A daily examination of conscience is something everyone should do. It helps us to prepare for weekly or biweekly confession and on a daily basis to know what to work on. The Devil’s greatest deception, they say, is not “convincing the world he doesn’t exist” but convincing the world “there’s plenty of time to get right with God” or, worse, “There’s no need to get right with God.” People say, “God loves you unconditionally,” when we should ask ourselves whether we love *God* unconditionally.
St. Ignatius recommends keeping a journal of one’s daily examins–using coded symbols if one prefers–and checking off the number of times a particular sin was committed that day. While we should obviously keep note of all serious sins to confess as soon as possible, we should also try to focus on a particular bad habit.