also take the blogging route and simply blog publicly.
That is of course not a requirement so feel free to take the route that feels best to you.
But how to practice?
There are plenty of resources that give you tips on improving the writing but I haven’t found any practical exercises.
So I would just suggest taking your career, breaking it down to its various aspects that you know about or you are interested in and just write about those.
But on each story you come up with try to focus on one particular thing, one idea.
This way you can actually practice the writing for clarity, you have one main goal, one main idea and the structure and points you lay out must support that idea.
Everything that falls outside is just bloat and it shouldn’t be there.
How to start a journal entry
It surely happens to a lot of people to just freeze so to speak.
You open a new page, document or the app you use and then nothing comes out.
First of all, if are writing in a physical notebook, I see a lot of people worried they might run the book somehow.
That is quite an inhibitor but you shouldn’t concern yourself with the looks of the journal. Remember why you are journaling and who is it for.
It’s for you, with the good and bad aspects.
If that is not the issue but you simply don’t have any idea what to write about there are some solutions to that as well.
The most common is using journaling prompts.
You can find these online and their purpose is to trigger your brain to think about something.
Another thing you can use is templates.
Depending on what setup you use for your journal this can be done in different ways.
In our app, we have a feature that allows you can create a template or use one of the existing ones.
The basic idea is to have a set of predefined questions or prompts that you can quickly use whenever you find yourself in this “blank” state of mind situation.
There are some journal-keeping techniques that involve just that, using a template. Such a technique is the 5-minute journal but that is a bit too specific for this guide.
Notebook vs word processors vs online journal apps
There are plenty of options regarding how to actually keep a diary from plain and simple notebooks to general writing apps to dedicated apps for journaling.
Each of these options has their advantages and disadvantages so let’s explore that a bit.
The nice thing about them is their simplicity. You just grab a notebook and write.
Some people enjoy writing by hand and find it more relaxing than typing.
Depending on what kind of book you get you can also organize it however you like it or you can just grab a specialized notebook that is already formatted in a certain style.
These specialized notebooks come with special pages that you just fill in so you don’t have to worry about how to organize the book but that is also a limiting factor.
If you want to go about doing things a bit differently, the format of the notebook might not allow it.
On the other side, with blank notebooks, you can pretty much do whatever you want since they don’t have any formats already applied to them.
You can also get them in all sorts of styles of pages, from actually blank to dotted to lined and so on.
The notebook also allows you to draw by hand in it and so a lot of people actually prefer them for this reason.
Another thing a lot of people enjoy is the diversity of designs and colors so you are pretty much guaranteed to find something that you like.
There are some downsides however compared to digital counterparts.
You can’t just add a picture.
Sure you can glue images on the pages or other items but in digital form, this is just a lot easier to manage.
They are easy to lose.
If you are in journaling communities, quite often you’ll find people posting about how they lost a journal. Forgot in an airplane or airport or some other place.
Sure, you can simply not take your diary with you but then, when you need or want to add something to it you can’t because you don’t have it.
They are easy to snoop in.
Once someone else finds it, you can be sure curiosity you take over and you might not want someone in your proximity to go through your thoughts and struggles.
You might be tempted to think that getting a book with a lock would solve the problem but those locks are mostly for decor and they simply don’t hold up.
Hard to find a certain entry.
While in some cases you simply don’t want to go back to what you’ve previously written in other cases you actually do.
Depending on how you structure your diary you might find it difficult to find a certain entry once a good amount of them has accumulated.
Another struggle I see people talk about is managing different diaries with different goals in the same notebook.
The answer is usually to have different notebooks, which is not terrible depending on your need but not really ideal either.
|Simplicity||Difficult to manage images or other media|
|Great variety of designs and styles||Easy to lose|
|You can just draw in them||Easy to snoop into|
|Difficult to find previous entries|
|Difficult to manage multiple diaries|
Digital files and documents
These solve a few of the problems with the notebook but of course, they have their own issues.
For one, organizing multiple diaries becomes easy when you have the option of creating folders with your own desired structure.
Adding media also becomes an easy task and finding previous entries becomes a bit easier but still limited.
I say finding entries is still limited in the sense that most search implementations only look at document titles and not in the actual document content.
