“Journaling is paying attention to the inside for the purpose of living well from the inside out.”
~ Lee Wise
I have tried journaling on and off for the past few years, however only recently have I found a system that works for me and have been consistent with it for long enough to start reaping its benefits. Since I have committed myself seriously to journaling daily I have found it extremely helpful in decompressing the mind, providing perspective on obstacles and emotions, and useful in tracking progress towards goals.
“What gets measured gets managed.”
~ Peter Drucker
Journaling is both an art form and a tool for managing oneself. The act of journaling, when done consistently and passionately, will connect you with yourself in ways that you never predict until you take it up. Like meditation, it is so easy to do because there is no right or wrong way to journal; you can simply start with a blank page and write whatever comes to mind. My daily journal entries are quite unstructured: I usually start off with a few sentences about how work was, things that I did well and things that I need to improve on. After that, it is simply whatever comes to mind. Any conversations I had during the day that left a mark on me are further elaborated on and assessed; often times, with the perfect vision that comes with hindsight, I am more objective in the examination of my personal conduct throughout the day. Journaling gives you the space to honestly reflect on the decisions of the day removed from the emotions of the moment, and helps identify deficiencies or tendencies that need addressing. My weekly reviews are more structured: I use a template with a few questions that I ask myself at the end of every week, and I typically read through all my entries from the past week to remind myself of anything noteworthy that may have happened. The weekly reviews provide useful insights on what worked, what didn’t work, what I learned, meaningful connections I made, as well as offer an opportunity to explicitly set goals for the next week.
Consistent journaling has de-cluttered my mind and allowed me to better measure the small, incremental improvements that I make towards my goals.
“Journal to awaken your mind and transform your life.”
~ Asad Meah