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Journaling Challenge Day 6: Review

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Challenge 6: Reread all the journal entries you’ve written Monday-Friday, and reflect. What went well? How can you make next week better?

Congratulations!

If you’ve been following along, you now have five days of consecutive journaling under your belt. However, you may not feel like a journaling pro yet and that’s okay.

Today we are going to challenge you to write down what went well. Did you enjoy the review? Did the drawing challenge create a spark of inspiration?

Now write out a few things that didn’t go well. Here are some common friction points you might have had:

  • Still don’t have a strong enough why. People journal for lots of reasons. You’ll need to have a personal rock solid why for keeping the practice alive. For example, one person might want to keep track of their progress for personal motivation, another may want to write a memoir some day.
  • Don’t have the right tools. Did that junky pen you were using keep running out of ink? Do you know how to use all of the functions of your journaling app? Is your notebook the right size to fit in your pocket, backpack or briefcase? These small annoyances can prevent taking action.
  • Interruptions. Sometimes it’s hard to get even 5 to 10 minutes of peace in the day. If you found yourself being interrupted during your journaling, let the offending person know about your journaling schedule and why taking a few minutes a day to write out your thoughts is important to you. You might also want to consider changing your journal ritual to another time of the day when it’s less likely that you’ll be interrupted.
  • Lack of inspiration. Maybe you aren’t has excited about capturing what you’ve learned each day. “What am I grateful for?” and “How did I give value?” are two good alternatives. You can also Google journaling prompts or review this Asian Efficiency article for more inspiration. Once you find a good set you’ll never have trouble getting the words out.

Takeaway

Build off what went well. Fix what didn’t.

Review today’s entry and commit to changing just one thing to make next week better. Better pen. More pictures. More prompts. Less time.

With this continuous improvement mindset, you will be comfortably journaling in no time.

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1 Comment

Posted by Katherine  | December 19, 2015 at 8:07AM | Reply

I was glad to see the suggestions for alternatives to “What did I learn today?” I had already decided that wasn’t working for me. I used to keep a gratitude journal and it was a big help in keeping a positive attitude.

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