Losing your diary can be eliminated as an issue depending on how you go about keeping your journal.
If you keep it locally on your computer there is still the risk of losing the computer or some failure of the machine.
In case of failure you could still recover the files on the hard drive in most cases but not all of them.
To save you from these scenarios I would suggest keeping backups off of your computer. I would suggest doing that even if you don’t keep a diary.
If you end up using a cloud solution like Google Drive the backups are already covered by the company so that is no issue.
You can also access your files from other devices, something you can’t do by just keeping your files on your computer.
With these could solutions there are some costs. Most solutions are free to some extent but are limited in how much content you can store there.
Notebooks cost too but they are overall a bit cheaper but backups cost no matter how you go about it and notebooks simply can’t fill that need.
|Easier to organize||Limited search|
|Easy to add media files||You may need separate backup|
|Option to use on multiple devices||You may not be able to use on other devices|
|Option to back up|
Writing and journaling apps
I lump these together because they have a lot of similarities.
For me, one of the big pros of a dedicated app is the mindset itself. Having a dedicated space for a certain activity helps the mind get into “diary” mode, making it that bit more effective.
In a sense is like going to the office, once you are there you are “work mode”. And that helps the mind focus on that set of activities.
Like with the digital documents, depending on the app you end up using you might already be covered in terms of backups and access from other devices.
This means writing on the fly wherever you find your inspiration an easy task.
This is also a big deal in terms of data mobility if you think about it.
You only keep your devices for a limited time and not only that but you might want to change providers at some point.
If you end up using an app I would suggest you try to use apps that are platform agnostic and simply live on the web.
There are lots of great apps out in the wild but unfortunately, quite a few of them are limited to iOS or Android or Windows or whatever other platforms.
So what happens if two years later I decide to change the platform?
It’s probably not an impossible task to transfer over everything you have but it’s surely not a great way to spend your weekend.
Another thing with diary apps, in general, is that they offer some level of customization and some other things like a media gallery, things that you don’t typically get with general writing apps.
Generally speaking, you also get simpler interfaces, deepening on the app compared to general document editors making interfaces a bit simpler and unintrusive.
Being dedicated apps some of them will give you search functionality that also looks at the content of the entries meaning you’ll have an easier time to find a particular entry even with a minimal recollection of what is about.
Depending on which app you are going to ultimately use there are not many drawbacks but there is at least something.
One of them would be that there is another app to add to your collection and for good security another user and password. You can however easily manage these with a password manager which is another app.
This is also true on the digital document option depending on the setup, so not much difference anyway.
The big drawback however I see in that a lot of apps sell user data.
Now you might be tempted to think that simply buying a premium subscription would stop that but I don’t believe that to be the case.
Usually, if a company sells user data it just will continue doing so, no matter how much it monetized the user already.
Not all apps will do this, of course, but some will. It’s best to check their terms of service and privacy policies if you are concerned about this aspect.
At MusePeach we don’t sell user data but I can’t speak for other apps. BTW, MusePeach is great, you should try it out.
|Specialized features||Some apps might sell your data|
|Simpler to use|
As a mini conclusion regarding the options here, use what you think will help you most stick to it, at least in the beginning.
Take into account your situation and environment as well to help you figure out what the option would be.
How to keep your journal private and secure
Now, even though I would love everybody to try our own app I don’t expect it to be the best solution for everyone.
But everybody can benefit from some security and privacy tips so here we are.
These can be the most secure and private or the worst, depending on a number of factors.
The best part about them is that you don’t rely on a machine or a company to work and so you don’t need to worry about someone selling your data or other worries that might come with that.
It is, however, the worst solution for keeping privacy from people in close proximity, like family, roommates, co-workers, etc.
It’s also the hardest option to backup and safely store for a long time frame, say 20, 30 years.
Paper naturally degrades over time and it’s easily affected by environmental factors, liquids, fires, etc.
All of that being said, let’s see what you can do about some of the issues.
To avoid human curiosity the first thing is to simply avoid bringing attention to its existence. Might be hard but doable.
The second this is to get a notebook that is bland and uninteresting. In the event that someone accidentally notices it, a flashy design especially one labeled as a journal will surely spawn some curiosity.
