Ever since I was a little girl, I have relied on my journal to get swirling thoughts out of my head. Things made more sense to me and the direction I wanted to go became clear after i jotted down my thoughts, feelings and emotions. This is still true to this day. Although, now my journaling has gone to a whole new level. It is the one of THE most useful tools for helping me accomplish all that I have to accomplish in my day, with grace and ease.
Here is my step-by-step on how to use your journal to have massive productivity in your day and to get it all done with ease. I know it sounds too good to be true, but it is.
1. First, tell yourself you are the type of person that writes everything down. I LOVE technology, don't get me wrong. I use it all, but I find that less and less of us are actually typing out our thoughts and feelings into our phone and iPads. If you already do this, then great! Chances are that you have a digital journal and that works just as well in most cases. But, I am going to assume that you don't and that's why the good 'ole pen and paper work wonders. Tell yourself that you are the type of person that writes everything down and carry a notebook and pen with you everywhere.
2. "Dump" everything into your journal every morning and every night. Take 10 minutes every morning and every night to dump or deposit all of those thoughts, ideas and nagging tasks that show up for you. Dumping or depositing has major positive effects. One, it completely frees up your brain for more focused thinking and allows you to concentrate on things that need your undivided attention like writing, and strategy work. It also, then allows you to take a deep breath because you don't have all of these things trapped in your brain and you are telling yourself you have to remember them all. There is a a lot of stress that goes along with that. You get rid of a massive amount of stress and create ease in your life by spending these 20 minutes daily on depositing into a journal.
3. Next, whenever I create lists or give my tasks in my journal I immediately mark it as important, and as something that needs to go into my project management software and to do list. I use sticky notes and highlighters to make this happen. You can see...my journal is full of sticky notes! I spend another 20 minutes moving those items into those programs. Then I don't have to worry about not getting those things done. The various colors of sticky notes you see in this picture stand for the quarters of the year. This way, I know exactly what part of the year I took down these notes, thoughts and ideas.
4. By the end of the day, I like to create an account of my day. The things I am grateful for, funny things that may have happened and I usually have had more thoughts and ideas show up for me. I make sure all of that is added to my journal. Sometimes, i'll remember that my next day is going to be crazy booked! So, I will write out my entire hour-by-hour schedule for the day and sometimes I will do it for the whole week, depending on how full my week will be.
5. Finally, I also go through my journal every Sunday to make sure I didn't miss anything the prior week. I look back at my highlights, the pages with sticky notes and I'll transfer any "leftover change" to a brand new sheet or make sure it gets into my to do list for the upcoming week. On Sundays, i also write down my overall goals for the week. The goals are bigger things I am working towards that my daily tasks should reflect and help me accomplish.
6. Every year around Thanksgiving, I pull out my journals for the year and review all the things I said I was going to do, my goals, my desires and I check in on how I did. There are great years and sometimes there are mediocre years, but ever since I have instated this system that I shared with you today...I have had THE MOST productive and easy going years of my life!
Follow these exact steps to make journaling your BEST tool for creating massive productivity in your life and to do it all with ease. In the very near future, I will be introducing printable planning sheets that you can use to do all of this more effectively. Stay tuned for that, but in the mean time, start journaling and skyrocket your productivity.
Now you share with me! What tools or methods have you used to get a large amount of work done in a day or a week? Or, share how this blueprint for journaling might help you to have a super productive day.
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Rubina Cohen is a mom, wife, serial entrepreneur, a self-proclaimed meditation junkie and a "warrior". She is on a mission to help women generate big impact and a generous income by discovering and speaking from their GENIUS. She blogs about the #crazyawesomelife and how other women can live one too. To learn more about Rubina, click here.