While this whole quarantine thing has certainly taken a hit to my social life, another aspect of my life has been flourishing: self-reflection. As a part of my 20 Goals for 2020, I wanted to upgrade my journaling routine. I’ve been implementing this a lot this month, and I’m excited to share with you my new 4-part daily journaling system!
WARNING: Implementing a system like this may cause you to have massive insights about yourself, cause you to think more clearly, and have a greater sense of purpose. Implement at your own risk!
Contact your local achievement strategist to see if these systems are right for you.
Part 1: Morning Pages
Morning pages are something I’ve experimented with on and off throughout my journaling journey. If you haven’t heard of them before, it’s basically 3 pages of stream-of-consciousness writing done very soon after waking up.
These pages are not meant to be sexy or insightful; they’re meant to be raw brain dumps. Mine often include weird dreams I had the night before, complaining about having to do something I don’t want to do, or saying I just want to get this over with so I can make myself some coffee. However, I find that when I do this practice, I am able to get all those groggy, random thoughts out of the way, making room for deeper work and thought in the rest of my morning routine. I am more present and mindful after writing just a few pages. This will typically take me around 15 minutes to do.
Part 2: Rachel Hollis’ Start Today Journal
I found this gem in Target pretty ironically, as I had read the passage of Girl, Stop Apologizing that outlined this system literally the day before I saw it, so it was fate that I get it. This is a daily journal where you write down 5 gratitude items, 10 dreams for the future you write in the present tense, and then one item you want to focus on. The journal spans 90 days.
This journal typically comes right after my morning pages, and it really focuses my mindset on positive, goal-oriented items. It calibrates my mind to get in the habit of acting in accordance with who I want to be in the future, now. Definitely recommend this one, as well as the book.
Part 3: Erin Condren Wellness Journal
Now, I’ve never been one to track things like my weight or meals, but when I saw this Erin Condren wellness journal on sale, I knew I would find a way to leverage it. It’s actually proven to be very insightful. I didn’t realize how often I was skipping meals, or how little water I was actually drinking.
Using this two-page weekly layout, I track my water intake, hours of sleep, meals, and physical activity. If I take a walk, I’ll also write down about how long the walk was. Just knowing I’m going to have to write this stuff down at the end of the day makes me make more conscious decisions throughout the day!
Part 4: Night Entry
In the same journal I use for my morning pages, I write a one-page entry getting out any thoughts before I go to bed. Often, I talk about highlights of what I did that day and how I’m feeling in that moment. If I want to have some structure to it, I’ll loosely talk about one thing that didn’t go so well, something that did go well, how I’m feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally, and something I’m grateful for.
This system may seem a little overly comprehensive to you, but I find the time investment I put into journaling gives me massive returns. Everyone’s journaling routine looks different, so please play around with these ideas and find what works for you! If you need an accountability buddy, feel free to schedule a call with me and we can set up a system and some reminders!