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Journaling for Productivity

Journaling helps us think more clearly, learn more deeply, manage stress and align action with our goals. Journaling for productivity is an important tool.

Great Leaders Keep a Journal

As a leader, have you ever considered journaling? Perhaps you feel writing out the events of the day and how you feel about them is just too fluffy, too New Age? But I’m reminded that in ages gone by, when there was more time, many of the greatest leaders of the time kept a journal. Now I’m convinced that journaling for productivity is an important part of my workflow.

My Journaling Workflow

I currently use Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Journal, which fits in with my hybrid (analogue and digital) productivity system headed by the Full Focus Planner. Each day it allows me to reflect on the events of the day and consider what I have learned from them. It’s also the place I record what I am grateful for (essential to help with a positive mindset), to reflect on what I have read or heard during the day and what I can do next to move forward on my goals.

Journaling for Productivity

Journaling for productivity has given me a number of positives:

Journaling is another piece of the jigsaw in helping me to keep my goals in front of me. I review my goals during my daily workday start up ritual, and from a more strategic view during my Weekly and Quarterly Previews. Having reviewed my goals at the beginning of the day, it helps to reflect on whether I have any “big wins” towards those goals during the day and to think forward about what next action to do towards them tomorrow. Committing to this in writing enables me to think about why and how as much as what. It also keeps me motivated. I set annual goals, and without this reflection, trying to achieve them would seem like a long, hard slog.

I try to read quite a bit during each day as a way of ongoing learning. But if I’m not careful, I forget a huge amount of what I’ve learned. Journaling about the key points of what I’ve learned by reading or listening to something helps me retain this learning better. Reflective writing helps reinforce what I’ve learned. It helps me think more deeply and more creatively, so it’s worth a few minutes of my time to do this each day.

Finally, journaling helps control my thoughts. If I’ve had a bad day, or I’m dealing with difficult emotions, writing about them reflectively helps clear my head and quieten my mind. Sometimes, it also enables me to reframe the experience. As I write about it, often the experience begins to seem less hard than it was at the time.

Start Today!

This all helps to keep me productive. Journaling for productivity helps me think more clearly, learn more deeply, manage stress and align my daily actions with my goals. It might work for you to. Why not pick up your pen and start writing today?

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