So how do you gather up today and invest it in tomorrow? Journal!
If you want to become more successful, Journal. If you want to become a better person, Journal. If you want to remember the details of life, Journal.
Journalling is a key skill if you want to become successful, it’s a great way to document your journey to realising your goals. To be able to write down what worked well and what didn’t work well, then you can go over it again to learn from the experience is invaluable.
I’ve been journalling for over 2 years, in that time the amount I journal and what I journal about has changed. I started my current journal on Friday 10th July 2015 and I’ve been using the method I’m going to explain since then!
Why do I journal?
It’s a question I get asked a lot and the answer is fairly simple. I can’t trust my memory and I want to remember the details of life. Journalling daily allows me to take from today and invest it in tomorrow, just like the title. Also, if I’m fortunate to have children (in the distant future I might add) I can give them my journals and they’ll be able to see what I was reading, listening, watching and thinking. Hopefully they’ll be able to learn from me and become more successful in a shorter space of time.
Here’s how I journal…
Here’s my journal! Its an extra large Moleskine in the colour blue (take a look at the full details here).
So here’s the nitty gritty, hopefully you can take some value from my method.
Firstly, I take inspiration from four main areas; books, audio, video and events/thoughts. Each area has a different colour pen so when I’m going back over what I’ve written I can clearly see I’ve taken the ideas from a book or video etc. There’s a key at the front so anyone can understand it, black is for books, blue for audio, green for video and red is for events/thoughts.
I like to keep things simple and structured so from every book, audio, video etc my aim is to take away 3 points of value. I write the name of the book, audio etc along with the authors name above the 3 points, this way I know where the ideas came from.Then, I date each entry along with the exact time and location. Finally, I underline each entry, this way I can clearly see where one set of 3 points starts.
Another great tip that I’ll share with you, and you’ll hear some of the most successful people say the same, is to carry a journal with you at all times. Now you may be thinking that carrying round a big journal is impractical and I’d agree. Plus you don’t want to misplace or damage your journal after you’ve invested time daily to writing down your valuable ideas.
This is where a pocket journal becomes invaluable. I carry round one of these – Moleskine Pocket Journal. They are brilliant for when you’re away from the office for example out shopping, with friends or visiting a client. I note down my ideas in the pocket journal with a date, time and location. Then when I’m back at my desk I write them in my main journal, that way all my ideas are in one place and the handwriting’s neat, what’s more my journal is safe!
I hope you can take at least 3 points of value from my post. For anyone that’s been around me for 5 minutes know’s I’m curious and always looking to learn. I’d love to know how you journal and what you journal about, please leave a comment.
Have a great day and I’ll see you soon!