I started journaling at the same time I started up my business back in 2007, although the journal I kept at the time was more “ a book of wisdoms” inspired by writer and trainer Steven Covey; a handsome, hard-backed notebook in which I recorded one inspiring or intelligent, useful quotation by business gurus or spiritual thinkers per page. I would dip into this whenever I needed something positive to reflect on or pass on to others.
Then, earlier this year I attended a writer’s workshop given by the self-help publishers Hay House in London. The speakers outlined the importance of keeping a daily journal, where you write whatever comes into your head, warts and all (!) on a regular basis. This was stressed as being a valuable creative aid to writing as it keeps your ideas flowing and you can just be yourself. The more you write, the more your own unique voice can develop.
I have since combined the two. I find that keeping a journal helps me review business schemes and ideas, review interactions with clients and staff, think about the bigger picture, even reflect on my work-life balance. It doesn’t have to be written every day, let’s not start dictating to ourselves here – just when you feel like it.
The great Robin Sharma recommends we keep a book of gratitude in which we record everything we are grateful for every day. This is a wonderful way to stay positive and content, even when the going gets tough. Why not use your journal for this purpose? Motivational coach and best-selling author Cheryl Richardson recommends journaling as a start to the new day, finding time before leaving home to write a few positive thoughts and hopes for what lies ahead. I have tried this and it really does set a powerful tone for the rest of the day.
So pick up a notebook today – treat yourself to one that appeals to you and one that you will enjoy writing in – and give it a try. You might even want to start blogging your entries!
Have a great week,