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.
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:
And here’s the breakdown:
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.
So what about you? Do you have a great system for writing down notes in your journal everyday?