How to Start Journaling

Journaling is a powerful discipline to add to your toolbox.

It’s benefits far outweigh the time investment made.

With it I’ve saved countless hours of time and heartache by learning from my mistakes.

I’ve gotten to know myself and others better while improving both my oral and written communication skills.

Watch the video below!

Over the next 30 days I’ve committed to writing for at least 10 minutes every evening.

I’m doing this to get myself back in the habit of reviewing my day and winding down in a constructive manner before bed.

To stay true to this commitment, I’ve shared my plans with the Order of Man Facebook Group and have collected a small group of souls also interested in this challenge.

Over the next 30 days we’ll be holding each other accountable through texts and weekly check-ins.

I’m excited to see where everyone is after getting to know themselves more intimately thorough pen and pad.

In order to help everyone get started, I’ve put together this list of tips for journaling.

Of course there are countless other ways to really pick up the habit, but these are what came to me easily as I prepared myself for the day.

I hope you find them helpful.

If you’re interested in joining in on this challenge, add me on Facebook here and send me a message.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to keep a journal check out my podcast on the matter.

Best to you.

Enjoy!

1) 10 Minutes a Day

Make it so easy you can’t fail.

This helps you build momentum instead of setting the bar so high you’re intimidated or can’t be bothered to partake.

10 minutes minimum.

Once you get going you can always do more; getting started is the hardest part.

2) Set a Timer

This makes it easy to know when you started and when you get to stop.

Don’t guess whether or not you’ve attained your commitment – measure it.

Use your phone, your watch, or a timer on your computer.

Super helpful.

3) Set an Alarm

Evenings can fly by once they get going.

Setting an alarm to remind you to prepare for bed will help you remember to write before you hit the hay.

Evening alarms are also great for reminding you to start your evening routine.

4) Ask Good Questions

Questions are a great way to get ideas flowing.

Think of your brain like google – if you put something in the search box, you’ll get a response.

Here, I’ll show you.

As you read the next couple questions take a second to recognize the answers your brain gives you.

Where were you born?

What kind of work do you do?

What’s your purpose in life?

That last one might have thrown you off a bit.

Bigger questions – deeper questions – often take some reflection and refinement.

Most of us don’t know what our purpose is – or even where we want to be in the next 10 years – cause we’ve never taken the time to ask.

Well, now’s your chance.

Through journaling you can learn tons about who you are and what you want from life.

But first, a couple 4 simple questions that will help you review your day:

1) What did I enjoy today?

2) What did I learn today?

3) How did I contribute?

4) What could I improve?

Sometimes it helps to ask the question more than once.

If you don’t get an answer the first time, just keep asking.

And when journaling, I actually like to write the question down.

One more thing to remember is that the way you form the question matters.

Asking “Did I learn anything today?” will give you a different answer then “What did I learn today?”

There’s an art to it.

Practicing this through journaling will reinforce this thought pattern in your mind.

Over time, you’ll be asking yourself good questions all the time which is great for problem solving.

Speaking of which, here are some questions you can ask yourself if you are trying to sort a problem in your journal:

What’s the opportunity here?

How could I solve this?

What else could I do?

What else?

How could I find more information?

Questions.

Use them correctly and the results can be amazing.

A Few Journaling Topics

I’ll end this article with a few topics you can journal on.

These are the big questions – the things we don’t always take the time to sit down and ask ourselves.

I recommend taking the time.

It will teach you what’s important to you and where you stand on a myriad of topics.


Journaling topics:

Your dreams, goals, and aspirations (if you don’t have any learn to set some here)

Your “limitations” or perceived limitations and how you could improve them or create leverage around them


Your philosophy/beliefs on:

◦ Life

◦ Death

◦ Wealth

◦ Health

◦ Happiness

◦ Work

◦ Right and wrong


A few other writing topics:

Write a letter to an old friend

Write a letter to your father

Write a letter to your future self

Write a letter to your past self

Write a love letter to your woman/man

Contribute

I hope this article has been informative.

If so, please give it a like and a share.

This helps others find good information that can change their life for the better.

I’d also like to expand the topic list I provided.

Drop a comment below sharing a topic you’d be interested in learning more about.

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