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How Journaling Can Make You 25% Happier (TPS154)

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Journaling is a bit of a buzzword in the productivity space, but with good reason. And in this episode, Mike and Brooks explain why it’s so important. They dive into the many benefits of journaling, and share 5 tips for making journaling actionable and effective. They explain how to implement a journaling habit, recommend some different tools and apps you can use, and explain how to make the habit stick. If you’ve never understood why you should journal or you have trouble doing it consistently, then this episode is for you.

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Cheat Sheet

  • Why there’s a stigma associated with journaling (and why’s it isn’t true) [1:39]
  • The benefits that come from pairing journaling and meditation [5:13]
  • How journaling increases your mindfulness [7:53]
  • The ways that journaling actually increases the likelihood that you will actually achieve your goals [9:55]
  • How journaling strengthens self-discipline and improves communication skills [14:15]
  • Why many people do something called “morning pages” and how it sets their day up for success [18:24]
  • Why you don’t need to take a long time each day to journal (it’s the consistency that counts) [20:27]
  • Why it is so important to keep your journal positive [24:09]
  • The benefits of keeping a gratitude journal and how it impacts your outlook on your life [26:07]
  • Why it is important to see the gains you’ve made by reviewing your journal [32:17]
  • How to use journaling to identify pain points in your life so you can fix and solve them [36:38]
  • AE recommendations for digital journals and apps you can use [38:38]
  • Why you might want to use an analog journal and the benefits of pen and paper [48:42]
  • Why it is so important for you to pick a time to journal that works for you and stick to it [55:03]
  • Using automation and prompts to make journaling more efficient [58:24]
  • 5 tips to make the most of your journaling experience [1:04:56]
  • Why you should review your journal on a regular basis [1:06:19]


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Posted by Mark  | August 1, 2017 at 10:29PM | Reply

Another journal app/service you might want to consider is diaroapp. What led me to it was that it had an iPhone and Android app as well as a web app! That way, I can easily create my entries when I have a full keyboard, but have the mobility when needed or to review. Check it out at (no affiliation w/ the app or service. I just think it’s great)

Posted by Ridwan Jaafar  | August 2, 2017 at 8:32AM | Reply

Hey Mark, thanks for the recommendation.

Posted by Kristján Ingi Sigurðsson  | August 2, 2017 at 11:09PM | Reply

Hi Mike, can you tell me the name of the app you use for capturing song ideas?

Posted by Mike Schmitz  | August 6, 2017 at 10:19PM | Reply

The name of the app is Hum:

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