How to Journal: Get Results Without Wasting Time

How to Journal: Get Results Without Wasting Time

How to Use Journaling to Reach Your Goals

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  • The benefits of journaling
  • How to journal
  • What to write in your journal
  • Why the questions you ask yourself matter (see the video on this)
  • The answer to “are you kidding, who has time for this?
  • Download the complimentary daily journal checklist, including a list of question prompts (see the bottom of this post)

Why Journal?

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One habit that leads to breakthroughs and success is to journal.

Journaling can help you:

  • Find clarity in what you want in life
  • Clearly define what you are working to achieve
  • Identify roadblocks and obstacles you don’t realize are there
  • Set intentions for your day, week, month, quarter, year
  • Accomplish more
  • Gain perspective
  • Step back from the minutia, to see the big picture
  • Uncover beliefs that might be holding you back
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Clear your head
  • Make connections between thoughts, feelings, actions and results
  • Dream big dreams
  • Be honest with yourself

For me, so much has changed since I started journaling in the last few years. I have been able to use the journaling process to really vision out in great detail what I want to accomplish in the short, medium and long term.

It all feels so real! And, these dreams I’ve been dreaming and writing out are coming true day-by-day.

Before I started journaling, I was in survival mode, just living each day and handling what came at me. Can you relate?

After I started journaling, I was able to see the bigger picture, and define it for myself.

I no longer leave things to chance.

I use journaling as a way to control my own thinking and my own destiny, and in turn that of my kids, my relationships, and my family.

Journaling helps me show up better every day.

How To Journal?

When I used to think of journaling, I would imagine my teenage self writing in a book that had a lock on it, and the topics usually related to angst about some boy. Ha!

The type of journaling I’m talking about here is journaling techniques that can help you build your best self.

This type of journaling involves:

  • Finding a notebook you love (paper or electronic) – Try GoodNotes or Evernote apps if you want an electronic journal
  • Setting a timer, and
  • Then write out your thoughts.

This is best done when you have great brain power and lowest distraction (for me, that’s definitely the early morning).

What Should You Write In Your Journal?

You can obviously write out anything you want. It’s your time with yourself and your thoughts.

One thing to consider is the quote: “What We Focus On, We Find.”

If you can focus on what you want, on the future, on the positive, that’s the key.

Focusing on what you don’t have, what won’t work, why you are stuck, and why you can’t do what you want, will lead to the same results you’re already getting.

If you feel stuck on what to journal, here are some ideas.

  • Writing out your future vision as if it were already in place
  • Ask yourself powerful questions and answer them. I keep a running list of questions I want to answer, and then pick one out for my journal each morning.

 

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The Questions You Ask Yourself Matter

This is a crazy powerful concept I learned recently when I saw Tony Robbins speak and also at The Life Coach School.

Our brain is so powerful. It doesn’t like uncertainty and so it is working non-stop to solve problems and answer questions you ask yourself. 

If you ask yourself negative questions, your brain will find evidence to provide those negative questions. For example:

  • Why can’t I lose weight?
  • Why can’t I make more money?
  • Why can’t I be a better mom?

Our brain goes to town answering these questions, finding evidence of WHY WE CAN’T.

If we just change the questions slightly, we can get totally different results:

  • How can I lose 40 lbs and keep it off?
  • How can I make more money?
  • How can I be a more present mom?
  • What can I do this week to make a huge difference toward my goal?
  • See the Daily Journal checklist at the bottom of this post, it has a list of questions you can ask yourself as part of your journaling process.

Are You Kidding, What Mom Has Time to Journal?

OK, we’ve talked about why and how to journal, and how to maximize your results when you’re journaling.

But, you might be saying, nice idea Melisa but I HAVE NO TIME, you must be kidding me.

I used to think that too. I need to use every precious minute to get things done, not to do froofroo things like journaling.

I get you.

I’m not suggesting hours of journaling. It’s 15 or 20 minutes of your day.

The benefits are 100% worth the 15 minutes you spend.

All I can say is give it a try. Commit to 30 days of journaling and see how you change –

  • how your mindset shifts,
  • how much more of what matters you accomplish,
  • the clarity you find, and
  • the sanity you feel even in your chaotic day-to-day.

Recap

In this post, we talked about 

  • The benefits of journaling
  • How to journal
  • What to write in your journal
  • Why the questions you ask yourself matter. It’s so important to ask yourself questions on purpose instead of letting your brain ask and answer negative questions on auto-pilot.
  • Seriously, who has time for this?
  • Download the complimentary daily journal checklist, including a list of question prompts (see the bottom of this post)

Did You Know?

I’m a success coach for working moms. I work with other moms to create and execute the mindset, strategies and routines that are required get out of survival mode and achieve your goals, both personally and professionally.

Think of it as a re-set for ambitious moms who want to maximize what they do, who they are, and all they impact to make the most out of life.

The first step is to meet for half an hour to talk about your goals, obstacles and mini action plan. If you want to create your own mini action plan, here’s the link to schedule the free session on my calendar

I’ll coach you through building the plan and identifying your next steps. Then, we’ll talk for a few minutes at the end about what I do and if we might be good working together. I’m not a salesperson so don’t expect a sales call. I only accept clients who are a good fit.

This is time focused on you and your goals, and how to get to the next level. 

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