I don’t journal. I know. I should.

Powerful questions can help guide us to transformation, learning and action. And one way of bringing the power of questions into your own world is through journaling. Before you tell me “I don’t journal,” consider that journal writing is a proven and effective tool. Why? Journaling can bring you:

  • greater self-awareness
  • more clarity
  • increased access to wisdom from within
  • a nourishing and positive self-care practice

Journaling can also be a powerful productivity and motivation tool, supporting us to achieve clarity and success in our businesses. And these are all things we seek in one way or another. Especially now!

Here are 3 Ways Journaling Can Help You Be More Productive, Focused and Motivated

1) Use Journaling to Process Your Thoughts, Feelings – and Blocks!

Journal writing offers you a place to vent, release stress and process emotions that might cause procrastination and resistance. In fact, your journal can be a place to explore your thoughts on both your productivity and procrastination.

“The daily journal is like a mirror. When we first look into it, the blank pages stare back with ominous emptiness. But if we keep looking… gradually we begin to see the face that is looking back at us.” Marion Woodman

Try this Journaling Activity

Set a timer for 10 minutes and write your thoughts and feelings about productivity and/or procrastination. These journaling prompts might help you get started:

  • I am most productive when…
  • I sometimes find myself procrastinating when…
  • The key areas in my life where I would like to be more productive at this time include…

2) Use Journaling to Gain Clarity

There are many journaling methods to help gain clarity and focus.

When it comes to clarity and productivity, it’s important to focus on what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Also consider what you might like to stop doing.

“It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” Nathan W. Morris

Try this Journaling Activity

Make a list of the Top 5 Goals in your business or career at this time. Then take a look at each goal and make a list of the action steps you need to take to reach this goal.

3) Create a Journaling Habit Pathway

Journal writing can become a healthy habit. And this habit of journaling can become a ‘keystone habit’, helping us create other habits that increase our productivity and motivation.

Over the years I have explored my life habits (both positive and negative) in the pages of my journal. This reflective awareness practice has helped me cultivate more of the positive habits. And it has also helped me to break ‘bad’ habits – or those that don’t serve me at this time.

“Some habits matter more than others in remaking businesses and lives. These are keystone habits, and they can influence how people work, eat, play, live, spend and communicate. Keystone habits start a process that, over time, transforms everything.” Paul O’Neill

Try this Journaling Activity

Make a list of your ‘keystone’ productivity habits – the things you do on a regular basis that make a positive difference in your life and/or business. These might include habits such as exercising, meditation, setting goals, taking daily inspired action towards your goals etc. Take time to write these down, and notice how you feel as you do this.

Also consider, “What is one new keystone habit you might like to cultivate at this time?”

PS. Remember to have self-compassion when you journal; simply write, reflect and notice without judgement and with compassion for whatever might emerge in your writing, and within yourself.

Wrap-up

I wonder how journaling might help you be more productive, focused and motivated in your own life and work?

As a coach, I know that positive habits can make our days and lives better. And we already know that a journal writing habit can help deepen our mindful presence, process emotions and nourish our balance and well-being. In business and in life, journal writing can help you pause and plan, increase your productivity, and increase motivation in all areas of your life.

It’s never too late to start journaling, or to take your current journal writing to the next level in service to your goals and well-being.

“I totally feel – and am – more productive, focused and motivated through journaling. It’s like the act of writing (even typing) without any rehearsal or preparation can reach those parts that other ways (conversation, drawing etc.) can’t! … From the ‘raw’ uncensored stuff come my action points, my alternative perspectives, my confidence boosts. And for me it’s not just the getting it all down that necessarily makes me more productive, it’s the re-reading the journal entry to extract the learnings for my to-do list.” Nicky Torode, IAJW (International Association for Journal Writing) Member

Andrea Liebross

I'm Andrea. I'm a Possibilities Coach. Many professionals are innately unapologetically ambitious. But roadblocks such as day to day responsibilities and fear hold them back. I coach them to find the clarity and confidence they need to move past these obstacles so that they can advance in their career AND show up at work and at home at 100%. Visit me at andrealiebross.com to chat and schedule your complimentary Discovery Session.

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