There might be more creative ways of hiding your diary like carving a space for it in a larger, uninteresting book but ultimately you are at the mercy of the environment.
Another option a lot of people seem to adopt is having it with you at all times but that increases the risk of losing it or damaging it rain for example.
In terms of preserving them a long time, make sure you avoid the elements of nature as much as possible, like direct sunlight and dust.
You could even grab some special book archiving bags what will help with humidity or floods.
Docs on your computer
If you want to keep simple documents on your computer, then the security of your computer is of great importance.
Make sure you have a strong password on your computer and set it so it will ask for the password every time you open the lid if it’s a laptop.
With that set, make sure you never leave your laptop with the lid open and walk away.
This will insure that nobody around you has the chance to roam around and in your files.
But of course, there is still the issue of the internet. For one, avoid public WiFi as they are inherently less secure or use a VPN.
Be careful with the VPN choice as well since some of the providers will sell your data.
There are more advanced options to protect your files but they are more for advanced users and you risk just cutting yourself access to those files.
We’ll not dive into those but just know they exist and there are some guides on how to implement them
Backup is a big issue that can be solved so be sure to do it. It might have a cost attached to it but it will save you some pain later when you start regretting not having backups.
A hard drive on a laptop has a finite life, even if you never lose or damage it, it will reach its end of life at some point and you might not be able to recover the data on it.
The easiest solution is having an external storage device but with only that you’ll need to make sure you manually back up your files.
Alternatively, you can get an app to do that for you.
The issue here is that even the backup has a finite lifetime but since you, data will not be only in that backup but in your machine as well, then the risk is not that great, but still something to keep in mind.
A fix to this is to store your backups in a cloud solution.
The first order of business is to use a strong password and one dedicated to that app.
In case what a strong password looks like here is an example: nSwBIh^dHPA^KP43
Of course, it’s hard to remember this kind of password but you can use a password manager to help mange your passwords.
The second order of business is to use a strong password on your email address. Since a lot of apps use the email as a means of resetting the password if someone gets access to your email it can use that to reset passwords on a lot of apps.
Avoid installing unnecessary apps on your device. There are malicious apps that could read what you type and send that data to a malicious actor.
Two-factor authentication is something you can use on some apps but the big mention here is that those are breakable as well so don’t slack on using strong passwords.
Be super careful with an email that request you follow a link to enter any of your data. Make sure you know and trust the link.
To avoid curious eyes from people around you or from the office be sure to log off before you leave your computer somewhere.
A simple trick for all the browser-based apps is to simply set the browser to clear all the cookies when you close it, this way most of the apps will consider you logged out and ask for credentials when you open them.
In terms of backups, apps are pretty secure and usually, the company will handle those so you don’t really need to do it yourself.
Of course, a company can run intro trouble and close down but I’m pretty sure that will come with at least some warnings and time to get your data out.
If you want to be super sure then try to get regular backups off of the app and be sure to store those securely.
Of course, all this applies for every app you use not just journaling apps so if nothing else I hope you find at least this part useful.
Conclusion and TL;DR
The practice of journaling can definitely benefit anyone especially in a world so complex and overloaded with information as ours.
Our memory and attention in this day and age are stretched to their limits so it only makes sense to allow ourselves some time to reflect on what we’re doing and how it affects us.
Everything is fast paced and highly competitive and if we simply go with it it’s not surprising to find ourselves in a position where we forget about what matters to us.
You now know how to start a journal but it’s up to you to keep going.
In case you missed it I’ll mention again, the best way to get there is to commit to just 1 minute for journal writing a day.
Stick to that 1 minute every day until it becomes a part of you.
At that point everything becomes second nature and you’ll most likely start seeing the benefits adding up.
Anyway, to give you the TL;DR:
- A diary is a private companion you can use however you want in order for it to help you achieve your goals
- A diary is not a replacement for professional or medical treatment
- The practice of journaling can improve both your mental and physical health
- How you use it or what you write in it will depend on what you are hoping to get out of it
- There are plenty of options of how to keep one in form of physical formats as well as digital options – use what makes the most sense for you and what will most help you stick to it
- Privacy and security are handled a bit differently depending on what you use to keep your journal so be sure to review that section again if you need some tips
I hope you found this guide useful and hey, maybe try our app, it’s great.
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