Pen Or Keyboard
Get yourself a friend (Pirkei Avos 1:6). The Hebrew, k'neh lecha chaver, can also be translated as: "Your pen is your friend." Unless you have a spiritual teacher or a very good friend in whom you can confide about your hisbodedus, most of the time you will have no one to guide you directly or keep track of your work and progress. One of the best aids for hisbodedus, and spiritual growth in general, is paper and something to write with.
(Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum)