We’re thrilled that so many of our wonderful Kickstarter backers are loving their journals. The feedback has been awesome! However, we also noticed a number of backers saying , “I love them and am so excited about getting started, but….”. Following that came a variety of reasons why they hadn’t been able to pick up their journal and get started. All very credible reasons may I add, however, we’d encourage you to make a start right now and….
Take a you moment
We know how busy life can be juggling work, family, friends, hobbies and often lots more. We also know how journaling can help you if you have that busy mind and life. The benefits of having an effective journaling practice can be incredibly powerful. From personal experience the benefits of gaining clarity, focus and insights from taking ‘you moments’ every day have been genuinely life changing. Taking that time out from the ‘busyness’ of your day to journal. It increases your self-awareness around how you are living your life and gives you the time and space to consider how you can use your time better.
I’m too busy being busy!
It’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling that you’re too busy to journal. I’ve been there, I know. In fact, even now it can still be a challenge. However, if you get into the habit of journaling every day it really can start to change how you feel, think and act. Here are some tips as to how to get started even if you lead a busy life.
10 hacks to kick-start your journaling practice
- 1. You don’t need to spend a lot of time journaling. 5-10 minutes is better than nothing if it helps to get you started. Schedule in that 5-10 minutes in your calendar at a time when you’ll not be disturbed
- 2. Set a reminder on your calendar or phone
- 3. Have a physical reminder somewhere that you’ll clearly see it. For example, have the journal beside your bedside, computer or even one of our ‘Take a You Moment’ cards strategically placed where you’ll see it
- 4. If you’re going to be away on a trip, weekend or business away take your journal with you and still try to schedule in time if you can
- 5. If you miss a day of journaling, try to get straight back into it as soon as possible. Otherwise, it is very easy to get out of the habit
- 6. If you have the journal and modules, start by familiarising yourself with the core journal. Get to know how it works and journal with it for a week or two before starting on one of the modules
- 7. Prioritise your modules so that you start with the one that is most relevant for you at that moment in time
- 8. Remember that you can dip in and out of the modules depending on what is happening in your life. For example, if you are using the Vision module to create a compelling vision for your life you may find that some self-limiting beliefs crop up it might be helpful to jump into the Beliefs module before returning to the Vision module
- 9. Share your journaling experiences with others. We have created the Motivation Community to provide support, accountability, inspiration and motivation
- 10. Blend it in with other habits. If you spend time meditating before getting up in the morning, take a little extra time to journal before you get up. If you have a coffee in the morning, use that time to journal. Most of us write lots of emails throughout the day, why not slot in some journaling time?
Just like any habit, you have to start somewhere and it takes time to get into it. Try dedicating that short 5-10 minutes every day, stick with it for at least 30 days and notice the difference it makes. From there you can develop into an avid journaler! Here’s a short TED talk from Matt Cutts on how setting 30 day challenges helped him to form better habits.
You know where we are if you need to reach out for help!