How I Use My Daily Journal

Many times over, I would start a journal or a personal development notebook and barely write in a couple of pages before giving up. Luckily, my 6 year old daughter loves new notebooks, so they eventually get used up! I give them to her for long car trips and they never disappoint.

But I was disappointed in my lack of a daily notetaking habit and I was potentially missing out on changing my life for the better.

How I Use My Daily Journal

My latest journal is an Erin Condren journal with her “productivity layout” and I’m. in. love.  And I guess I wanted to make Erin proud or something because I worked really hard on coming up with a framework for daily note-taking that I’m finding so useful, I actually take notes everyday.

Here it is:

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And here’s the breakdown:

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On the first page, I’m taking jotting stuff down throughout the day. On the left I have a good-sized spot for today’s Notes – anything that you want to remember later from various sources, like reading, meetings, audiobooks, podcasts, etc.

To the right side, there is a spot for a list. I always leave it blank and wait until inspiration hits me. Inevitably I’ll have a list of some kind to make that day, whether it’s ideas for blog posts, things to do for my daughter’s birthday party, or things I need to pack for a trip. This customizable Erin Condren notebook with its “productivity layout” even includes bullet points down the list.

I’ve dedicated the following page to my Evening Reflection, which I do every night as part of my “evening routine”.

First, Tomorrow’s Top Priority – notice that it says “Priority” and not “Priorities”. This is not the place to list every single thing that I need to do! I’m focusing on the one thing I need to accomplish tomorrow and going to bed with that in mind. Then, when I wake up in the morning, I already have that priority focused and can get started on the day much faster (useful for waking up in the morning when you’re so not a morning person).

Next, I write one thing I’m grateful for, which makes a big difference in cultivating a positive mindset.

And I saved the best for last – write down something to Sleep On – ask yourself a question or think about a problem that needs to be solved, especially a problem that needs a creative solution. Your subconscious will actually work on it while you sleep. (Say whaaaaaat!?) According to Thomas Edison, [a person should] “never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.” This productivity hack delights me SO much because there is literally nothing more efficient than getting something done WHILE YOU’RE SLEEPING.

Right?!

20180417_095133So what about you? Do you have a great system for writing down notes in your journal everyday?

 

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