If you struggle with getting things done, or you have goals you want to achieve and need a little extra focus, then this post is for you!
This blog and business is MY blissful space, and something I continually try to grow and improve. But the need for full-time income and the pull of all my other commitments makes it tough to always devote the time that I want and need to give to this dream of mine. (If you follow my blog, you know this…I talk about it A LOT.) I decided to invest in a productivity coach. That alone has been a huge blessing, but that’s not what this post is about. Michele encouraged me to journal daily: To get up early every morning, spend some quiet time alone with my thoughts, getting things out of my head, and making a plan for my day.
Daily journaling isn’t a new idea, and it’s not like I hadn’t considered it before. But as Michele and I made a plan my routine, she suggested that the first hour of my day time include things that make me centered and focused. And while we discussed doing other things besides journaling, like reading something that inspires me creatively, doing some yoga, and/or enjoying some coffee, the only thing I have managed to successfully add to my daily routine is the journaling (and coffee…I just can’t ditch the coffee right now).
I absolutely LOVE my journal time each morning. I have found it helpful in several ways. First, it allows me to “brain-dump” and get all my thoughts out of my head and onto paper. Sometimes, writing down my thoughts leads to other ideas, so it also has increased my creativity (for example, as I write I may have ideas for a new blog post pop up!). Third, it gets me focused for the day. I write down what I want to accomplish…the top few items…and that short list serves as a reference point as I get distracted throughout the day. (Note: Don’t make this a place for your long to-do list…you’ll only get frustrated when you can’t get it all done in a day. Don’t ask how I know. ;)) Journaling has even helped me to remember to bring God into my business life and to ask Him for support, guidance and abundance. Journaling can be a great way to include prayer or devotional time into your daily routine.
One of the ideas I had while journaling was to create printable pages for YOU to journal, and they are included below for you to print (for FREE)! The first sheet can be printed as multiple copies, then bound in a notebook or binder or simply stapled. If you’d rather not print a bunch of copies or already have a notebook or somewhere that you can journal, you can use the second sheet instead. That one is smaller (A5 size), that can be printed and glued into the front of your favorite journal or planner to serve as prompts for your writing. (For some reason WordPress isn’t keeping the links to the documents in the image itself, so the links are below each pic.)
I’d love feedback in the comments as to how these work for you! Do you already journal? Share the kinds of things you write about each day! How does journaling help you??
My journaling today kept me focused enough that my list is almost checked off and we’re heading to the pool soon! That’s what I call a happy Monday!