One of the first things my coach had me do was journal. I started with a brain dump – where you just write down everything that’s on your mind. It used to be that my mind was so cluttered that I’d forget appointments. Once I got my thoughts down on paper, I was able to organise them better. I could put dates in my diary and set goals that I wanted to achieve.
Through journaling, I was able to write about my dreams and what I wanted to achieve. I was then able to set goals based on those dreams and use the logical part of my brain to think about how I could go about making those dreams a reality. After all, they say a goal is just a dream with a deadline. I was able to journal on how I was progressing towards those goals. It gave me a clear pathway to see what worked and what didn’t and how I could go out replicating my positive results.
Journaling helped me when I felt like procrastinating. It helped me gain awareness of why I wanted to procrastinate and to realign my mindset. When I felt like procrastinating, I would write about why I felt that way to gain a logical perspective on my behaviour and get me into action again. Journaling helped me recognise when I was in a pattern of procrastinating and how to get out of it.
Journaling helped me build new positive patterns in my life. I got clear on what I wanted to happen in my life. One exercise my coach had me do was write a Painted Picture for my life. The Painted Picture was first devised by Cameron Herold. A Painted Picture is how you envision your life to be in business and other areas like relationships.
I reread my Painted Picture every week before I set my goals for the week and it really gets me into a space of abundance. My coach also had me write about my ideal day and see if I can bring any aspects of that ideal day into my present life. Another exercise I’ve been doing a lot to motivate me is to write about the future as if I’ve already achieved my goals. It lights me up every time I write about it.
Two years on from starting my mindset work, I’m like a different person. I’m so motivated. I use my time productively. I set goals and more often than not I manage to achieve them. Journaling has been an integral part of the process.
What effect has journaling had on your productivity?
Carol Brennan is a journaling instructor for women entrepreneurs. She helps women use journaling techniques to gain confidence and achieve their goals.