Do you keep a journal?
I am a big believer that keeping one can help you get more done.
Today, let’s look at 10 things you should be writing in your journal to be more productive.
Write Your Way to Productivity
Writing things down in a journal has a magical way of translating your invisible thoughts into tangible ideas.
“Writing in your journal can be a productive exercise to clear your mind, clarify your goals, and reflect on your progress.”
I previously wrote about why a journal can make you more productive.
But, what do you write in your journal?
Here are Ten Things to Write in Your Productivity Journal:
- Your Big Ideas – Ideas are fleeting. Make sure you capture those big ideas that are floating around in your head. Curate them in your journal and you might just develop your next big project.
- Your Successes – How often do you celebrate your progress? Document your successes, no matter how small, in your journal. Be your own biggest fan.
- Things You Need to Get Out of Your Head – Writing allows you to clear your mind. Write down those things that are buzzing around in your head, so that you can stop worrying about remembering them.
- Things You Wouldn’t Say – Abraham Lincoln famously wrote letters that he never intended to send of feelings he wanted to internally express. Use your journal a cleansing experience to express those things that you cannot or should not say in daily life.
- You Inner Narrative – Your mind has its own thoughts. Writing down that narrative can help you draw out meaning and wisdom that you might not even realize you have. Let your mind do the talking and make sure you listen to what it says.
- Your Goals – Goals are important. Even more so, is writing them down. Make them clear. Give them deadlines. Goals are what turn dreams into reality.
- Ways You Can Improve – Your journal is one of the best places to reflect on your actions and performance. What did you do that you could have handled better? What will you do differently next time?
- Your Memories – Life moves pretty fast. Use your journal to capture those memories that you don’t want to pass you by. Your journal may be your own auto-biography for yourself or your loved ones.
- Your Feelings – Many of us have difficulty expressing our true feelings. Writing them down is the first step in being able to verbalize them to those that need to hear them from you.
- Your Dreams – Write down your hopes and dreams… just make you eventually turn them into goals. (See #6)
Your Journal of Productivity
Keeping a journal is a great way to explore your inner thoughts.
As well, it is a great way to take your dreams and bring them closer to reality.
Write in your journal regularly to document your progress.
Or if you don’t have one, start today to begin writing your way to better productivity.
Question: What do you write in your journal to make yourself more productive?